Coping With Cancer


“You have breast cancer, lung cancer” or any kind of cancer. These are some of the most frightening words a person can hear. The initial shock soon gives way to a host of emotions that may include: fear, anxiety, depression and feeling out of control.



Trauma can be thought of as an experience that is emotionally shocking, disturbing and results in lasting negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies can help.

Managing Chronic illness

Chronic illness often results in chronic stress. Life becomes a series of tests, doctors’ appointments and treatments. Friends and family may tire of listening to the struggles of daily living and soon you can feel isolated and alone.

Depression and Anxiety

Illness, death, divorce, and financial distress are among the many disturbing life events that anyone can experience. Often these experiences result in periods of depression and/or anxiety that can become overwhelming.

Deborah Ryan, LCSW

Deborah Ryan is a licensed clinical social worker providing counseling for individuals challenged by cancer, chronic illness, anxiety and depression. She  received a masters degree at the University of Southern California and is also certified in 
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).