Dealing with the physical impact of cancer is difficult enough. For many, there can be psychological strain as well. The stress of receiving a diagnosis, as well as wrestling with issues as serious as illness or even mortality can add an unexpected layer of complexity to an already complex situation.
Many people who are in the process of receiving cancer treatment turn to therapists for mental health care, as well. Working with a therapist can help a cancer patient work through complicated feelings and fears, and regain the healthy mental edge they need during cancer treatment. Counseling can also be of benefit to the family of a cancer patient as they deal with their own feelings and try to cope with a new normal.
Therapy for Post-Cancer Diagnosis
For many cancer patients, the most emotionally stressful time comes post-diagnosis. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event and can impact an individual as a trauma. Post-diagnosis, a cancer patient is dealing with many emotions, and assumptions about health, well-being, and even being in control can get turned on their head. According to the National Cancer Institute, as many as 1 in 4 cancer patients experience symptoms of depression.
As you prepare to receive medical treatment, psychotherapy can help you develop a more positive emotional outlook. It can also help you with the new coping mechanisms you will need to deal with the changes to come in your life and in your relationships.
Therapy During Chemo
Receiving chemo is an exhausting process. Experiencing stress, depression, and mental exhaustion can exacerbate the process. If you are currently receiving chemotherapy, working with a therapist on your mental health can offer vital support during a difficult time.
Your therapist will work with you to develop your mental health treatment plan during chemo.
In addition to receiving talk therapy during chemo, patients can receive supplemental techniques and interventions, including guided imagery. Guided imagery has been shown to decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and even reduce some of the side effects of chemotherapy.
How to Find a Therapist for Cancer Counseling
At LifeStance Health, we can help you get through this critical time. Whether you are in chemo, in remission, or just post-diagnosis, our counselors are here to help you manage your emotional and mental well-being. Reach out to us today to speak with one of our counselors about how we can support you during cancer treatment.