Support Group Descriptions
Living with Metastatic Cancer
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, an experienced group social worker facilitates this group for women and men who have any type of metastatic cancer. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues re: living with metastatic cancer and all the related treatments, changes in lifestyle and relationships, learning to ask for help and fears about disability, pain and end of life care. Living in the present, enjoying life as it is now and humor are also important themes in the group. Groups are offered in the morning and afternoon.
Brianne Carter, LICSW, and Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, facilitate these support groups for women and men who have completed their active treatment for any type of cancer. The daytime group meets twice a month and the evening group meets once a month and focuses on issues re: cancer rehabilitation, influx of emotions, shifts in identity, intersecting factors (financial, work, relationships), management of anxiety, and making meaning of cancer in their lives.
Brianne Carter, LICSW, facilitates this support group for women and men who are in any stage of cancer treatment. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues of new diagnosis and treatment including: navigating the medical and health care systems, filtering information, adjusting to identity changes, management of side effects, developing coping skills, and building a network of supports.
Brianne Carter, LICSW, facilitates this support group for women with any cancer type who are under the age of 45 (and/or have young children). The group meets twice per month and focuses on the many physical and psychological challenges young women face including: body image, fatigue, fertility, chemo brain, coping with fear of recurrence, sexual desire/intimacy, early menopause, managing relationships including children and partners, strength building and support systems. Sharing resources and building coping skills are significant aspects of this group.
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, leads this support group for women who are in any stage of ovarian/gynecologic cancer treatment or recovery. The group meets once per month and focuses on issues specific to gynecologic cancer.
Cathy Ricketson, LCSW, leads this educational support group for caregivers. Every session will have a theme especially relevant to caregiver issues. Some of those themes will include understanding the role of caregiver, building a support network, self-care and building your self-confidence. Snacks will be provided.
Kathy Benson, LICSW, leads this support group that will meet for 5 sessions in the post-holiday season. This support group will provide attendees the opportunity to share and process their grief and connect with others.
Parents of Clients
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, leads this support group for parents who are experiencing a cancer diagnosis for an adult child. There are unique issues for parent caregivers that include care-giving versus over involvement, considering what feelings to share and what not to share, fears and anxieties about potential loss of a child. This is a safe and loving group who help each other navigate this minefield of emotions.
Client and Caregivers
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, leads this group for clients and their caregivers. There are many common issues that people experience when faced with cancer. Often people feel that they are asking too much of their family and friends but especially the need for ongoing daily support. Conversely, the caregiver finds him/herself neglecting their own care and feeling guilty about being overwhelmed with responsibilities. These issues and more are discussed in these meetings where people get as much out of talking about their specific situation as they do when listening to others.
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