Counseling services are offered at Wellness House to help cancer patients, families and caregivers navigate through the functional, emotional, and spiritual adjustment necessary to maintain their quality of life during their cancer journey.
A cancer diagnosis can mean distress for both patients and their families. The goal of our counseling services is to provide professional guidance around the many challenges posed by a cancer diagnosis. We provide assistance, information, and support to patients and families during all phases of the cancer continuum. The services include adjustment to diagnosis and treatment, emotional support, coping techniques, crisis intervention and referral, and grief and loss.
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELING
Short-term counseling is available to members by appointment, for the purpose of helping to identify and implement coping strategies during the cancer journey. Up to six individual sessions are available for each member. All counselors are licensed mental health professionals. Counseling is provided by appointment, please call 410-990-0941 or email us.
Support groups provide a time for participants to discuss their issues with others who have experienced similar events in an environment of support and assimilation. Members often report a sense of “belonging” and gain encouragement from other participants. Additionally, members are often able to provide support and direction for others in the group.
Caregivers Support Group
Meets on the first Monday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Being a caregiver can be both an honor and a challenge. This monthly support group provides caregivers the opportunity to share their journey with other caregivers.
Advanced Cancer Support Group
Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The American Cancer Society defines Advanced Cancer as a cancer that cannot be cured, meaning it won't go away and stay away completely with treatment. This support group is for individuals with an advanced cancer diagnosis to find mutual support, information, and inspiration. Pre-registration is required prior to attending this group for the first time. To register please contact Betsy Jenkins, LCPC, 410-990-0941.
Survivors Support Group
Meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. One becomes a survivor the day of diagnosis. This group helps put the concept and reality of survivorship into perspective and offers tools for coping with the emotional and practical challenges of life with cancer and living cancer-free.
Men's Cancer Support Group
Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Offers men who are experiencing cancer to connect with each other, normalize the challenges they face, and share strategies that work in meeting those challenges.
Living With Cancer Support Group
Meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This evening support group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer at any point in their cancer experience. This group is designed for individuals with cancer to connect with one another by sharing of information, challenges, celebrations, and feelings surrounding day to day life with cancer.
Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This monthly support group for Myeloma survivors and caregivers provides an opportunity to get together for mutual support, education, sharing and friendship.
Where Young Adults (YA) Meet Support Group
Meets on the first Monday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This monthly support group, run by the Ulman Foundation, is for young adult oncology patients (ages 18 – 45). Participants will find connection, support, and information on a variety of issues faced by young adults diagnosed with cancer. If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact Christina Miller, LCPC, OPN-CG, Ulman Foundation, Patient Navigator Director, 410-964-0202 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Loss Bereavement Support Group
For individuals who have lost a loved one to cancer within the last 2 years. This 6 week support group is offered periodically. Please call for next scheduled session.