Behavioral/Emotional Health

Moody Outpatient Center: 3rd Floor Suite 1340
5151 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75235

Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Call 214-590-5580 and ask to speak with Behavioral Health.

Oncology Behavioral Health

A cancer diagnosis can come with a lot of strong feelings such as fear, grief, anxiety, sadness, and anger. Oncology Behavioral Health supports patients with difficult emotions, symptoms, and changes to their life during their cancer care and survivorship. Our team of mental health professionals help patients cope with emotions and fatigue.

Oncology Behavioral Health offers multiple services to help patients at all stages of their cancer journey. Our vision is to reduce the emotional and mental burden associated with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship for patients. Oncology Behavioral Health is located in the Moody Outpatient Center and our mission is to improve the quality of life for patients being treated for cancer and their caregivers and families.

Services we offer:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Educational classes
  • Managing medicines by Psychiatry

Topics we can help with: (Click on a topic for a description of the side effects)

  • Adjusting to a “new normal” (cancer treatment or life after treatment)
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Anger and Irritability
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Sleep problems
  • Body image and sexual functioning
  • Communicating with your family and friends

Therapy Groups and Coping Skills Classes

Anxiety and stress

Cancer and cancer treatment can be stressful. It is normal to feel stressed, anxious, nervous, tense, irritable, or afraid. It may feel like stress and anxiety have taken over your life because they feel hard to control There is hope. There are things you can do to help lower your stress and anxiety.

Things you can do to feel better:

  • Listen to music, watch a movie, take a bath, do arts & crafts, or prepare a meal
  • Pray or meditate
  • Have a healthy routine that includes rest, healthy meals, and exercise
  • Reach out to a family member or friend for support
  • Talk with a therapist, counselor, or spiritual leader
  • Join a support group
Body image

Cancer and cancer treatment can change how you see yourself. Cancer-related body changes come in different forms. For example, you may lose your hair, lose or gain weight, have parts of your body removed, or develop scars or rashes. These changes, and others that cannot be seen on the outside, may affect your ability to have or enjoy sexual intercourse. These changes to your body and abilities can bring up negative thoughts and emotions about how you see yourself.

How to cope:

  • Practice yoga and mindfulness
  • Talk with a counselor
  • Share your concerns with your treatment team
  • Join a support group

It is common for people facing cancer to experience depression at some point. Depression is made up of many symptoms including feeling sad (or annoyed) most of the time, having little or no hope, little interest or pleasure in doing things that you once enjoyed. You might feel guilty, like a burden to others, or bad about yourself in other ways. People with depression may also not want to be around or even talk to loved ones. Depression can make you feel trapped, but there are things you can do to help begin to come out from under it.

How to cope:

  • Get active by going for a walk or other light exercise
  • Share how you are feeling with someone you trust
  • Talk with a therapist or counselor
  • Join a support group

Above all else, people in cancer treatment and cancer survivors have reported that feeling tired almost all of the time is one of the worst things about the journey. Not only is the body tired, but so is the mind.

How to cope:

  • Pay attention to your body and how tired you are
  • Do the most important things in your day first
  • It is okay not to get everything else done as quickly or even that day
  • Do just one thing at a time
  • Plan things that need more energy for when you are likely to have higher energy
  • Listen to music, read, and spend time with others. Doing these low energy activities can help you take your mind off of feeling tired.
  • Try to protect sleep at night by not sleeping much during the day, or at least not near bedtime
Hot flashes

Cancer and its treatment can cause hot flashes. Hot flashes are when your face, neck, and chest feel really warm for no reason. These feelings of sudden heat can wake you up at night and can get in the way of enjoying your life. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other medicines can cause hot flashes. If hot flashes are bothering you, it is important to tell your oncology provider about it. Your provider may be able to prescribe medicine to help. Here are a few coping strategies you can also try.

How to cope:

  • Drink less caffeine, less alcohol, and fewer hot drinks
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Wear loose, cotton clothing
  • Use fans and open windows to keep air moving when inside

Insomnia is when you have a hard time falling or staying asleep. Pain, worrying and racing thoughts can keep your mind busy and make it hard to sleep. Getting good sleep is an important because it helps your body heal. Here are a few ideas that may help improve sleep.

How to cope:

  • Only lie in bed when you are sleepy and ready to go to sleep
  • Do not use electronics at bedtime. This includes TV, computers, tablets, and cell phones.
  • Use your bed only for sleeping and sex. Do not use your bed as a place to other things like eat or watch TV.
  • Get out of bed if you cannot fall asleep after 20 minutes. Do a light activity, such as listen to soft music or soothing sounds, read, meditate, or pray.
  • Try not to take naps during the day. If you must nap, try to only do so in the late morning or early afternoon.
  • Meet with a mental health provider who can help you learn ways to improve your sleep

Both cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment can cause pain. Managing pain is important for a good quality of life. If pain is making life hard for you, talk to your oncology team or palliative care team to get some help. Here are some things you can do for pain on your own.

How to cope:

  • Take your pain medicine as prescribed. Do not wait for pain to get bad before you use your pain medicine.
  • Listen to music, watch a movie, take a bath, do arts & crafts, or other light activity. Doing so can help move your focus from the pain to something else.
  • Meet with a mental health provider who can teach you ways to deal with your pain


By your cancer team:

Your providers may recommend that you see a behavioral health provider based on standard, routine screening about your emotional health.


You can ask any member of your cancer team for a referral to a behavioral health provider at any point in your cancer journey.

Meet the Team

  • MD Psychiatrist
  • PhD Psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Psychiatry residents
  • Psychology doctoral student

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer telehealth services?

We offer telehealth services in the form of video for MyChart patients only.

Can I walk-in or do I need to schedule an appointment?

You will need to schedule an appointment by contacting any member of your oncology team.

What to expect on my first visit?

You will be asked questions so that your provider learns more about you. Your provider will then suggest a treatment plan that might include therapy, medicine, or both.

Do I need to see both a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

MD Psychiatrists are doctors who prescribe and manage medicines to treat mental health.

PhD Psychologists are doctors who help patients learn how to manage their symptoms with talk therapy. You may benefit from seeing either one or both specialists.

How many sessions will I have?

There is no set number of sessions that patients receive with Oncology Behavioral Health. Every patient will be treated according to their need.

Does insurance cover my behavioral health appointments?

Please contact Financial Services to see if your insurance covers behavioral health appointments.

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