Support for Cancer and Cancer Treatment Issues

A cancer diagnosis can be a distressing life experience and living with cancer and its treatment brings a variety of challenges to anyone affected by this complex disease.

We do not have to look far to find cancer. It is estimated that one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. Despite these statistics, a cancer diagnosis will often be an unexpected, life-changing and sometimes traumatic event for many individuals.

There is no universal reaction to a cancer diagnosis. Each person will experience the disease in their own way. For many people, a cancer diagnosis makes the future feel very uncertain and some cancer patients say that time suddenly feels more precious. Some people will turn to family and friends for support while others will approach cancer as a very personal and private experience.

There are many reasons people in London seek counselling for cancer-related issues

Cancer is a complicated disease. There are a number of ways people sometimes benefit from counselling for cancer-related issues.

Some clients come to us after receiving an upsetting personal cancer diagnosis while other people approach therapy for support following the cancer diagnosis of a family member or friend. Whether cancer has come into our own life or into the life of someone we love, the arrival of cancer usually brings a complex and often overwhelming series of psychological and emotional responses.

In other cases, clients have sought counselling after undergoing successful cancer treatment, once the disease has been cured. Many cancer survivors find that successful treatment leaves them with physical or psychological challenges that are difficult to overcome. How life feels after cancer is not always the same as how life was experienced before cancer arrived.

Some clients come to us following cancer treatment where cancer is now in remission but has not been cured. Others approach counselling only once cancer treatment options have been exhausted and they find themselves facing the end of life.

Post-treatment counselling for cancer survivors is sometimes beneficial

Post-treatment counselling helps many people deal with challenges that arise following a cancer experience. These challenges include addressing any emotional or psychological consequences of having survived cancer and invasive cancer treatments, dealing with disfigurement or the loss of a body part (if treatment required surgery), the loss of one’s sense of self or identity, post-treatment stress, anxiety and loss of any confidence in the future.

Cancer counselling is often about loss: loss of health, strength, ‘sameness’, autonomy, identity and security. People experiencing cancer often talk about feeling a sense of isolation and powerlessness. Cancer can evoke feelings of apprehension, anxiety, anger, guilt and sadness. And cancer and cancer treatments can pose numerous challenges to personal and intimate relationships.

Meeting with a therapist who has experience working with cancer-related issues can be enormously helpful to those undergoing a cancer experience. Many of our therapists have knowledge of cancer, cancer treatments and the emotional and psychological effects brought on by cancer diagnosis and treatment. Please feel free to get in touch if we might be able to help.

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One Therapy London

Ameet Magan

Ameet is from London and holds an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy He has more than a decade’s experience of working in a one-to-one capacity with clients He has also trained in groupwork and has worked since 2016 as a group psychotherapist and clinical practitioner with the NHS in East London Ameet is a warm, grounded and reflective person He works with compassion...

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Therapist Amrita Athwal
Amrita Athwal

Amrita works with adults in an integrative way, drawing on various therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the needs of each client She provides a safe space to help clients better understand themselves She offers short term and long term therapy Amrita has experience of working with clients on issues such as trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship...

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Therapist Annie Curran-White
Annie Curran-White

With a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Annie offers both short and long term, open-ended therapy to individuals Her experience includes depression, stress and anxiety, bereavement, loss, personal development and trauma Annie has additional, specialist training working with survivors of rape, and adult and childhood sexual...

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Therapist Antonella Bonetti
Antonella Bonetti

Antonella is a psychodynamic therapist offering short- and long-term therapy to adults She also sees couples facing issues within their relationship Since obtaining her Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Therapy & Counselling, Antonella has worked in different organisational settings (charities, NHS and university counselling services) helping people from diverse...

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Therapist Ava Kinsey
Ava Kinsey

Ava is a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor She works with the NHS both as an adult psychotherapist at a complex trauma unit, and as a perinatal psychotherapist working with mothers and their infants and toddlers Before that, she worked as a psychotherapist in secondary care at the NHS, treating clients who experienced early relational/sexual trauma or...

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Therapist Barbara Beyaz
Barbara Beyaz

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Therapist Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Barbara is an accredited member of BACP, holding an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and adhering to the BACP ethical framework Her approach is open-ended, offering both short-term and long-term therapy Barbara has also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), a short-term (16 sessions), semi-structured individual therapy developed for mood...

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Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also sensitive to how difficult it might be for a client to talk to a...

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Therapist Ben Marks
Ben Marks

Ben is an experienced psychotherapist who has helped many people through difficult times in their lives He works with clients with a wide range of personal issues around depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, loneliness, stresses within the workplace, low self esteem, relationship and sexual problems including performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction and...

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Therapist Catherine Hammett
Catherine Hammett

Catherine offers a safe, confidential space for clients bringing a wide range of issues to therapy  These include anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, anger and work-related stress  Catherine also supports clients experiencing depression, bereavement and life transitions  Among her specialist interests are post-traumatic growth and working with adult...

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