Talking to someone outside of your family/whanau 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 control in your life.
The Cancer Society may be able to provide free access to counselling services for you and your family/whanau. All applications for counselling grants are assessed on an individual basis and are supplementary to services provided by government agencies.
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.
Some people find one session very useful and others appreciate continued support. You are welcome to choose your own counsellor or we can recommend an accredited counsellor in your area.
If you are not eligible for a Cancer Society counselling grant we will be able to suggest alternative options for you.