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Welcome Seth Errion, MA, LPC, NCC

Seth ErrionIllinois CancerCare is proud to welcome Seth Errion, MA, LPC, NCC to the team as our new Oncology Counselor!

Seth is a familiar face here, as he interned with us in 2020 – a time in which, as you can imagine, mental health support was critical to what we do here at Illinois CancerCare. During his time here as an intern, Seth wrote an article full of suggestions for taking care of your mental health. Read the article here.

Let’s get to know a little more about Seth!

What is your background?

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I double majored in psychology and sociology.  I then went on to get my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University.  After graduating from Bradley, I gained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and certification as a National Certified Counselor.

What do you enjoy about counseling in general?

I have always known that I wanted to go into the mental health field to help others.  Counseling has afforded me the opportunity to not only help others, but to give back to my community as well.  I could not ask for a more meaningful combination as a career.

Why did you choose oncology counseling?

Like many people’s stories, I lost a close family member to cancer.  I have seen firsthand how cancer impacts not only a survivor, but their family as well.  I have also seen firsthand how mental health impacts cancer treatment and vice versa.  Cancer and cancer treatment has numerous impacts and I hope to help people feel more comfortable having an open conversation about it.

What are your hobbies/interests?

I am a social person, so I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy playing video games as well as board games with others.  When I need to recharge my social batteries, I enjoy spending quiet time with my wonderful wife and two dogs.

Do you have any advice for patients after a diagnosis?

The simplest advice I can give individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families is to reach out for support.  You are not alone in this fight and there are people (including myself) who want to hear your story.  Mental health has a big impact on physical health, so it is important to make sure you take care of both during your cancer journey.