Dealing with cancer is hard. Fortunately, there are many one-on-one counseling options for cancer patients. Be sure to look through these to see the resources available to you.

Local Resources

Oasis Counseling for Women and Children

Located in Birmingham, if you are looking for compassionate counseling, you have come to the right place. Our women’s counseling center resources include a well-trained, professional staff with more than 80 collective years of experience. Skilled providers of many therapy techniques, our counselors provide mental health treatment for depression, grief, trauma, anxiety, anger, and stress, resulting from divorce, single-parenting, sexual assault, domestic abuse, substance abuse, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, physical disabilities and many other life challenges or transitions.

Reach to Recovery

Located throughout AL, Reach to Recovery is a program that helps individuals cope with breast cancer through one-on-one peer support. A BC survivor is paired with newly diagnosed patient.

St. Vincent's Bruno Cancer Support Services

Located in Birmingham, St. Vincent’s Bruno Cancer Center provides comprehensive support services to help patients focus their energy on combating their disease. Designed to improve long-term outcomes and survivorship, these services address a complex range of medical, social, and emotional needs. Resources are available to patients and their families and include ongoing cancer support groups, access to social workers, and counseling in nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes.

National Resources


2-1-1 provides free, confidential information and referrals to support services, including food banks, counseling, health care, financial assistance programs and more.

Association of Oncology Social Work

This website provides cancer support information, links to various resources, and a searchable directory of local oncology social workers who can address the emotional needs of survivors.

Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.

Hope Scarves

Hope Scarves was created to capture the stories of courageous women and encourage others by passing along scarves and stories of hope. Free head scarves for breast cancer patients. Each scarf is sent along with a survivor’s story and words of encouragement. To request a Hope Scarf, call 502-264-3215.


Imerman Angels

This non-profit connects you with a survivor who went through a similar type of cancer and experience to help provide emotional support. They will also connect caregivers in similar situations - so cool!


This is a 10-week online coping skills course for individuals with a cancer diagnosis or a caregiver. The best part? It's a free program that takes place in the comfort of your own home to help enhance quality of life and learn effective coping strategies to manage stress.


SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers to help people get through mental or physical illness or provide motivation to accomplish a goal. The app is available for iPhones & Android-based devices, as well as on your web browser.

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society

This online resource offers cancer patients and their caregivers assistance in finding counseling services in their community through a toll-free helpline. If the helpline staff is unable to locate local support services, the APOS mental health counselor from the Helpline will provide over the phone support until professional help is found in the patient’s or caregiver’s community.

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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