Counseling and Support

Individual and family counseling is available — at no charge — for children and teens with cancer and their parents and caregivers and to children and teens who have a family member with cancer. Connect with us in these locations:

In the Outpatient Clinic

An experienced Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist, trained to work with children and teens with cancer, their parents or caregivers, and their families, is available for ongoing support and counseling in the clinic setting. Your therapist will provide strategies to help manage the many emotions that children and parents often experience when coping with cancer. We also provide support transitioning to end of treatment and for long-term follow-up, including connection to survivorship services and community resources.

In the Hospital

When a child or teen is hospitalized, additional needs and challenges can develop for the patient, parents or caregivers, and other family members. In collaboration with Inova’s Child Life services, Life with Cancer’s inpatient Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist and Pediatric Oncology Nurse Navigator will provide direct support to you and your family in the hospital setting.

At the Life with Cancer Family Center

An experienced Chief Pediatric Psychologist and Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapists, trained to work with children and teens with cancer, their parents or caregivers, and their families, are available for individual therapy and parent consultations at our Family Center. We match our support to your unique needs, including developing strategies to help manage the many emotions that children and parents often experience when coping with cancer, transitioning to end of treatment and for long-term follow-up, and bereavement counseling services.


Parents

For parents, we can help you understand a child’s behavior and developmentally-specific needs and learn strategies to support your child or adolescent. We’ll give you options for communication and managing the many strong emotions that can arise when your child, you, or someone in your family has cancer. We can also connect you to couples counseling services.

Children & Teens

If you are a child or teen, we can help to support and process the many emotions that you may be experiencing. We can discuss such challenges as how to talk with your parents, siblings, friends, and classmates. We can also teach you techniques to help reduce challenging behaviors or emotions.

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