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Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

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Nonprofit Overview

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

We live in Izmir - Turkey. Last February (2013) we found out that my wife has lung cancer. Than we started to search for ways to fight cancer. During a conference in Turkey we heard about the Simonton Counceling Center in CA- USA and we did our reservation for the session of August, 2013 and we fortunately have been in that 5 days training in CA - USA. Now, just after the Simonton training we feel so sure that we have good tools to fight with my wife's cancer and we'll get rid of it in a short time. Simonton trainers are like our family members, very warm, kind: during the training days they have worked with us all day long, even once until 10 pm. Simonton is a caring organization. I believe that the Simonton training is necessary to any person who wants to keep himself in good health.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although my own father died of cancer, as did both of his brothers, I had no personal experience with the Simonton Cancer Center prior to volunteering and later becoming a member of the board of directors. For my dad’s sake, I wish I had known about the program. I was actually drawn to Simonton Cancer Center after meeting the Executive Director, Karen Simonton. Karen’s compassion for the patients and dedication to the work is paramount to the organization's continued success.

In the spirit of learning about the organization, I observed one of the week-long patient retreats held in Santa Barbara at the very beautiful and serene sanctuary, La Casa de Maria. In just a few days of community and guided exploration, there was a palpable shift in energy from a dark hopelessness to light and life among the participants. Patients who came into the program with no idea of what to do next, left with a plan and a trained support person. I saw eyes of hope where hopelessness had been just a few days earlier.

Pioneering the mind-body connection in cancer therapy, Dr. O. Carl Simonton was ahead of his time when he developed a whole person model of cancer recovery; an intervention program that addresses the mind-body connection of illness by tapping into a person’s own “inner guide to health.”

Through imagery and belief work participants learn to access their own inner wisdom; through relaxation exercises participants learn how to reduce stress; and during one-on-one and group sessions, participants learn how to communicate effectively and ask for the support they need.

For over 40 years the Simonton Cancer Center has been teaching mind-body techniques that have been proven to promote health, increase survival, decrease tumor growth, and improve quality of life. While there may be other mind-body programs for cancer patients, survivors, and their families; Simonton Cancer Center is the original, the longest running, and in my opinion-the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Simonton Support Week with my daughter, son in law and his father. My daughter had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. I was in high anxiety and fear for my young daughter's life. I benefitted greatly from the workshop which relaxed me and gave me tools and hope. The setting and the healthy food were ok, too. My daughter felt immensely empowered by Carl, Karen and other staff. She embraced their philosophy and recommendations, hired a cancer coach, and won her battle against cancer. The four of us who attended learned to be an effective support team. We taught other family members. Today my daughter is 7 years cancer free and happily realizing her dream to raise her daughters who were babies when she was diagnosed. I am grateful to the Simonton Cancer Center for their life changing work. I refer to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the week my husband and I spent at the Simonton Cancer Counseling session. As a 2 time surviving cancer patient, this program was the most positive and educational approach to cancer I've ever experienced. And it works!! It is held in a peaceful retreat setting in Santa Barbara hills for 5 wonderful days. In meetings with Mrs. Simonton and the counselors and other patients, there is an immediate feeling of love and peace. Instead of fearing cancer, they teach new approaches to taking charge of your life, your health, and reaching deep into your soul to make any necessary changes in yourself and your life to bring about health. This empowered me to not fear cancer, and to use the the various methods that they taught to face cancer head on, and, in my case to use their uncomplicated methods to heal from it.

In meeting other patients, I was surprised that one couple had just flown in from Switzerland to attend this program. I mentioned my surprise at people coming from so far, and was told by staff it is quite a common occurrence. The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center is known internationally and has programs in many other coutnries.

What impressed me, besides the warmth and helpfulness and knowledge of the staff, was that after the program was over, Mrs. Simonton follows up on her patients. It has been years since I attended, and she still keeps in touch with me. She goes above and beyond to find answers to my questions, and works tirelessly to help her patients long after the program is over.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the positive changes in people living with cancer who work with the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center. The program offers valuable tools that empower patients to take an active role in their own healing process. I work at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and highly recommend this program to all my patients.

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Vishaal P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I consider myself truly fortunate that God led me to the Simonton Cancer Center. It was truly an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget. The staff are kind, down-to-earth and warm and make you feel like you've been best friends for AGES. The setting of the retreat is rejuvenating and revitalizing w/ the natural sights and sounds of California's array of flora and fauna.

The best part is their simple and easy-to-follow philosophy behind cancer, its possible origins and suggested remedies for bringing it to bay. The teachings are straightforward and easy to understand and are designed in a way that can be incorporated in your daily routine. The program is customized to each individual based on their interests and beliefs and allows the individual to take control of their lives rather than their teachings taking over you.

A truly modern approach to curing cancer, it is a MUST not just for cancer patients, but for anyone interested in getting a refresher course on how to truly "live" life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center is dedicated to personal care through snd through. They have welcomed me with open arms and provided me with wonderful working conditions. I couldn't be happier working for such a genuine and caring organization. I am a psychology major at Pepperdine University and the work they do is something that interests me greatly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After many months of cancer treatments, my husband and I were told about the Simonton Caner Counseling Center and urged to attend their workshop in California. Our experience there caused a dramatic shift in our beliefs about cancer, life, and death. We felt as though we had found a safe port in an uncontrollable storm. I can't thank the counselors enough for all we gained from them.

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cristinakloster

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This was a rich experience for both myself - and for my future patients. As a psychologist, I believe the philosophy of this program, especially the use of imagery and relaxation are very important to our physical and mental health. One of the subjects taught during this training is the 2 year health plan. Goal setting is important to maintain hopefulness and create a future. If you can manage you mind/thoughts you may chose a better life for yourself. We have no such program like this in Brazil and it is my hope to bring this type of work to my country.

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1 claudelam

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a physician and I have worked with people challenged by cancer for 40 years. The spirit-mind-body interconnection has always been fascinating to me as it relates to health. In 1984, I met Dr. Carl Simonton and soon after asked to join his workshops. My research and numerous scholarly books and studies have demonstrated how much our beliefs, attitudes and emotional states influence our physiology at the very cellular level. In the case of cancer, extended longevity with a much improved quality of life have been greatly improved by Dr. Simonton's unique counseling program. Having worked as a counselor at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center between 1984 and 1996, I have witnessed literally miraculous transformations in all the patients who attended this program, way beyond what medicine alone can produce. This is a life transforming experience that has saved a lot of suffering and prolonged many lives. I strongly believe that every person affected by cancer should be given the opportunity to participate in a Simonton workshop as this will tremendously change their experience with cancer, improve their quality of life forever and, in most case, significantly prolong their life with full enjoyment of it. No other program that I have researched comes close to the Simonton program in helping the patients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Simonton 5 day intensive workshop as a support person for a dear friend of mine about 1 month ago. The experience was an amazing gift that keeps growing. The tools I learned and the richness of the program transformed and reshaped who I am. The support from the staff is far reaching and continues past the 5 days - which is extremely comforting and helpful. I've recommended the Simonton Center to several people and will continue to do so. Please endorse this life transforming non profit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My support person and I participated in a five day counseling event last month, July 2012. The medical and professional staff of the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center showed me how to practice effective action to prevent a re-occurence of cancer. The Simonton method is based on four decades of documented successful experience with people who have had or have active cancer when beginning with Simonton counseling. While I use nutrition and exercise to prevent a re-occurence, the Simonton Center showed me how psycho-neural-immunological processes can both make me ill and make me well. Replacing old beliefs negative beliefs with healthy beliefs can contribute to my health by changing the emotions that come from the beliefs. The counselors showed me how to practice these changes, make them part of my daily life. A month after the days of counseling I am beginning to discard conscious negative beliefs and think more healthfully. Simonton Cancer Counseling Center staff continues to call and discuss my progress and process.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor, attending the Simonton Counseling Center program is absolutely the single most important aspect that I have done for myself in getting well again. I read the books and listened to the CD's prior to my journey to California and they were terrific and helped me to know that I was heading in the correct direction for my total healing process. However, it is almost difficult to describe how beneficial the program is in person and in the presence of the excellent counselors that guide you to a lifetime of getting well and staying well. A healthy presence of mind is a top aspect in getting well and staying well for a lifetime...this program provides that and more. I cannot say enough positive things about this program, I only hope that you or your loved one will be able to have this experience yourself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience at Simonton Cancer Center (SCC) changed our lives. The place was so spiritual and the environment created by the counselors was so safe that it allowed and encouraged the sharing of our hearts and souls.
We learned techniques to help deal with the stresses in our lives. As much of cancer has been determined to be caused by stress, doing what we can to eliminate or minimize our stresses goes a long way to eliminating these potential illness-causing influences. Specifically, we learned how to individually recognize those things that are most important to us in life....Those things that bring us the most joy and deep fulfillment. We were able to work through old beliefs that were the cause of pain, anxiety and stress and were taught how to replace them with new beliefs that are healthier. We concluded our session at SCC with defining a 2-year health plan that helps each of us achieve the joy and fulfillment we want, while improving our health during these challenging times.
We feel blessed to be able to participate with the SCC and thank you and your staff for everything.
We endorse the Simonton Cancer Center, it’s talented and intuitively relational counseling team and the SCC program. We want to put the SCC program for health into each and every one of the new communities we develop.
Blessings,
Bridgette and Steve Hawks
360grassroots

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a trainee at the Simonton and I was amazed at how helpful this organization is in giving cancer patients and their families a new sense of hope in the fight against cancer. It teaches patients how to deal with not only the physical aspect of the disease but also how to cope with the emotional side of living with cancer. I watched patients walk away from the retreat with a whole new way of looking at how they can live a richer and more fulfilled life and cope better. They were really enriched by the experience and knowledge that they had gained after attending the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the Fall of 2010, my partner and I attended a Simonton Cancer Center retreat in California. Jenny had had two, six month rounds of chemo, the latter of which had ended on May 10, 2010. Just four months later, in September, we learned that the markers for her ovarian cancer were elevating.

I had heard about the Simonton Cancer Center previously, and with this news it was apparent that she needed help - help beyond attempting to kill the nasty cells with a chemical cocktail. We were both extremely distraught; in fact, we were 'wound up' as tight as a drum. And so we made the call to the Simonton Center. As it turns out, that was the best decision we could have made. Nine days later we found ourselves in Montecito, California, in the company of other patients and their caregivers, and the facilitators of the program - the most beautiful, compassionate, and knowledgeable people you could imagine.

The introductory session on the evening we arrived, set the tone for the week. As the days rolled on, we became more relaxed, more hopeful (though I want to stress that at no time is any false hope EVER offered), more positive. We learned strategies to help us deal with the stresses associated with the illness. We learned about how our emotions influence the biochemical responses within our bodies. We learned about the importance of having fun.

We shared, we laughed, we cried. And it was one of the most memorable weeks in the lives of both of us. When we returned home, we were so much calmer and relaxed. We had a different perspective of our lives and of Jenny's illness. Our friends and family noticed the change in both of us.

Jenny passed away in July of 2011. The Simonton program started a process for both of us that led us, in her final few months, to a place of peace and acceptance - a feeling that I hold to this day. Though Jenny's life did not go on too much longer, the quality of her life was greatly enhanced. My life has changed forever. And it all started in a lounge room in Montecito, California.

Attending the Simonton program is THE best thing we could ever have done. I am so grateful for having had this experience, as was Jenny.
Sharon Wilkinson, Victoria, British Columbia

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