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 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 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
 

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 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 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
 

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 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

As an Oncology Social Worker/Counselor at a Cancer Center, I worked with adult populations and understand the emotional battles that go with diagnosis and long treatments. I worked with patients and family members of cancer patients and survivors. Using a trauma and mindfulness informed perspectives, I can help navigate the emotional path that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

— Niki Saigeon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is life-altering. It changes our perceptions about health, identity, goals, and what the future holds can suddenly feel like it is being called into question. We can all use support during such a challenging time. I would be honored to help you explore the multitude of issues that arise from managing a cancer diagnosis. I have been working in this field for over 4 years and feel confident that together we can help you find a sense of wellbeing.

— Allison "Ali" Faris, Psychologist

Suffering as a result of loss or unexpected trauma like cancer is quite undesirable, but these shocks in life can be the catapult toward growth and transformation. I know this to be true from first hand experience. I am a cancer survivor. I can help you process and navigate the anxiety, depression, exhaustion, isolation, and hopelessness you may feel after a cancer diagnosis so that you will not only experience joy again, but live life to the fullest.

— Deanne Meeks Brown, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport Beach, CA
 

As a cancer survivor I offer insight into navigating significant life changes, and options for growth.

— Gayle Seely, Therapist in Hillsdale, MI

You've got either the first diagnosis ... or now you need to cope with relapse. Acknowledging the strengths you possess can help to counteract the struggles that come with treatment -- from surgery to chemotherapy to radiation to immunotherapy. Let's talk openly. Let me collaborate with you to make this chapter of your life one you face with courage (heart), with honesty about your feelings, and with hope. We work in partnership. I am not authoritarian. Let's get started.

— Maria Shine Stewart,
 

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

My recent experience has been supporting cancer patients and their loved ones for the last 6+ years. I can help you navigate the oncology world and cope with feelings that arise from cancer, both as a patient and as a caregiver. Additionally, therapy can help start or continue your healing process if you have ever lost a loved one to cancer. Grief never goes away, but with the right tools, you can still find joy in remembering your loved one.

— Sharla Semana Yuen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

If your friends and family don't understand what you're going through, can't handle the emotions you cycle through, or are afraid to have hard conversations, I got you. As a cancer survivor (Hodgkin's Lymphoma, stage 3b), I am not afraid to go there with with you. Although there may be nothing that we can "fix," in the therapeutic space you are in control.

— Amber Baker, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC

Experienced Oncology Clinical Social Worker.

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