Trauma from Abuse

Coping with abuse, whether in the past or more recently, can give you an unsettled feeling deep down in your core. Maybe you can’t stop replaying your painful memories. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, or guilt. Wherever you are in your journey, trauma therapy can transform your shame into empowerment and healing.

Our trauma counselling services are designed to help those who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence. You know how difficult it is to cope, but you can thrive again. We’re here to make that happen.

Learn more about Heal the Hurt’s trauma therapy services.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Trauma therapy: Lara Mekhitarian, Heather Gilmour

Grief and Loss

Loss—whether sudden or gradual—can leave you feeling powerless and angry. Whether you’ve lost a loved one or a job, witnessed a tragic event, survived a car accident, sustained a sports injury, or otherwise, it’s easy to feel not only caught off guard but also confused, unsettled, and fearful. No matter how subtle or severe your loss, the grieving process can sometimes hit harder than you ever expected, shifting your perception on everything around you. 

Therapy can help you process your intense emotions and overcome obstacles in the way of your grieving progression.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Grief and Loss therapy: Lara Mekhitarian, Heather Gilmour, Shaina Goelman

Trauma-Informed Marital Counseling

Relationships can be challenging in the best of circumstances. Developing a healthy attachment style, open and honest communications, and strong coping skills allows you to not only navigate your relationship, but also to build a love that truly lasts. However, unresolved trauma can impact couples and their relationships greatly. 

Whether the impetus for therapy is one person’s trauma history or a traumatic experience that impacts both partners, it’s crucial to work through those challenges to come out stronger, together, on the other side. 

Love and fulfillment can be yours again. The assistance of our expert team of professionals can help bring you there.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Trauma Informed Marriage Therapy: Lara Mekhitarian, Heather Gilmour

Working MILLENNIALS: Support for the modern day professional

Being happy and successful is the new requirement in today's society. However, navigating your life in a world with so many opportunities and options can be overwhelming and paralyzing. The unspoken expectations and pressure to perform can generate substantial amount of stress, anxiety and depression.

We invite you to uncover what lies beneath all of these expectations, re-define the success and happiness for yourself and create the life you are desperately searching for. This is a safe place to find your path.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Working Millennials: Shaina Goelman, Tereza Prouzova, Jen Drader

Premarital Counseling

You may have booked all the essentials for your perfect wedding day, but have you had the tough conversations that will help your marriage last?

Premarital counseling gives you and your partner the chance to connect even further while building conflict-resolution skills and addressing a variety of intimate topics, including:

  • Finances

  • Communication

  • Beliefs and values

  • Sex and intimacy

  • Roles and expectations

  • Children and parenting

  • Family relationships

  • Decision making

  • Dealing with anger

  • Quality time

  • And more

Marriage is a big decision. Getting ready for it is more than planning for the celebration. By giving yourself all of the tools available, you can set yourself up for a greater success for the present and the future, whatever the coming years may bring.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize Premarital Counseling: Lara Mekhitarian, Jen Drader, Sierra Briscoe

Trauma & Adolescence

The loss of security after a traumatic event can have severe and long-lasting effects on anyone, but especially a teen. This unique stage of life already has so many complications—mental, physical, and social—so a shift in this already delicate balance can be distressing, whether a young adult is willing to admit it or not.

Whether your teen has experienced separation from a parent, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or bullying at school, therapy can help resolve the pain, reducing the risk of further trauma in adulthood. Giving adolescents the support and nurturing they need enables them to work through their challenges and gain self-awareness, self-worth, and self-respect. This support is critical for bringing out or bringing back the best possible version of themselves. 

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in trauma therapy for teens: Lara Mekhitarian, Lara Abounayan, Heather Gilmour, Sierra Briscoe, Shaina Goelman 

Therapy for Life Transitions and Adjustment Disorders

Adjusting to change is a necessity—but that doesn’t make it easy, no matter how old you are.

Starting school, moving to a new state or city, or even shifting from a busy day-to-day life to retirement can cause stress and sometimes unexpected emotional ups and downs. This is normal, and it’s okay. However, learning to work through the elongated emotions related to different forms of adjustments is essential. If unaddressed, they can eventually manifest into more serious symptoms such as depression and anxiety. 

Any transition in life can bring the unexpected, but that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck in a place where you will continue to be unsatisfied. You can discover the best of your new situation, and we are here to help you along this journey.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in therapy focused on life transitions and adjustments: All Staff

Parent and Child Adoption Support

Developing a healthy attachment within an expanded family can be challenging for both the child and the family group as a whole. Helping families develop healthy ways of coping with challenges and helping children make sense of what it means to be adopted are both crucial to allowing all to thrive in the new environment.

There are so many subjects to navigate:

  • How to talk to children about adoption

  • How to create structure and safety in a new home for an adopted child

  • How to help parents better manage their emotions as this new transition takes place

  • How to create a healthy attachment between an adopted child and a biological child

  • And more

Adoption is life-changing for everyone, and as with any life change, it’s not always easy. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as it sometimes feels. Your new, blended family can be more connected and happier than ever with the right support.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Parent and Child Adoption Support: Tereza Prouzova, Jen Drader, Prisma Martinez, Daniele Iturbide

Infertility Challenges

Having a baby seems like such a sweet, simple dream, but for those struggling to conceive, it can be a stress that weighs heavily on every minute of day. The emotional rollercoaster of infertility treatments can be hard to bear, especially when this private journey is unknown to so many of the people around you.

Developing strong communications between partners and everyone involved can enhance your ability to cope with the ups and downs. Reinforcing confidence and mutual support along every step of the way is essential. Having a baby is a big deal. The process of trying to get there is too. It doesn’t have to be a secret. Our trusted, professional team is here to help.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Infertility Challenges: Tereza Prouzova, Prisma Martinez

Early Childhood, Parenting, and Attachment

There are so many questions new parents face—so many decisions that seem world-changing if the wrong path is taken—but at the core of everything is you, your child, and your relationship together. The years between birth and five years old are full of endless adjustments and developmental milestones, which can be miraculous and sometimes intimidating. 

Our work with parents includes:

  • Fostering a healthy attachment for both parents and child

  • Working with children 0-5 and their parents to help develop healthy adjustment strategies

  • Teaching reflective parenting and how to emotionally respond to your baby’s needs

  • How to set boundaries

  • Introducing tools that help your child grow and thrive in a positive direction

  • Coping with challenges related to first-time parenting

Parenting is not easy, but having a partner in the process can reestablish your confidence and rekindle the joy in every part of the amazing journey.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Early Childhood Therapy as well as Parenting and Attachment Counseling: Tereza Prouzova, Prisma Martinez, Jen Drader

Family Systems Therapy

Conflicts and tensions within your family can weigh heavily on everyday interactions, making relationships that could be so powerful into something that drains you. However, there are ways to work through these moments in a healthy manner—ways that are positive for all involved.

Whether working with individuals or groups, our family counseling services can enable you to:

  • Develop strong and safe communications to cope with challenges within the family

  • Learn to respect and honor each individual, even when you disagree

  • Discover what it means to “fight fair”

  • Work through a traumatic event or loss within a family

  • Adjust to new changes within a blended family

  • Process and move past codependency and enmeshment

If you’re thinking that it doesn’t have to be this hard, know that you’re right. It doesn’t have to be. Your family connections can be stronger.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Family Counseling: Prisma Martinez, Jen Drader, Daniele Iturbide

Couples Therapy

Relationships are not stagnant things that are the same from one moment to the next. They evolve as you and your partner evolve, and as you grow and change as individuals, this affects the dynamics of your relationship with each other too. 

Relationships can feel easy, but for those moments when they absolutely aren’t—when stress, anger, resentment, jealousy, and so many other feelings are bubbling to the surface—meeting with one of our couples counseling specialists can help both partners:

  • Learn to communicate

  • Express feelings in an open, safe environment

  • Set boundaries

  • Rekindle the romance

  • And more

Your partnership can be stronger, with just a little bit of help.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Couples Therapy: Jen Drader, Sierra Briscoe

Alternative Relationships Counseling

When your relationship has hurdles that are unique—whether you are coping with a long-distance relationship, navigating polyamory, developing healthy ways to have an open relationship, or otherwise—moving forward together can be difficult. But difficulties can be overcome.

There is no single style of relationship that works for everyone, and what works for you can be completely of your own definition. That’s not only okay. That’s spectacular. And we’re here to get you there.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Alternative Relationships Counseling: Sierra Briscoe, Daniele Iturbide

LGBTQ+ & Affirming counseling

Whether you are struggling to navigate your identity and issues related to coming out, or need support in managing anxiety, depression, relationship, career, or other concerns, rest assured that we provide a safe space for you to find support and healing. We believe that having a therapist who understands and affirms the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community is so important in your healing journey.Struggling with your sense of self can feel like the most painful of insecurities. Feeling conflicted about your sexuality or gender, or how others will respond to you can feel overwhelming. It’s natural. But you can get through this.

Finding yourself and comfortably being yourself can be a challenge, but that’s why we’re here to partner with you, enabling your strength, confidence, and individuality to shine through.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in LGBTQ+ & Affirming Counseling: Daniele Iturbide, Sierra Briscoe, Heather Gilmour, Lara Mekhitarian, Shaina Goelman 

Sex Therapy

Sex therapy means different things to different people, but the foundation of these conversations is always a matter of empowering you to be comfortable and confident in whatever you choose to do. 

Maybe you’re hoping to develop a healthy level of communication about sex with your partner. Perhaps you’re dealing with performance anxiety or interested in regaining your confidence after a past sexual trauma. From sexual exploration to becoming comfortable with intimacy, our non-judgmental and professional sex therapy experts are here for you in whatever capacity you need.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Sex Therapy: Sierra Briscoe, Lara Mekhitarian, Jen Drader, Daniele Iturbide

Child Psychotherapy (ages 6+)

School-aged children are dealing with more than ever before, and how they react to challenges is unique to every child. Developmental stages and environmental factors combine to impact each individual in different ways. 

Our Heal the Hurt team specializes in our sincere, respectful relationships with our clients and this is as true with younger children as with anyone else. When your son or daughter meets with one of our child therapists, the focus could include:

  • Overcoming emotional challenges

  • Overcoming bullying

  • Overcoming family changes or family traumas

  • Learning boundaries and communication

  • And so much more

Sometimes, you and your child need a partner to navigate the best path forward. And when you do, we are here for you.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Child Counseling: Tereza ProuzovaJen Drader, Prisma Martinez 

Teen Psychotherapy (13+)

Being a teenager is never easy. Social stresses, academic pressures, and hormonal fluctuations can combine into the perfect storm that can lead to anxiety, depression, and drops in confidence. But it doesn’t have to.

The teen years are about discovering the person that you will someday be, so why not give your teen every advantage to work through what may be bothering them. Always rooted in empathy and mutual respect, our teen therapy services include:

  • Coping with individuation

  • Facing depression and anxiety

  • Working through social conflicts

  • Navigating family dynamics

  • Coping with academic pressures

  • Building motivation

  • And so much more.

The teen years do not need to be as challenging as they sometimes seem to be. 

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Teen Counseling: All Staff

Diversity, Immigration, and Refugee Issues

When the world around you doesn’t feel welcoming, when you feel threatened for no other reason than who you are on the outside, every day can feel daunting. We cannot change external factors, but we can assist you with how you react to these sometimes relentless pressures.

Our areas of focus on this topic are:

  • Coping with fear and loss in the current political climate

  • Dealing with past trauma which led to a refugee status

  • Dealing with culture shock

  • Assimilation vs. acculturation

  • Helping DACA children who have lost parents or fear for their own deportation

  • Dealing with the trauma experienced when coming to the United States

Our confidential sessions are designed to empower every individual to live the life they want to live in the best way that they can, finding the balance that they are seeking, whatever that means to them.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Diversity, Immigration, and Refugee Support: Lara Mekhitarian, Heather Gilmour, Prisma Martinez

Chronic Illness and Medical Trauma

Some illnesses and traumas are visible, and others are not. No matter what you and your loved ones have gone through or are going through, having a support system matters. It enables you to endure through mental and physical pain. 

Our Heal the Hurt team focuses on discovering the best individualized path forward for you, whether you are: 

  • Coping with a lifetime illness

  • Working to build self-acceptance and self-compassion

  • Reconnecting with your body

  • Overcoming medical trauma related to treatments, procedures, and pain management

  • And more

Pain exists in many forms, and dealing with it is an individual process. We strive to always create a welcoming, respectful environment, where you are empowered to move forward and find closure in the way that is best for you.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Chronic Illness and Medical Trauma Support: Lara Abounayan

Women’s Issues

Every stage of life presents new challenges for women—physically, emotionally, and mentally—and balancing everything we set out to do is sometimes overwhelming to say the least. We strive to understand every individual, where they are in their life, where they struggle, and where they know they can be stronger.

Our Heal the Hurt team works with women focused on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Post-partum anxieties and depression

  • Support for new mothers,

  • Parenting and attachment

  • Adjusting to being a caretaker

  • Learning what is developmentally appropriate for different aged babies and children

  • Disciplining young children

  • Body changes

  • Self-esteem

  • Getting older

  • And more

Everyone can benefit from a respectful ear and trusted advisor, especially in harder moments. Whatever you’re going through, wherever you are, we are here for you.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in Women’s Issues: Lara Mekhitarian, Heather Gilmour, Daniele Iturbide, Tereza Prouzova, Shaina Goelman 

General Challenges

Struggling with your sense of self can lead to depression, anxiety, and even physical health problems. Whether you feel conflicted about your religion, race, sexuality, gender, or ethnicity, therapy offers a judgment-free environment to safely explore your identity. 

Depression can leave you feeling unmotivated, sad, and unable to pull yourself out. Anxiety makes you expect the worst, all the time. Depression and anxiety are not signs of weakness—they are treatable illnesses. 

Therapy can help you work through the roots of anxiety and depression and reframe negative thinking. Therapy can also help you cope with external changes as you identify your inner strength.

Heal the Hurt Therapists who specialize in general challenges: All Staff


 

Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or not, we’re here to help you become your best self and to truly thrive. Are you ready to get started?