Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

Rating: 5 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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800 459 3424
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just came home from a week at The Simonton Center and want to go back!! It far exceeded my expectations! I have recurring uterine cancer that is not responding to chemo. I felt that I needed to pursue how my emotions and feelings related to my situation before deciding on new kinds of treatment. I certainly made the right decision. Karen Simonton, Rahla and Richard are warm, loving, and compassionate. They teach the tools we use in the same warm, compassionate atmosphere; while keeping us focused and on target. I now know I can make the right decisions for my healing and still laugh, love, and play along the way. What a wonderful way to help people realize how much help one can be to one's own healing process. Thank You So Much! God Bless each of you and this amazing program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel so blessed to have attended the recent Simonton counseling retreat in beautiful Montecito. The information about how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect our immune system, and so our healing, was exactly what I have been searching for, and what a lot of alternative programs don't address in depth like Simonton does. In an intimate, safe setting I learned processes and tools that I can practice and use to regain not only my health, but my happiness as well. They have wonderful support materials that I can use for the rest of my life. And even though I didn't have a "support person" to go through the program with, I felt completely embraced by the wonderful group of people there. I have benefitted immensely. When I was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2011, I knew that I wanted to heal through using my body's innate ability to do so. I still believe that is the best way for me. I am so grateful to have found the Simonton Center.






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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I just returned from a week long patient program. My husband has brain cancer and our lives have been turned upside down over the last six months. This program really is the missing link. The tools and techniques have settled us down, brought us closer,and helped us find peace and joy. We can highly recomment this program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center "Getting Well Again" program on June 1-6, 2014 in Santa Barbara. Their program helped identify how my beliefs and attitudes can affect my health and over all well-being. They provided tools that will benefit me now and in the future with all types of questions and concerns. The program was very well organized. The whole experience was informative, uplifting, and provided the support and confidence I need to move forward with my decisions.

The La Casa de Maria retreat location was so beautiful! It provided a relaxing environment while learning to cope and manage stress.

Thank you Simonton Cancer Center for changing my life! I will use this information always!

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

I would not make any changes. It was very well organized and guided you step by step into the program.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in July, 2013. In March, 2014 my wife and I attended the Simonton Cancer Center "Getting Well Again" Program in Santa Barbara. The program far exceeded our expectations. It was well organized, provided tools and techniques for dealing with the Mind/Body aspect of my disease, provided lots of individual attention, and the staff and counselors were wonderful. In addition, the location of the program at La Casa de Maria retreat was terrific: relaxing and inviting, comfortable and very clean, and the food was outstanding.
The program included not only the core training from Dr. Simonton's books and research, but brought in additional aspects such as the Power of Play and an evening of restorative yoga, all of which blended beautifully with the rest of the program.
At times it wasn't easy, but it was exceptionally helpful and useful to us.
I found the other cancer patients and their support persons to be exceptionally helpful to the learning process and came away with a new set of friendships that I treasure and hope to build on going forward.
Thank you to Karen Simonton and her staff as well as the staff at La Casa De Maria for a great week.

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

None

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

Life-changing

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I attended the 5 day seminar in Santa Barbara last week. I have had a recent diagnosis of stage IV cancer and the group sessions and individual counseling were wonderfully helpful to me. The philosophy, tools ad techniques of the Simonton program empowered me and will be invaluable in my quest to regain my health.
The counselors, as well as Karen Simonton were compassionate, kind and very skilled at this work. I would highly recommend this program to any person who has cancer.

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

none

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?

2014

 
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I heard about Simonton while in Germany visiting a friend and having severe pain and pancreatic cysts. I contacted them when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early 2013. They helped me to prepare for surgery followed by chemo and radiation therapy by using their loving guidance in designing my own personal protection visualization. I have just this week completed chemotherapy, and have experienced no pain and minimal side effects. I was "no evidence of disease" in Sept. 2013 scans. I attended the November session 2013, and have learned more tools to design a more healthy belief system and ways to plan out how to do everything I know to do, to be healthy and vital.

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

be an active part of it, helping others to find hope and acceptance with grace, ease and joy.

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?

2013

 
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Many years ago, my wife had stage 4 melanoma removed and drs were positive it had already spread. ,Testing equipment was not as sophisiticated then, and she was give a 60 per cent chance of survival. We went to MD Anderson, in TX, and there were not treatments available for her. Coincidentially, she saw the book by Dr. O. Carl Simonton, "Getting Well Again", and bought it and immediately started the exercises and meditations in the book. She gethered a group of friends to work with her with healing meditations, from a distance. Amazingly, and gratefully, the cancer never had spread, and never returned. We are grateful to the Simonton Cancer healing methods. She is still alive 30 years later.
Years later, we attended a sesson at the Simonton Center, and definitely would recommend it to all cancer patients and caregivers.

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

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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?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We live in Izmir - Turkey. Last February (2013) we found out that my wife has lung cancer. Than we started to search for ways to fight cancer. During a conference in Turkey we heard about the Simonton Counceling Center in CA- USA and we did our reservation for the session of August, 2013 and we fortunately have been in that 5 days training in CA - USA. Now, just after the Simonton training we feel so sure that we have good tools to fight with my wife's cancer and we'll get rid of it in a short time. Simonton trainers are like our family members, very warm, kind: during the training days they have worked with us all day long, even once until 10 pm. Simonton is a caring organization. I believe that the Simonton training is necessary to any person who wants to keep himself in good health.

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

I would search ways to make this organization known more in all countries and start a branch in many countries and also in Turkey.

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?

2013

 
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I attended the Simonton Support Week with my daughter, son in law and his father. My daughter had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. I was in high anxiety and fear for my young daughter's life. I benefitted greatly from the workshop which relaxed me and gave me tools and hope. The setting and the healthy food were ok, too. My daughter felt immensely empowered by Carl, Karen and other staff. She embraced their philosophy and recommendations, hired a cancer coach, and won her battle against cancer. The four of us who attended learned to be an effective support team. We taught other family members. Today my daughter is 7 years cancer free and happily realizing her dream to raise her daughters who were babies when she was diagnosed. I am grateful to the Simonton Cancer Center for their life changing work. I refer to them.

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

incorporate the work into medical practices available to all through insurance. I have no clue how that would be done.

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?

2008

 
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