Emotional Support

Emotional Support

Distress Screening

Emerging research suggests that screening for and addressing distress not only enhances quality of life but may also be associated with improved health outcomes. Distress screening at Gilda’s Club Westchester involves completing a brief 25-item self-report questionnaire. 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.

Skills-Based Trainings

Adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a formal treatment modality, these six-week skills-based workshop series, geared toward individuals with cancer and family members/caregivers, will teach how to manage and cope with the emotions and stress of a cancer diagnosis 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 and social support for adults impacted by cancer.

Weekly Groups

  • Living with Cancer Group – A weekly group for adults who are recently diagnosed with cancer or in treatment.
  • Family and Friends Group – A weekly group for family and friends of people living with cancer.
  • Living with Loss Group – A weekly group and for adults who have had a significant person in their lives die of cancer.

Monthly Groups

  • Breast Cancer Group
  • Gynecological Group
  • Men’s Group – for men with any type of cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma Group
  • Next Steps Bereavement Group – for adults who are entering the next stage in their grieving process. Most members experienced their loss over a year ago.
  • Post-Treatment Group
  • Prostate Cancer Group
  • Young Women with Breast Cancer Support Group – A monthly group for young women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis.

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.

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