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.

Meet the specialists

I’ve had the privilege to have worked at one of the leading local cancer centers. I've helped many clients through their journey of diagnosis and treatment. This can be an emotionally challenging time with difficult treatments, fears about the future, and anxiety around your family, your finances and your career. I aim to provide you the psychological support you need.

— Sarajane Cazares, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

Working with cancer survivors has taught me a great deal about the strength of the human spirit. There are so many emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis: fears about the future, going through grueling treatments, and worries about your family members, your career, and finances. Working with an experienced therapist can help you learn new skills to cope with your illness and help you get back to being yourself, even while going through treatments.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker

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 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 serious medical diagnosis, life changes in an instant. Your ideas about what the future holds are suddenly called into question, and you’re forced to reprioritize every aspect of your life. This is a journey that is difficult to understand unless you have been through it yourself—and as a cancer survivor, I can help you navigate every part of this process, from the day of your diagnosis all the way through the end of treatment and what comes next.

— Christine Chinni, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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 Menasha, WI
 

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 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 Menasha, WI
 

I have clinical experience working through emotions with cancer pay and their loved ones who support them. We have worked through everything from anxiety, depression, different grief and losses. I am a cancer survivor so I can empathize deeply and understand. Cancer can be a trauma so many emotions come up for clients.

— Jessica Dulin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, 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
 

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

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 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

Being a survivor of stage 2 cancer, I understand the tremendous amount of courage it takes to face this thing in the body! You are a warrior, but its not that simple. There are so many aspects to cancer treatment, it is impossible to have the same exact story. All stories are unique, and each one matters! Your life has been forever changed by the 'c' word. You do not have to go through this alone. I would love to come along side you as we attack this together! Love your body, love yourself.

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

Working with cancer survivors has taught me a great deal about the strength of the human spirit. There are so many emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis: fears about the future, going through grueling treatments, and worries about your family members, your career, and finances. Working with an experienced therapist can help you learn new skills to cope with your illness and help you get back to being yourself, even while going through treatments.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker