Psychological Support

Psychological support

Our psychologists are here to help you manage the emotional challenges of your cancer journey, as well as other areas of life such as family and work.

What are clinical psychologists?
Clinical psychologists have trained for at least 7 years and are registered health professionals.  They use their knowledge of psychological theories to help patients and their families develop strategies to reduce distress and increase helpful thoughts and behaviours. 

What happens when you see a clinical psychologist?  
When you first come to see a clinical psychologist they will ask you about your concerns and what you would like help with.  This assessment usually takes about an hour. After the assessment they will discuss the options for treatment with you.  This may be as little as a one off session, giving you some resources to use at home, or may involve regular sessions to provide support in more depth.

What do we do at the Cancer Care Centre? 
Some of the things that we help people with include:

  • Giving information about how to talk about cancer with your children and family
  • Getting better sleep
  • Managing fatigue
  • Strategies to help reduce stress and anxiety or low mood and depression
  • Ideas to slow down busy, racing thoughts
  • Managing pain and discomfort
  • Adjusting to changes in your body
  • Relationships with partners, family and friends
  • Sexual functioning
  • Managing work expectations
  • Planning for the future
  • Treatment related challenges
  • Treatment related phobias e.g. claustrophobia, fear of needles
  • Talking over difficult decisions
  • Communicating with your health care team
  • Finding meaning and purpose


How to make an appointment
 Ask at reception (03 375 6100) to make an appointment to see Kathryn or Ginny.  The receptionist will take your details and one of the psychology team will contact you to make an appointment.  Alternatively you can discuss it with your oncologist, chemotherapy nurse or radiation therapist and ask them to put a referral through to the psychology team for you.