In the early stages of a cancer diagnosis, the initial priority is most often focused on medical treatment, leaving other relevant (but not life-threatening) issues like sexuality and intimacy minimized or overlooked entirely. When the focus is on making it through treatment and surviving cancer, there is little or no discussion about the many sexual and emotional challenges you may be facing. Healthcare professionals, friends and family may never address these types of issues and they are often experienced in shame, confusion and silence. The relationship between cancer and sexuality is complex and traumatic. Often times, cancer leaves a woman feeling isolated and/or depressed without anywhere to turn to mend sexual trauma.
These issues may include:
- Low or no sexual desire
- Pain during intercourse
- Vaginal dryness or irritation
- Diminished sexual pleasure
- Fear of touch/not being touched
- Early onset of menopause
- Loss of breast sensation
- Changes in body image and self-esteem due to side effects of surgery and treatment (such as hair loss, scars, lymphedema, removal of breasts, ovaries, etc.)
If you are experiencing any of these issues, you are not alone. The CSI Program at The Center for Relational Healing is committed to the healing and reclaiming of one’s sexuality and sexual health in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis. CSI provides specialized services for women with cancer as well as to their partners and spouses. Call us to schedule an assessment and find out how we can help.
Reclaim Your Sense of Wholeness
CSI provides access to a diverse team of nurturing clinicians, skilled educators, support groups and a safe space to connect with others sharing similar experiences. CSI integrates holistic psychotherapeutic approaches, psychological treatment and research based effective mind-body practices to facilitate a compassionate and comprehensive healing process, inspiring a new level of recovery and transformation.
- Sexual Health assessment
- Individual and couples psychotherapy
- Therapeutic groups
- Sex Therapy
- Adjunctive mind-body practices (including meditation, sound healing and breathwork)
Therapeutic Groups & Workshops
Through experiential, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational groups at CSI, women are provided with the safe, confidential and welcoming space they need in order to openly dialogue about and explore the overwhelming changes in their bodies, sexuality and intimate relationships. Reconnecting to the body, grasping an understanding of the impact of cancer on sexuality and intimacy and connecting with others are vital parts of the healing process.
Therapeutic groups and workshops include:
Cancer, sexuality and Intimacy Group
An ongoing process and psycho-education group for women at any stage of a cancer diagnosis
It’s over… now what about my sexuality?
Process group for women who have finished treatment and have questions and/or concerns about the impact of cancer and its treatment on sexuality, dating and relationships.
Partners and Spouses Sexuality and Intimacy Group
Group therapy and support for partners and spouses of women diagnosed with cancer
Call 323-860-9999 for more information about groups and upcoming workshops.