Therapy & Counseling Services

TYAO Therapy


The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program offers medical family therapy to individuals, couples and families to help them manage the emotional impact of the cancer on their lives and relationships. Each therapist is trained to work with a specific cancer diagnostic group. This professional service is offered at no cost and is designed to support patients and their loved ones who are receiving cancer care at Duke Cancer Institute.


In the video below, Medical Family Therapists Ginger Gialanella and Parker Anderson have a conversation about Medical Family Therapy services and share what to expect when you and your loved ones come in for a session.




Psychology Services are offered as part of our treatment for emotional, psychological and relational issues associated with a cancer diagnosis through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at no cost. Clinical services include psychotherapy, psychological assessment, brief memory and cognitive testing, behavioral weight management, treatment of sleep difficulties, coping skills training for symptom management, treatment of sexual difficulties, and stress management.

In the video below, Clinical Psychologist Catherine Majestic provides a few helpful tips to assist with easing anxiety. 


Psychiatry Services are offered as part of our treatment for emotional, psychological and relational issues associated with a cancer diagnosis.

In this video, Gary Maslow, MD, MPH, Director of Duke Cancer Institute Psychiatry Service, shares options that are available to patients through psychiatry services.


Watch Below: Tamara J. Somers, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke Cancer Institute, highlights the clinical research work that Duke Cancer Patient Support Program’s clinical psychologists conduct in behavioral symptom management and supportive care for patients with cancer and their family members.




Oncology Clinical Social Workers are knowledgeable about cancer, psychosocial and other effects of the disease, treatment and survivorship. We provide services at all Duke Cancer Institute locations.

In the video below Oncology Clinical Social Worker Renea Valea, MSW, LCSW, introduces what an Oncology Clinical Social Worker has to offer at the Duke Cancer Institute to patients, families and caregivers through all phases of the cancer experience.




Duke chaplains are available to provide emotional and spiritual support during your time of need. They're on-site seven days a week to offer spiritual support to you and your loved ones. When requested, they connect you with faith-specific representatives from the community.

In the video below, Adrian Dixon, director of Chaplain Services and Education at Duke Raleigh Hospital, sends a message of support.

Other Resources for Emotional Health & Well-Being