Coping with illness, such as cancer or a blood disorder, can be extremely difficult for patients and caregivers. Emotional health (also known as mental health) is an important part of handling the stress of illness, fear, anxiety and worry of the unknown.
Your care team at the West Michigan Cancer Center (WMCC) may suggest counseling or therapy services at some point in your journey. There are many different kinds of counseling services in our community and the social work team is happy to explore this with you to find a good fit.
Please understand that if at any point you or a loved one is considering harming themselves (suicide) or others, you need to take them to the nearest emergency room for further evaluation. This is considered an urgent need for follow up.
WMCC developed this list of resources. This list does NOT include all possible providers. Please contact your insurance provider to access a list of “in network” providers to avoid extra charges. WMCC also respects your right to choice of provider and does not recommend any specific provider on this list or in the community.
Kalamazoo County Resources:
Borgess Delano Clinic (offers therapy and psychiatry)
Marie Brown, LMSW (counseling in your home)
Child and Family Psychological Services
Desert Streams Christian Counseling
Family Health Center
Fran Morrow, LMSW, ACSW (counseling in your home)
Kate Holaday, PLC, LPC, ACSW
Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (Community Mental Health)
Mid America Psychological Services
Morry Edwards, PhD
Pine Rest (offers therapy and psychiatry)
Psychological Consultants of MI (Battle Creek site)
Teletherapy Group (telephone therapy)
Whole Life Counseling, Judy White MA LPC
Allegan – Community Mental Health
Barry – Community Mental Health
Berrien – Riverwood Center
Branch – Pines Behavioral Health
Calhoun – Summit Pointe Mental Health
Cass- Woodlands Behavioral Health
St. Joseph County – Community Mental Health
VanBuren – Community Mental Health
Free National Support:
There are a number of national organizations that provide support to cancer patients via telephone or online options. Listed below are some of the organizations we use often.
American Cancer Society (ACS):
Cancer Support Community:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
WMCC has support group opportunities for patients of the center. This programming changes regularly. If you are interested in current oppportunities, please call the medical social work team at 269-384-8629 or email: email@example.com.
We have also developed a comprehensive list of support groups in the community for patients with cancer and blood disorders. The list covers support available online, by telephone and in person in the Southwest Michigan area. This list does not include all possible support groups. WMCC respects the patient’s right to choose a particular support group and does not recommend specific groups. We do recommend that you contact a support group in advance either by email or phone to make sure that it will meet your needs. Please click on the link below to access the support group list: