Victoria Mahboub, MS, LCSW
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"My passion is being available to patients and their loved ones and to be a part of an experience that may be difficult to be in for everyone involved."
- Victoria Mahboub, MS, LCSW
- MS, Social Work - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- BS - University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha
- Counseling - CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, IL
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The opportunity to be part of cancer patients and their loved ones’ journey of emotional and physical healing attracted Victoria Mahboub to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).
“It is an honor to be invited into the experience of a patient and his or her caregiver," says Mahboub. "I have learned and grown from each relationship.”
Prior to joining CTCA®, Mahboub worked as a residential counselor for both adults and adolescents with mental illness for a number of years. She was also involved with a restorative justice program that offered a non-traditional form of healing for community members impacted by violence. Along with working at CTCA, Mahboub works as a psychotherapist for a private practice, where she works primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral disorders as well as adults who suffer from depression and anxiety.
The mind-body therapist and licensed clinical social worker joined our compassionate team of care providers at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in 2004. She began as an intern at the hospital while pursuing her graduate degree in social work.
Mahboub earned a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in medical and mental health from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. Mahboub is currently completing her PhD at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, focusing on the application of psychodynamic theory in clinical practice. Her focus of research is the Subjective Experience of Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, an area that she has become familiar with since beginning her work at CTCA.
At Midwestern, Mahboub counsels patients and their families, offering strength and insight at a time when they may feel overwhelmed and confused. She explores with them their experiences with their illness, as well as other relationships and situations in their lives. Furthermore, she motivates patients to become more empowered in their whole-person care.
Mahboub meets with many new patients and their caregivers during their initial consultation at the hospital. Her special approach is to meet each patient and his or her family member prior to the start of treatment, oftentimes in the first few days of arriving at CTCA at Midwestern.
Because Mahboub is a member of many of our breast cancer patients’ care teams, she often collaborates with our breast cancer specialists at CTCA at Midwestern.
She says while patients and caregivers may not always be open to the idea of undergoing counseling, or know how to use the counseling services offered, she is readily available to answer their questions and provide information.
“It’s important that they know about the services provided by Mind-Body Medicine Department, especially during this stressful time of intake when they are receiving information that establishes their whole-person care,” she notes.
In addition to counseling patients and caregivers one on one, Mahboub leads many group activities presented by the Mind-Body Medicine Department and works as a Reiki therapist at CTCA, utilizing energy work with patients to facilitate both physical and emotional healing. She also educates local communities on the topics of the mind-body connection and self care for those fighting cancer.
Mahboub’s areas of interest include interpersonal neurobiology and neuroscience, as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction and its impact on self care and healing.
Mahboub is a member of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
In her spare time, she does crisis work for various mental health agencies in the community. She has also volunteered as a group facilitator at a center for grieving children and their families for a number of years. On a personal note, Mahboub says her pride and joy is her daughter, who keeps her busy and teaches her something new each day.