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

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 Intern in Allen, TX
 

YOU GOT THIS! Lets fight this together!

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

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
 

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 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
 

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 have worked in oncology since 2012. I have been a lead therapist at a cancer center and in private practice since then and am highly specialized in emotional concerns surrounding individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

— Caitlin Glenn, Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV
 

I worked for many years as an oncology social worker before having a private practice. I understand the unique challenges of facing a life-changing diagnosis of cancer and what it means to find a "new normal" after treatment ends. I also enjoy working with those who are caring for a patient at home or from afar - partners, adult children, parents, siblings, chosen family. Often, caregivers prioritize the patient's need for support over their own despite their own need for support given the emotional burden it takes to be a caregiver.

— Sara Blackmur, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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
 

I worked as a therapist at University of Virginia Emily Couric Cancer Center for 4 years (2016-2020). I primarily provided counseling services to patients diagnosed with prostate, bladder, renal, urothelial, blood cancers (including Leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, MM) and head and neck cancer. I met individually with patients, caregivers, couples, and families.

— Jesse Dice, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlottetsville, VA

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

As a cancer support group leader and facilitator at a local hospital for individuals, I can help you find the courage to work through what you're experiencing, with support and guidance and provide you with tools to manage your toughest days.

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in The Woodlands, TX
 

A diagnosis of cancer can be shocking & overwhelming. My clients have told me that it feels like they have been transported to another planet or a foreign land. So much of the narrative in our culture is about “being strong” & “beating” cancer, that it does not leave much room for expressing fear, anger, or anxiety. I'd love to talk with you about how you're coping with the diagnosis, family dynamics, shoring up your support system, managing side effects & communicating with your team.

— Sara Kerai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC

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 New York, NY
 

I have lost my Mother from cancer over 15 years ago. That took me on a journey of wanting to give back and support others on their journey. I have run cancer support groups for many years now, as well as worked with individuals in a holistic way helping them gain support and strength.

— Lacey Morris, Counselor

Certified oncology social worker. No one needs to face cancer alone & good medicine is not enough! 25+ years in integrated cancer care using a person-centered, mindfulness-based approach. Honed expertise supporting those facing all phases of cancer - in treatment, survivorship, end of life. Other serious & chronic illnesses include but not limited to cystic fibrosis, HIV, autoimmune diseases, dialysis, cardiac conditions, and those thriving after organ transplantation.

— Thomas J. Pier, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I get it. I was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer in Nov 2015 and went through lumpectomy and radiation. While my cancer experience is not your experience, I do know what it's like to go through cancer and in some ways, continue to go through it. Yes it's true. Cancer sucks! Until we can find ways to eradicate the darn thing, we'll know someone in our lifetime, if not ourselves, who will be affected by cancer. The thing is, just because cancer will affect us does not mean we give into it. Life with and after cancer is possible and I want to help you live into that possibility.

— Ada Pang, Counselor in Redmond, WA

I am a cancer survivor and understand the emotional and physical challenges.

— Susan Radzilowski, Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI
 

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

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 with countless people living with disease. I have witnessed intense pain, relived traumatic experiences, and listened to the anger, guilt and conflicting emotions. As your therapist, I am unable to take away the physical pain or control the course of illness, but I can companion with you through this experience. Together we can lighten the intensity of emotions and work towards the emotional healing necessary to endure the course of illness.

— Jennifer Levin, Counselor in Pasadena, CA

I am a certified oncology social worker. I work with adults living with or that have completed cancer treatment as well as their caregivers. Additionally, I work with many people who are at high-risk of cancer due to family history/gene mutations.

— Kristy Case, LCSW, OSWC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Morristown, NJ
 

I have previous experience working with cancer patients and their caregivers. I understand the challenges with the adjustment of diagnosis, treatment, and social and economic difficulties.

— Priscilla Anzaldua, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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
 

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

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can turn the world upside down. Often, people experience significant stress, anxiety, and even depression, and this distress can last through treatment and into survivorship. I specialize in treating individuals diagnosed with cancer. I have worked in psycho-oncology and integrative medicine at numerous highly-ranked cancer centers. While dealing with cancer is exceptionally hard, psychotherapy can help make it easier.

— Kerry Cannity, Psychologist in New York, NY
 

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