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Dr. Geret Giles

Dr. Geret Giles is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  He received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Giles works with individuals, adolescents, children, and couples suffering from a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.  He is often asked to address psychological issues for large groups in the community.  He has the reputation as a knowledgeable and engaging speaker.  In January of 2007, he lost his best friend to cholangiocarcinoma.

Ask Dr. Giles: Should I ask hospice about counseling for my 17 year-old son?

Carol writes: Our family is meeting with Hospice and trying to get things in order for Charlie as there are no more medical interventions to try. He is jaundiced, not eating and weak. My question is about our son Ben, age 17. He is having a great deal of trouble sleeping. Do you think asking…

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Ask Dr. Giles: My husband passed very quickly, we didn’t have a chance to say that last goodbye.

Darla writes: My husband passed away from Cholangiocarcinoma after only 7 short weeks. He was not even definitively diagnosed until 1 week before he died. At that time he was given 6 months without any treatment. A week later we were told he only had a short time left, possibly up to a month. He…

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Ask Dr. Giles: 6 month scan showed a very small dot, I’m worried.

Jean writes: I am a healthy 44 year old female with two great sons ages 13 and 22. I had liver resection surgery with Dr Stuart Knechtle at UW Madison, WI in April 2008 due to a large tumor on my liver. Path reports stated it was contained to the liver, no lymph node involvement,…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I’m doing well, but the longer I live the more terrified I get.

Sarah writes: Dr Giles, I will be 3 yrs post radiation treatment in November. I was told that I had a 40% chance of living 5yrs. My husband and family are thrilled that I have been doing so well but the longer it is the more terrified I get. I feel like time is running…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I live alone, every decision is mine alone, it’s frightening.

Roberta writes: I’m 77 YOF, diabetic, with liver CA due to islet cell pancreatic CA 5 yrs ago. I have CA pills to begin this week, am afraid, putting off taking them. I am alone, keep my home alone, 1 son who is out of town a lot, and without emotional support. Where can I…

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Ask Dr. Giles: How frank should we be with our teenage sons?

Donata writes: Dear Dr. Giles, First of all, I am sorry for the loss of your best friend to cc.My husband was dx. 9/07 & our life outlook has changed to say the least. I mean he has a wonderful attitude, positive ect. however I have a question regarding our 2 boys. Ages are 12…

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Ask Dr. Giles: Am I just existing? Will it ever get better?

Betty writes: Am I just existing? Will it ever get better? On April 10th, it will be 1 yr. and 8 months since losing Sam. I feel like I am doing everything possible but recently two of my closest friends suggested that I get some professional help. The reason that this got my attention is…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I am having problems trying to help my husband feel steady

Michele writes: My husband is just coming to terms with the fact that he will not go on much longer. Maybe days/weeks. He is obviously very depressed ( this was a shock as he really expected to go through many years of treatments like Jeff G.) Am having problems trying to help him feel steady,…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I don’t know how to balance it all. Any suggestions?

Cindy writes: I am a mental health counselor in SC. My mother-in-law has cholangiocarcinoma, inoperable. She is 76. My husband is an only child and is trying to balance work and caring for his mother 3 1/2 hours away. His father is partially blind and deaf, diabetic and very difficult as he seems to be…

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Ask Dr. Giles: What is the best way to explain to my grandchildren…

Jeff G writes: What is the best way to explain to my grandchildren age 6 and 4 about my disease of CC and that PaPa will be leaving them. I guess timing/when and how. What would be less traumatic? Is simply saying I’m sick and going to heaven to be one of god’s angels? My…

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