Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling

The Department of Supportive Care Medicine is made up of healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines who focus on helping patients and their families get the support they need to manage their diagnosis. We provide a fully integrated array of services that address the many physical and emotional issues that can arise during and after treatment to help you navigate City of Hope, and ensure access to the resources you need.  Our specially trained staff work together to assist patients who may be experiencing pain, anxiety, depression, isolation and the turbulence that can accompany an unexpected diagnosis and serious illness.
Clinical Social Work
Clinical social workers help you and your family with practical and emotional concerns. They are skilled at helping you manage stress, especially during transition points like new diagnosis, changes in treatment, worsening prognosis and end of life discussions. 

Services include:
  • Supportive Counseling and problem-solving  to help patients and their families adjust to illness
  • Financial Benefit Guidance including assistance for state and social security disability, and paid family leave benefits
  • Assistance in completing forms such as Advance Directives, applications for disability and DMV disability
  • Arrange family meetings for family and staff to discuss treatment choices
  • Grief and bereavement counseling
Clinical Nutrition

Nutrition Services provides dietary care, education and counseling to help patients and their families make sense of the latest research and make informed food choices. Dietitians can assist with correcting nutritional deficiencies, minimizing treatment side effects, creating nutrition plans after treatment and more.  If you are a patient interested in a consultation, please speak to your physician for a referral.
Our specially trained clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, spiritual care chaplains and pain physicians all work together to assist patients who may be experiencing pain, anxiety, depression, isolation and the turbulence that can accompany an unexpected diagnosis and serious illness.

Psychologists play a key role in helping you with the emotional, psychological, cognitive and behavioral challenges that may arise during cancer diagnosis and treatment.  They help reduce the impact of these challenges on coping and the ability to actively participate in care.  During active treatment, City of Hope psychologists are available to provide brief, time-limited interventions tailored to a patient’s needs, which may include individual, couples or family treatment. 
Services include:
  • Emotional Effects of Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Challenges with Treatment Transitions
  • Psychological Stability for Treatment
  • Compliance with medication or procedures
  • Treatment Side Effects
  • Pain Management
  • Stress Management and Coping•Body Image
  • Sexual Functioning
  • Care giving Challenges and Family Distress
  • End of Life Care
  • Neuropsychological Functioning
  • Assessment of Cognitive Functioning

Psychiatrists help maximize quality of life by helping patients deal with the psychiatric challenges that may arise during a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  The Division of Psychiatry offers assessment and treatment for patients undergoing active cancer treatment at City of Hope.  Patients can be seen either in our Psychiatry Clinic or on a consultation during hospitalization. 
Services include:
  • Short-term psychiatric stabilization for treatment
  • Medication management of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric symptoms
Spiritual Care
Dealing with serious illness and the effects of treatment can sometimes cause spiritual distress. City of Hope chaplains provide interfaith spiritual care to patients and caregivers. They offer a compassionate presence, empathic listening, spiritual support, counseling, prayers and end-of-life support. Chaplains also aid in the provision of sacraments and religious materials.