Support Services for Brain Tumor Patients

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Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

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Individual Psychotherapy
Individual support can be a very important component of coping for both patients and caregivers. Individual psychotherapy can provide you a safe space to voice your concerns, hopes, and fears. If a psychiatric consultation is indicated, a referral will be made by the Clinical Social Worker.

Family Counseling
Brain Tumors impact the family unit – Family support is provided by the Clinical Social Worker.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The essence of mindfulness practice is focusing on one thing in the moment–each breath you take, each step as you walk, the sights or sounds around you. The Clinical Social Worker is specially trained in teaching mindfulness skills that can be incorporated into daily living. Mindfulness skills help to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

Bereavement Support
Grief following the death of a loved one and healing is often a long and difficult journey. The Ivy Center offers a monthly Bereavement Group at the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus.  

Swedish also offers Bereavement Support at other locations.

Psycho-Educational Support for Parents
Parents with cancer are commonly concerned about talking with their children and teens about their diagnosis, what to expect during treatment and helping their children cope with the unique stressors associated with having a parent with a life-changing diagnosis. The Clinical Social Worker can provide psycho-social support and consultation for parents who are patients.

Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal assisted therapy uses trained animals to enhance an individual's physical, emotional and social well-being, thus improving self-esteem, reducing anxiety and facilitating healing. The Clinical Social Worker works with a Boston Terrier, named Eddie who comforts and brings smiles to patients at The Ivy Center.

Social Activities for Young Adults
Monthly events and activities are planned for young adults who are diagnosed with a brain tumor. A variety of complimentary or discounted activities are planned, such as Coffee and Conversation, Ride the Ducks, sport events, the Seattle Great Wheel, and exploration of the art museums in Seattle.

Assistance with Long-Term Planning
The Clinical Social Worker can provide resources and guidance when applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI), and completing Advance Directives.

Community Referrals
Your community has local resources that provide collaborative support services, such as mental health counseling, case management, support groups, and complementary therapies. The Clinical Social Worker can assist you in attaining referrals.

Please contact Robyn Callahan, MSW, LICSW, the Integrative Clinical Social Worker at The Ivy Center for more details about the support services listed above: 206-320-2300.