Psychosocial Oncology Support & Counseling

Psychosocial support to help you cope with the challenges of cancer

Patient in therapy session talking with a psychologist

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can profoundly impact your emotional well-being. Our oncology clinicians work exclusively with people who have cancer, as well as their caregivers, family members and loved ones. We specialize in psycho-oncology, addressing issues that are unique to cancer. This area of focus allows us to offer the highest quality care and support.

We use evidence-based modalities to help you cope with the challenges you may face in your cancer journey. Our supportive care model focuses on transitions and the difficulties many patients experience during cancer. We are here to help you and your loved ones throughout diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, offering one-on-one counseling that incorporates:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This therapy helps you view thoughts and behaviors from a new perspective so you can respond in a different way.
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): This type of therapy helps you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way. It also helps increase psychological flexibility and mindful awareness.
  • Mindfulness therapy: This type of therapy encourages relaxation, reduces anxiety and allows you to feel more relaxed and peaceful by helping you focus on the present moment.

Tailored assessments

Everyone seeking psychosocial support at the Simms/Mann Center begins with a personalized assessment. You’ll meet with one of our trained psycho-oncology specialists to review where you are in your cancer treatment and identify challenges. We will discuss your concerns, fears and goals. Together, we will work with you to develop a customized plan, which may include individual support, breathwork or mindfulness exercises. 

We also refer you to other Simms/Mann Center programs and services that might be helpful, such as nutritional support, cancer workshops and body/mind classes. The initial clinician assessment is a key part of the Center’s process. It allows us to:

  • Ensure that our services are a good fit for you
  • Get to know your needs so we can deliver well-rounded care and support

Collaboration with your UCLA Health care team

With our team-based approach, our oncology clinicians, psychologists, chaplains, nutritionists and psychiatrists communicate regularly with your medical providers. We work closely with your oncologist and other specialists to provide coordinated, comprehensive care.

Psychosocial Support

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can profoundly impact your emotional well-being.