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What is counseling?

Individual counseling is an opportunity to get support during difficult times. It involves developing a two-way professional relationship between a licensed counselor and you. The counselor can help you to identify and resolve personal, social and emotional problems related to illness and BMT. The counselor can also help you improve your coping skills and quality of life.

Who is eligible?

  • Patients who are pre-transplant, post-transplant or well into survivorship
  • Patients who are living with sickle cell disease (SCD) regardless of their treatment status
  • Caregivers and family members of eligible patients
  • Bereaved caregivers or family members

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What can I expect with individual counseling?

Although the process will be different for each person, counseling support may include talking about:

  • Adjusting to new treatments, living with your illness and the BMT process and survivorship 
  • Developing coping strategies
  • Managing emotions, such as anxiety or sadness 
  • Improving communication with the health care team and family members
  • Identifying and coping with family role changes because of illness or transplant
  • Finding reliable mental health-related information and community resources
  • Managing financial challenges

The first 1-2 sessions will involve a complete psychosocial needs assessment. During this session, you will have an opportunity to talk about the personal goals you would like to achieve through counseling. The counselor will then offer their recommendations on how you can work together to reach your goals. 

Meet the Counseling Services Staff

Katie Schoeppner, MSW, LICSW, Director, Patient Services


Katie has been a member of the Patient Support Center since 2014. Before joining Be The Match, she was a clinical social worker at the University of Minnesota Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Katie holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College. She’s a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW).

Hailey Hassel, MSW, LICSW, BMT Social Worker II

Hailey received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and has been a member of the Be The Match Patient Support Center since 2018. She has experience in home care and hospice coordination, as well as provision of mental health services. Hailey is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW). 

Ben Tweeten, MSW, LICSW, BMT Social Worker


Ben joined the Be The Match Patient Support Center in early 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his Master of Social Work degree. Ben has worked in a variety of settings including primary care, community mental health and the hospital system. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW).

Counseling is available over the telephone, no matter where you live in the U.S., or in person at our office in Minneapolis, MN.

CALL: 1 (888) 999-6743
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time
All of our programs and resources are free.

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