Under the Canopy – Emotional wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing

Under the Canopy – Emotional wellbeing

Psychological services

It’s common to experience a wide range of intense emotions when going through cancer or supporting someone close to you through cancer.

Many people find it useful to talk through these emotions with a trained psychologist who can provide reassurance, guidance and teach coping strategies to help you manage.

Whether you are starting treatment, are just finishing up with treatment or supporting someone else, our professional psychologists are experts in providing support to people and their whanau with the distress that cancer can bring about.

Emotional wellbeing program

What are psychological services?

Depending on your needs, you may be referrered through to the team of Psychologists at Cancer Society or to private Clinical Psycologist. All of the Under the Canopy Psycologists are experienced in structuring sessions to meet your specific needs, working with individuals and whanau. The team at the Cancer Society also offer group sessions for people who might benefit from interacting with others in similar circumstances

Some of our group programs and services run by the Cancer Society include:

For specific information about our services, please refer to the link below.

How we can help: Group programmes

Benefits of emotional wellbeing program

What are benefits of psychological services?

All the Under the Canopy psycologists are committed to helping people negotiate the emotional and social challenges of cancer and its treatments

Talking with one of our team members in an individual counselling session or attending one of our many group programmes can help with the following:

Costs and enrolment

What will these sessions cost?

All program sessions run by the Cancer Society are free of charge regardless of whether they are one-on-one or group sessions.


Our team

The Auckland Cancer Society

The Auckland Cancer Society

Our team of qualified Psychologists are dedicated to supporting those impacted by cancer. We are made up of both Health and Clinical Psychologists with either a master’s degree or PhD and have specialised in understanding the links between physical and emotional wellbeing.

The team specifically addresses how people make sense of and understand physical health conditions and how our physical health impacts on our emotions and everyday lives.

We are fully registered under the New Zealand Psychologist’s board and specialise in working in the area of oncology.

Lucy Barnes

Lucy Barnes BA, MSc (Hons), PGDipHlthPsych

Lucy Barnes is a Health Psychologist with over 15 years experience in multiple clinical and health settings. Lucy has worked extensively in cancer, including at The Cancer Society, Waitemata District Health Board Cancer Services and in private practice. She also currently works for CanTeen where she is the General Manager. She believes strongly in enabling people to better navigate the challenges of a cancer diagnosis by developing and strengthening coping resources. Emotional support, education and guidance can assist in coping throughout all stages of the cancer pathway.  

Therapy modalities include:

·       Counselling and Narrative Therapy

·       Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Meditation

·       Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

·       Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Lucy’s other specialities include working with anxiety disorders, depression, coping with a variety of health conditions, life change and stress management. 

Lucy gained her degree at The University of Auckland. She holds a Master’s Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology. Lucy is a registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and is a member of The New Zealand Psychological Society and The Institute of Health Psychology.


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