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Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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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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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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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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

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Some words about training program in Santa Barbara...
It was very interesting and useful seminar for me. Studies were dynamic and productive. Despite linguistic divide, I understood a core of the subject. Thanks for support, warmth and care of all participants of this training I felt calm and confident.
I have many unusual feelings. Lovely place, weather, nature. It seemed that time stood still, pleasure and tranquillity as I returned to my childhood, to my soul. I enjoyed the learning process and I was afraid that I would not have time to understand and to realize everything in 5 days.
Much of what I heard was familiar to me. I use it in the work in Ukraine. But, there are differences, and it is a huge resource.
I am grateful to all especially, to the executive director - for a fine and unforgettable trip, patience, understanding and fascinating work.

Review from Guidestar

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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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.