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
Kelly Inselmann, LCSW, C-IAYT, CGP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kelly Inselmann has integrated the practices of psychotherapy and kundalini yoga through her clinical social work for 20 years. She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and has extensive training in addressing trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Kelly is certified at the highest level as a kundalini yoga teacher (500 hours) and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).
Kelly is the co-founder of the Yoga and Talk® Therapy model and has offered groups and workshops since 2002. She recently launched the innovative JoyBoots Sanctuary: An Online Weekly LIVE Connection for Cancer Survivors. Currently, she is collaborating on a research study with the University of Texas School of Nursing to measure the impact of meditation on cognitive function in breast cancer survivors.
Kelly is an 11 year cancer survivor and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter.
More information at: www.joybootsforcancersurvivors.com
6 Week Yoga and Talk® Therapy Group for Cancer Survivors
Contact Kelly at email@example.com for more info.
JoyBoots Sanctuary: Weekly Online LIVE Connection:
$27/month for online community which includes 4 weekly LIVE groups from the convenience of home (30-45 minutes each-recording available if you miss). Join anytime.
Ellen Rohr M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I support people experiencing a Cancer Diagnosis, Caretakers and Partners. I believe we all thrive on healthy connections with other people. Sometimes we need help repairing and facilitating our relationships. Sometimes we want to clarify what is working and not working in our lives. Maybe you need a space to decompress and vent or process conflicting feelings and emotions. I utilize aspects of cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and creative endeavors (art, storytelling, music, and literature) to assist you.
A little bit about me:
I’ve spent my life learning, traveling, persevering and helping others. I had the privilege of growing up and “Air Force Brat” which allowed me the opportunity to live and travel in the United States and abroad. As an Educator and School Counselor, I continued to explore new places, cultures and people, living and working in both Germany and the USA. I am a caregiver as well as a Support System for a loved one with Cancer. This varied experience helps me bring my clients an open, accepting, judgement-free environment to explore their lives.
M.Ed.in Counseling Education- Arizona State University-Tempe, AZ
B.S. in Education W/ Minor in German-University of Texas –Austin, TX
More information about Ellen can be found at: www.rohrcounseling.com
Emily Schottman OD, FCOVD, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
***Emily is not accepting new clients at this time***
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.
“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
Shannon Prescher LMSW, RYT- TIYT
Mind Body Integration Therapy & Illness Coaching
Mind Body Integrative Therapy
Mind Body Integrative Therapy is a unique blend of complimentary mindfulness based modalities, such as restorative yoga therapy, creative non-verbal expression and emotional processing that promotes a collage of healing and respite for an individual experiencing illness, pain, medical trauma, illness related anxiety, illness related depression or non-death loss. Mind Body Integrative Therapy works similar to that of a radio being “fine tuned”. When the mind and the body are in alignment an individual becomes increasingly effective at responding to their healing needs versus reactionary, avoiding, minimizing or dissociating. Mind Body Integrative Therapy works well alongside other modalities to encourage a holistic, whole person centered healing.
Mind Body Integrative Therapy:
Reduces anxiety related to feeling a lack of control around symptoms or pain.
Reduces fight/flight feedback loop which often causes bodily tension and increases pain.
Supports and empowers motivation for change through a strengths based approach.
Encourages self efficacy within illness experience.
Enhances and encourages coping strategies for managing symptoms and pain.
Illness /Pain Coaching
Illness and pain coaching supports individuals in awareness of behaviors that inadvertently increase unpleasant symptoms, pain, anxiety and/or depression often affiliated with illness.
Shannon is a mental health therapist and trauma informed yoga teacher who specializes in working with individuals managing cancer, auto-immune disorders, chronic pain and chronic illness. She is an advocate of mind-body integrative healing being an affordable and sustainable support for individuals whose lives are affected by illness or pain. She believes that proper preventive coping can decrease the likelihood of mental health related diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD, as well as decrease exacerbation of ongoing mental health conditions. She not only acknowledges her work as a passion; she honors it as a calling to support the disenfranchised suffering of illness experienced within humanity.
Shannon has received her clinical training and experience as a fellow at M.D Anderson and Lighthouse Hospice. She later supported the collaborative development of Seton’s Chronic Disease program where she provided mental health support and behavioral therapy to individuals managing chronic illness. She continued to provide mental health support and behavioral health therapy to individuals managing chronic pain when she later transitioned to Austin Pain Associates. She has over 15 years of personal yoga experience, with 10 years of teaching experience, both private and class based, to individuals experiencing illness, cancer and/or pain. Shannon has seen first hand the healing benefits of a gentle restorative yoga practice and how it supports an individual in coping with symptoms, pain, anxiety, depression, trauma and loss.
Shannon currently continues her work as a therapist in a small clinical practice supporting individuals experiencing cancer, chronic illness, auto-immune disease and/or chronic pain. In 2019 Shannon founded The Rooted Self, a mind body integrated practice that offers a unique blending of mindfulness based modalities designed to promote a collage of healing and respite for individuals experiencing illness, pain, medical trauma, illness related anxiety, illness related depression and/or non-death loss.
When Shannon is not engaged in work she enjoys time with her partner in their North Austin home. As an advocate of self care, she can often be found lounging in a hammock sipping on a Topo Chico while reading a delicious book.
Brenna Robinson CGRS, LE
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®
The benefit of The Grief Recovery Method® is that you will have a start date and an end date. This allows the griever to immediately begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is an action based program which allows the griever to find completion with the pain associated with loss and grief. The griever will end this program armed with a set of tools they can actually use as they move through life and the losses that come with it. This brings participants a sense of freedom and empowerment.
All programs are based on three principals
UNIQUENESS AND INDIVIDUALITY
The Grief Recovery Method® Individual
This action-based program examines the 6th myths of grief and everything you have been taught about grief. Everyone experiences grief at 100%, however, everyone’s grief is individual and unique. The program provides a safe environment to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss; to look at what losses have affected your life, and to take new actions which lead to the completion of the pain attached to those losses.
The Grief Recovery Method® Alumni Sessions
*Prerequisite: Completion of Individual 1:1 program or 8-week group program
This program is popular with divorcing persons, persons with long term illness, survivorship, caregivers, and pediatric cancer parents. The Alumni Sessions are also action based. This is an empowering way to take a more in-depth look at a specific set of circumstances or a period of time within your life.
These sessions were extremely helpful for me, as a cancer parent. I was able to take recovery actions around all of the stacked losses which occurred at a "relentless rapid-fire rate" during a 3.5 year period. The number of losses, which occurred for me personally, during this time; far exceeded the losses from my entire lifetime.
The Grief Recovery Method® When Children Grieve Program:
Helping children with loss
When Children Grieve is an action based program. Parents, guardians, teachers, coaches, and anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis, will learn how to initiate in children, healthy and lifelong response patterns to grief. The When Children Grieve Program will give you the skills to empower children with effective methods for dealing with loss. "Witnessing the return of hope to a child’s life is one of the greatest gifts you can give to any child you love"
The Grief Recovery Method® Group Workshop
Our Grief Support Groups provide a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain. It is an action-based group that involves reading and writing assignments.
This is not a drop in group.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about group workshops.
I have spent the past 20 years in the Medical Esthetics and Anti-Aging industry. I have always been fascinated with intrinsic and extrinsic aging. I have owned a private esthetic practice which included a celebrity clientele. I have worked in Surgical Esthetics, I was a Skin Care Director for a plastic surgery center, and I have managed the esthetics team at a Destination Spa ranked #1 in the nation and #4 in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.
My career came to an abrupt end, in 2015, when my daughter was diagnosed with Very High Risk Acute B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My daughter was dying, and as a solo parent (not by my choice) it was all on me. I moved into the hospital, which became my command center. I was forced out of my paying job. I was sentenced to a 3 year, full time, non-paying job with no time off, ever. No weekends. No holidays. I was physically exhausted and completely heartbroken. All of the grief I had experienced prior to my daughter’s cancer was momentary. I was becoming paralyzed by a new sensation… anticipatory grief. I had no idea how to process this foreign feeling that was taking me down to a place I had never been.
During the long and painful journey of pediatric cancer, life went on around me. I missed out on all the ups and downs my friends and family were experiencing. I lost several people during this time period. One of the most heartbreaking was when my cousin died by suicide. After a few attempts at traditional therapy, I knew I needed something different. I was a solo parent with a kid dying from cancer and we were in crisis mode all the time. There were no hospital resources or funding, for mental health therapies, for pediatric cancer parents confined to the hospital with their dying children. I knew I needed an action plan or I would not survive. I vividly remember typing through my tears the words “grief + action plan” and there it was. The Grief Recovery Method®. What I needed existed. I just needed to get there. And, I did. The Grief Recovery Method® changed my life!
What I had not realized was that, I was so focused on anti-aging, it never occurred to me that growing old was actually a privilege denied to many people. Everything suddenly came into focus.
Then, my heart was tested yet again. I watched in horror, along with the world, the mass shooting in Las Vegas. My brother and my niece were both fortunate to have survived this horrific tragedy. Sadly, that was not the case for many. On the heels of the Vegas Shooting, I was once again confined to isolation after my daughter’s second relapse. While waiting for my daughter’s donor to come through for a chance at life, I watched via social media, my friend and her husband suffering anticipatory grief as their son fought for his life in another hospital. As I was celebrating my daughter’s gift of life, my friend was saying goodbye to her son. My heart was exploding! I knew in that moment, I had to help other people deal with grief and loss.
After my daughter’s Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant, I became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® with The Grief Recovery Institute. In 2018, I founded Grief Recovery Texas, LLC. This is more than just a new career. I have found my purpose. I am honored at the chance to improve the lives of the brokenhearted.
Although many of my clients are cancer patients, survivors, pediatric cancer parents, and families, I work with anyone dealing with loss and grief of any type.
I love that I get to wake up every day now, and be vulnerable, and show up for others
Please visit my website www.griefrecoverytexas.com for more information.