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 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 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

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
 

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 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

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 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 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, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Cancer and all the medical interventions that go into diagnosing, monitoring, and treating it impart a heavy toll on our mental and emotional health. Having a counselor supporting your spiritual and emotional well-being when you have cancer can help you feel more empowered, hopeful, connected, stable, and at peace. Working together, we’ll name and address your biggest fears and concerns.

— Cheryl Calderon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
 

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 Ford, Mental Health Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I'm a cancer survivor. I facilitate a support group at our local National Cancer Institute certified hospital.

— Dane Libart, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK
 

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 spent a decade at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer so I am very experienced in helping people with all stages of cancer including the transition to survivorship and understanding prognosis. One in three of us will get cancer and the majority of cases are cured but it ain't an easy road. My help can make a huge difference at this time of vulnerability.

— Tomer Levin, Psychiatrist in Great Neck, NY
 

The Lord has brought me through cancer twice! I know how challenging this diagnosis is to navigate. I'll walk with you as your advocate.

— Katherine French-Ewing, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

I have journeyed through cancer and other health issues.

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