Wanda Sheber, MS, LCSW
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I work to form a relationship of trust with our patients and their family members. I help them to discover their inner strengths and cope with cancer."
- Wanda Sheber, MS, LCSW
- MS, Social Work - University of Illinois, Champaign
- BS, Social Work - University of Illinois
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Practicing Since: 1984
It was a job posting for a mind-body therapist position at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center that caught Wanda Sheber’s attention. In the posting, mind-body therapy was described as “forming relationships with patients and caregivers.” Sheber thought this was a wonderful approach and she loved the idea of connecting with cancer patients and their families. She applied and interviewed for the position, and became part of the CTCA family in 2003.
As a CTCA mind-body therapist, Sheber offers a trained, listening ear and counseling to patients and their families. Through her style of respectfully connecting with people, she readily forms relationships that make a difference to people coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer. She helps them to find life beyond the reality of that monumental change.
Sheber has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of social work and psychotherapy. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Illinois. Over the years, the licensed clinical social worker has held positions at hospitals and medical centers, where she worked with dialysis, burn, rehab and general medical patients.
Sheber particularly enjoys meeting new patients and outlining the various offerings of the Mind-Body Medicine Department. “It is an honor to tell new people here that my main role on their treatment team is to be available to them, as needed, for coping," she says. "I understand how their mind wants to help them grow and thrive, despite what might be happening to them in this moment.”
The mind-body therapist adds, “What I enjoy most is being allowed into very personal spaces in their lives and treating that space with great gentleness and respect.”
Sheber also enjoys encouraging patients as they learn to partner with their treatment team in their plan of care. She is deeply committed to providing Patient Empowerment Medicine®. One way she facilitates this is by assisting patients to prepare psychologically for new experiences in their treatment. She reminds them of their inner strengths and helps call those strengths forward to answer the needs her patients present.
Through Sheber’s sessions with inpatients and outpatients, as well as caregivers, she coaches them on how to apply beneficial mind-body techniques, such as guided imagery, relaxation and mindfulness practices, to help know about and transcend the psychological and physiological strains of cancer and treatment.
Sheber has also initiated a group to assist patients in their psychological transition from being in care at CTCA to returning home after treatment.
In addition to meeting with caregivers and patients currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, Sheber offers continued support via phone and email to patients and their families once they return home.