Mental Health

Commonly overlooked when dealing with cancer.

When we understand our whole system as connected, we can appreciate how physical illness often co-exists with mental health conditions. There is an emotional response to physical injury. When facing physical injury, we can tend to recover the physical injury and sometimes neglect to understand the impact of the emotional response. How can it be that when our body's are hurt, our minds are not impacted? The most common mental health diagnosis amongst those facing cancer are Depression and Anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress symptoms following behind.

Registered Counselling

Adele Huculak — Registered Clinical Counsellor

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC (#17601). I have spent most of my life in Kamloops. I am grateful for the opportunity to accompany others on the journey to wellness and wholeness. I work with my clients to create a safe and trusted place for them to process thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I respect and honour the innate dignity of the human person. My style is person-centered. I use a holistic approach, integrating all domains of the human person - physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. Near to my heart are issues of grief and loss. Sometimes grief is confusing, messy, and overwhelming. I am humbled to journey with those is their grief.

Cameron Grunbaum — Canadian Certified Counsellor

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from SFU and a degree in Human Kinetics. I have experience in supporting others who have diagnosed physical and mental concerns. I provide counselling services online to adults (18+) across BC. The issues I have experience supporting others with include, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, life transitions (including coping with the diagnosis and life changes that occur after receiving a cancer diagnosis), trauma, anger management and grief. Moreover, I have supported others with cancer diagnoses as well as partners of those diagnosed with cancer. I personally relate to the impact cancer has on individuals and their families and would like to support others in similar situations.

Tara Caffelle — Grief Consultant

Tara has worked as a Life and Relationship Coach for more than twelve years, and is honoured to support those at the intersection where grief and relationships meet. She has nearly completed her first book, Grief: A Love Story, that began after weathering significant personal losses in 2015, and is in the process of research for her next book which will explore the presence of grief in our workspaces and its impact.

Support Groups

Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group

We are a peer support group for women at any stage of their Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment. We offer a sense of community and share our stories in a non-judgmental setting. By offering emotional support and sharing coping mechanisms, we help you to realize you are not alone.

“We are here, because we’ve been there!”

Kamloops Hospice Association

The mission of the Kamloops Hospice Association is to enhance the quality of life of persons and their families facing death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care in the setting of the individual’s choice.

May Cause Radiance

May Cause Radiance is a Nonprofit Organization based in Kamloops, BC, that supports young adults affected by CANcer.

It was founded by Tessa Inkster following her journey with cancer, at age 27. Upon successfully completing her cancer treatment, she set out to give back to the community by filling a gap that she had identified along her journey.

Being a young adult can difficult, but then throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix! This demographic has a special set of needs when faced with a cancer diagnosis, and May Cause Radiance aims to support the individual along their journey through a peer support network, information sharing and health and wellness offerings from our amazing partners in a variety of wellness fields.

May Cause Radiance’s mission is to help make a young adult CANcer warrior feel well, beautiful and RADIANT amidst the challenges of this dis-ease.