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Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

Rating: 4.98 stars   49 reviews 1,626

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PO Box 6607 Malibu CA 90264 USA

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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  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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.

 
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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

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?

2016

 
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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

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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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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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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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