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

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
 

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

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
 

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 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

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
 

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 experience working in a pediatric oncology clinic and in outpatient mental health clinics focusing on coping with diagnosis and treatment, as well as integrating back into daily life following remission.

— Page Eaker, Clinical Psychologist in Durham, NC

Getting a cancer diagnosis is life-changing. Whether you are currently undergoing treatment, in remission and dealing with the unknown of cancer returning, or nearing the end of your life, I can help. My expertise is in health psychology, meaning that I’ve practiced alongside doctors and nurses, understand medical diagnoses and treatment, and worked with many clients who have been in your shoes. Let’s navigate cancer together.

— Lisa Belvy, Clinical Psychologist in Orinda, CA
 

I worked for many years as an oncology social worker before having a private practice. I understand the unique challenges of facing a life-changing diagnosis of cancer and what it means to find a "new normal" after treatment ends. I also enjoy working with those who are caring for a patient at home or from afar - partners, adult children, parents, siblings, chosen family. Often, caregivers prioritize the patient's need for support over their own despite their own need for support given the emotional burden it takes to be a caregiver.

— Sara Blackmur, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

I specialize in working with those with chronic or terminal illness and have worked 25 plus years in hospice and in private practice

— Marnie Fulton, Clinical Social Worker in Dunwoody, 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 lost my Mother from cancer over 15 years ago. That took me on a journey of wanting to give back and support others on their journey. I have run cancer support groups for many years now, as well as worked with individuals in a holistic way helping them gain support and strength.

— Lacey Morris, Counselor
 

YOU GOT THIS! Lets fight this together!

— Erin Howe MA, BC-DMT, CRM, Therapist in Oceanside, CA

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