Cancer Society Psychology Services

Our psychology service can help with:

  • The emotional rollercoaster many people experience when diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment.
  • Learning to manage difficult emotions such as anger, frustration, grief, sadness, anxiety or depression
  • Communicating with health professionals - what questions to ask and how
  • Communicating with whānau and friends about cancer
  • Making the decisions that are right for you
  • Coping with treatment, medical procedures and tests
  • Moving on with life after cancer and regaining confidence

We offer a range of free services for people with cancer and their whānau:

  • One-on-one psychology sessions click here for more information
  • Free Webinars – Online Talks
  • Cancer Support Series - Talks at Domain Lodge
  • Moving Forward after Cancer: 6 week programme

These services are provided by a dedicated team of registered psychologists. Click here to meet the team.

Psychology team

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), email information@akcansoc.org.nz, or click here to use our online self-referral form.

You may also like to try the Relax CD, which offers a series of relaxation and mindfulness exercises that you can do at home. When practised regularly, these exercises can enhance emotional and physical well-being. Click here to listen >

Download the Relax CD

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

Individual sessions

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

Free Individual psychology sessions are available for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their whānau and friends.

Individual sessions involve one on one confidential sessions with a registered psychologist. Some people find that attending just one session is useful whilst 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) email information@akcansoc.org.nz, or click here to use our online self-referral form.

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Cancer Support Series

FREE TALKS presented by a Cancer Society Psychologist.

The psychology team have developed a series of free talks for people with cancer and their supporters addressing the most common issues brought up in one-on-one sessions.

These helpful talks are designed to provide you with information, resources, and strategies for coping with the impact of cancer and all are run by Cancer Society psychologists.

 

Topics include:

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

“Finding a New Normal - To help you cope with life after cancer treatment ends and find a new normal.

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

“Communication and Support” – Explore 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.

Fortnightly on Thursdays 12.30-1.30pm at Domain Lodge (1 Boyle Crescent Grafton).

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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.

The Moving Forward group runs several times a year and we encourage a meeting with one of the psychologists on the team prior to joining the group. Please call us on 09 308 0168 or 0800 CANCER (226 237), email information@akcansoc.org.nz, or click here to use our online self-referral form.

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