Our psychosocial support team includes a Master’s level, licensed clinical social worker and a licensed professional counselor. They specialize in helping people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. This is a free service for all Shaw patients and survivors.
To speak with a social worker or counselor:
Erin Perejda, LCSW (970) 569-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristi Grems, LPC, (970) 569-7612 or email@example.com
How can an oncology social worker or counselor help?
- Access information to understand your diagnosis and treatments.
- Cope with your cancer diagnosis.
- Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about other factors in your life, including work, family, and personal goals and responsibilities.
- Understand social security and disability benefits.
- Obtain information and apply for other programs and services that can help.
Shaw's social worker and counselor offers:
- Counseling for patients and their family members.
- Various support groups and educational programs.
- Information and referral to community resources for assistance with financial concerns, transportation issues, lodging during treatment, community support groups, and more.
- Information and referral to cancer-related resources and service organizations.
- Workplace and school education and consultation.
Our social worker and counselor can provide education and guidance on:
- Effectively communicating with your treatment team members.
- Talking with your children, family, friends, and co-workers about your illness.
- Coping with your emotions, such as sadness, anger, grief, worry, and fear.
- Reducing stress and using relaxation skills.
- How cancer affects sex, intimacy, fertility, and feeling good about your body.
- Living with cancer: issues commonly experienced and resources to help you long-term.
- Planning for your care with the use of advance directives.
- Life as a cancer survivor.