Patients and family members who have faced cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery have recognized for a long time the importance of mind/body techniques and psychological healing. Scientific literature also supports the value of many of these types of services in helping patients and family members feel better able to navigate the cancer journey.
The Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is committed to the psychological well-being of patients and family members and to the practice of mind/body healing. Their dedicated staff of professionals is trained in individual counseling, group programs, art therapy, meditation, Qi Gong, social work and family therapy.
The Simms/Mann center also helps patients and family members develop a wellness plan that includes mind/body approaches and psychological healing.
Patients also have access to a variety of groups. Some of the most common groups utilizing mind/body techniques include:
- Healing Through Art: Offers an opportunity to work with drawing, collage and sculpture to explore, understand and heal from the cancer experience
- Mind/Body Approaches to Coping with Cancer: A workshop for patients and adult family members to learn and practice techniques that will help them manage the stresses associated with cancer and its treatments
- Qi Gong: This class teaches the ancient Chinese art that promotes healing, mental health and clarity as well as systemic changes in lifestyles, health and fitness
- Meditation/Inner Healing: Mind/body techniques such as guided imagery music, color and movement are used to reduce stress and promote balance and healing
In addition to the above programs, the Simms/Mann center offers general educational lectures through the Insights Into Cancer lecture series, which are available live and as streaming video.
Visit the Simms/Mann center to find more mind/body and psychological services.