Cancer Counselling Brisbane

Brisbane Cancer Counselling (Psycho-Oncology) Service

Cancer Counselling: Are you or a family member or friend facing a new diagnosis of cancer, undergoing treatment, living as a survivor, dealing with a recurrence, or contemplating palliative or hospice care?

A cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down — emotionally, physically and financially.

It’s common to experience feelings of shock, disbelief, fear, guilt, sadness, anger, depression and anxiety about how your life and the lives of your family members will change.

Spouses, children and friends may also have trouble adjusting as they cope with the increased demands of new roles and responsibilities, while trying to manage their own emotions.

Specialist help with the complex emotional journey of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Carly Fay is a Clinical Psychologist and has undertaken specialized training in psycho-oncology. She provides expert counselling for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as family members, friends and caregivers who are affected by cancer. Read Dr Fay’s Profile Here.

Why seek specialist Cancer Counselling from a Psychologist?

While the support of family and friends is important, it is often useful to talk to a professional outside your personal circle – someone who doesn’t want or expect you to react in a certain way, has experience working with cancer patients and their families and who is trained to help you explore your feelings and emotions and find ways of coping.

How Can Cancer Counselling Help?

Counselling can help you to deal with:

  • a diagnosis
  • treatment and treatment side-effects
  • Adjusting to life with cancer
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Loss and change
  • The impact on family, including children and young people
  • Relationship issues
  • Body image and sexuality issues
  • Managing concerns and uncertainty about the future, including fear of recurrence
  • Living life after remission
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Living with terminal or life-limiting illness
  • Palliative care, end of life issues and bereavement support and counselling

The help that people need varies greatly from person to person, and family to family. As such, Dr Fay tailors her approach to your specific circumstances. Therapeutic methods may include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and existential therapy.

When to seek Cancer Counselling?

Cancer counselling should be considered if you are experiencing high levels of ongoing distress and feel that you may not be coping.

Counselling can help at any stage of the cancer journey from initial diagnosis, living with cancer, remission and grief and bereavement. And it isn’t just for the person that has cancer. Family members, friends and caregivers can also benefit greatly.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment wit Dr Fay call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 or fill out our Online Booking & Enquiry Form <choose Dr Fay as your preferred psychologist from the drop down list>. We will then contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Referral Options

Medicare Referral:

Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.

The scheme provides considerable rebates allowing greater access to psychologists and more affordable mental health care. For more information read our Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services – Fact Sheet.

Self-Referral as a private paying patient:

If you want to attend as a Private Patient you do not need a referral. Most private health insurers offer rebates on psychological services.

To claim a rebate you will need to be covered by ancillary benefits insurance (extras cover). Some health funds also require a medical referral. Rebates vary based on your level of cover.

We recommend that you check with your health insurance fund first to find out if you are covered and how much your rebate will be.