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Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

Rating: 4.98 stars   43 reviews 1,589

Address:

PO Box 6607 Malibu CA 90264 USA

Mission:

Results:

SCC is the original and oldest cancer counseling in the United States. We are the only organization created by an oncologist and to have received the Surgeon Generals Approval- this program was first utilized with the U.S. Air Force

Target demographics:

provide more complete and integratedcancer treatment

Direct beneficiaries per year:

238 patients with retreat and crisis work

Geographic areas served:

the field of cancer/psychoneuroimmunology

Programs:

Cancer counseling, cancer couching, modified cognitive cancer therapy, personal health plans, imagery, meditiation, and training for health care professionals

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center (SCCC) retreat for cancer patients and their support members is firmly based in reality approach on how patients and those who love them can face cancer and the myriad of considerations involved in the diagnosis.

More importantly, SCCC’s retreat works. From the moment that dread word “cancer” is first spoken, that easy life path most of us were on is shattered into rubble with no way to see beyond the wasteland and with no vision of where or even if the path picks up again.

Simonton Cancer Counseling Center reveals that it does.

From the moment we stepped into the Santa Barbara, CA retreat, we were welcomed by the wonderful SCCC Executive Director and a top team of high-compassion, high-caliber mental health professionals giving us faith, not in the center but in ourselves, in our ability to go through this process and the hard work of putting together a life that might have ceased to seem important. SCCC gives hope where hope had been all but destroyed. It gives a means to love oneself and one’s life all over again. And it gives a plan where plans all had seemed to stop the moment of the diagnosis.

Sessions and discussions on stress, death and recurrence, support and communication, hope, trust, spirituality, the importance of play/joy and so much more are all aimed at one thing - to put the patient and their support person into healthier frames of mind so that the medical/traditional treatment has the best chance of working.

They don’t require that you buy into all of it or any of it. They simply lay it all out for you in a physically and emotionally safe environment. And that we found invaluable.

If you are a cancer patient/survivor or one supporting them in their journey to health, it will give you the tools and confidence you need to do so. We cannot recommend this program highly enough. It was the most important week of our lives and it has made life hopeful again. And as strange as if may sound in the midst of an advanced cancer diagnosis, it has made life a thing of beauty.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bonjour,
One morning I was checking the Simonton Cancer Center Facebook page. They were offering a donation to attend a one week program. So I call the number and spoke with this very Nice Lady Karen Simonton who explained me the program and offered me the donation even if I was coming from Québec, Canada.
It was still expensive for me and find the money in such a short time was impossible for that session. Finally I was able to go with a good friend donation. I Would like to thank all my Angels especially the Teri Koller Kaplan Fund who allowed me to attend the program in September 2014.
Thank you Karen and your exceptional team for the wonderful full week at La Casa Maria Center.
Finally I met new friends with this terrible disease, cancer and
learn together how to manage our life.
Thank you Dr. Simonton you are an inspiration for me since 1988 Shenzhen Mom had lung Cancer as me. Your book help my mother, my father and my three sisters and myself during this very hard period in our life.

Amitié

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing I can think of...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently returned to Ireland having attended a week long patient residential program at the Simonton Cancer Center in Santa Barbara. Having once been a cancer patient myself along with my mother (and used the Simonton Books), I felt very priveleged to get the chance to actually visit the center, this time as an intern. I work with Cancer patients now and want to be able to pass on this valuable life enhancing if not life saving information to my clients. I had a very information dense, enlightening week on a personal and professional level. The Staff are so helpful, knowledgeable and approachable with a great ability to meet people where they are at on their individual Cancer journeys. Through one to one sessions, education and group work, they teach a variety of tools to enable us to harness our own immune systems to complement our treatment and recovery from Cancer. It is very empowering to feel you are playing a central role in your own treatment and are part of the recovery team. It's not all serious either. The importance of play in healing was delivered through a very fun-filled workshop where we all experienced the powerful positive effect of laughter. I am sharing some of these very easy ideas with my clients already, like changing the channel from News to The Comedy Channel while lying in the Hospital! The books are fantastic but if you can, I would highly recommend a visit. Taking yourself out of your everyday life really gives you a chance to look at where you are and how you are living so that you return with the power of your own immune system in sharp focus and the Cancer disempowered. With Hope, Perspective, a Plan and your box of Tools all sharpened up, you are well equipped for the Journey ahead. Thank you Karen, Rayla, Jan and Richard and hope to see you again soon. Regards, Anne Roche

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently attended what I call a healing retreat at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. Having tried many of the alternative cancer treatments with relative success I felt that I was given a life Line with the incredible amount of information and approach to treating cancer recognizing the relationship in mind -body connection. I am excited about applying the meditation and the guided imagery techniques that we practiced. The instructors were all knowledgeable and full of encouragement and committed to the success of each of the attendees. I feel this program is a must as a adjunct to whatever other therapies are being used. YT

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just returned from spending a week at the Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara with the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. I was the support person for my sister who has breast cancer. Before attending this healing retreat I read the books by Carl Simonton who stresses the mind-body connection and other valuable techniques for working closely with one's doctor in achieving one's own healing. Already a proponent of his ideas I found a wealth of information in dealing with my own health issues. I am encouraged and feel that I received invaluable techniques that I can apply in improving my own health. I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking successful alternatives to the present harsh and unbending standard treatment for cancer. P. MacKaron

 
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I just returned from a retreat at the Casa Maria, near Santa Barbara and it was fantastic! We had classes on "Belief Work: the ABC's of Emotions and Form for Changing Beliefs", "Imagery: the Use of Imagination in Health", "Stress Management", "Support and Communications" and Psychoneuroimmunology, amongst many other things. The Center stresses the relationship amongst mind/body/spirit and making you your doctor's partner in regaining your health. The staff were excellent, highly skilled and extremely caring. I would highly recommend this as the best 6 days that anyone with cancer could spend!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Leo Perron and I and my wife attended one of the Simonton Cancer Centers early seminars in Dallas in 1982 when my wife was diagnosed with a metastasis of her earlier breast cancer and was given only 18 to 36 months to live. The seminar was very helpful and encouraging to her and after the seminar she faithfully followed the practices and recommendations we had both learned. She surprised her physicians and lived for another 20 years although she had several more reoccurrences they were all successfully put into remission after treatment and a return to our Simonton practices. I returned this September after a diagnosis of prostate cancer and found the seminar was a useful, encouraging and helpful refresher for my own diagnosis. I whole heartedly recommend both of Carl Simonton's books and the seminar for anyone who has cancer or is a caregiver to someone with the disease.
Leo Perron

Perron & Campbell, Inc.

3707 N. St. Mary’s Suite 201

San Antonio, TX 78212

210-737-8100

leo@perroncampbell.com

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

After continuous research and digging to get closer to my calling, i found the Simonton Cancer Canter and it suddenly clicked. Having had breast cancer and after doing alot of soul searching, i realized that what i wanted to do was become a cancer councelor and bring my teachings to Dubai where i currently live. I finished the first program a few months ago and i cant wait return to california for my second round . The staff was extremely friendly, warm, and very informed about the physiological/emotional aspects of cancer and other terminal diseases. I would recommend everyone who has been through any life threatening diseases to attend the center for mindfulness and healing of deep routed issues that may have contributed to the illness.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am on staff at the Simonton Cancer Center. My comments are not prejudiced due to my employment - I honestly and sincerely do the work I do because of the results I have seen, and the appreciation patients have communicated to me. The Simonton Cancer Center offers a unique science-based, profoundly transformative approach to engaging cancer patients and their loved ones to move beyond the deep uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis to a place where emotional, as well as physical healing can occur.

In the many years that I have been on staff, I have seen patients shift their beliefs about their cancer, their treatment and their ability to engage more powerfully with whatever medical protocol they are following. I am always deeply touched and appreciate the work of the Simonton Cancer Center when I see patients make an internal shift from fear and stress, to hope . Whether our clients experience remission (and I have seen many) or not, I always experience a sense of gratitude for the huge leap in the quality of life that our participants experience. This is a consistent outcome of the Simonton Method.

 
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I have worked at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center since 2003, and I recently joined the Board of Directors. I have seen and participated in the excellent work of this organization, and I am always deeply touched at how participants shift their relationship to cancer and their lives in one short week. The work covers a critical area that profoundly impacts overall health and quality of life. It is an honor to serve such a great program and be an integral part of this aspect of healing.

 
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