Counseling Services

Being diagnosed with cancer can feel overwhelming at times. Many patients and their families need help with coping and can benefit from supportive counseling. Oncology Clinical Social Workers are available to provide emotional and practical support during all stages of cancer including diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment survivorship.

Hoag Family Cancer Institute provides specialized individual, couple and family counseling, on a short-term basis, free of charge, to its patients and their support persons.

How counseling can benefit you

  • Learn ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis, feel less overwhelmed and more in control
  • Explore the meaning of the cancer experience
  • Manage difficult feelings, such as depression and anxiety
  • Manage cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, such as pain and fatigue
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with the health care team
  • Address relationship issues and financial concerns that are causing distress
  • Explore options and get feedback about important decisions
  • Consider professional or workplace issues and strategies
  • Talk about concerns you may have about what comes next after finishing treatment
  • Learn how to help your family understand and adjust to changes in routine as a result of a cancer diagnosis
  • Explore and resolve cancer-related sexuality issues

Donations

Support services are provided without fees to patients who receive their care at Hoag, thanks to community support. If you would like to make a gift of any amount to help ensure the availability of these valuable services, click here.

Counseling services are provided by:

Caitlin Glenn Lavranos, LCSW, in Newport Beach

Marie Miao, LCSW, OSW-C, in Irvine

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 949-722-6237.