Support Group Descriptions
Before joining a Support Group a New Client Visit must be completed with our Director of Clinical Care. Email Kelly@HealingGardenSupport.org to schedule.
Living with Metastatic Cancer
Brianne Carter, LICSW, and Christine Zinke, LICSW, facilitate these groups for women and men who have any type of metastatic cancer. There are two groups that meet twice per month and focus on issues regarding 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.
Brianne Carter, LICSW, and Christine Zinke, LICSW, facilitate these support groups for women and men who have completed their active treatment for any type of cancer. There are two groups, Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Both groups meet twice per month and focus on issues regarding cancer rehabilitation, the 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 adults with any cancer type who are under the age of 45. The group meets twice per month and focuses on the many physical and psychological challenges young adults face including body image, fatigue, fertility, chemo brain, coping with the fear of recurrence, sexual desire/intimacy, managing relationships including children and partners, strength building, and support systems. Sharing resources and building coping skills are significant aspects of this group.
Catherine (Cathy) Ricketson, LCSW is the facilitator for the Caregiver Support Group. This group meets to help caregivers navigate the many challenges of caring for a loved one and taking care of themselves at the same time. Group topics include understanding the role of the caregiver, building a support network, and gaining self-confidence in their role.
Bereavement (On Hold)
Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, leads this support group that meets twice a month. This support group will provide attendees the opportunity to share and process their grief and connect with others.
Client and Caregivers (On Hold)
Christine Zinke, 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. This group is currently on hold.
Young Adult Caregivers
Brianne Carter, LICSW facilitates this quarterly group designed to support those in their 20s-40s caregiving for parents, spouses, and loved ones. The group is designed to reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and distress, help learn new ways of coping, increase feelings of hope and empowerment, provide practical information about treatment and resources, and help with positive communication.
William Lenderking, Ph.D., facilitates this group which uses the tools of poetry, music, yoga, meditation, and listening to create a space in which to communicate about the challenges of living with cancer and to provide support. This group meets twice per month.
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