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Oncology counseling

Compassionate, whole person counseling for people with cancer and their loved ones

Oncology counseling services at the Allina Health Cancer Institute are both comprehensive and convenient. You will be supported by providers with expertise in their specialty areas who are committed to your well-being. 

Oncology counseling services help you cope with the many different feelings you and your loved ones may experience during a cancer diagnosis and treatment. You can expect to be listened to and respected and offered a safe space in which to share your thoughts and emotions. These services are provided by licensed, independent clinical social workers with specialized training in cancer care who are dedicated to helping you focus on healing and recovery. 

Oncology counseling can address: 

  • increased symptoms of depression and anxiety 
  • adjusting to physical and body image changes 
  • managing changing relationships and roles 
  • parenting concerns 
  • coping with uncertainty 
  • learning new techniques to address overall distress 

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Oncology counseling at Allina Health

At Allina Health, oncology counseling services are provided by experts who are part of the Allina Health Cancer Institute cancer care team. This means your entire team is seamlessly connected, contributing to whole person care that provides emotional support in tandem with your physical health care needs.  

Our oncology counseling team is made up of experienced, licensed therapists who work exclusively with people who have cancer and their loved ones.  They are well versed in the unique needs associated with cancer treatment and flexible with scheduling because they understand the demanding appointment loads of active cancer treatment. Oncology therapists work with you to make appropriate recommendations and referrals to other specialty areas to further support your needs. They also work specifically with your surgical, medical and radiation oncologists and their team of advanced practice providers, nurse navigators and nurses to provide the best possible outcomes for you.  

Oncology counseling - getting started

Oncology counseling is appropriate if you are experiencing new or changing emotions after receiving a cancer diagnosis, during active treatment or after recently completing treatment. You may be referred to oncology counseling by any member of your cancer care team or by self-referral.   

Oncology counseling can help address the emotional distress often experienced when diagnosed with or supporting someone with cancer. Your first appointment will be a mental health intake, which will help your therapist gather important information about you. Follow up sessions will include developing a treatment plan specific to your needs. Counseling sessions are billed to your health insurance under a mental health diagnosis determined by your therapist. 

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Source: Allina Health Cancer Care Services
Reviewed by: Allina Health Cancer Care Services

First published: 5/23/2019
Last reviewed: 5/23/2019