Counseling for Individuals, couples, children, families, health care providers and groups

Cancer Lifeline is pleased to offer counseling services to people within the scope of our mission. Individual, couples, child, family, and group therapy is available.

Our intention is to provide therapeutic support to those with limited resources, who may not be able to obtain counseling from therapists in private practice. If you do not have insurance that partially or fully covers therapy, or if you have had difficulty finding a therapist who will accept your insurance and would be unable to pay for counseling out of pocket, we may be able to provide support to you. Although lack of insurance is not a prerequisite for our counseling program, we do take into consideration whether you would be able to obtain counseling services elsewhere. All of our counseling services, as is true for our other emotional support programming, is fee-free.

There are three trained counselors available in our counseling program currently, two with existing licenses and one who is a counseling intern/trainee (see short biographical statements about our therapists, below).

In order to be considered for our counseling program, the following steps will need to be taken:

First, please send an email to pkrueger@cancerlifeline.org. She will send you a form to fill in with some brief information to get the process started.

Second, after we receive and review it, you will be contacted by our therapy intern, who will set up a time to ask you some additional questions to help us assess whether we can offer you a spot with one of our therapists. Generally, we will offer twelve (12) sessions and, thus, our counseling program is best for people looking for short-term therapy, especially related to coping with experiences connected to cancer. As such, the short interview with the therapy intern helps us to assess whether short-term therapy would be supportive or whether it may be better to refer you to a therapist outside of our counseling team for longer-term therapy.

Third, once we determine if our counseling program might be a good fit for you, you will receive an invitation to attend an initial session with one of our therapists. At this session, you will be able to determine whether the therapist will be a good fit for you.

Fourth and finally, after the initial session, our therapy intern will reconnect with you and, if you decide the fit is not good, then he will assist you with a therapy referral elsewhere. If you decide you would like to proceed with the assigned therapist, the therapy intern will provide you with additional paperwork and you will be able to begin to schedule sessions with the therapist.

If you have additional questions not addressed here, please reach out directly to Pamela Krueger at (206) 832-1271 or email her at the email address indicated above.


Our Counselors

Meghan Wilkins Melanson, LMHC

Meghan has spent the last 9 years working with individuals and families facing cancer. She has experience in both medical and non-medical settings, specializing in life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Meghan is also Cancer Lifeline’s Program Director. Meghan’s counseling approach is to meet people where they are and support them in learning strategies and techniques to move through challenges. Working with Meghan you can expect an open, dynamic and collaborative approach to getting back to center.

 

Pamela Krueger, LMFTA

Pamela Krueger is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate. She completed her MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in expressive arts therapy. She also holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and a juris doctor degree and has extensive experience facilitating groups. She is Cancer Lifeline’s Clinical Program Administrator and also oversees our cancer support group program. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in existential-humanistic psychology through a feminist and multicultural lens. Trained in a variety of creative art modalities, she can offer clients a range of ways to connect with their inner knowing in ways that can support healing and growth.

 

Weston Pew, Certified Counselor, Therapy Intern

Weston Pew is a certified counselor in Washington state. Additionally, he is an adult educator, wilderness guide, and group facilitator who holds two MA’s: one in experiential education with a focus on relational leadership development and the other in depth psychology with a focus on holistic human development. For the past nine years, he has been cultivating transformational containers for individuals and groups that bridge the ancient practices of initiation, pilgrimage, meditation, nature connection, contemplative dialog, and ceremony, with the cutting edge fields of adult developmental theory, existential-humanistic psychology, counseling, mindfulness, and behavioral change theory.

 

 


Therapist Referrals

Our Therapist Referral Program provides the names of counselors in the local community who have experience working with people affected by cancer.  Referrals and support in choosing a therapist. Available for patients, survivors, family members, friends and oncology professionals. Referrals are free.  Cancer Lifeline does not arrange payment with therapists on behalf of clients or check insurance benefits, this is the clients responsibility.

For more information, please call our lifeline at 206-297-2500 between the hours of 9am-5pm PST.