Medical Illness & Cancer Counseling
Counseling for Medical Illness
More than half of Americans have at least one chronic medical condition. Often the effects of living with a chronic medical condition or chronic pain result in issues with mood, anxiety, depression, grief, guilt, self-esteem, and substance abuse.
Benefits of Counseling
- Answer questions such as, “How do I live with this?”
- Explore your feelings, beliefs and values and how they work with your illness
- Take back control of your life by developing a self care and self advocacy plan
- Examine the choices you can make in your life and illness
- Resolve feelings of grief such as denial, bargaining and anxiety
- Find meaning and happiness during these times
Our counselors are able to help you learn the skills to cope with the realities of your condition from a healthier place. We can assist you with focusing on your capabilities, not your limitations. Often times cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness based techniques are helpful in coping with medical illnesses. Our integrative, whole-person approach includes an evaluation of behaviors and practices that can be helpful in tapping into your resilience and moving you through the realities of your condition. Self-care and self-advocacy in your treatment process go a long way in maintenance and recovery.
You should not have to experience your cancer journey alone. Coping with cancer takes a toll, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally on you and your family. We understand the challenges of living through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery stages of a cancer diagnosis. Let us help you find balance, understanding and reduce the isolation that often results from the reality of the condition. We believe specialty counseling to address the layered effects of living with a serious health condition is vital in all stages of the illness to ensure you have hope, resilience, and healthy coping skills.
- Depression and Anxiety
- Relationship Issues
Counseling for cancer-related issues at Whole Journey typically involves a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and holistic and mindfulness-based approaches.
Your comfort level is one of the most important aspects of getting counseling for cancer-related issues. An experienced counselor will understand your experiences and reactions. We have experienced specialists who will see you through this process. Our licensed clinical social workers have more than 10 years of mental health and medical social work experience to support you.
We will coordinate care with your primary care physicians and specialists to provide updates and to integrate their recommendations into your emotional and mental wellness plans.
We pride ourselves on the ability to provide whole-person and whole-family care. This invitation of specialized cancer support extends to your family as well, with either individual or family counseling for all members, because we understand how cancer affects the family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.