Learning the Importance of Cancer Counseling With Linda Waters

Cancer Counseling

We at Select Justice are happy to help support research and community programs that will provide resources to assist people in making the right decisions for themselves and their families. 

We are proud to be working with Linda Waters, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor. Linda  has chosen Select Justice to assist in her research study as part of her Doctoral Candidacy in Counselor Education at the University of Toledo.

As a resource for educating and connecting people with the proper and appropriate professionals they need, Select Justice is honored to collaborate with Linda.

Scholarship

Supporting Research and Connecting Women with Gynaecological Cancers

Linda shares her story of how she became interested in mental health and cancer and how that put her on the path for her Doctoral qualitaive research project that we at Select Justice are happy to be assisting her with. Linda began her journey like many people in the mental health field, as a personal mission.  

Linda's Story In Her Own Words

“I decided to become a counselor for personal reasons, and I have remained in the field because the profession gives me an opportunity to be of service to people during their most challenging times. My interest in mental health and cancer is no different.

After sudden and inexplicable weight loss, my brother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My brother faced many personal challenges throughout his life and understandably, the diagnosis of cancer seemed to increase his difficulties. Although he was one of the first people, I knew with a significant cancer diagnosis, he wouldn’t be the last.

Over the years, I have seen the diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of cancer turn the lives of individuals and families upside down. Many people with cancer report depression, anxiety, and even PTSD interwoven into their cancer experience. They also report their mental health and counseling needs were unaddressed during cancer treatment and that those needs remain after treatment ends.

As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) I have more than twenty years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families. I am a Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education at the University of Toledo.

As partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, I am conducting a qualitative research study of adult women with Stage II or Stage III breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine, or vaginal/vulvar cancer, who are not currently participating in any type of intravenous and/or radiation cancer therapy. The purpose of this study is to answer how counselors can best serve those with female reproductive cancer by examining their unique mental health needs.” 

Be Part of the Cancer Counseling Study

Seeking adult women who are willing to participate in a recorded interview about the impact of their reproductive cancer on their mental health and read the transcribed interview at a later date to confirm the accuracy of the contents. Participation in the study is completely voluntary, and participants may withdraw at any time.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Adult women with a diagnosis of Stage II or Stage III breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine, or vaginal/vulvar cancer AND
  • Not more than five years past their initial diagnosis AND
  • Not currently participating in any type of intravenous and/or radiation cancer therapy

Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating and Linda will get back to you with more information

About Linda Waters

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Toledo and a Master of Arts in counseling from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Linda owns and operates Professional Counseling Solutions LLC in Sandusky, Ohio. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use disorder treatment, and those who are recovering from childhood trauma. In addition to her private counseling practice, Linda has experience working in community mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and advocating for victims of sexual crimes. She has also developed and presented various continuing education programs for counselors approved by the Ohio CSWMFT Board.

She was named the 2018 Practitioner of the Year and 2019 Counselor Supervisor of the Year, Alpha Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society, and the 2018 Counselor of the Year, North West Ohio Counseling Association. For her volunteer work counseling those with cancer, Linda was named the 2018 Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year, Ohio Counseling Association. She is married to Patrick and they have two sons.

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