Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating and often brings up feelings of depression, grief, fear, sadness or anger. Navigating treatment options can be overwhelming and exhausting. Even in remission, cancer can cause lingering trauma, anxiety and depression. According to the NCBI, cancer survivors are twice as likely to suffer from mental health issues as adults who have never had cancer. Whether you are struggling to accept a recent diagnosis or trying to figure out what your life looks like post-cancer, a mental health expert can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s cancer specialists today.

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As a cancer support group leader and facilitator at a local hospital for individuals, I can help you find the courage to work through what you're experiencing, with support and guidance and provide you with tools to manage your toughest days.

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in Tomball, TX

Cancer is one of the areas I enjoy working with the most in Grief and Loss. I will help you find joy and purpose again in life since your cancer diagnosis and navigate the loss maze that feels never ending. I utilize a variety of approaches to treat these issues including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Brainspotting.

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in Tomball, TX
 

I completed my entire counseling training working within the cancer/chronic illness field and continue to do so. I am passionate about helping clients discover ways to regain control and feel "patient active" after a serious diagnosis.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Petersburg, FL

Most family members I have lost have been to Cancer- including my teenage son in 2005. I have extensive experience as a loved one as well as a continued fascination with the evolution of treatment. The idea- as with other medical dilemmas, is to get to the point that Cancer is a chronic disease when not curable. And we are getting there! Still, this diagnosis provides ample opportunity for existential exploration as well as some good grief work.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA
 

Cancer is the reason I became a counselor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and in 2016 decided to go to graduate school to become a counselor so that I can serve fellow cancer survivors and terminally ill clients. I am not afraid to talk about pain, death, religion, sexuality, or whatever other issues come up as a result of a cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and survivorship.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Timnath, CO

I work with cancer patients in treatment and after to process the trauma of diagnosis and treatment. This work often includes helping clients explore the existential concerns of death, freedom, isolation, and meaning, which often come as a result of having cancer. Other aspects of treatment might include: body image, sexual concerns, family dynamics, and trauma. I also work with couples and families, as cancer is a family disease.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Timnath, CO
 

Certified oncology social worker. No one needs to face cancer alone & good medicine is not enough! 28 years in integrated cancer care using a person-centered, mindfulness-based approach. Honed expertise in supporting people in all phases of cancer - in treatment, post-treatment survivorship, end of life. Other serious & chronic illnesses, eg. cystic fibrosis, HIV, autoimmune diseases, dialysis, cardiac conditions, and those thriving after organ transplantation.

— Thomas J. Pier, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My wife was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer when she was 35 weeks pregnant with our second child and is now thankfully in remission. I was her primary caregiver throughout her treatment/recovery and was able to help her process her trauma and access Post-Traumatic Growth. This first-hand lived experience allows me to understand and empathize with the unique mental health challenges cancer poses for patients, caregivers and their families.

— Matt McDavid, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southampton, NY
 

Cancer Support: Compassionate Guidance: As someone who understands the emotional and physical toll of cancer, I provide empathetic support to individuals and their loved ones. Coping Strategies: Learn effective coping mechanisms to manage anxiety, grief, and uncertainty during cancer treatment. Navigating Transitions: Whether you’re newly diagnosed, in remission, or dealing with survivorship, I’m here to help you navigate the journey.

— Elysia Bronson, Counselor in Abbotsford, BC, Canada,

My recent experience has been supporting cancer patients and their loved ones for the last 6+ years. I can help you navigate the oncology world and cope with feelings that arise from cancer, both as a patient and as a caregiver. Additionally, therapy can help start or continue your healing process if you have ever lost a loved one to cancer. Grief never goes away, but with the right tools, you can still find joy in remembering your loved one.

— Sharla Semana Yuen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

As a survivor of cancer, I know firsthand how challenging this experience can be. In my practice I've worked with clients at all different stages of cancer, from diagnosis, to treatment, to recurrence, to end of life care. I've witnessed the toll that this experience can take on one's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, as well as the strength and resilience it brings out in people.

— Joey Hess, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have experience working in a hospital setting counseling hematology/oncology patients and their families.

— Ben Goitz, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Slingerlands,
 

I facilitate support groups at a local cancer support agency. This has allowed me to gain empathy and understanding of the life changes cancer patients and their caregivers experience.

— Jessica Filbrun, Therapist in West Chester, OH

It’s the word no one wants to hear and is challenging for the survivor and the support people around them. I will help you navigate the feelings that are bound to surface during and after treatment, how to process all of the information you need to make the right decisions, and an provide an extra source of support through these challenges.

— Jeannie (Jeanne Marie) Ford, Mental Health Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
 

A major medical diagnosis such as cancer can be life altering. I specialize in using a somatic approach to address the physcial and psychological impacts cancer can create. Genlte movements can help reduce stress, anxiety, and fear while promoting recovery and increasing energy.

— Kimberly Panko, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I am a two time cancer survivor. I have experience as an oncology social worker (both inpatient and outpatient).

— Tara Tooley, Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS