One of the more traditional therapies for people dealing with cancer is talking to someone who understands. Cancer is a journey not meant to be taken alone. There are people who are there to support you. And it’s always better to speak to someone you can relate to. The two most common outlets are talk therapy with a licensed therapist or a cancer support group.
A support group is a regular meeting of your peers that offers a safe and confidential environment to share your thoughts, experiences, concerns, etc. with others facing similar situations. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who understand what you’re going through. While it’s great to have family and friends to speak with, it helps to go outside your inner circle to learn and hear stories from others. Some groups are more formal, run by a therapist, social worker or medical professional, and meet regularly. Other groups are more informal and are done via online forums or social media.
Talk therapy is a private session with a licensed therapist during which you have the opportunity to explore your situation, gain some understanding of the cause or causes of your condition, and develop strategies to reduce your distress and, restore and maintain well-being. There are various types of talk therapies, and we recommend consulting with your doctor to help find the right fit for you.