Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews

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

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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800 459 3424
www.simontoncenter.com

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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  

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'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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1 person found this review helpful

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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