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.
What are psychological services?
Depending on your needs, you may be referrered through to the team of Psychologists at Cancer Society or to Lucy Barnes who works from a private clinic in Parnell. All of the 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.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for dealing with a serious illness. Our professional psychologists can help you and your whanau cope with many types of cancer-related stress.
Some of our group programs and services run by the Cancer Society include:
- Relaxation and stress management
- Moving Forward (for those post treatment)
- Tips and tools (educational seminar series)
- Coping with cancer (Community talks)
- Light of Love (Mandarin speaking support group)
For specific information about our services, please refer to the link below.
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:
- Coming to terms with a new diagnosis
- Learning to manage difficult emotions such as anger, frustration, grief, sadness, anxiety or depression
- Learning stress management techniques
- Talking with health professionals - what questions to ask and how
- Addressing communication with family members and talking with children
- Learning helpful coping strategies including relaxation and mindfulness
- Making the decisions that are right for you
- Coping with treatment, side effects, medical procedures and tests
- Moving on with life after cancer and regaining confidence
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.
If you wish to talk to Andy Leggat, session costs are listed below:
|Andy Leggat||160 + GST|
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.
Andy Leggat (MSc PG Dip health Psychology)
Andy is a Registered Health Psychologist with 10 years’ experience working in the New Zealand health system. She has worked in cancer for 9 years based out of the Cancer Society. Andy also currently works in Fertility and specialises in Fertility preservation for those going through cancer treatment.
She has experience working with individuals and couples with in the area’s of anxiety, depression, teaching distress management and addressing the connection between psychological and physical well-being. Andy works collaboratively with patients to develop coping strategies to navigate a cancer diagnosis.
Therapy modalities include:
- Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Andy is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists registration board and holds a current practicing certificate. Andy is a member of the New Zealand Psychological society and the institute of Health Psychology (NZ).