People facing a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery have recognized for a long time the importance of psychological counseling, self-expression and support.
There is strong scientific literature that supports the value of these services in helping patients and family members live fully while learning to manage the challenges associated with cancer, its treatments and the many phases of care. The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is committed to optimizing the psychological well being of patients and family members and provides services with a dedicated staff of psychologists, oncology social workers and other mind/body specialists.
Individual, couple, or family counseling can be an important part of optimizing wellness and improving psychological well-being after a cancer diagnosis, during treatment, recovery and survivorship. This can look like one-on-one therapy sessions, sessions with your partner(s) or family, and support groups. Some patients utilize our services to help give them the tools to explain their cancer diagnosis to their children or family; some patients come to us for guidance on how to speak with their employer about any necessary accommodations. Many patients benefit from just one or two sessions. On occasion individuals need referrals for more in-depth assistance. We offer comprehensive psychosocial assessment and counseling.
In addition, we have a psychiatrist who is available for medication consultations.
If you would like to set up services with our Center or are interested in learning more, you can reach us at (310) 794-6644 or via email at SimmsMannCenter@mednet.ucla.edu
The psychosocial services provided by the Simms/Mann Center oncology social workers, psychologists, oncology counselors, and interns are offered without fees for patients who receive their oncologic care here at UCLA. We request that patients, family members or friends make a donation instead of paying a fee.
We want these services to be available to all of our UCLA patients and family members touched by cancer. We recognize that the size of that gift will be dependent on one’s resources. The donations are what allow us to offer this service without fees and help us continue to offer these services and expand programs for patients and their family members now and in the future. Donate now.