A diagnosis of cancer and the ensuing treatment can be a very difficult period for patients and their families. The Clinical Psychology service at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital is dedicated to providing psychological support, therapy and counselling to cancer patients.
The team consists of four Clinical Psychologists who have specialist post-graduate degrees and focused skills in psychological assessment, case formulation and evidence-based psychological therapies. The structure of support is designed to address the unique concerns of each individual, and to provide therapy and skills to help people achieve their goals.
Clinical Psychologists support people experiencing a range of psychological concerns associated with cancer including
- adjusting to the cancer diagnosis and associated changes
- managing feelings of depression, anxiety, anger and helplessness
- managing feelings of grief and loss
- negotiating challenges within family relationships
- managing treatment-related issues such as a fear of needles, claustrophobia or anticipatory nausea
- managing treatment side-effects including pain, fatigue and changes in your body
- managing post-treatment concerns such as fear of cancer recurrence and difficulties with body image and intimacy
Our team also provides support to families and carers of patients, with respect to
- adjustment to the diagnosis and treatment regime,
- managing family difficulties experienced during this time,
- adjustment to the role of being a carer.
The team works closely with the medical, nursing and allied health professionals at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital to help provide a holistic, comprehensive and personalised service for each patient in their individual circumstances.
If you are interested in a referral to the Clinical Psychology service, please discuss with your doctor or cancer care coordinator.