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 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

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 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
 

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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