Counseling & Support

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At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are committed to helping people negotiate the emotional and social challenges of cancer and its treatments.

We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for dealing with a serious illness. Our professional counselors — psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers — can help you and your family cope with many types of cancer-related stress.

Counselors are available for you to speak with while you are being cared for in the hospital, as well as when you are back at home. For support as a cancer survivor, visit our Survivorship Center.

Learn more about our professional counseling services.

  • Individual & Family Counseling
    Many patients and their families find that speaking with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker can help them manage and cope with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
  • Social Work Support
    At Memorial Sloan Kettering, social workers play an important role in providing emotional support and guidance to people with cancer, as well as, friends, families, and caregivers. Learn more about our services.
  • All Support Groups and Programs
    Patients can attend in-person support groups led by social workers and nurses throughout the year. We also have online options as well as a patient-to-patient support program.
  • Talking with Children about Cancer
    Learn about the Talking with Children about Cancer Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Spiritual & Religious Care
    Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Spiritual Care Services welcomes anyone requesting spiritual support, regardless of your formal religious affiliation or background.
  • Hospice Services
    When a person with cancer is no longer receiving treatment for the cancer itself, hospice services may be available to provide additional support and treatment to improve your quality of life.
  • Overview of Ethics at MSK
    Learn about our approach to ethics at Memorial Sloan Kettering, including how you can request an ethics consultation.