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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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

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or other serious/chronic illness, everything can change in an instant. The emotional and practical concerns can be overwhelming, unfamiliar & ever changing. From diagnosis through survivorship, I provide client-centered, solutions-focused expertise to help you process thoughts & feelings; improve coping for depression, anxiety, loss, physical changes & treatment side effects; and connect you to additional resources for the support you need.

— Laura Taets, Clinical Social Worker in Westport, CT
 

My personal and professional experiences have shaped my passion for working with individuals and support systems of those impacted by cancer. A cancer diagnosis does more than impact your body, it changes your entire life and identity. I am motivated to provide the support an individual needs throughout the healing journey.

— Maggie Creegan, Licensed Professional Counselor

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
 

Cancer & Caregiving is near and dear to my heart on a personal level as well as a professional. I have committed to patients and caregivers facing the battle daily for the past decade. From diagnosis to survivorship and all the things in between.  I would love the opportunity to dive into the parts that feel scary from expectations, treatment decisions based on quality of life, scanxiety, body image, impact on loved ones relationships, and life after diagnosis. 

— Laura Tanner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 worked through cancer and other health concerns.

— Allan Mouw, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

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 journeyed through cancer and other health issues.

— Allan Mouw, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, 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 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 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