About Erin Sommerville - Cancer coach


About Erin ­ continued

I believe that together we can strengthen your ability to live a long, healthy and passionate life!

I put this belief into practice every day as a Cancer Coach and Director of International Training for the Simonton Cancer Center in Pacific Palisades, California.

For the past 12 years I have coached the principles of getting well to individuals from 18 different countries. I have taken all this wisdom and insight to a deeper level of passion and dedication to guide you on the path to victory and joyous living.

Your Body Knows How to Heal

My training and certification has been with a world-leader in Mind/Body medicine, Dr. O. Carl Simonton. Internationally recognized radiation oncologist and pioneer in the study of mind-body techniques for treating cancer patients, and co-author of two widely acclaimed books "Getting Well Again" and "The Healing Journey".

I co-facilitated with Dr. Simonton, the establishment of Professional Training Programs for physicians, nurses and therapists working with cancer patients in:

  • The United States
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Poland
Together with Dr. Simonton I teach a six-day residential program for cancer patients and their families at a retreat center in Santa Barbara, CA. In 2002 we were invited to present the program at the Lance Armstrong Shaped Beam Cancer Center, in Lancešs hometown of Richardson, Texas. Over the past twenty-five years I have trained with some of the world leaders in meditation, creative visualization, cognitive-behavior therapy, psychoneuroimmunolgy and psycho-oncology honing my skills and practice in order to provide you with the highest standard of coaching. Previous to my working with cancer patients, I lectured and taught internationally for 15 years on the use of the imagination for positively effecting health, creativity and personal achievement. From 1981 ­ 1997 I was the host and faculty member of numerous ground breaking conferences addressing these important issues of mind, body and spirit:
  • The Healing Power of Laughter and Play
  • A New Vision of Healthcare: Integrating Ancient Healing and Modern Medicine
  • Medical Miracles, Music and Mirth.
These conferences (approved for continuing medical education credit) drew audiences of up to 2,000 attendees throughout the United States and Canada and I shared the podium with such distinguished speakers as:
  • O. Carl Simonton,M.D.,
  • Norman Cousins
  • Larry Dossey,M.D.
  • Candace Pert, PhD.
  • Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
  • Barbara Dossey, RN
  • Steve Allen
  • Sid Caesar
  • Steve Allen, Jr.,M.D.
  • Dean Ornish, M.D.
  • Ram Dass
  • Fred Alan Wolf PhD.
  • Ashley Montague, PhD.
  • Jerald Jampolsky,M.D.

There was press and television coverage:
  • San Francisco Chronicle,
  • Los Angeles Times,
  • Chicago Tribune,
  • Washington Post
  • Seattle Times
  • CNN
Just to name a few.

It was a very exciting time that greatly expanded the wealth of wisdom and resources that I was able to offer my clients. During this time I created and hosted a one-hour video Entertaining Healers and Healing Entertainers, which features Steve Allen, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Jr., M.D. and Rick Caesar M.D.

A Certified Hypnotherapist, I developed a guided imagery audio series Healing Visions which is being used internationally by hospitals, physicians, nurses and therapists.

In 1997 I was honored along with Dr. Simonton by the American Medical Association for the film Affirmations for Getting Well which won first place in Wellness in the American Medical Associations 1997 Film and Video Festival.

Since 1981 I have lectured, trained and provided consulting, counseling and coaching services to more than 10 thousand people. My written materials and interviews have reached more than 20 million people.

Coaching cancer patients, their family and friends has been both my passion and purpose for over twelve years. I have taught healthcare professionals and coached the principles of getting well in five different cultures and to individuals from more than eighteen different countries.

I have experienced a cancer diagnosis ­ so I know your situation from the inside out!

The most meaningful credential is the quality of onešs work. Therefore, what my clients and professional colleagues have to say about my level of skill and effectiveness can provide you with the clearest vision of what I have to offer you.

I invite you to check out what Colleagues and Clients say.


"Erin, where do I start? You turned a life threatening, situation from what was, at first, incredibly overwhelming and frightening into a wonderful and enlightening experience. I thank you for your focused and loving attention during our many long talks over the phone as you closely worked with me to turn my fear, doubt and regret into a steady calmness. Looking back on things, I'm really dumbfounded by the change. And, I don't know what I find more amazing, my arrival to my full recovery or the smooth and pleasant ride that I had along the way.

Your listening and insights were invaluable, not just invaluable, but necessary for me. Without them, my ride would have been much longer and a lot bumpier. I'm sure I would have gone off the road a few times too. Thanks to you I came out of this experience with a regained health and, just as importantly, a vastly improved mindset. I guess the best way to express this is with an analogy:

Just before I met you, I had fallen off a cliff and I thought I was falling to my death. You stepped in, told me I could fly and then showed me how. And now, you're even showing me how to fly even higher. That's really the only way I can fittingly express what you did for me. By the way, it turns out that this flying thing is more than just a way to avoid hitting the ground, it's $#!* fun and the view is incredible.

Thanks Erin!

Tony Haske,
Santa Monica, CA