23 July 2018
There’s no denying, a cancer diagnosis is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. This Stress Down Day on 24 July, Cancer Council SA Counsellors Helen and Cris share a bit about their role and how they support people impacted by cancer to manage stress throughout their journey.
We have been working at Cancer Council SA as counsellors for the past two years.
Our role at Cancer Council SA is both challenging and rewarding and provides us with an opportunity to support people through a particularly difficult and stressful time in their lives.
We provide counselling, either over the phone or in person, to those impacted by cancer, their family members and their friends. We work with people across all stages of their cancer experience, right from the initial diagnosis throughout treatment and beyond.
In our role, we provide a safe and supportive space for people to talk about the impact a cancer diagnosis has had on their lives and we support them in developing strategies and learning new ways of identifying and managing stress. This can include dealing with day to day concerns and struggles, managing emotions and feelings, building and supporting relationships and social networks, facilitating the development of personal goals and discussing ways of communicating with family and friends about their concerns and experiences.
Counselling can also help by supporting someone in their development of practical skills that are known to be beneficial in managing feelings of stress and anxiety. Some of these skills might include the practice of mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion, goal setting, managing thoughts and emotions and dealing with feelings of uncertainty.
We know how significant it is for someone to reach out and speak to a counsellor. Knowing that there is someone there to talk to when you need it most can make the world of difference.
If you are going through a cancer experience yourself, or are supporting someone who is, our message to you is that we are here to help.
Remember that you are not alone. We are here to listen and support you in whatever way you need, one step at a time.
Cancer Council SA’s counselling sessions are offered free to those impacted by cancer, their families and friends. If you would like to book a counselling appointment with one of our counsellors, contact Cancer Council SA on 13 11 20 between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.