Gilda’s Club has historically focused on group or communal activities for members under the belief that no one should face cancer alone. Offerings such as support groups and workshops are meant to provide a community of understanding so that members can learn to live with cancer alongside others going through similar experiences. That is not to say, however, that we don’t recognize the need for individual support and counseling for people impacted by cancer.
Individual counseling has been an optional program component for each Gilda’s Club and Cancer Support Community affiliate to determine if, and when, the need and resources align to deliver an individually focused service. This summer, we plan to launch a pilot of this service specifically to members in need of individual support in their transition from care giving for a loved one living with cancer to grieving their loss.
Individual counseling sessions can help with problem solving and empowerment, decrease feelings of isolation, and help navigate the numerous transitions that are faced by those impacted by a diagnosis of cancer. Sessions will be offered to members at no cost.