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 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

Dr. Salomon's clinical experience in residential and in-home services has included working with cancer patients in active treatment and in remission. Her doctoral dissertation work was on the treatment and support for chemotherapy related cognitive impairment.

— Angela Salomon, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ
 

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 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
 

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

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 am a survivor of non hodgkins lymphoma, if you are in need of processing an experience of a loved one or your own journey i can help with that.

— Samantha Hanson, Art Therapist in Appleton, WI

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
 

Working with cancer survivors has taught me a great deal about the strength of the human spirit. There are so many emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis: fears about the future, going through grueling treatments, and worries about your family members, your career, and finances. Working with an experienced therapist can help you learn new skills to cope with your illness and help you get back to being yourself, even while going through treatments.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA
 

Psycho-oncology has been part of my identity since my training years. In addition to being a part of the Stress & Immunity Breast Cancer Project at Ohio State, my dissertation work explored the role of meaning in life in the relationship between the physical and psychological aftermath of gynecologic cancer and depression and anxiety. I also completed a major internship rotation at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and completed the first decade of my postgraduate career at a Cancer Center.

— Dr. Laura Simonelli, Psychologist in Harleysville, PA

I have worked with individuals, couples, and families who were navigating a cancer diagnosis or care giving responsibilities. The medical system and the experience of a serious illness can be overwhelming and create or worsen mental health and relationship issues, and I am trained in supporting people as they navigate these life changing events.

— Caitlin Minniear, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

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

Experienced Oncology Clinical Social Worker.

— Vanessa Talley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC
 

Since 2005, I have provided support for those suffering from cancer and their loved ones. I know how people so often do not understand, say the wrong thing, or cannot talk about it at all. I know the physical symptoms of treatment are awful, the anxiety surrounding every scan is unbearable, and cancer can invade every aspect of your life. Each person in the challenging journey of facing cancer has an individual experience, one which I hope to make more manageable.

— Audra Eisin-Banazek, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

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 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 ,

Much of my counseling experience has been in medical settings, including designing and implementing counseling services in the Cancer Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our physical and emotional health are very connected, and my experience includes helping clients manage the stress and fear of medical issues, the grief and loss of health and activity, and navigating important relationships that may now seem to revolve around an illness. You are more than a diagnosis.

— Paula Swindle, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Hickory, NC
 

I have extensive training with the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley, CA and have provided expressive arts therapy to the infusion center at Contra Costa Medical Center. I create a creative compassionate space to process the impact of diagnosis, feelings that might arise, desire for easeful conversations with loved ones, and end of life considerations. Receiving a diagnosis, decisions around treatments and the process of medical care can be so daunting.

— Larissa Hul-Galasek, Creative Art Therapist in , CA