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 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

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

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

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 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
 

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 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 found my love for mental health at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center while caring for cancer patients. I saw the mental health struggles individuals and their families were going through and found my passion in life was to help was those struggles.

— Dioanne Adsuara, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
 

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

As an oncology social worker, I have seen the worst of the worst – and the best of the best – and understand what goes into successful recovery from the psychological and social effects of cancer. You don’t have to just survive – you can thrive.

— Mark Flanagan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

During my predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship, I gained more specialty working with individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers through the psycho-oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.

— Sarah Anolik, Clinical Psychologist

I have worked with clients suffering from a variety of cancers at one of the nation's leading cancer hospitals, Cooper University Hospital/MD Anderson Cancer Center in New Jersey. My experience includes both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for cancer victims, including relaxation treatment during chemotherapy.

— Leena Patel, Psychologist in ,
 

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

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