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Therapy & Support Groups for Cancer
I am looking for recommendations of a good cognitive-behavioral therapist for my father who has anxiety and depression mostly related to his declining health. Does anybody know of a psychologist near Berkeley/Oakland who has experience in helping people with chronic/terminal illness and the issues surrounding it?. I?m interested in the SF Bay Area Cognitive-Behavioral Center in Oakland- anybody love their psychologist there? My father is a cancer/stem cell transplant survivor currently in remission but constantly plagued by the likelihood that the cancer will return and claim his life. He wants to work on developing better coping skills to deal with his anxiety, depression and catastrophic thinking. My dad doesn't like ''touchy feely/kumbaya'' therapy- someone smart, articulate but with a sense of humor would be ideal.
My spouse just received a cancer diagnosis. The hospital has already provided referrals to support groups for him, but I'm hoping to find some referrals to support groups for caregivers for me. My preference is online - easier to participate in as a parent of a toddler, but in-person is ok too. Ideally, I'd really love a support group designed specifically for parents of young children, since there are issues unique to that population, but groups geared towards spouses as caregivers/young caregivers (age 40 and under) would be fine too. I've already submitted inquiries to Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and Stanford, Family Caregivers Alliance/caregivers.org, and cancercare, but was hoping some of the folks on BPN might know of other yahoogroups or things like that. Getting my ducks in a row
I have Health Net Insurance with Hills Physicians Group. I am dealing with breast cancer right now and am looking for a good therapist on my plan that has experience with this. Any recommendation would be appreciated. Kelly
Need recs for excellent therapist or support group who deals w/ young adults with cancer - and spouses and family members...Dealing with the denial, anger, depression, etc.. through the long journey. Someone who is also uplifting. Preferably in WC, Phill, Lamorinda. Thx. love someone recently diagnosed
Christie Rigg, MFT is a therapist who has had breast cancer, and specializes in dealing with the issue. She's wonderful--empathetic, warm and smart.
Her website: breastcancertherapist.com ph: 510 287-5845 her email: email@example.com
Feel free to email me if you have questions. denise
Does anyone know of a support group for those with a loved one who may be dying of cancer? I have what is probably an unusual situation, where my mother has an untreated malignant melanoma and does not wish to have any medical care or prognosis (though she was medically diagnosed a few years ago). I have the feeling a downward spiral is beginning, and though I'm past the stage of wishing to change her views about treatment (it may be too late anyway), I am bewildered, to say the least, as I anticipate the future. Does anyone else have an experience like this to share? Thank you so much. anonymous
Even if your mom doesn't get Hospice care, you might check out your local Hospice center for support groups. Hospice of SF and Hospice of Marin are very good. You might also contact the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland; they are a phenomenal place for information and I think they still actually have support groups for people caring for a loved one with cancer.
And definitely check out Hope Edelman's book, ''Motherless Daughters'' and her latest book ''Motherless Mothers.'' They will break your heart, but they will validate the feelings you may experience of losing your mother. No matter what your relationship has been like with your mom, losing your mother is an extremely significant life event for a woman. Whether you're 6, 16, 26, 46, or 66 - your mother's death is one of the biggest things you will go through and will shape your life in a way that shouldn't be underestimated and can't be fully imagined until it happens.
Best thoughts to you and your family. MLM
My aunt is looking for a therapist that specializes in working with people with cancer. She has healthnet insurance. Any suggestions would be appreciated. C
Contact Information: Office Hours~ Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and also available by appointment. Women's Cancer Resource Center 5741 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609 Helpline: 510.420.7900 ~~ Toll Free: 888.421.7900 Website: http://www.wcrc.org ~~ Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgI have a close friend who has been on staff there for 15+ years and other friends who offer their services through their agency. Hope this helps! Maya
My co-worker's father has stage 4 terminal brain cancer. She has moved in with her parents to help care for him, as her mother has a full-time daycare in their home with 5 toddlers. They need help in several areas, and I was hoping for suggestions. The first would be a support group for both dad and the family members. Understandibly, they are having a difficult time coping with this illness. Also, her father cannot return to work, and sits in bed all day watching CNN, as he gets confused and cannot drive/leave the house alone. Are there senior centers that pick people up at home for daytime activities? He is 61 or 62, so may qualify for these programs??? Also, he was in charge of family finances, and the family found out he hasn't been paying bills for several months. Is there someone that could help her mother make sense of this?
I think they all feel overwhelmed by what is happening and need some guidance. It would need to be gentle, as her father is a very strong person and is used to being in control. They live in the Concord/Walnut Creek area. They are such a close family, any suggestions are much appreciated!! want to help
Has anyone had recent experience with cancer support groups for mothers with school age children? Ideally, it would be a group where there would be support for the moms, and the children either played together or were in their own support group. It would be ok if the mother's partners were included, but also ok if they weren't. I woke up last night convinced that my daughter was calling me, but when I went into her room she was sound asleep. I know I need support, and I haven't told her yet, but I know she'll need support.
I also wonder if anyone has up-to-date contact info and experience with that group that supports kids whose mothers are being treated for cancer. worried
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