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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: To improve the physical and mental health of cancer patients, to help improve the benefits of cancer treatments and outcomes and to reduce the stress cancer produces on families.

Results: SCC is the original and oldest cancer counseling in the United States. It has been the only organization for patients created by an oncologist. SCC received the Surgeon Generals Approval in 1973and was first introduced and utilized with the U.S. Air Force in the late 1960s, when Dr. Simonton was Chief of Radiation for the Western Division of the U.S. Air Force. Two books, Getting Well Again and The Healing Journey, have been written on the work itself.

Target demographics: provide comprehensive cancer care- a more complete and integrated cancer 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

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Anyone with cancer and his/her caretaker can greatly profit from the wealthy of wisdom and guidance Simonton can give. As a cancer survivor, I highly recommend their literature and retreats. They gave me peace!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I recently attended the Simonton program in LA It helped me to realign with renewed hope I learned to live
better with cancer diagnosis.It was a very worthwhile experience facilitated with compassion and understanding I was very well looked after during the whole week Thanks to all the team & interns
Ann Maria Dunne

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I found the time spent with the Simonton Team very rewarding and challenging (in a good way). My experience of the work that they do is that it is life changing if you want it to be.

The Team were always available and more than willing to support with an open heart.

Very grateful for the experience and the opportunity to work with such wonderful people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took part in Getting Well Again workshop (May 19-24. 2019) as an intern level 1. The learning experience was incredibly amazing, touching and fruitful. Wish SCC can be known by more people in needs. Everything we have learned here can benefit not only cancer patients but also all people who are striving for wellbeing and meaning in life, I believe.

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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

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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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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!!

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 :)

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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

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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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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 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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just returned from a retreat at the Casa Maria, near Santa Barbara and it was fantastic! We had classes on "Belief Work: the ABC's of Emotions and Form for Changing Beliefs", "Imagery: the Use of Imagination in Health", "Stress Management", "Support and Communications" and Psychoneuroimmunology, amongst many other things. The Center stresses the relationship amongst mind/body/spirit and making you your doctor's partner in regaining your health. The staff were excellent, highly skilled and extremely caring. I would highly recommend this as the best 6 days that anyone with cancer could spend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Leo Perron and I and my wife attended one of the Simonton Cancer Centers early seminars in Dallas in 1982 when my wife was diagnosed with a metastasis of her earlier breast cancer and was given only 18 to 36 months to live. The seminar was very helpful and encouraging to her and after the seminar she faithfully followed the practices and recommendations we had both learned. She surprised her physicians and lived for another 20 years although she had several more reoccurrences they were all successfully put into remission after treatment and a return to our Simonton practices. I returned this September after a diagnosis of prostate cancer and found the seminar was a useful, encouraging and helpful refresher for my own diagnosis. I whole heartedly recommend both of Carl Simonton's books and the seminar for anyone who has cancer or is a caregiver to someone with the disease.
Leo Perron

Perron & Campbell, Inc.

3707 N. St. Mary’s Suite 201

San Antonio, TX 78212

210-737-8100

[email protected]

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Client Served

Rating: 4

After continuous research and digging to get closer to my calling, i found the Simonton Cancer Canter and it suddenly clicked. Having had breast cancer and after doing alot of soul searching, i realized that what i wanted to do was become a cancer councelor and bring my teachings to Dubai where i currently live. I finished the first program a few months ago and i cant wait return to california for my second round . The staff was extremely friendly, warm, and very informed about the physiological/emotional aspects of cancer and other terminal diseases. I would recommend everyone who has been through any life threatening diseases to attend the center for mindfulness and healing of deep routed issues that may have contributed to the illness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am on staff at the Simonton Cancer Center. My comments are not prejudiced due to my employment - I honestly and sincerely do the work I do because of the results I have seen, and the appreciation patients have communicated to me. The Simonton Cancer Center offers a unique science-based, profoundly transformative approach to engaging cancer patients and their loved ones to move beyond the deep uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis to a place where emotional, as well as physical healing can occur.

In the many years that I have been on staff, I have seen patients shift their beliefs about their cancer, their treatment and their ability to engage more powerfully with whatever medical protocol they are following. I am always deeply touched and appreciate the work of the Simonton Cancer Center when I see patients make an internal shift from fear and stress, to hope . Whether our clients experience remission (and I have seen many) or not, I always experience a sense of gratitude for the huge leap in the quality of life that our participants experience. This is a consistent outcome of the Simonton Method.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center since 2003, and I recently joined the Board of Directors. I have seen and participated in the excellent work of this organization, and I am always deeply touched at how participants shift their relationship to cancer and their lives in one short week. The work covers a critical area that profoundly impacts overall health and quality of life. It is an honor to serve such a great program and be an integral part of this aspect of healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Marcia A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.






Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been using relaxation techniques, visualization, guided imagery and other protocol initiated by Dr. Simmonton in his Cancer Center, and was fortunate to have attented their seminar in early June. The synchronicity of their techniques used as an integrative method of patients´ participation is an indispensable tool that should be made available to all cancer patients to participate in their healing. They have developed an outstanding teaching method with first class professionals in their teaching and have a very comprehensive protocol to be followed to encompass body, mind and spiritual techcniques. I recommend it highly to all patients institutiions and professionals in the field

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Simply wonderful!! So I would call the program offered by Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. The approach to patient and his family, the level of details discussed in aspects of social support, the respect towards the face of different opinions on treatment options for patients, everything is handled with care and love. Furthermore the approach is so broad that it is indeed a healing journey which all those present benefit in their personal lives. It is easy to see that the commitment of the program is personal transformation towards a happy life full of satisfaction and empowerment of people in search of personal fulfillment. As a medical oncologist I found the program with scientific basis, and with a level of organization that integrates interventions in a doable way in the lives of patients.
Thus I can understand why after 43 years of operation, the program continues running very well. I have to recognize and congratulate this pioneering work. Even without the physical presence of Carl Simonton we feel how alive are your ideas and also as a powerful seed germinates in a leafy tree with juicy fruits.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Dr. Simonton's remarkable work in the early 80's when I read 'Getting Well Again' and found it the first, and only, book of techniques, encouragement, and factual information to help the person with cancer stay energized and focused on their recovery. I am an RN and have used the teachings with many patients over the years. Now, thirty years later, I am a trainee at the Center working to expand my skills to continue supporting people who have a cancer diagnosis. I attended the March, 2014, five-day workshop and was impressed with the organization and clarity of the work that has remained after many years and many clients around the world. The experience will empower anyone who wants to do what they can to improve the effectiveness of their chosen treatment, improve their quality of life, improve their ability to communicate with those around them, and focus on getting well. The work goes deep and is carefully orchestrated to provide a level of comfort and safety that allows participants the opportunity to touch into their heartfelt desires and their greatest joys. At the end of the training you will have the tools and the support to shift into the work of recovery. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. This is important work which anyone receiving a cancer diagnosis can benefit from.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I was an intern, I attended the Simonton program three times in Santa Barbara. I observed that the tools and techniques taught in the program helped the participants to reduce stress related to their diagnoses/illness and helped them to gain confidence that they can positively influence their healing. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, I learned a lot from the therapists as I observed them working with the clients. Malonie

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Simonton program since March 2012. I had a massive heart attack in December 2011 and chose the Simonton program as one of my tools for healing. The information was not new to me but I love the simple way it is put together. I practiced the techniques after the first class for my own healing. I completely healed my heart naturally and the tools I learned at the Simonton program have been very instrumental in my healing. I have become an intern and just got certified as a therapist of the program. I work with people diagnosed with cancer and lyme disease and I am grateful to be able to help others in their healing journey. Malonie

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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