Talk therapy can’t cure my cancer, so what’s the point?

For many people living with cancer or chronic illness, the thought of talk therapy may bring up feelings of dread or anxiety. As therapists specializing in oncology and chronic health issues, this is a common concern for many of our clients. We work collaboratively with clients to identify healthy coping mechanisms, increase quality of life, and to provide a safe environment for authentic expression.

We have a vested interest in the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being of clients facing medical challenges. When one of these realms is injured or otherwise affected, it needs attention- that’s where we come in. We have focused our careers as mental health therapists working with patients, caregivers, families and loved ones as they navigate the often complex world of cancer and other medical challenges. Using evidence-based therapies, we work individually with patients to identify the source of the stressor. This can include:

  •  Impacts to quality of life
  •  Pain (chronic and acute)
  •  Loss of control of things that matter to you
  •  Worries and racing thoughts
  •  Severe fatigue
  •  Restlessness
  •  Guilt
  •  Fear
  •  Loss of motivation
  •  Feelings of depression

What we can assist with:

  •  Developing adaptive coping skills
  •  Increase self awareness
  •  Improving communication with loved ones, medical providers/health care team
  •  Identification of financial and disability resources 
  •  Exploring feelings of grief and loss related to medical condition


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Verdant Oak Behavioral Health (VOBH) is a group of collaborating psychologists located in South Pasadena.
We provide behavioral health services, including: Adult psychotherapy Child/Adolescent psychotherapy Couples therapy Family therapy Group therapy

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