Finding the Help You Need: Cancer Counseling in Arizona

Cancer counseling helps cancer patients and their families work through their feelings and emotions regarding cancer and its treatment. It allows you and your loved ones to express their hopes and fears in healthy ways. Counseling provides a perspective from outside your daily life.

The types of professionals who provide cancer counseling include psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, therapists, and social workers. There are also patient-to-patient counseling programs that connect you with a peer who has survived cancer.

You can find cancer counseling programs through the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Here, we are dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors find the emotional support they need. If you are interested in finding cancer counseling of any kind in Arizona, call 888.670.6341 (8222).


Reasons for Cancer Counseling

Cancer counseling can help you:

  • Address relationship or sexual issues that may result from cancer or cancer treatments
  • Understand cancer symptoms and treatment side effects
  • Adjust to life after cancer treatment or survivorship
  • Improve communication with your care team and your family
  • Learn ways to cope and restore a sense of control and hope
  • Manage feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, anger, fear, worry, loneliness, sadness, guilt, and denial
  • Manage employment and financial issues


Types of Cancer Counseling

Cancer counseling provides support in different ways:

  • Individual counseling is a one-on-one program with a mental health provider. The counselor will ask questions, listen to you, and offer feedback and guidance to help you work through thoughts, feelings, and events.
  • Couples or family counseling involves you and your spouse or family. You work with a mental health provider. The counselor oversees discussions and suggests ways to resolve conflict and improve relationships.
  • Group counseling involves a group of people with similar experiences and needs. The counselor leads a discussion within the group and provides guidance.


Cancer Counseling at Dignity Health

At Dignity Health, we offer different types of cancer counseling to meet different needs. To choose the type of counseling that is right for you, consider what level of counseling you want — individual, family, or group. Then, start by asking your cancer care team for recommendations. There may be a counselor on the team who is a good match. You can also find counselors through your primary care doctor, health insurer, employer, or online mental health sites. It’s important to have a good connection with your counselor. This means you may need to speak with several before choosing the one that’s right for you. 

Dignity Health offers compassionate care to our cancer patients, including cancer counseling in Arizona.