West Central Family and Counseling Launches Cancer Informed Therapy Program

West Central Family and Counseling is excited to announce the launch of a new interdisciplinary cancer informed therapy program.

West Central Family and Counseling (WCFC) has developed a mental health treatment program specifically for cancer patients, families, caregivers and their loved ones.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2006 the Institute of Medicine issued a report recommending that every cancer patient receive a cancer survivorship care plan. WCFC will work with healthcare providers to meet the mental health needs of their care plans.

“The goal of the program is to provide patients and their families’ cancer informed therapy. We can accomplish this in the clinic and as a home based support when it seems needed” said Jo-Anne Gaughan-Cabral who serves as a clinic supervisor and clinical lead of the cancer informed therapy program. “Clients and family members who are effected by a cancer diagnosis will benefit from this program.”

Just as any serious illness, a cancer diagnosis can be a challenging experience for patients, caregivers and their loved ones. Many clients have reported feelings of anxiety and depression along with grief, stress, episodes of confusion and acute or reoccurrence of trauma.

An open house will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 8am-9am at WCFC (103 Myron Street Suite A, West Springfield, Ma 01089) for cancer treatment professionals interested in learning more about the new program. Meetings with clinical staff, refreshments and tours will be provided to attendees.

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