Talking to someone outside of your whānau and close friends about issues arising from a cancer diagnosis can be incredibly helpful. Talking to a trained counsellor may help you come to terms with your anxieties and fears and help you gain a sense of relief or control in your life.
Counselling can help with:
- the shock and disbelief of diagnosis
- learning to manage difficult emotions such as anger, frustration, grief, sadness, anxiety or depression
- talking with health professionals - what questions to ask and how
- making decisions that are right for you
- coping with treatment, medical procedures and tests
- managing emotions around follow up appointments
- coping with change and regaining confidence
- uncertainty about the future
- moving on with life after cancer.
Your supportive care nurse will carry out an assessment and refer you and your whānau to counselling services if appropriate.
If you are not eligible for a Cancer Society counselling grant we will be able to suggest alternatives for you.