Emotional Support

How can counseling help?

The dictionary describes counseling as provision of advice or guidance in decision making, particularly in emotionally significant situations. Cancer affects nearly all of us. Yet few people realize that the amount of emotional support can play an important role in cancer’s treatment. Counselors can help patients and families reduce emotional distress, enhance communication among patients, families and oncologists, reduce treatment side effects and improve patients’ quality of life.

Counselors cannot always solve problems, but they provide a safe environment for people affected by a cancer diagnosis to talk about their concerns. Because counselors are removed from the situation, they provide a helpful, outside perspective.


Judith A Persley, MA, LMSW for New Day

Judith is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist specializing in Anxiety and Trauma disorders.  Judith also earned her Certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling while working with a consortium specializing in opiate addiction, formed by the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.  Judith earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University, and a Masters in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University. Judith is currently the owner/operator of Creekside Counseling of Michigan in Shelby Township, Michigan, where she practices.