A diagnosis of cancer is likely to be frightening. It can bring up a wide range of difficult emotions that significantly impacts on many areas of a person’s life. The support of a therapist may help one cope with the psychological impact of cancer and is an important aspect of treatment for both those who have cancer and their loved ones.
Many doctors encourage their patients to seek out a therapist after a diagnosis of cancer. In therapy, we can explore ways to cope with the diagnosis, and manage any emotional concerns such as depression, anxiety, anger, and confusion that may result after receiving the news. We will discuss ways to address and cope with any life changes that may occur during the treatment process. For example, many diagnosed with cancer fear being unable to work.
Those with families may experience distress over sharing the news with a partner or spouse and any children they may have.
Family therapy is beneficial in helping the family members of those diagnosed with cancer. They learn ways to manage the varied emotions they may feel, such as anger, sadness, stress, and grief. Partners, spouses, and children will learn how to better support the member of the family who has cancer, and can address any areas of conflict, which may be more likely to arise in a difficult time.
Therapy is also often recommended for any siblings of a child with cancer, as the family dynamic can often shift in a way that other children may find difficult or frustrating. Parents may devote much of their energy to the child who is ill and have little time or energy to spend with the other children.
How we can help with trauma
At the Neu Practice we have experienced cancer therapists for adults and children to help you get through this difficult time.