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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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
I found the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center after my 3rd bout with breast cancer. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed! My husband, too, felt unsure of how to think, do or act. He was familiar with Dr. Carl O. Simonton's work and felt turning back to solid wisdom and years of experience would be a huge benefit to us both.
I contacted the Center and spoke with Karen Simonton. Her compassion and assurance of the Center's letter writing and benefactor support campaign, reduce worries of not being able to afford the retreat.

I followed her guidance, sent letters to my family and friends, and within a month, we were in the retreat, with some of the best and most life-giving techniques, we had ever encountered!!! :-) We met other cancer patients and their loved ones or caregivers. The staff was so professional, deeply caring and challenging in a compassionate way to embrace life again! What a blessing this program was - it gave my Vietnam Veteran husband and I solid building blocks to build on and plan for a healthier future. I've been in remission ever since and am counting the years now. The day of play, too, helped us find fabulous and fun ways to remind our cells to have fun again, while renewing our immune system and beliefs surrounding healing at the core. Thank you Karen, Rahla, Richard, benefactors and each participant for sharing your personal pain, and stories, to cry, laugh, and grow from.
Love you all for the health revival we gained through you! Anita Bell

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When, about three and a half years ago my wife Susan was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, a friend had recommended that we read Dr. Simonton’s book, “The Healing Journey.” The book provided much useful wisdom, and we were eager to learn more. A trip from the East Coast to the Simonton Center in California wasn’t feasible. My wife then called the Center and they connected her with Rahla Kahn, a visualization coach in California who is associated with the Simonton Cancer Center. Susan’s year of weekly phone sessions with the wonderful Rahla Kahn were absolutely indispensable in helping Susan to maintain a positive outlook throughout the many challenges presented by the cancer and its treatments.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When i was diagnosed with cancer in 1976, i was so fortunate to have been told about the Simonton Cancer program. I called and went to my first session in Texas. My life was changed in so many many ways. I went to 2 more sessions over the next few years. At their recommendation i followed up with councelling at home for the next 10 years. What i learned has made my life so much more happy and successful. Since then i have always recommended this program to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer. I could write a book about how/what i have learned and experienced that i could trace back to this wonderful, powerful and transforming program. I hope that it will grow and be able to help more and more people live more meaningful and healthy lives.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Read Dr Simonton’s book. Take this retreat, and get well.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am happy to write a review for the Simonton Cancer Center. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer at age 55. After having surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, I had a reoccurrence just over a year later. I also found out that I had brain tumors. My husband found out about the Simonton Center while reading a book by Bernie Siegel. When my husband went online he connected with Karen Simonton, who runs the Center. From then on, we had support and hope! Going to the retreat for five days in beautiful Santa Barbara was wonderful. We worked with therapists and other pAtients in a peaceful and helpful environment. I came away with tools to use every day, I continue to have support from Karen as she calls me every few weeks to offer support and suggestions. I now have the techniques I know I need to do my part in staying alive as long as I can. I 100% recommend the Simonton Center. In fact I would love to return and do it again!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In his book “Getting Well Again”, Carl Simonton broke crucial new grounds by tying together the mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the disease we call cancer. He showed us that the human is being more than just a physical body and that all aspects of ones psyche and social environment are involved in the development and the healing of cancer.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience! I struggle with words but what I keep coming back to is...thank you! Thank you for bringing the Simonton method to me and helping me to feel more in control of my cancer treatment. I feel like this is the key that we all are missing in healthcare and not just cancer treatment but could be applied across many different diseases. Thank you so much for the work that you do and the heartfelt, honest, and realistic approach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!~Heidi

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center (or Simonton center) retreat was 5 amazing days of meeting others with cancer and learning how to live and find joy. I highly recommend the center as well as their books. The counselors could not be more loving, helpful, present, honest, bright, fun and giving. They worked all day and night to make us clients and spouses feel comfortable and consoled when needed. The program was very thorough and well conceived by Dr. Carl Simonton. I learned so much about my belief system and how to turn negative beliefs into healthy beliefs and how it affects our immune system. We laughed, cried and played games. We drew, wrote, helped each other as well learned to take care of our selves and our spouses. It was so much more than I thought it would be and can't recommend it enough. The setting is beautiful in Montecito and walking around the compound was lovely. Every need was met and I came home practicing what I learned and 3 weeks later am still living this new life of calm, peace, living for today and self care in all respects. I am living with cancer and it's just becoming part of my life. And I have a more peaceful life with my family and husband learning techniques and tools to use. THIS IS A PROCESS AND I HAVE TO WORK AT IT EVERY DAY! The speaker was great as well on the science of the immune system. So many things packed into each day including lots of alone time with the therapists. They have stayed in touch as well as us cancer clients. THANK YOU KAREN, RAHLA, THERA, RICHARD, CASPER FOR A LIFE CHANGING 5 DAYS.

Review from Guidestar

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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, my last diagnosis in 2013 was Grade 4 metastasised breast cancer and I was given a couple of months to live. I have read, attended courses, trained and taken advice from 'alternative doctors' , 'out of the box oncologists' , nutritional therapists and alternative therapists. I would state that Simonton Cancer Counseling Centre is NUMBER 1! The quality of therapy, care, knowledge, experience and passion makes the Simontons programme the 1 place to go for anyone dealing with cancer, be that the person with cancer or those closest to them. Life is precious, cancer can be terrifying. the Simonton programme gives YOU the strengh, knowledge and passion to LIVE and LIVE WELL.
We, my husband and I will be forever grateful.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a student of holistic health and psychology for over 15 years and just this summer I was diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer. The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center was recommended to me right before my radioactive iodine treatment and I'm so grateful I was able to attend the counseling prior to the treatment. The five days I spent with Simonton Cancer Counseling Center were life-altering. The caliber of counseling and counselors was evident from the beginning. I felt the subtle and profound changes throughout the five days, but the aftermath was most impressive, leaving me with feelings of confidence and positivity. I believe (and still believe) that I could take whatever diagnosis came my way. Cancer is difficult enough without all the added stress and fear. The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center equipped me with the tools to transcend unnecessary stress and fears - not just with cancer but in life - and for that I will be forever grateful.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Simonton Center has been wonderful. From the first phone call through the actual retreat and now with follow-up calls, it has been a transforming experience. The staff is caring, knowledgeable, helpful, and inspirational. Since the retreat this August, I have been in contact with several other participants and we are currently supporting each other with phone calls and emails. The Simonton Center has been my main source of healing emotionally and spiritually. Thank you.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar