You want to feel like your head and your heart are on the same page again. To know that you have control over your thoughts and emotions and that you can move past the events that are keeping you stuck and from feeling whole.

But ever since you recognized the extent of your trauma, you’ve felt like you’re at war with yourself. You’re ready to get to the root of your symptoms, regain a sense of connection with others, and focus on the things in life beyond yourself. You’re ready for a solution.

You never would have thought you were the type of person to have been through trauma. Sure, you’ve had bad things happen in your past, but everyone you know has something that they’ve been through. You’ve had a tumultuous life and there are things that nag at you that you can never quite seem to move on from. It’s as if there’s this nagging sense of negativity that follows you around and makes you doubt yourself.

Now that you’re recognizing how much of an impact these events really had on you, your world is starting to shift. Everything you trusted about yourself and your truth has changed. You’ve lost your sense of self and who you are and you’re beginning to question every decision you’ve made. You wonder if the people you’ve invited into your life aren’t directly related to everything you’ve been through. And the strange sense that something isn’t quite right seems to tie back to each of your negative experiences.

So here you are, feeling like a shell of yourself wondering if you will ever experience feeling whole, in control, peace, and calm.

Every day is a battle. You can’t stop reliving what happened to you, you’re feeling anxious all the time, and your sense of who you are is spiraling out of control.

You don’t negate what happened to you. You now believe what you’ve been through truly is traumatic. But you don’t want to feel powerless the rest of your life. Truly, you want the opposite.

To feel safe in your own body again and to trust yourself. You know there will always be people and circumstances that are beyond your control, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to recognize toxic situations and set healthy boundaries.

That’s not to say you’ll never be afraid or unbalanced again. Every day ups and downs are inevitable. What you didn’t expect was how long-lasting the effects of your situation have been. That just when you start to think you’re getting better, something insignificant will trigger your memories and you feel like you’re right back at the beginning again. And you certainly didn’t expect to lose your identity or to become a victim.

When You Seek Trauma Counseling with Sunstone Wellness Center

  • You will be able to notice what peace and safety truly feel like
  • You will get to the root cause of your trauma, so you can identify and manage your triggers
  • You will have more understanding of how your early experiences have impacted your perceptions and your relationships
  • You will learn to recognize toxic people, set healthy boundaries, and stop people pleasing
  • You will feel stronger and more in control in your life
  • You will begin to feel a sense of loving kindness toward yourself

The Trauma Therapy Process

Trauma Counseling can help you safely peel back the layers of what you’ve been through so you can get to the core of your concerns. Together, you and I will go through this process of exploration and I will support you as you heal your wounds. We will take an intentional approach to your treatment and work to clarify the role trauma has played in your life. We will also work to establish an immediate safe space and then dive deeper to gain a true understanding of the traumatic experiences you have endured. You are in charge and we will work as slow or as fast as you are comfortable with.

You and I will meet together weekly for 50-minute sessions. Typically, counseling continues for several weeks or months, but the duration of your time in therapy will depend on the complexity of your concerns and what you would like to accomplish in therapy.

Here’s what to expect:
WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you and I will meet to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. I will then gather information about your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. We will also discuss the benefits and limitations of therapy. We will explore grounding skills and practice at least one skill that you will be able to use outside of session.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Trauma Counseling

Together, in each subsequent session, you and I will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to help you experience less shame and fear. This typically includes the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and learning more about trauma.

Each session is designed to help you begin to feel comfortable in your own skin. Together, you and I will connect in a therapeutic space with the goal of helping you find and recognize peace.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work you and I have done together has met your expectations. We will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.

More About Sunstone Wellness Center

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I wholeheartedly believe that you are not defined by the bad things that have happened to you. You are a valuable person who is worth caring about and with a little guidance, you are going to be OK. I know that you can feel limited and victimized by the things that have happened to you which is why I have spent years honing the techniques that will help you feel stronger, more in control, and empowered to overcome your traumas. I help you restore your confidence in yourself, so you can move past your past, build resiliency, and reclaim your self-compassion.

Safety is an essential value at Sunstone Wellness Center and I am dedicated to helping you recognize what peace and calm feel like when you are in a secure environment so you can heal and make sense of your trauma. It is my passion to join you in your healing process, to see you go from wounded and disconnected to whole.

Sunstone Wellness Center is the place for you to realize your importance and to know you are worthy of love and acceptance. My mission is to instill hope, facilitate healing, and build resilience for people who are consumed with vulnerability and fear. You can read more about my specialties and trainings here.

Who Benefits Most from Trauma Counseling

Trauma Therapy is best for those who desire a deeper level of healing and want to bring about lasting change in their lives. Trauma Counseling helps you get to the root cause of your shame and negative beliefs, so you can develop self-compassion and feel good in your own skin.

You will benefit from Trauma Therapy sessions if:

  • You have difficulty managing your strong emotions
  • You have emotions that swing from high highs to low lows without out much emotion in between.
  • You feel disconnected from everyone in your life who is important to you
  • You struggle to explain why you feel sad, angry, or upset all the time
  • You question the level of safety, security, and stability in your life
  • You are ready to address the root causes of your distress within yourself and your relationship with others

There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Trauma Counseling sessions with Sunstone Wellness Center.

These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • severe mental illness or a need for intensive therapy
  • active crisis or actively suicidal or homicidal
  • severe eating disorders, severe substance use/abuse or severe self-injurious behavior
  • the requirement of legal paperwork or external documentation of services
  • being mandated to attend counseling/treatment
  • active domestic violence situations or in immediate danger

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.

What Does Trauma Therapy Cost?

Trauma Counseling is a fee for service program and Sunstone Wellness Center accepts all major forms of payment.

Intake sessions cost $115 and weekly sessions are $80 thereafter. I do not currently accept insurance. Sunstone Wellness Center is happy to provide you with a superbill receipt to submit to your insurance company for Out of Network reimbursement.

When and Where Can I Schedule a Trauma Counseling Session?

Sunstone Wellness Center LLC serves Northeast Ohio and the surrounding areas. The office is centrally located in the Colonial Plaza building in Mentor, OH between routes 615 and 306 with easy access to multiple highways.  Two convenient entrances are located on street level along Mentor Ave and free ample parking located behind the office/retail building.

Counseling Services are offered year-round with daytime, night & weekend availability.

Your Next Steps

It is completely possible to gain insight into the events of your past and feel like yourself again. You will be able to notice when you feel at peace and develop the coping skills to stay in that place. You will also find ways to have healthy relationships where you can fully trust yourself and others.

Right now, it’s hard to see how you will overcome your trauma, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start taking small steps toward understanding how your early experiences have shaped who you are. You just need to find the right professional to guide you along the way.

You will have the tools to build resilience and change your perceptions. You’ll be able to concentrate on the now and not worry about the past. In the end, you’ll find a way to love yourself more and feel hopeful about all your life has to offer. Sunstone Wellness Center can help.

Call (440) 231-0645 to schedule your Trauma Counseling session today