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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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

I have been blessed with the opportunity to help many of my clients through their journey with cancer diagnosis and treatment. I have worked with a variety of people with various diagnoses, and I have a relationship with a local nonprofit that provides services to women with breast and GYN cancers. I have learned so much from these clients and it is my privilege to work with them every day.

— Sarah Murphy, Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA
 

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 McKinney, TX

During and after grad school I participated in a pilot program on Psychosocial Oncology. In laymen's terms I'm trained and have worked extensively with both Cancer patients and their friends and family.

— Jeffrey LiCalzi, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Wake Forest, NC
 

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 McKinney, 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
 

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, everything changes in an instant. Your ideas about what the future holds are suddenly called into question & you’re forced to reprioritize every aspect of your life. If you’re feeling lost in the midst of all of this, wondering who you are & what life is supposed to look like now, you don’t have to navigate this on your own. As a cancer survivor, I am sensitive to the challenges associated with a crisis of illness.

— Christine Chinni, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I have been working with bay area cancer connections, a cancer support nonprofit since 2009 . After going through my own cancer journey, I started up the young women cancer group for BACC and have been with the agency since then. I also provide individual therapy to those in need. One of my past clients called me her cancer sherpa. Which I love. Like a skilled sherpa if I can help you navigate through this difficult journey as one who has traveled it regularly with others I would be honored.

— Ann Rivello, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Belmont, CA
 

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
 

I have been working with the oncology population for over 5 years and I am certified oncology therapist. Provide support for newly diagnosed patients and their families, help with treatment symptoms, managing anxiety, and managing the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis. We will work together to help you manage strong emotions, find meaning, improve communication and problem solving.

— Cathy Bottrell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have worked for several years with cancer patients as a palliative care social worker, providing therapy for patients and their loved ones. I have also been diagnosed twice with cancer.

— Kari Hilwig, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vashon, WA
 

I have journeyed through cancer and other health issues.

— Allan Mouw, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with children, siblings, and families enduring treatment for cancer and blood disorders. This journey is often physically and emotionally challenging for patients and their support systems. The emotions with having and being treated with cancer can be complex and overwhelming. Having additional psychosocial support and resources can help clients throughout cancer treatment cope with all of these emotions and challenges.

— Jamie Stover, Licensed Professional Counselor in Greenville, SC
 

I get it. I was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer in Nov 2015 and went through lumpectomy and radiation. While my cancer experience is not your experience, I do know what it's like to go through cancer and in some ways, continue to go through it. Yes it's true. Cancer sucks! Until we can find ways to eradicate the darn thing, we'll know someone in our lifetime, if not ourselves, who will be affected by cancer. The thing is, just because cancer will affect us does not mean we give into it. Life with and after cancer is possible and I want to help you live into that possibility.

— Ada Pang, Counselor in Redmond, WA

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 am a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers and have experience working in an out-patient oncology setting to support patients and their families as they face this life altering diagnosis. I've been able to assist people with the practical and logistical concerns that arise to help reduce barriers to care as well as support people from a psycho-social perspective due to the many emotions and feelings that come up upon diagnosis.

— Sarah Dziwanowski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a scary and isolating experience. You may be concerned about opening up to those closest to you, leaning on them for support, and feeling as if you are a burden to them. Therapy can help you feel less isolated and reduce the fear, stress, and anxiety you may be experiencing. Together we can explore options and what is best for you, process your thoughts and feelings, and explore what other support can be beneficial.

— Jamie Shapiro, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jersey City, NJ
 

Worked as an oncology social worker for many years alongside hematologist /radiation oncologist. I am familiar with the emotional and practical needs of the patient, specially the anxiety that ensues with the diagnosis. My goal is to assist you during this journey and help you navigate how it impacts the relationships and environment around you.

— Carlos Guerrero, Therapist in Ventura, CA

From the shock of the diagnosis to the uncertainty of survivorship, cancer shifts the foundation you stand on, and requires coping in ways most people aren’t used to. I've worked with women who have had a variety of types of cancer and at a wide range of time since diagnosis. Cancer can bring a torrent of emotions at any time, which family and friends are often not able to face. You'll be able to bring all your emotions to the therapy room, and they will be met with compassion and support.

— Robyn DeLuca, Psychologist