I am a person with cancer

Dealing with the feelings and changes cancer can bring can be difficult. Gilda’s Club Westchester knows how important finding a supportive community can be. Whether you are recently diagnosed, in treatment, or post treatment, finding the right emotional support is an essential complement to medical care. In addition to our support groups and educational components, we offer distress screenings, short-term counseling, and skills based trainings. Here, people living with cancer will be able to find the support that best fits their needs.

Distress Screening

Emerging research suggests that screening for and addressing distress not only enhances quality of life but may also be associated with improved cancer outcomes. Distress screening at Gilda’s Club Westchester involves completing a brief 25-item self-report questionnaire at Gilda’s Club Westchester. Once completed a clinical staff member will meet with you and review the areas identified. This questionnaire will assist us in better meeting your psychosocial support needs.

Short-Term Counseling

Gilda’s Club Westchester is now offering short-term individual and family counseling to those with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer impacts many aspects of one’s life. Short-term counseling provides individuals and families with cancer the opportunity to discuss their current areas of concern in relation to their cancer diagnosis with a licensed mental health clinician.

Bilingual Cancer Support Hotline

Through the hotline, anyone with a cancer diagnosis will be able to receive a distress screening and short-term phone counseling from a Gilda’s Club licensed mental health professional. Short term one-on-one phone counseling provides indivduals the opportunity to discuss their current areas of difficulty in relation to their cancer diagnosis with the goal of decreasing emotional distress. To access the Bilingual (English/Spanish) Cancer Support Hotline, please call 914-997-6006.

Funding for this hotline was provided through a contract with the New York State Department of Health and the Breast Cancer Alliance for those with breast cancer. Click here for more information.

Skills-based Training

Adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a formal treatment modality, this six-week skills-based workshop series teaches individuals how to manage and cope with the emotions and stress of living with cancer using mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills.

Survivorship Series

The transition from active treatment to post treatment is a difficult journey for many cancer survivors. This four-part series is comprised of supportive and educational sessions for individuals who are post-treatment, with any cancer diagnosis and any course of treatment.

Spirituality Discussion Group

Spirituality can be defined as that which gives meaning, connection and purpose in life. Both religion and spirituality are related to a search for the sacred / awesome / meaningful. For some, spirituality is found within religion, and for others it is not. This 6 week series offers the opportunity to explore the potential role of spirituality and how it can bring meaning, comfort and connection.

Support Groups

These support groups, facilitated by a licensed mental health professional, provide ongoing emotional support for those living with cancer. Advanced registration is required for all support groups. For more information, please call 914.644.8844.

Weekly Groups

  • Living with Cancer Group – A weekly group for adults who are recently diagnosed with cancer or in treatment.

Monthly Groups

  • Breast Cancer Group
  • Gynecological Group
  • Men’s Group
  • Multiple Myeloma Group
  • Post-Treatment Group
  • Prostate Cancer Group
  • Young Women With Breast Cancer Group

Click here to view our Calendar of Support Groups

Healthy Lifestyle Workshops and Activities

Educational lectures and healthy lifestyle workshops offer a chance to acquire skills, tools, information, and techniques for individuals living with cancer. The larger purpose of this is to regain control and well-being. All lectures take place at the Clubhouse and offer individuals the opportunity to build emotional and social bonds together. The Clubhouse is equipped with a spacious and light-filled exercise studio for physical activity classes (such as yoga and Pilates), an art studio for expressive arts classes, and a full kitchen for workshops on nutrition and healthy cooking.

Click here to view our Calendar of Lectures and Workshops

Social Events

Social events are among the most popular activities at Gilda’s Club. During social activities individuals have the opportunity to gather with people who are going through similar situations, to let loose and have fun!

Click here to view our Calendar of Social Events

For more information on the programs we offer for individuals living with cancer, or to sign up for a support group or activity, please call 914.644.8844.