by CanTeen07/12/2018

How Counselling Support Can Help

Coping with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and its impacts on your life and your family is rarely easy. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed at least some times during your cancer journey. Sometimes, no matter how supportive your partner, family and/or friends are, you need to talk to someone who understands and can help you with cancer-related challenges.  

How talking to a counsellor helps 

Counsellors listen, without judgement or any ‘stake’ in the issues, and help you develop strategies to deal with the impact cancer is having on your life. Getting support for yourself is one of the key ways you can help your child. 

A counsellor or psychologist can help you to identify both positive and challenging issues in your life, and to notice – and help with – negative thoughts and feelings that are affecting your mood and health.  

Specially-trained cancer counsellors and psychologists can help you with any cancer-related concern including: 

  • coping with stress and worries 
  • depression 
  • anxiety 
  • family or couple relationship problems  
  • treatment side-effects 
  • adjusting to life with cancer 
  • fear of recurrence 
  • end of life issues 
  • bereavement. 

Counselling can be beneficial for all family members. Couple sessions and family sessions are also possible. 

CanTeen counsellors 

CanTeen counsellors are specially trained to understand the challenges cancer brings.  Your child and you can talk to them about thoughts or feelings that you might not want to tell other people in your life.  

CanTeen Counselling Services are confidential, free, and flexible so that you can talk to a counsellor when and how you like.  

You can access counselling through online chat, phone or email seven days a week. Join our online parent community to chat to a counsellor now, email us or call 1800 835 932.