Dr. Jenna Kiel has been named the new clinical director for The Cancer Support Center.
Staff at the center became familiar with her work when Kiel interned there when she was a doctoral student at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
“She instantly fit the culture and understood the importance of the mission,” said Sue Armato, executive director of the center.
Kiel will be working alongside eight other therapists and program navigators at The Cancer Support Center Homewood and Mokena locations.
“Unfortunately, in our culture, receiving mental health services is a privilege,” said Kiel. “What is so important about our work is that we offer our services to everyone. I also appreciate that we not only focus on treating what is wrong, but that we help people improve what is right.”
In 2014, the center, a not-for-profit organization, provided more than 10,700 hours of therapeutic programming as one-to-one sessions for individuals and couples, as family therapy and through networking and support groups. The center also provides nutrition counseling, therapeutic massage, body image support through free wigs and breast prosthetics and simple fitness programs.
Armato said these services, offered free of charge, demonstrate the relevance and importance of the support services designed to support the health and healing of participants as they find hope during their cancer journey.
For more information about The Cancer Support Center, please call 708-478-3529 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.