Coping with emotions

Many people find it useful to talk through the emotions surrounding their cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one.

Our Psychology Service 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 the decisions that are right for you
  • Coping with treatment, medical procedures and tests
  • Moving on with life after cancer and regaining confidence

For more information on the Psychology Service or if you would like to be referred, please call us on 09 308 0168 or 0800 CANCER (226 237) or email information@akcansoc.org.nz

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Individual sessions

Many people find it useful to talk through the emotions surrounding their cancer diagnosis.

Individual sessions are available for free to people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends.

Individual sessions involve one on one confidential sessions with a psychologist. Some people find one session very useful and others appreciate ongoing support. 

Sessions last for one hour and are confidential.

If you would like more information about this service or if you would like to be referred, please call us on 09 308 0168 or 0800 CANCER (226 237) or email information@akcansoc.org.nz

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Tips and tools talks

Free Tips and tools talks for adults with cancer and their supporters are held in various locations across Auckland.

These helpful talks are designed to provide you with information, resources and Image of adult holding child's handstrategies to help cope with the impact of cancer. 

Talks are run by experienced Cancer Society psychologists and nurses.

Coping with cancer tips and tools talks are held at the following locations:

  • Domain Lodge, Grafton. Click here for more information.
  • Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. Click here for more information.
  • West Lynn Gardens, New Lynn. Click here for more information.
  • Franklin: The Centre, Pukekohe. Click here for more information.
  • Glenfield Community Centre, North Shore. Click here for more information.

 Topics include:

“Sleeping easy” - Hear about practical strategies that can help you get a good night’s sleep.

“Relaxation and Managing stress” - Recognise the signs of stress and learn ways to help prevent burnout.

“Riding the emotional rollercoaster” - Learn coping skills for the emotions experienced by many people facing cancer.

“Super-sizing your support” - How to talk about cancer and get the most out of your support.

“Strategies for supporters” - Learn how to look after yourself when you are supporting someone with cancer.

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Stress and relaxation management group

If you feel stressed and you have a cancer diagnosis, or you are supporting someone with cancer, this programme is for you.

This programme is designed to help people cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Over four weeks, you’ll learn different techniques to relax your body and mind.

Time: 10am – 12pm, once a week for five weeks 

Location: Domain Lodge, Grafton

For more information, please phone 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237).

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Moving forward after cancer

This group gives you the opportunity to explore shared experiences with others in a similar situation and clarify your future direction. With support from one of our experienced psychologists, you will learn strategies to help you move forward after cancer.

This programme is designed for people who have finished treatment for a primary cancer, are in remission and have a good prognosis.

Time: 10am-12pm once a week for six weeks

Location: Domain Lodge, Grafton

For more information, please phone 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237).

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