How can psychological counseling enhance my breast cancer treatment?

Johns Hopkins Medicine
There are a variety of psychotherapy options available to help ease the emotional difficulties breast cancer patients often face. A counseling option known as integrative psychotherapy is an approach to healing that seeks to increase your resilience and personal strength. It incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional psychotherapy and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels: emotional physical, mental and spiritual. Integrative psychotherapy aims to create a healthy alliance between mind and body to enable patients to manage stress and create a healthy lifestyle.
People who enter into integrative psychotherapy choose a path of self-exploration that can yield many benefits. Therapy can help identify the causes of current concerns, help to identify factors that perpetuate problems, and also help patients become aware of fears or hurts that limit their psychological freedom. As patients come to understand what triggers their pain, anxiousness, or moodiness, the old patterns lose their hold. With the help of a therapist, patients can set goals and practice new, healthy behaviors, enabling changes to occur as they feel the courage and support to move beyond prior limitations of thought and attitude.
In our culture we often believe we should "do it on our own," and if that fails, then "just give me the pill to fix it." Seeking psychotherapy is a positive step towards a more sustained sense of well-being. We encourage patients to bring to therapy the intention of reaching your goals to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life. We help patients do the work that will enable them to achieve their goals.

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