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A diagnosis of cancer remains a devastating life event for most individuals. Despite the enormous advances over the recent years improving the outcome of many types of cancer, the word still strikes a deep sense of foreboding in those directly and indirectly affected. Its always a surprise how well most people cope with the trauma of cancer and its treatment some argue this is part of our basic survival instinct. When pushed to the wall man has tended to fight back!

 
The suicide rate, for example, among patients with cancer is actually less than the general population.  Nevertheless, in detailed studies up the 40% have a varying degree formally measured anxiety or depression and many more have fluctuations in mood. Patient usually feel most vulnerable period is often shortly after the end of the initial intensive therapies such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or herceptin. During this time they usually have significant support from the hospital and community staff which can often suddenly cease leaving them with a sense of foreboding and a feeling they are stepping into the unknown.  

Clearly if there is clinically significant depression therapeutic intervention should be considered and patients are advised to see their local doctor for advice. Otherwise, this is a good time to consider investing into a course of psychological counseling. A good professional counselor will spend time listening to patients fears, based on the recent and based experiences and their underlying personality makeup, and then re-channel them into positive psychological and physical lifestyle strategies. In the UK many oncology units do not have formal psychological counsellors but many excellent private services can be found locally.

Find a counselor:

Counselling and Psychotherapy in London
City based. Not-for-profit organisation. 19 therapists. Open 7am - 10pm. 
www.lacap.co.uk  
Harley Street Counselling
Confidential counselling for individuals and couples in Harley Street, London W1. Fully-qualified counsellors. Short- or long-term therapy.
www.harleystreetcounselling.co.uk (sponsored link)
Promis Counselling Services
Private specialist counsellors in the Kent and London areas provide therapy for addictive and compulsive behaviours, relationship problems and depression. Call us now.
Counselling
Find your local listings for counselling services with one of the UK's leading online business directories. 
ABS - Alternative Behavioral Services
Offers a wide array of behavioral health services that strive to reach the needs of the youth, families, and communities served (United States).
http://www.absfirst.com   
About Psychotherapy
Information explaining what psychotherapy is, how it works, why it works, what should happen there, why go, when to stop, how to find and choose a therapist.
http://www.aboutpsychotherapy.com   
Allied Psychology Group, Inc.
Offers a full range of psychological services for the San Francisco East Bay community. Links to national and local mental health sites. Featured article.
http://www.alliedpsychological.com   
Ann Smith Counseling and Training
Information on a 5-day in-patient treatment program. Find dates for the workshops. Catalog of recovery materials includes books, audio and video tapes.
http://www.annsmith.com   
Bio-Behavioral Institute
Information on mental health, treatment services, and research studies. Located in New York.
http://www.bio-behavioral.com   
Cancer as a Turning Point
Lawrence LeShan, PhD and staff offer cancer support retreats and individual marathon therapy sessions, in NYC, NC and CT.
http://www.cancerasaturningpoint.org/   
Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation
Provides evaluation and treatment services for people with a wide range of physical and emotional problems. Includes information about the evaluation, links and contact details. Located in Decatur, Georgia.
http://www.rehabgeorgia.com   
Claremont Behavioral Services
Resource for personal, practical worksite-focused EAP services to private and public sector employers, their employees and family members.
http://www.claremonteap.com   
Connections Counselling
Offering support on a range of personal issues via various means. Includes information on support options and fees.
http://www.connections-c.co.uk/   
Could Counselling Help?
Information on different types of counselling and psychotherapy, how they work, FAQs, common issues including anxiety and depression, and online tests.
http://www.alanpriest.f2s.com   
Counseling Approaches
Written by Dr. Daniel Baney, an ordained United Methodist minister and licensed psychologist, this article examines what to look for in a choosing a counselor.
http://www.drbaney.com/Counseling_App...   
Counseling.com
One stop access for all counseling needs. For the community there are many resources: counseling FAQs, library, glossary, therapist locator, chat room, advice column, forum, bulletin board. For therapists: a conference board, forum, seminars and employment information.
http://www.counseling.com   
CounsellingResource.com
Provides educational materials on mental health and psychotherapy, including diagnostic criteria, descriptions of different therapeutic approaches, an extensive bibliography, discussion and support groups, and book reviews.
http://counsellingresource.com/   
Cybershrink.org
General resource for counseling and psychotherapy. Includes FAQs staffed by professionals and information on how to find a qualified mental health counselor.
http://www.cybershrink.org   
DRB Alternatives
Articles on general counseling, substance abuse quiz, and mediation. Participate in on-line infidelity research questionnaire. Licensed clinical social worker provides general counseling, in-person or telephone consultations. Naperville, IL.
http://www.drbalternatives.com/   
Damien O'Farrell Foundation
Dedicated to personal growth, curing addictions, nutrition, health, stress management, and self-love. Private sessions, workshops, courses, and seminars. Located in Rome, Italy. Travels internationally.
http://www.damienofarrell.com   
Dr. Kathy Marshack, Ph.D.
Family business counselling, family business online therapy, psychotherapy and family business consultation. Author of "Entrepreneurial Couples: Making it Work at Work and at Home".
http://www.kmarshack.com/   
Dr. Marian Stansbury, Ph.D.
Offers counseling and coaching for individuals and couples. Online quizzes, tests, and articles. Office in Connecticut.
http://www.drstansbury.com/living   
Dr. Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
Therapy without the constraints and intrusion of managed-care. Online catalog, free downloads, seminars. California, Sonoma.
http://www.drozur.com   
Dr.Deborah Sunbeck and Infinity Walk
Training, books and videos: an accelerated sensory motor cognitive language development program for ages 6-adult, special education, occupational therapy, superlearning, all learning styles, dyslexia, multiple intelligence, whole brain learning, improved self-esteem, performance skills.
http://www.sunbeck.com   
EMDR Therapy
Offers information on how EMDR therapy effectively treats PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. Find EMDR therapists, information, articles, books, research, and links.
http://www.emdr-therapy.com   
FEI Behavioral Health
Employee assistance programs. Work, life, and crisis management. Services are provided in-person, over the phone and through a customized website.
http://www.feinet.com/   
Galway Counselling Studies
Provides information on individual counselling and psychotherapy, courses in counselling, psychotherapy and managing stress. Offers supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and trainers. Based in Ireland.
http://www.galwaycounselling.com   
Gregory J. Boyce
Description of psychotherapy. Mini-lessons on Transactional Analysis. Links to other mental health sites and referral sources.
http://www.boyceco.com/   
HMA Behavioral Health, Inc.
Offers managed care services for mental health and substance abuse. Offers ProCare Employee Assistance Programs nation-wide and in Canada.
http://www.hmabh.com   
Homme Youth and Family Programs
Treatment referrals, family and youth programs. Personalized care and quality treatment have made it a nationally known treatment program for children and adolescents dealing with issues of sexual perpetration, delinquency, victimization, alcohol or drug abuse, cognitive-behavioral issues or dual diagnosis.
http://www.homme-lss.org/   
Horizon Behavioral Services
A healthcare management corporation that offers employee assistance and workplace productivity programs.
http://www.horizoncare.net/   
Integrated Insights
Provides comprehensive employee assistance programs(EAPs), work and life services, training, and consultation. Located in San Diego, California. Contracts professionals nationwide.
http://www.iinsights.com/   
Ira C. Eaker College - Counseling Resources Online
Links to a variety of online counseling information.
http://www.au.af.mil/au/cpd/cpdgate/c...   
Lifeskills Training Center
We teach optimum core winning values and optimum core LifeSkills found in the social sciences, life enhancement, research, health science, philosophy, religion, counselor''s offices and fitness centers.
http://www.lifeskillstraining.org/   
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Offers diagnostic evaluations and clinical treatment for sensory cognitive treatments. Overview of programs, certifications, books and kits, multimedia, and contacts. Includes locations throughout the United States and London, England.
http://www.lindamoodbell.com/   
MEERS, INC. Consulting Psychologists
A family practice of psychology with an emphasis on consultative, wellness, and psycho-educational approaches for all ages, located in Ohio. Offers online articles on mental health issues.
http://www.meersinc.com   
Matrix Psychological Services
Employee Assistance Programs and consulting services help corporate clients care for their employees through a nationwide network of doctorally trained psychologists.
http://www.matrixpsych.com   
McLean Hospital
National and regional psychiatric and mental health hospital located near Boston, Massachusetts. Information about programs, research, and topics in mental health.
http://mcleanhospital.org/   
Menninger Clinic
Specialty psychiatric and behavioral hospital offering diagnostic and treatment programs for adolescents and adults from around the US. Extensive information about services and research activities. In Houston, Texas; originally in Topeka, Kansas.
http://www.menningerclinic.com/   
Mental Health Information by Dr. Marty Tashman
Collection of mental health papers that help you decide when a person needs therapy or how to select a therapist.
http://www.drmartytashman.com/   
Mentor Counseling
Jeff Leiken counselor, educator, works with at risk youth. Training consulting and youth advocacy programs also provided.
http://www.mentorcounselor.com   
Merle James Yost
Public forums for men with gynecomastia or men who have been sexually abused. Information about his books and his psychotherapy practice. A question and answer column, a book of the month and many links.
http://www.myost.com   
Multicultural Family Institute
Offers a wide variety of conferences, programs, seminars, training, sessions, and clinical services to individuals and families. Based in New Jersey. Monica McGoldrick LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Director.
http://www.multiculturalfamily.org   
Multiple Family Group Therapy
Focuses on the multiple family group style of therapy. Counseling offered. On-line articles.
http://hometown.aol.com/fosterlew/pag...   
Natural Psychotherapy
The international center on the Web for a creative, medication-free form of therapy for life''s problems and stresses - from the simplest to the most severe.
http://naturalpsychotherapy.com   
Optimum Health Resources
Family physician, author and speaker, Dr.David Rainham provides a stress test, books and tapes to guide in taking charge of stress.
http://www.optimumhealth.ca   
Our Emotional Minds
A new therapeutic approach, known as Clinical Affectology and af-x Therapy, resolves depression, anxiety, stress, and psychosomatic symptoms.
http://www.emotionsinbalance.com   
Oyster Point Psychological Practice
Forensic psychological services for attorneys and their clients. Personal coaching for executives in transition.
http://www.oysterpointpsychological.com   
Paul Haider - Stress Management
Offers corporate and individual stress management programs and seminars.
http://www.paulhaider.com   
People Resources - Employee Assistance Programs
Committed to helping businesses solve problems that deplete human potential and human assets. Offers online services as well as services in Missouri.
http://www.peopleresourceseap.com/   
Peter Rath, Psy.D.
A brief description of services provided (California) as well as information on a live internet psychology talk show.
http://www.psychologytalkshow.com/   
Planet-Therapy
Solutions for individual and family problems in everyday language. Provides current psychotherapy ideas and practices so people can solve their mental health problems and find professional counseling resources.
http://www.planet-therapy.com   
Processus Counseling and Consulting
Features an overview of services, staff, and location. Lists free talk series offered each fall and spring. Provides articles of interest in the areas of depression, marriage, children and divorce, eating disorders, parenting adolescents. Located in Minnesota.
http://www.processus-counseling.com   
Psyche Consult
Provides a consultation service for people thinking about going into psychotherapy treatment or psychodynamic counselling. Definitions of various modes of therapy.
 
Psychology Doc
Treatment of emotional and marital problems, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy. How to select and check qualifications of a therapist, symptoms of panic disorders and other emotional problems.
http://psychologydoc.com   
Resource Center for Freedom of Mind
Helping victims of mind control. Defines a cult - stating not all are religion based. Links to cult awareness groups and resources. Steven Hassan, author of Combatting Cult Mind Control.
http://www.freedomofmind.com   
Richard Grossman, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Essays on psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting, and a variety of other topics in psychology. Located in Brookline, Massachusetts.
http://www.voicelessness.com/   
Rick Carson and Associates
Psychotherapist and author of two books ("Taming Your Gremlin" and "Never Get a Tattoo"). Offers confidential counseling, books and cassettes.
http://www.tamingyourgremlin.com   
RocklandPsych.com
New York; Nauet. Articles, news, services. Critical incident stress management and psychotherapy practice of Stephen Jay Levy, Ph.D.
http://www.rocklandpsych.com/   
SoYouWanna Choose a Therapist?
Article discusses the different types of therapists, how to choose a therapist, and what to expect in your first meeting.
http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/t...   
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
The Brief Therapy Practice - where solution focused brief therapy started in Britain. Europe''s largest provider of solution focused brief therapy, solution focused training and consultation. International presentations available.
http://www.brieftherapy.org.uk   
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
A national resource for behavioral health care. Uses a multidisciplanary approach in the psychological evaluation and treatment of patients.
http://www.slbmi.com   
The Doctors Gurr
Husband and wife team of psychologists in New York State. Includes newsletter articles and links for the general public and mental health professionals.
http://www.drsgurr.com   
The Excel Center
Counselling and hypnotherapy clinic in Alberta Canada. Offers a mental health therapist referral service, hypnosis audio programs, and on-line Inspiration Journal and Forum.
http://www.excelcenter.com   
The Houle Pychology Clinic
Dr. Houle''s practice is dedicated to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Newsletter, online advice, and products.
http://www.drhoule.com/index.html   
The Independents Centre
For people with enduring mental health problems. Designed to give users direct access to the internet to help them form friendships, pen-friends, and web-friends. Links to mental health articles and counseling services.
http://www.mh.daycentre.freeuk.com   
The Phoenix Center
Individual and marital counselling, and business mentoring services. Download a free 45 page book on building excellent relationships.
http://www.phoenixcentre.com   
The Rational Basis of Happiness
Ask Dr. Kenner, clinical psychologist, any personal question toll-free. Happiness has a rational basis.
http://www.drkenner.com   
The Road - Counselling and Personal Development
Innovative and effective solution-oriented counselling and personal development, in person or online. Personal breakthrough sessions. Community building experiences. Quit smoking hypnosis and phobia cures. Online bookstore.
http://www.theroad.com.hk   
The Sylvia Gearing Women's Center
Describes Dr. Sylvia Gearing''s work in stress with women, communication and relationships. A nationally known media psychologist, her books, tapes, and seminars are featured.
http://www.gearingup.com/   
The Whole Child Center
Learning, behavior, and social problems of children. Definitions of attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, emotional intelligence, and the whole child philosophy. Mailing list. Toll free hotlines and helplines, resources links. New York; New York.
http://wholechild.net   
Theft Talk
Counsels theft offenders of all ages, provides theft victim services, and professional training services.
http://www.thefttalk.com/   
Therapists Unlimited
Counseling referral service.
http://therapistunlimited.com   
Therapy and Getting Help Article Library
Non-profit site offers articles to help people choose mental health professionals and therapists that are right for them.
http://www.relationships911.org/Thera...   
VMC Behavioral HealthCare Services
Global provider of employee assistance, work/life, and managed behavioral healthcare programs. VMC''s EAP is uniquely designed to provide companies the opportunity to help employees resolve the wide array of personal problems that arise in the workplace. In assisting employees resolve their problems, EAP''s maximize job performance, reduce absenteeism, and decrease the use of medical benefits
http://www.vmceap.com   
Websidetherapy
Creative psychotherapy for emotional health. Offers psychotherapy, dream analysis and interpretation, and art therapy.
http://www.websidetherapy.com   
Wellplace
Provides nationwide employee support and wellness services.
http://www.wellplace.com   
Western Behavioral Consulting
Offers psychological therapy/testing services, a new book "Choosing a Therapist", a day-treatment camp for children with ADHD, EAP services, and evaluation services for businesses. Services offered to local, state, and national community. West Michigan location.
http://www.westernbehavioral.com   
Without Conflict There Can Be No Growth
Phyllis Karpe Bergstein, counselor and author of "The Courage to Confront Coloring Book for Adults". Pioneered Confrontation Therapy for women.
http://members.tripod.com/phylliskarpe/   
Yorkshire Training Centre
Psychotherapy and counselling offered by experienced and registered therapists. Also training in professional psychotherapy qualifications.
http://www.ytc.cwc.net   

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