PATIENT RESOURCES

COUNSELLING

Being diagnosed with cancer can have a huge impact on the patient and his/her family. We have full- and part-time counsellors/social workers to support you and your family during this challenging time. We believe that your psychological and emotional disposition will be a determining factor during the treatment period. Therefore the latest techniques and methods are used to kick start the immune system.

Consultations and group sessions are free of charge. Consultations are by appointment only. To attend a group, please book with the counsellor (contacts can be found below).

We recognize that when cancer is diagnosed, the whole family is affected and therefore offer support to empower patients and their families to cope with the illness, the treatment and their feelings and emotions. We offer a variety of counselling services, including:

  • Individual therapy;
  • Basic information regarding your cancer diagnosis and treatment;
  • Basic information to children regarding cancer and treatment of a family member;
  • Crisis intervention;
  • Marriage and family therapy;
  • Practical assistance with resources and referral to resources;
  • Hospital visits and discharge planning ;
  • Support groups (you will get information regarding support groups from the counsellor).

The counselling service is available free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Please feel free to contact the counsellor for more information or for an appointment.

Other support includes:

Group sessions (including Hoping is Coping & Look Good Feel Better);

Play therapy;

Information on, and preparation for procedures, treatment and operations; and

Special information regarding wigs, hairpieces and hats.

Counsellor Contacts:

Contact details of social workers/counsellors:

Wilgers Oncology and Unitas Practice

Tel: 012 807 2744

Ronelle de Klerk – M Soc Sc (SW)

Linda Schneider – BA (SW) Hons.

Vaal Triangle Oncology Centre

Tel: 016 421 1778

Hedri Powell – BA Soc Sc (SW)

Wilmed Park Oncology Centre

Tel: 018 468 1420

Anita Garbers – BA Soc Sc (SW)

Alberts Stemcell Transplant Centre

Tel: 012 993 2555

Avril de Beer – BA Social Worker, Honours, BA Comm Sc

Vera Lepheana – BA Social Work (Hons)

Benoni Oncology Centre

Tel: 011 422 3355

Cecile Booth – BA Social Work Honours, Dipl Pall Med