Support Groups & Emotional Wellness

Group discussion or therapy, Cancer support groups near me

Support Groups and Emotional Wellness programs include cancer-specific support groups, and programs designed to help with:

  • mindfulness
  • mental health
  • the emotional impact of cancer on life during and after treatment

Breast Cancer Support Group

This support group is for anyone living with a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of where you are in your cancer experience. Newly diagnosed, or further along, you are welcome to join.

Meets on the second and fourth Monday mornings of the month, from 10:00am – 12:00pm – hybrid.

To register, please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org.

 

Caregivers Support Group

A cancer diagnosis affects not just the patient but the immediate and extended family, as well as friends. This support group offers support for the caregiver as they care for their loved ones. Caregivers will develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare providers, deal with difficult feelings and make tough caregiver decisions.

Meets on the first and third Tuesday afternoons of the month, from 4:00-6:00pm – hybrid.

Please call Sonja at 905-579-4833 or email sonja@hearthplace.org for more information, or to register for this group.

Facilitators: Sonja Shepherd and Avery Maxwell

Colorectal Cancers Support Group

This group offers support and strength in dealing with a colorectal cancer, which can be a difficult cancer to talk about. Join others with the same diagnosis, and feel comfort as part of this understanding group.

Meets on the third Monday evening of the month, from 6:30-8:00pm – hybrid.

To register, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org or call 905-579-4833.

Gynecological Cancer Information Series

This 6 week series is for women with a gynecological cancer who may be seeking more information.  Participants will have the opportunity to pick the topics that will be covered in each meeting.  Examples include fear of recurrence, body image, dealing with the side effects of treatment, and so on.  The group is facilitated by a nurse who believes that knowledge is power, and that information will help boost confidence.

To register please email Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org or call 905-579-4833.

Facilitator: Pamela West

 

Gynecological Cancers Support Group

This support group offers women a safe place to meet with other women to share experiences and coping skills, and to explore the emotional, physical and spiritual impacts of living with a gynecological cancer.

The group meets on the second Monday evening of the month from 7:00-9:00pm and the fourth Thursday afternoon of the month from 1:00-3:00pm. Both meetings are hybrid.

To register, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org or call 905-579-4833.

Facilitators: Pamela West and Susan Viminitz

Individual Counseling and Peer Support

We offer individual counseling by appointment for any of our members who feel the need to talk to someone about their cancer-related thoughts and worries.

Please call 905-579-4833 and speak with us about setting up an appointment.

Lymphoma and Blood Related Cancers Support Group

This on-going enthusiastic support group is for those diagnosed with a blood cancer, being a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, Leukemia or Multiple Myeloma, and we are committed to:

  • Giving each other support and strength through initial diagnosis and in the event of recurrence
  • Providing educational material and resources to help you understand and make informed decisions about your treatment and wellness after treatment
  • Celebrating cancer survival

Meets on the second Thursday evening and fourth Wednesday evening of the month, from 7:00-9:00pm. Both meetings are hybrid.

To register, please call 905 579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org or sonja@hearthplace.org.

Facilitators: Sonja Shepherd and Pamela West

Melanoma Support Group

We are pleased to have partnered with the Melanoma Network to offer a support group for patients with Melanoma. This group is led by experienced health care professionals along with cancer survivors; the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. The MNC patient support group is a supportive place to share your feelings, challenges and an opportunity to ask questions.

Note that this group is currently offered online through the Melanoma Network of Canada.

https://www.melanomanetwork.ca/

Men’s Support Group

The Men’s Support Group is for men who are recently diagnosed, in treatment or finished treatment for any kind of cancer. Join other fellows for conversation, support and the sharing of resources.

Meets on the second Tuesday evening of the month from 5:30-7:30pm – online.

To register, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org or call 905-579-4833.

 

Metastatic Support Group

This weekly support group provides people living with metastatic cancer the opportunity to meet with other metastatic cancer patients. In a supportive and non-threatening setting, meetings focus on discussion and the sharing of feelings and concerns regarding the unique issues that can be triggered by this diagnosis. Through participation in this program patients may find comfort and reassurance and improve their ability to cope with the roller-coaster of emotions and re-entry into the medical system.  Registration is required.

Meets every Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30-2:30pm. These meetings are hybrid.

To register, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org or call 905-579-4833.

Facilitators: Barb Franks-McNaughton and Sonja Shepherd

The Healing Journey Program – Levels 1 through 5

A diagnosis of cancer is a profound crisis, not only physically but psychologically and spiritually as well. The Healing Journey program has been developed to offer help to people looking for new ways to help themselves. It evolved as a result of research conducted at Princess Margaret Hospital by Dr. Alastair Cunningham. There is evidence showing that psycho-spiritual self-help work improves the quality of life and may inhibit the progression of cancer. The methods taught in this program are offered as a complement to conventional medical treatment. There are many levels to this series; each level builds on the last and takes you further along the journey.

Please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hearthplace.org for more information about each level, and the series as a whole.

Level One: Coping With Cancer Stress

This is a four session introduction to the Healing Journey during which you will learn stress management techniques like deep relaxation, thought control, mental imaging and emotional awareness and expression.

To register, please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org.

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

The next session of Level One is being offered in combination with Level Two as a 10 week series, beginning on Thursday, February 22nd, from 1:00-3:00pm. This series is a hybrid series.

Level Two: Skills for Healing

This is an eight week series which goes into more depth with self-help techniques including consulting an inner healer, meditation, journaling and reflecting on the spiritual aspects of healing.

To register, please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org.

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

The next session of Level Two is being offered in combination with Level One as a 10 week series, beginning on Thursday, February 22nd, from 1:00-3:00pm. This series is a hybrid series.

Level Three: Steps Toward Spiritual Healing

An eight week series on the basics of spiritual connection. Each week consists of discussion around a topic, meditation and exercises to complete. This level involves stepping into a deeper commitment to your healing journey. Some questions you will explore are: What are some of the blocks to my spiritual growth? Who am I really? How can I find meaning in my life’s circumstances?

To register, please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org.

Prerequisite: Levels one and two must be completed before registering in level three.

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Level Four: Becoming Authentic

This level of the Healing Journey enhances the lessons from the first three levels with emphasis on exploring acceptance, autonomy and authenticity. There is a deepening of inner exploration and healing.

Prerequisite: Levels 1, 2 and 3

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Women’s Support Group

This group is open to all women with cancer.  It does not matter what type you have, you are invited to join.  The drop-in style allows for topics to be covered as they arise; there is no formal agenda.  Share your experiences and emotions in a compassionate and safe environment.

Meets on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month, from 6:30-8:00pm – hybrid.

To register, please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org.

 

Young Hearts Support Group

This 8 week series is for anyone between the ages of 19 and 40-ish, who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Join others in this warm and open group to share experiences and concerns that are unique to those who are in this age range.

This series will next run in the early spring of 2024 on a hybrid basis.

Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitated by: Avery Maxwell and Rachelle Watson

Your Body Image: Changing How You Think, Not How You Look

Cancer can have a huge effect on our bodies, and on how we see ourselves. This 8-week series will help you develop an appreciation for your body. You will learn strategies to help you feel better about yourself through discussion, educational sessions, and expressive arts. You will have opportunities to share your feelings with other women in a safe environment, and to approach your body image through a new lens of appreciation and tenderness.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Durham Region Cancer Centre, and is made possible through funding from the Ajax Mayor’s Gala Committee, to whom we are grateful.

This series will next run in late spring of 2024. This is an in-person program.

Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.