Promoting a Fighting Spirit: Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Their Families
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Emotions and Cancer

Helps readers understand the important connection between emotions and cancer--and develop the skills needed to provide effective care to cancer patients and their families. With wisdom and compassion, psychologist and cancer survivor Linda Seligman provides practical strategies for helping patients through their trials.

She describes successful treatment techniques such as visualization, meditation, hypnosis, and affirmations. The author also outlines ways to lessen the shock of diagnosis, and temper negative reactions to aversive medical procedures.


LINDA SELIGMAN is full professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she is in charge of the graduate program in community agency counseling. She also is director of the Center for Counseling and Consultation with offices in Fairfax, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland.


1. Emotions and Cancer
2. Understanding the Cancer Survivor
3. Using Standardized Assessment
4. Effective Psychotherapy for Cancer Survivors
5. Cognitive Psychotherapy
6. Behavioral and Other Approaches to Psychotherapy
7. Helping Cancer Survivors
8. Therapy and Support Groups
9. Relationships and Cancer
10. Relationships with Treatment Providers
11. Helping People Cope with Recurrence, Death, and Loss
12. Life as a Cancer Survivor
Resources: A. Six Session Counseling Framework
B. Worksheets to Facilitate Psychotherapy
C. RecommAnded Readings
D. Additional Sources of Help and Information


"This book is outstanding! The author includes strong citations of recent research, ample examples of therapeutic strategies and illustrative case vignettes (including some drawn from the author's own experience as a therapist and as a cancer survivor)." --Constance Hoenk Shapiro, professor and chair of the Department of Human Service Studies in the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

"Informative, practical, and clearly organized. This book is a valuable asset to any therapist's library as well as a useful source for health care providers, cancer survivors, and their family and friAnds." --Lourene A. Nevels, director of the Counseling and Personal Development Center at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia

"Thorough. Real. Timely. Useful. Thoughtful. Hopeful. This is a comprehensive yet compact, resource for therapists working with cancer survivors and their families."