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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

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Connie84

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Betty Lou H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Maribel2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have just returned from spending a week at the Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara with the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. I was the support person for my sister who has breast cancer. Before attending this healing retreat I read the books by Carl Simonton who stresses the mind-body connection and other valuable techniques for working closely with one's doctor in achieving one's own healing. Already a proponent of his ideas I found a wealth of information in dealing with my own health issues. I am encouraged and feel that I received invaluable techniques that I can apply in improving my own health. I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking successful alternatives to the present harsh and unbending standard treatment for cancer. P. MacKaron

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