Psychology Services

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

We offer a range of free psychology services for people with cancer and their families, including:

These services are provided by a dedicated team of professional psychologists.

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Cancer Society Psychology Team

About our services

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

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

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Tips and tools talks

Free Tips and tools talks for adults with cancer and their supporters are held at Domain Lodge on Thursdays from 12.30-1.30pm and are run by psychologists.

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. 

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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Coping with cancer community talks

Cancer Society nurses and psychologists hold free monthly talks in your community on the following topics:

  • Coping with emotions 
  • Managing stress 
  • Sleep and relaxation 
  • Getting the help you need 
  • Finding a new normal


Talks are held from 10-11.30am on Wednesdays (monthly) at the following locations:

  • Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. Click here for more information.

  • Sturges West Community House, Henderson. Click here for more information.

  • Franklin: The Centre, Pukekohe. Click here for more information.

  • Glenfield Community Centre, North Shore. Click here for more information.

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Free Relaxation Practice

Are you feeling overwhelmed or finding it hard to cope with stress?

Come and practice some relaxation techniques with an experienced Cancer Society Psychologist.

There is a different focus each week, relaxation exercises include:

-         Deep Breathing

-         Mindfulness

-         Body scan/progressive muscle relaxation

-         Visualisation

 Day: Tuesday, weekly

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: The Support Room, 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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