Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP)

“Transition is the emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual process that people go through when they are confronted with change.” ~ Jakob van Wielink

Our Care Approach: Supporting through Transitions

As behavioral health providers in the Cancer Patient Support Program, we recognize that transitioning into living with cancer can be challenging—not only for the person diagnosed but for caregivers and loved ones. Anxiety, fear, and sadness can impact the whole family in many ways. You may be experiencing persistent, troubling thoughts, or the things you used to do may be more difficult because of physical limitations. During this life transition, you may find yourself seeking answers to life’s greatest existential and spiritual questions: Who am I? What are my values and beliefs? Who and what are meaningful to me?

Our licensed counselors and psychologists are here to support you and your loved ones during this transition.

For over 40 years CPSP has been a pillar of support in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. We believe that everyone has coping skills to assist in navigating life’s challenges. We are here to help you access and refine your strengths during this life-changing event. Our team guides you and your loved ones on your cancer journey through a variety of therapeutic offerings to reduce suffering and improve your quality of life across the lifespan, throughout survivorship and beyond. To meet your needs and keep you safe during the pandemic, we have expanded our services to include virtual telehealth appointments and support groups via video. For those unable to engage in virtual services, our team provides in-person services when safe and appropriate.

Counseling Services

Our team offers a variety of counseling services and approaches, including:

  • Supportive Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families (“talk therapy”)
  • Mindfulness-based Practices
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Existential and Spiritual Counseling
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Art Therapy
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Support Groups

How is talking to a mental health provider different than talking with my family and friends?

Our providers differ from the support of family and friends, because we are skillfully trained to assist with adjusting to life stressors. You can talk with us privately in a safe space to explore existential concerns or feelings of depression or anxiety—topics you may not feel comfortable discussing with family or friends.

During your initial phone intake with one of our clinicians, she will get to know you and identify what services best fit your needs. These services may include individual counseling, couples counseling, support groups, or other specialized care. Rest assured, you will be placed with a provider who specializes in your areas of concern.

What are the benefits of a support group?

Some patients and caregivers may prefer to meet with others who are walking a similar journey rather than meet individually with a mental health provider. We offer virtual support groups for both patients and caregivers. This is a unique opportunity to join with others across North Carolina to discuss similar issues.

Being a part of a support group has many benefits! They include increased empowerment and hope; a reduction in anxiety, distress, and feelings of loneliness; new coping skills; improved communications with loved ones; and tips on navigating cancer care.

  • Wellness Support Group
  • Caregivers’ Navigation Guide
  • Women’s Wellness Support Group
  • Young Adults Support Group
  • Survivorship Reading Group
  • Partner Bereavement
  • 30-Minute Mindfulness
  • HIPEC Financial Support Caregivers Group
  • Caregiving a Loved One with Neuro-Cognitive Challenges

What other CPSP programing is available to me and my family?

We know that cancer impacts a person both emotionally and physically. We invite you to engage in our healing music program, where you can listen to live music in the Cancer Center atrium. To support your physical well-being, you can participate in tai chi and gentle chair yoga classes. These classes can be accessed virtually or in-person.

Care and Treatment

Clinician Specializations

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    Response art & mosaic mandala created by CPSP clinician during an art therapy session.
  • Art Therapy
  • Existential Concerns
  • Geriatrics
  • Long-term Survivorship
  • Mood & Adjustment Concerns
  • Spirituality
  • Thanatology – Grief and Bereavement
  • Transitions
  • Trauma & EMDR
  • Women's Mindfulness & Wellness
  • Young Adults

Other Services

The Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a number of services that work hand-in-hand with the Cancer Patient Support Program to help patients through what can be a very difficult time. Please see the services listed below.