Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

2,285 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

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

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended my level 2 training at Simonton in September 2018. My mother was given 6 months to live 30 years ago this year. 1 month later she was given the book 'Getting Well Again' by Carl Simonton and the rest is history. She's 77 now and I am finally realising my dream to bring this wisdom to Ireland having been touched by the Simonton approach which was practiced daily in our home till my mother journeyed her way out of stage 3/4 ovarian cancer. My first trip to train in Simonton was great, my second trip was even more amazing.. I got a deeper understanding of the program and all the easy to use tools offered to patients such as believe work, imagery,. the importance of joy in healing and the journey to find your authentic self, true nature and the beautiful inner wisdom that resides within. I am fully convinced of the power of this programme and really appreciated how this programme weaves so effortlessly together. For me it totally disempowers cancer and empowers the person to play a full, vital and powerful role in determining the outcome of their health. This is not a self help programme to make your cancer ride more comfortable -this is a gentle, loving programme to equip you with concrete and very accessible tools to empower you to determine your own life and health outcomes, whatever you choose that to be. I cannot wait to share this knowledge with the patients I come across in my current work and look forward to becoming certified after my level 3 next year. As a trainee without cancer, I met the most amazing people and the process at Simonton gave me tools to deepen my connection with self and to improve my relations through non violent communication. Personal practice will ensure I know this road so I can facilitate others to take this road too. Absolutely life changing and I strongly encourage anyone with health concerns or a desire to assist those with cancer to attend this evidenced based life changing programme. Thank you Karen, Thera, Rahla, Richard and Casper

Review from Guidestar

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I did my 1st Level training for SCC Health Educator and the experience was incredible. I´ve learned about the effectiveness of the process and techniques tough for patients and support persons with great professionalism and kindness. I became impressed with the positive emotional and hope transformation occurred with each participants and the care every staff person dedicate to each of them.

I recommend this training for every professional working in this area due to the extremely useful approach and philosophy to be included in the care of cancer patient and survivor.

I just only say THANK YOU for every professionals in charge of this learning experience. GREAT JOB!! Congratulations!!

Review from Guidestar

Cristina S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a the best experience at the one week cancer patient retreat at the Simonton Cancer Center, is a life changing retreat. The staff is outstanding !

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at the one week cancer patient retreat at the Simonton Cancer Center. The staff is super knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate. I have been in several personal development seminars and workshops, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was learning something new. It is experiential. During the retreat you will practice and experience a different way of being in the world and you leave with very useful tools and skills to improve well-being. To me, the most important lesson was to realize the importance of joy, play, and fun in my life. The retreat will give you tools to help you make sure you include these in your new life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a life changing retreat and the staff is professional in every way. As an ovarian cancer survivor, I can truthfully say they helped me A LOT.

Review from Guidestar

Maria A.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Simonton Retreat provided a true life changing experience.
The level of professionalism, wisdom, empathy, and care of everyone at Simonton is simply outstanding. I recommend this program to anyone dealing with cancer or some other very difficult situation in life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed and nearly overwhelmed by all the wisdom and healthy ways to face life.....I hardly can give words to that what I have experienced......I want everybody to have this opportunity to join the Simonton retreat and become a person who will live in more inner harmony and joy! I also experience much more inner peace of mind and harmony with the world around me. Amazing and wish this for everybody.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was at a life changing event, the Simonton retreat. I read the book " Getting well again" and was curious how much I could learn out of the week after reading the book and have done a lot of self development courses in my life.......but the professionalism of all the staff members is beyond expectations! And I became in close connection with the core messages to improve the quality of my life even more. Thanks for all the wisdom I got.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister has diagnosed three different cancers within last couple years. her call month ago about her third cancer had absolutely terrified me- I was working in medical field 30 years and never had heard about cases like that. I red about SCC 10 years ago and I decide to contact them when last cancer happened. Karen was absolutely amazing to explain what we have to do and help me to set up private course of treatment (my sister do not speak English) A week ago, we both attended the 4 days long training and counseling program. It was excellent. It wasn’t easy for us and I assume it wasn’t easy for them- Karen, Rahla, and Richard worked with us 10 hours every day! It was incredible All of them are deeply knowledgeable, caring and VERY skilled.their self-value and PLAY program was fun and informative same time. Both my sister and I gained immeasurably. We were challenged a lot, but most important was how much both of us grew. As a support person I not just translated but learn a tone about my sister and myself. I learned how to listen her and how to help her stay in right path. we both know now-it is a long way ahead and I hope it help her to getting better soon!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is not another so all round psycho-oncological programm, so in full and with so much quality and depth as the Simonton programm is!
In my opinion everybody with cancer should have the oppurtunity to follow a Simonton course and will get so much more quality of life, trust and positive health results!

Previous Stories
2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm honoured to have the opportunity to support the Simonton Cancer Center and the enriching life energy coming from participating in the Simonton weeks.
I'm a psycho-therapist and I learned so many psychological things in life, but only the Simonton therapy has changed my life and (well-) being.....
I wish that these weeks could be available for everybody, with or without a disease.
Thera Balvers from the Netherlands

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Personally, I am grateful for experiencing the Simonton Program. In particular, I am thankful for learning to frame the perspective of my treatment to a way that will heal and support my well being. Immediately, I put it into practice at the beginning of my second cycle with good results. Visualized the infusion medicine burning away the cancer. Imagined the needle being placed into a cherry and entering the veins easily. Felt more at ease and content than previous times filled with fear before each treatment. Additional, insights of inspiration were gained that inspired my spirits. For example, give consideration to making my bedroom a pleasant healing environment. Therefore, I plan to paint my bedroom and purchase new comforter as starters. Another, to keep in check my beliefs for healthy thoughts. Instead of thinking that the treatment will make me weaker change my thoughts for healing ones. Lastly, I learned to take time to utilize the breathe technique to ease and help me with the relaxation of my body.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Татьяна Савельева. Дорогие друзья! Разрешите выразить вам признательность и благодарность за проделанную работу. Я с трудом решилась на поездку в Лос—Анджелес. Я была уверена, что помощь мне не нужна, но я глубоко ошибалась. Здесь меня встретили профессионалы своего дела: интеллигентная, вдумчивая Керрен, эмоциональная, яркая Ролла, благородный, воспитанный Ричард. Каждый из вас внёс свою лепту в то, чтобы я разобралась в своих проблемах, пересмотрела свою жизнь, изменила ее и работала над собой, планируя свою деятельность, выполняя различные упражнения на релаксацию и визуализацию. Вы учили меня прислушиваться к своему внутреннему голосу, развивать интуицию, концентрировать внимание, делать только то, что приносит мне радость, больше уделять внимание себе и делать то, что я хочу, а не в угоду другим, не бояться выразить своё мнение и научиться говорить «нет». Вы учили меня преобразовать не здоровые мысли в здоровые. Поверьте, это очень сложно. Я верю, что наша встреча изменит мою жизнь и поможет мне полностью восстановить мое здоровье. Огромное вам спасибо за ваше благородное дело, здоровья всем вам, удачи во всех ваших начинаниях!
Tatyana Savelieva. Dear friends! Allow me to express my gratitude and for all hard work you done. I had a hard time deciding on a trip to Los Angeles. I was sure that I did not need help, but I was deeply mistaken. Here I met with professionals: intelligent, thoughtful Karen, emotional, bright Rahla, a noble, educated Richard. Each of you contributed to my understanding of my problems, reconsidered my life, changed it and worked on myself, planning my activities, performing various exercises for relaxation and visualization.

You taught me to listen to my inner voice, develop intuition, concentrate attention, do only what brings me joy, pay more attention to myself and do what I want, not to please others, do not be afraid to express my opinion and learn how to say "no". You taught me to transform not healthy thoughts into healthy ones. Believe me, this is very difficult. I believe that our meeting will change my life and help me completely restore my health. Thank you very much for your noble cause, health to all of you, good luck in all your endeavors!

Valery Argo, support person.
My sister has diagnosed three different cancers within last couple years. her call month ago about her third cancer had absolutely terrified me- I was working in medical field 30 years and never had heard about cases like that. I red about SCC 10 years ago and I decide to contact them when last cancer happened. Karen was absolutely amazing to explain what we have to do and help me to set up private course of treatment (my sister do not speak English) A week ago, we both attended the 4 days long training and counseling program. It was excellent. It wasn’t easy for us and I assume it wasn’t easy for them- Karen, Rahla, and Richard worked with us 10 hours every day! It was incredible All of them are deeply knowledgeable, caring and VERY skilled.their self-value and PLAY program was fun and informative same time. Both my sister and I gained immeasurably. We were challenged a lot, but most important was how much both of us grew. As a support person I not just translated but learn a tone about my sister and myself. I learned how to listen her and how to help her stay in right path. we both know now-it is a long way ahead and I hope it help her to getting better soon!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud and knowledgeable student at the University of Life. Isn't that neat?
One more.. I took off the label "I AM CANCER" , which I carried since I was diagnosed 10 years ago. Now, I am a Human Being , who experiences cancer as an opportunity to grow and live with purpose. These are just some of the powerful and meaningful things that I learned three weeks ago at the Simonton Cancer Center program.
This is a program that welcomes people from all over the world. We were a group of different nationalities speaking english as a second language, which did not matter at all. On the contrary, it was fun and deep ! We were human beings with the same fears seeking to "GET WELL AGAIN"!
I came back home with a "Tool Box" full of simple and effective techniques to practice everyday, which have helped me to love my body, be grateful with whatever I get and get connected to my inner source.
Last thing to say that I have learned, Play..Play.. and Laugh ! Life is not that serious. enjoy living!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Simonton Program for the first time as a support person in 2010. It was an unforgettable life changing experience. Honestly I was genuinely surprised by the Simonton method and the knowledgeable thoughtful staff. After that, I took part in the program as an intern in 2016 and a couple of weeks ago so far. My purpose of living is to live a happy healthy life. Each time when I join the program, I learn something more and feel the method becomes more natural and better settles in myself. The Simonton method was initially developed by Dr. Carl Simonton for cancer patients. But I am fully convinced that the Simonton Philosophy and Method can help not only cancer patients get well but also all people who want to live a happy meaningful life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My partner and I recently attended the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center's five day program/retreat for cancer survivors and their partners. It was a truly amazing experience! I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 12 years ago, with several scary and potentially life-threatening progressions in the last 2 years. The Simonton program and its amazing staff, provided me with many specific tools to live more fully with this disease and to develop skills to harness my immune system through imagery to help me fight the cancer. I brought home many new insights about my health and tools to address issues and beliefs that are potentially holding me back. My husband also benefited hugely from the week, and we both learned some ways to communicate about very tough and frightening issues, both with each other and with our children and other family members. If all that wasn't enough, Karen and other staff members keep in touch with participants, and offer help and support after we go back to our everyday lives. I can't recommend this program enough! I just wish everyone facing the challenge of living a full and happy life with cancer could attend the program.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our week at the simonton cancer counselling center was truly amazing. My partner and I were able to talk about all sorts of issues which we had been scared to mention before. But with the support of the wonderful facilitators we came away feeling wonderfully supported, uplifted and healthy. We are now full of healing plans for the future
I wish everybody suffering from cancer could share in one of these weeks

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am married to a 20 year cancer survivor (with several recurrences). A couple weeks ago, we both attended the week long training and counseling program. It was excellent. Both my wife and I gained immeasurably. The staff is deeply knowledgeable, caring and skilled. We were challenged and grew much. As a support person, I was expecting to learn ways in which I can better support my wife, and to become a better partner. I did learn that. And I also learned plenty about myself that will contribute to my own life being better. One leaves the Simonton program with personal work yet to do, and it is work that I'm confident will enhance our future and further strengthen our connection with each other.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Father was a client of The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. We attended a week long seminar, he as the "patient" and me as his "support person." We went through all the lectures and activities together. It was a profound experience for both of us. Dad's diagnosis was terminal, however he believed that our time with Simonton extended his life by another six months! We loved the whole team. We came out of that workshop with so much knowledge and good spirit, we felt we could conquer anything. And we did. Dad had been a professional football player, a highly decorated WWII hero, a Bronze Medal winning Olympic athlete, successful business man and civic leader. He knew quality work and had many peak experiences. In that line he included the work at the Simonton Center to be World Class. He eventually succumbed to his disease, but the Simonton work gave both he as the patient, and me as his support person, a brighter and more affirmative outlook to the time we had left together. When we got home, we were also able to bring my Mother into an understanding of the work. When my Father passed, we requested that instead of flowers or any other gifts, than any acknowledgements be contributed to the Simonton Center. With appreciation.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the time of need, my phone call to a Simonton therapist, was answered with heartfelt compassion. With no history of cancer in our family, my brother had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Healing energy and words of wisdom gave me great solace and strength which helped to guide me through the steps of how to cope and how to give my brother the best possible care and advice. Thank you Simonton Cancer Center ~ Mia Valencia

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago August 16th, my family and I were suddenly faced with the nightmare we all fear: Someone in our family had the "c" word.

My father had been diagnosed with 4th stage metastasized lung cancer and was given three to six months to live. In the midst of tears and panic, the voice of calm and compassion came from Simonton Cancer Counseling Center counselor Rahla Rossner. Rather than focus on the family's fear and doctor's death sentence, I was able to gain strength from her words of hope and enlightment and deep knowledge. As the lead in my father's choice to blend eastern and western methodologies, I confidently included Rahla's loving guidance to design a personalized 24/7 plan to rid his body of the disease.

Psychologically and emotionally, my father, my family, and I all benefited tremendously from Rahla's support based in the teachings and proven success of the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. Thank you, thank you, Rahla, and SCC!

Donna-Lisa Valencia

P.S. My father is cancer free today :)

Review from Guidestar