My family member has cancer

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can take a physical and emotional toll, often leading to feelings that can include stress, fatigue, and even helplessness. Gilda’s Club Westchester offers critical emotional and social support to family members and friends of individuals who are living with cancer.

Skills-Based Training 

Adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a formal treatment modality, this six-week skills-based workshop series is geared toward family members of individuals who are living with cancer. This series teaches caregivers how to manage the feelings of stress and helplessness that can occur when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer by using mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills.These workshops will be offered in the fall and spring. Click here to view a flyer of the upcoming workshops.

Family Focus 

Many times individuals living with cancer and their loved ones have difficulty communicating their emotional concerns and fears. Family Focus brings together the entire family, as designated by the person living with cancer, for a discussion facilitated by one of our mental health professionals. The session is designed to bring families together to create an opportunity for them to communicate their feelings, which can include concerns about their loved one’s diagnosis and changes in family roles, and give them tools to learn to live together with cancer. During this session, the entire family will have an opportunity to address both the emotional and practical aspects of the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Family Focus can take place over one or two sessions.

Support Groups 

Facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, support groups provide ongoing emotional and social support for those impacted by cancer.

  • Family Group – A weekly ongoing support group for family members and friends of people living with cancer.
  • Parents of Young Adults with 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 and their family and friends. 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 & 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 family members and friends of individuals living with cancer, or to sign up for a support group or activity, please call 914.644.8844.