Health Psychology for Cancer

Cancer can have a deep psychological impact on patients and their loved ones. Health or cancer psychology may be beneficial to cancer patients experiencing psychosocial distress or who wish to work on lifestyle changes. A licensed clinical psychologist will provide both evaluation and interventions to address symptoms/behaviors of addictions, stress, anxiety, and depression as well as collaborate with other Integrative Medicine Center practitioners in the area of lifestyle behavior change (e.g., weight loss). Individuals who are at risk for cancer can also benefit from health psychology services related to health, wellness, and prevention.

There are many different types of interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindful based stress reduction practices.

After receiving an assessment, you and the integrative health psychologist will determine the treatment plan together.

Health psychology may help:

  • Promote physical and emotional wellness
  • Assist in adjusting to a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Improve quality of life
  • Cope with the changes in your life
  • Manage stress, anxiety and depression
  • Increase relaxation
  • Address sleep issues
  • Address end of life issues
  • Assist patients in problem solving related to treatment decisions
  • Cope with the different psychological stages of cancer
  • Cope with grief and loss
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol / drug use
  • Sexual and intimacy issues related to cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Cope with treatment side effects
  • Address addictive or unhealthy behaviors
  • Address the impact that cancer diagnosis and treatment have on the patient's support team

Children with cancer may also benefit from health or cancer psychology. Consult your child’s physician.