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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

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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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

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

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

Donna-Lisa Valencia

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

Review from Guidestar

1

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

1

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