Health Professionals

As an experienced practitioner-researcher Suzanne provides guidance and training for health professionals in the provision of psycho-oncology services to people affected by cancer.

Her goal is to make psychological care for people diagnosed with cancer widely accessible, and to enhance personal agency so that the person receiving care becomes agent in managing their personal experience in a way that encourages mastery of their own well-being. 

She applies a cognitive behavioural approach drawing from three main perspectives: stress and coping; problem-solving; and psychological flexibility. The linking element from these perspectives is that how a person thinks about their cancer and their situation or context, the way they respond to their thinking, and the consequent actions they take, all interact to influence their psychological outcome.  

Typically, this approach will also include:

  1. Matching the intensity and focus of care to the level and type of need

  2. Being person-centred where the context, values and priorities of the individual guides the intervention

  3. Being evidence-informed

  4. Connecting to self-help that is client-paced

  5. Linking to community resources

 

Contact Suzanne if you would like to be notified of upcoming training opportunities.

Health professional resources

A Health Professionals Guide to Facing the Tiger 

This guide allows health professionals to incorporate accessible psychological support in the care they deliver to men with prostate cancer from the point of diagnosis and throughout the man’s treatment journey. It is appropriate for use by a range of practitioners, including nurses, doctors, psychologists, and social workers, and shows how to construct a tailored intervention centred on increasing a man’s personal agency in self-managing the challenges of prostate cancer. Guidance is presented on vigilance and surveillance of psychological wellbeing by incorporating screening for distress into regular care. The intervention applies a cognitive behavioural approach drawing from three main perspectives: stress and coping; problem-solving; and psychological flexibility. The strategies used are informed by firm evidence, and allows for a cost-effective, low-intensity psychological intervention matched to client need.  

 

 

Facing the Tiger: A Survivorship Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer and their Partners

 

This is a self-management book to assist men with prostate cancer and their partners maintain their mental wellbeing as they move through treatment, tackling the many challenges that come with a diagnosis. Using evidence-based science and the lived experience of those who have travelled the path before, it gives practical strategies to manage stress and anxiety, improve health and wellbeing, make tough decisions, seek support, and improve survivorship quality both early and later on in treatment. The book shares personal stories and insights from men and their partners who speak from their heart, offering emotional comfort and inspiration. First released in 2013, it has been updated with new contributions and additional content including key prostate cancer survivorship essentials for a better quality of life.

 

Please also refer to publications.