Children, young people and cancer in the family

Wednesday 21st March

Children, young people and cancer in the family
Mariana Cervantes

Mariana will discuss her experience as counsellor in a cancer charity with children and young people who are dealing or have had to deal with close family members with cancer. Some of these children are bereaved while some others are dealing with the uncertainty of the outcome of their loved one’s illness; yet others have seen their loved one recover.  She will describe particular themes of fear, grief, guilt, love and acting out when words cannot be found. She will also describe how the demands and circumstances of this particular role have required her to rapidly adapt and to make herself very emotionally accessible and highly tuned to each of her clients.

Mariana Cervantes joined this cancer charity in Southwest England in May 2017.
Children, young people and cancer in the family – Mariana Cervantes
Mariana will discuss her experience as counsellor in a cancer charity with children and young people who are dealing or have had to deal with close family members with cancer. Some of these children are bereaved while some others are dealing with the uncertainty of the outcome of their loved one’s illness; yet others have seen their loved one recover.  She will describe particular themes of fear, grief, guilt, love and acting out when words cannot be found. She will also describe how the demands and circumstances of this particular role have required her to rapidly adapt and to make herself very emotionally accessible and highly tuned to each of her clients.

Mariana Cervantes joined this cancer charity in Southwest England in May 2017.

She had previously lived in London, where she worked as Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), and at a primary school in Southwest London. She has experience of working with children of various ages, adolescents, young women and adults. In her current job she works with adults young and old as well as with children and adolescents. She finds the challenges of working with such a wide spectrum of clients stimulating if challenging and often painful, and a rich source of exploring and learning about life, death and the in-betweens.  Mariana completed her MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents at Birkbeck in 2015.

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