Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust
Rating: 4.98 stars 53 53 reviews 1,733
PO Box 6607 Malibu CA 90264 USA
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
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
Cancer counseling, cancer couching, modified cognitive cancer therapy, personal health plans, imagery, meditiation, and training for health care professionals
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What a Blessing this organization is to so many. With the onset of the confusion, fear and lack of direction due to my Bride suddenly being diognosis with Stage 4 Lung cancer, I was overwhelmed. Our lives were filled with hopelessness. Following many hours of research and seeking for quality answers, the Simonton Cancer Group came into my life. We attended the workshop in the setting of Santa Barbara. There was so much love and caring, direction and truth about the disease, we left empowered and enriched. Now we understand what to do to heal ourselves on the inside, from our hearts and souls, to greatly impact our bodies and world. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the top of our spirits for you and your great and meaningful work. Tom and Lori Steele - CA
Before attending the Simonton Center Program, I had only followed conventional treatments. In every instance, I was afraid for my life and I was led to believe that there was nothing I could do to help the outcome. I had several surgeries but not once the connection between body and mind was mentioned.
I had previously had thyroid cancer, endometrium cancer and a brain tumor. On March of this year I was diagnosed with a recurrence of the brain tumor which could not be operated.
I came across the website of the Simonton Cancer Center which immediately spoke to me, as the best alternative to follow. It was imperative for me to participate in the program and learn how my thoughts and emotions, as I had suspected for years, were having an effect in my body.
The program exceeded all my expectations. The therapy sessions were excellent, the meditations, visualizations, the two year plan and the stay at La Casa helped me a great deal. I could see now how I could contribute to my healing and this has been very empowering. Having my husband participate as a support person was very important. In doing the program together, we have grown by the experience and gotten much closer as well.
We are thankful to Karen Simonton for continuing with such a great program, her dedication, caring and follow up are greatly appreciated!
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It was, and has been, a wonderful ride in this field of knowing yourself and learning how to help your body to heal itself. As a support person for my wife we attended the 5-day program at Simonton Cancer Center (Sta. Barbara-CA), last May-2016. Although we were researching allover, reading and watching Dr. Carl Simonton materials, and also other materials from professionals in this area, the 5-day intensive program was a wake-up call in many ways. It was comforting to find professionals, in the medical field, that believe and educate you in the heart-mind-body emotion science. Psycho Neuro Immunology is emerging stronger because of pioneers like Carl Simonton and what modern science is proving through quantum-physics.
The program is a life changing opportunity, not only for the sick person, but also for anyone willing to improve their lives. It gives you the information and tools you need to get rid of thoughts and emotions, that are not beneficial, and which you unknowingly have accumulated in your life. Once you understand the information, believe in it and embrace it, it will get you well.
The person in charge, Karen Simonton, is really nice, professional and has a wonderful staff. Our group was one of a kind, we learned a lot from each other, and had fun too in that peaceful and beautiful place, called La Casa de Maria.
I am a 70-year old naval architect. I have been diagnosed with melanoma. After I underwent surgery, a western-trained doctor recommended "Getting Well Again" by O. Carl Simonton, M.D. as an adjunct to the care I am receiving from modern Western medicine. I read "Getting Well Again" with great interest, and also read Dr. Simonton's "Healing Journey." Both books provide straight talk and very helpful and practical ways to decrease stress and increase a positive stance toward surviving cancer. I noticed that the books mentioned a retreat where survivors and their caregivers could spend a week in a quiet and meditative setting to learn more about the concepts in the books. I contacted Karen Simonton, who leads the retreats, and she counseled me on my way forward. I scheduled a visit, and found that Karen continued to call me with kind and caring counsel. By the time my wife and I arrived at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center retreat, I felt that I knew Karen and that she knew me. I believe she does this with all attendees. The retreat took place during May 22-27, 2016 in the hills behind Santa Barbara CA, headed by Karen and her amazing staff of caring professionals. There, five people like me and our caregivers, five interns, and six staff spent our time seated in a circle, listening to Karen and her staff, and sharing our stories and our thoughts. We ate our meals together. We bonded in about 90 minutes, because we shared a common bond and we shared a deep need for trust and healing. We mostly smiled, because we learned and shared such valuable information and insights. We also laughed out loud and we shed tears. I came away with a new and strong feeling that I have a say in how I can help my body fight my cancer, both through modern medicine and through meditation, visualization, and other healthy approaches. For me, this was a life-changing experience for the better. I recommend the books and the retreat to all who find themselves diagnosed with cancer. By the way, Karen still calls me periodically and reaches out to all of the attendees as a important and continuing resource of caring.
In May 2016, I attended the Simonton Cancer Counseling Retreat at the gorgeous setting of La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara. As a cancer patient attendee, I received a profound experience to further my own healing process. While participating in a small group, we learned skills to change our beliefs to transform our lives. In addition to experiential meditation/guided visualization/play therapy, I am so grateful to SCC to learn powerful tools for identifying beliefs/emotions/response as a component of my healing process. I highly recommend their counseling/training.
Attending the Simonton Center 5 day retreat at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara was one of the most professionally rewarding decisions I could have made. As a Naturopath treating patients in Brazil with many different illnesses, I always knew in my heart about the need to address more than just the physical body. To me, the impact of past trauma and unresolved emotions have always been quite obvious in the disease process. Finding the Simonton Cancer Center and being able to learn about the way they help patients get well again by taking an active role in their own illness through visualization, imagery and belief work was an incredible gift for me. During the 5 days retreat I was able to observe and testify the incredible change in the energy level that the cancer patients went through. They obviously had a much stronger confidence in their ability to fight the disease after going through the program.
I now am working on applying everything I've learned in my own life in order to feel able to bring this knowledge to help my patients here in Brazil.
I hope to expand it as much as possible for the greatest good of the largest number of people.
This 5 day retreat was exactly what I was hoping and more. I was taught the importance of getting into a relaxed state so my body can heal. Imagery and guided visualizations were taught and I am putting them to practice way more than I was before. The biggest thing that I learned was about beliefs. I knew our beliefs about people and situations effect our health but i really liked the way it was taught. It had a bigger impact on me because I was given tools that will help me shift them. I also enjoyed learning about the importance of play in my life. I did not really consider play an important healing tool before. I tend to take life every seriously so this was perfect medicine for me. Learning about Process communication was very interesting. I would like to learn more about this. It gave me the freedom to be okay with the way that I am, instead of judging and changing parts of me that are just ME. The staff was great! They truly cared about everyone and before during and after the retreat. I am very grateful to them. I came home feeling relaxed and reset. Thankyou
I attended the Center's workshop/retreat in May of 2016 as a professional intending to do work in the area of cancer counseling and as a former cancer patient. Over the years I have attended many seminars devoted to healing and the role that the individual has in contributing to his/her own health but this was the most profound. The work of Dr. Simonton in the 1970's preceded by many decades what is known today as psychoneuroimmunology and psychophysiology. His Center's work has shown again and again the power of the body's own healing through a variety of practices.
The staff of the Center is the most dedicated and skilled of any staff I have encountered in past trainings. The group, which was intentionally limited in size, bonded so firmly by the end of the week that we all left feeling like family and have since formed an online support group of our own.
Constance Sewing, PhD
I first heard of Dr. C. Simonton in the 1970s and immediately loved what he was doing with cancer patients using meditation etc. I was thrilled to discover that there was a 5 day internship available in Santa Barbara. The 5 days were amazing, great healthy food, calming location, dedicated teaching staff and tremendous support both before, during and after the 5 days. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with cancer. I loved that the spouse or support person was included in the whole process.
I've learned about the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center through my sister who is a cancer patient. We'd attended the retreat and I learned a lot of things as to how important is my role as a support person to my sister. It's truly an amazing experience.