If you’ve experienced the trauma of cancer, now may be the time to start looking forward to getting your life back to normality.  Finding a sympathetic experienced counsellor based locally in Surrey can be a great support as you may find that you need to make adjustments following changes to your body and your feelings.  Both you and those closest to you may need reassurance to understand what you have been through and to find ways of coping with any emotional stress.

Physical Symptoms

The effect of drugs and surgery to your body may have left more than physical scars.  It may be that you need time to regain trust in your body.  There may be obvious physical symptoms such as scarring from surgery or hair loss following chemotherapy.  Whether you are male or female, these changes to your body can have a significant impact on your self-esteem.  Counselling can help by giving you the opportunity to talk through your feelings.

Effect on your Family

When a loved one in our family experiences cancer, it can affect others as well as the sufferer.  In particular children can be highly upset by the experience.  Children are very perceptive; even if you try to hide what is going on, they are often aware that something is wrong.  They may be scared, even if your cancer has been treated.  Family counselling can help children to feel secure and more importantly understand what has happened.

Self-Esteem Issues

If you have experienced cancer, you may be finding it difficult to come to terms with changes to your appearance; perhaps even to the extent that you may be feeling symptoms of withdrawal and depression.  Talking through your emotions and anxieties with a qualified and experienced counsellor can give you comfort in the knowledge that how you are feeling is entirely understandable.

Focusing on the Future

Once you have successfully finished your treatment, talking with a counsellor can help you to focus on the future.  You will need to decide how and when to continue with parts of your life that may have been put on hold during your treatment, or which elements of your life you want to completely re-fashion.

Types of Counselling

There are different types of counselling that will help you and your loved ones following cancer.  These may depend on a number of issues.  It’s also very important that you are comfortable with your chosen counsellor.  Finding a locally accredited HGI counselling practitioner in Surrey will help you with any feelings or concerns that you may have.  Some people like one-to-one counselling, others find that group counselling therapy can be a real comfort.  Listening to the experiences of others may be really beneficial.  As with any therapy though, it may not be suitable for everyone.  It’s important that you explore the possible options and make the counselling work for you.

By | 2014-08-05T14:29:24+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Anxiety, GENERAL, Healing|Comments Off on Focusing on the Future – Counselling for Cancer Patients

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