A diagnosis of cancer can impact a person in many ways. Counseling can help with the emotional part of healing.
Counseling can help you to cope better with the many difficulties you face, during and after your cancer diagnosis and treatment. It can help reduce the stress you face and improve your quality of life.
Counseling services can assist:
Anxiety and Stress
Pain and Illness
Grief and Loss
PTSD (associated with illness and pain)
Death and Dying
Meet Our Counselors
I am a mom, cancer-survivor, marriage-warrior & nerdy brain researcher. None of these things I have done on my own, so I am a big believer in your healing connections to others. I am honored to work with cancer survivors, caretakers and partners offering traditional “talk” therapy and evidence-based mind-body, aka visual-somatic or psychoneuroimmunology techniques (learn more at https://austinmentalwellness.com/services/). Sometimes our 1:1 work may include a warm welcome to your partner, family member or friend to better understand the ways that you can create positive change outside the counseling room.
I hold a Doctorate in Optometry (1996, Southern California), a Masters in Counseling (2014, St Edward’s University) and a Bachelors in Psychology (1992, UC Santa Barbara). I have done my own work in two very different careers, so you can benefit from my medical problem-solving mind & my ability to be fully present and empathetic with your ongoing cancer hassles (lions), ruminating thoughts (tigers), worries for recurrence (bears)...Oh My!
Beginning with Hospice volunteer work in 2001, I have been inspired by many clients and my own Myeloma journey, including stem cell transplant in 2011. I am interested in who you are beyond your fear that you “may have caused your cancer” and the meaningful lessons that can come from growing beyond your “new normal.” I help clients find clarity, balance and success in their lives including career change, improved life-work balance and staying well. I look forward to what we can do together for your unique goals.
Because I am certified in Neurological and Visual-Somatic therapies, I offer accelerated symptom relief through my Austin Mental Wellness practice.
My session lengths are 25, 45 or 75 minutes in length for adult individuals. My professional fees are $105, $150 and $260, respectively.
Most clients begin with a 45 Minute Session with me, which is $150 per session.
Select scholarship spots are available for cancer survivors. For each full paying client, I offer a scholarship to those with cancer/chronic illness. You are paying it forward when you invest in your mental wellness! These scholarships range from $65 to $130, depending on session length and schedule availability.
More info about insurance, what a session looks like, riveting blog and 2019 podcast details: www.austinmentalwellness.com.
Book a session online today.
Make sure you select the location you wish to be seen from the pull-down menu. I see clients inside my Optometry office and at Cancer Rehab & Integrative Medicine.
You can always email me with questions, too! email@example.com (email is often faster than phone messaging :))
“The hardest part of cancer for me is the emotional and mental parts, which directly impact my physical health. Learning to understand my experiences and coordinate with awesome holistic providers has made my life more meaningful, which is my goal for you.
You are not alone. You are not a failure. Your story is worth telling and I am listening.”
Emily Schottman, OD, FCOVD, LPC