Counseling and Support

Individual and family counseling is available—at no charge—for parents, a child or teen with cancer, siblings, and any other significant person in the patient’s life. Connect with us in these locations:

In the Outpatient Clinic

An experienced oncology therapist, trained to work with children and teens with cancer, their parents and their families, is available for ongoing support and counseling. Your therapist will provide strategies to help manage the many emotions that children and parents often experience. Come to us for help transitioning to end of therapy and for long-term follow-up. We can link you to survivorship services and community resources that assist with school transitions, neuropsych testing, and finances.

In the Hospital

When a child or teen is hospitalized, additional needs and challenges can develop for the patient, parent, and other family members. In collaboration with Inova’s Child Life services, Life with Cancer oncology therapists will come to you and your family in the hospital to provide support and counseling.

In the Community

Life with Cancer oncology nurse navigators and oncology therapists will provide consultation and guidance to schools and other organizations concerned about students and families impacted by cancer.

At the Life with Cancer Family Center

Our experienced and caring oncology nurse navigators and oncology therapists can provide additional information on disease, treatment and nutrition. We can help you manage communication with your health care team and family members, reduce stress, and create a “new normal.” Art therapy and play therapy are valuable components of our care.


For parents, we can help you understand a child’s behavior and developmental age 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. Couples counseling is also available.


If you are a teen, we can discuss such challenges as how to talk with your parents, siblings, friends, and classmates. You can learn techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety and to help you connect with friends. Our counselors also can meet with you and your friends to help them understand your illness and what you are going through.

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