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Trauma Healing Center

Counseling Testimonials

What our clients say

The professional care and successes of Serenity Trauma Healing Center are no better represented than by our client testimonials. Our staff is dedicated to helping people heal following difficult trauma and events that have changed their lives. These are clients who have benefited from our various types of mental health counseling and who highly recommend the treatments we offer for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental illness.

A Long List of Satisfied Clients

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in construction and transportation experience the highest rate of injuries. A work-related injury, personal event, or even the effects of serving in combat can warrant a treatment plan by our experienced mental health professionals. Each treatment plan is tailored to the client’s unique situation and needs.

We help people by addressing their issues directly. Behavioral therapy, meditation, group therapy, yoga, and a range of other techniques can be used to help the mind and body heal. Not every approach works for everyone and, often, a combination of treatments is required to get one on the path to healing and improve their mental and physical health and well-being.

Through continuing education, our practitioners are constantly striving to find the best methods to help our clients. Each is trained and possesses state licensing in their field of work while being committed to finding tangible long-term solutions for everyone they treat.

Become One of Our Satisfied Clients

Our primary goal is to get you on the road to recovery. Serenity Trauma Healing Center is state- and JCAHO-accredited, so it provides the highest quality of care. Contact us today to get started and meet with a licensed mental health counselor who can find the best treatment option for you.

Personal responsibility in your road to recovering from trauma is a gift. This place gives you tools to make yourself whole again. What a wonderful thing. And Joanne Mednick is a compassionate wonderful healer. She’s brilliant.

– Kathy

“I was a skeptic at first. But after the first week, I was able to open up and start to reconnect with society as well as myself. I thought it would never be possible to “feel” again.”

– Mike, USN Ret.

I have to start by thanking the staff for all the exceptional work they do to help their clients. Serenity Trauma Center is a gem of a program for healing and working through difficult trauma. The staff are some of the most caring and nurturing individuals that I have had the pleasure of working with thus far. From the moment you walk in the door it is easy to feel the serene and calming nature of the center. I was always greeted with a smile and more often than not, Joey, the therapy dog was there to help me feel welcome.

Dr. Mednick is a truly gifted practitioner as she just seems to know exactly what you are trying to say, even when you are having trouble actually saying it. She creates such a safe environment to be in that it really helped me feel comfortable working through my issues that I had previously struggled with. The transition between sessions felt almost seemless as the other therapists were able to pick up right where I had left off in a previous session or knew what still needed to be worked on.

I’m so grateful to have found Serenity and I highly recommend the program to anyone who has trauma they need to work through. It has changed my life and from what I heard, chatting with other clients in the reception area, it has made a huge impact on others as well.

Thank you Serenity Trauma Center!!

– Anonymous

I first heard about Serenity Trauma Healing Center from a new friend who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army after serving over 21 years as a Green Beret. He was in combat zones around the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and Somalia to name a few. He was forced to retire as a result of injuries received in combat. In addition to his wounds and traumatic brain injury he was diagnosed with PTSD. This true American hero went to the Veterans Administration for his PTSD and found the existing treatment programs very inadequate and his ability to get immediate care was non existent. He then was referred to Serenity Trauma Healing Center. What he discovered truly saved his life. He was completely impressed with the treatments and all of the staff. The man is very hesitant to recommend other veterans to treatment facilities but with me he insisted I check it out.

I am a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Army with the 5th Special Forces Group and completed two combat tours in Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia. Besides the flesh wounds and malaria I was later diagnosed with PTSD. I managed to live a somewhat functional life but I had three divorces along with way. Most people said I seemed to be angry most of the time. I also sought treatment from the VA but found the turnover in therapists and the fact that my therapists schedule only permitted him to see me every three months. Many of the latest treatments for PTSD were not offered by the VA. So I also visited Serenity.

The entire staff were professional, talented, knowledgeable and caring. They truly made me feel that I was the most important patient under treatment. I am a fairly conservative person and considered some of the protocols “new age.” But once I decided to keep an open mind I found the counseling, treatments and the entire programs to be an amazing blessing! Even though many of the events I experienced occurred over 45 years earlier we worked through these issues one by one. For the first time in decades I was actually able to sleep through the night!

I can go on and on in detail proclaiming the treatment, care and love I was shown. The professionals at Serenity Trauma Healing Center gave me back my life. For this I am eternally grateful. The fact that they will treat every veteran for free is another amazing thing about this wonderful Center. I can only say that I would never hesitate referring anyone to this center. I have spoken with other patients who have been treated for addiction, phobias, relationship issues and each person expressed complete satisfaction with Dr. Mednick and her entire staff. In my opinion Serenity Trauma Healing Center is one of the finest treatment centers of its kind on the West Coast.

– Anonymous

As an advocate for this type of trauma therapy treatment, I’ve had the opportunity to witness and experience radical transformative healing from those whom I’ve shared with about the 2 week intensive healing work provided at Serenity Trauma Healing Center. The gifted staff authentically care and work towards the deepest healing. The results are remarkable. Because of Serenity Trauma Healing Center I finally have my own life and family back. Thank You for choosing this work that is so desperately needed and for your consistent and continued job in service to humanity. WELL DONE!!!

– Anonymous

The loving and compassionate care of the therapist at Serenity changed my life. Thanks to Serenity, I learned to love myself and to take care of the little girl inside of me.
I would suggest Serenity to whoever is willing to improve their quality of life through self -love, self-forgiveness, and self empowerment.

– Selene

Dearest Serenity (Joanne, Kelly, Jade, Yukari, Mike, April, Michele, Jamie, Tiffany & Amanda),

It’s taken me a while to gather my thoughts and truly understand the transformation that has happened in the last four months. I came to Serenity looking for hope and guidance. I was at a really low point and really struggling to see the light that I had always managed to find through whatever darkness I encountered.

I was suffering from severe anxiety and PTSD from an emotionally abusive relationship with a narcissist. I was feeling helpless and was desperate for change. Through my time with each and every one of you, I connected and learned so much. Through digging deep, reflecting, discovering truths, and the hardest work I’ve ever done…I was inspired and found the light again. Through all the tears, I found joy and laughed in every single session. The intense collaboration is something I value and appreciate so much. Reuniting me with my intuition is the greatest gift that came out of my sessions. In returning to myself, I became stronger and now know how to set and hold boundaries. Practice is key.

The best news I have to share is that after 4+ years, I am finally divorced! Totally unexpectedly, our case was settled, no trial. I am free and it feels so good! So many journeys lie ahead and there are still a lot of unknowns, but for the first time in a long time, I know things are only gonna get better for me and my family.

My gratitude to you all is immeasurable. I hope you feel my love. The work you do matters so much and I appreciate each of you and all that you do.

Thank you,

– Anonymous

I walk into my bedroom, place my heavy bag on the floor, and hurry towards my desk. I’m grabbing random items on my desktop and then forcefully shoving them aside as I realize how useless they really are. My hands are on my head and I’m pulling my hair in aggravation. I feel overcome by self-hatred and I just want to escape this body, this mind, and this life. I’m ready to give up. I head towards the bathroom, hoping to find some comfort in a stream of cold water as it escapes the sink faucet. My face feels hot and I can’t stop these tears. I swing the bathroom door open, ignoring my favorite dreamcatcher as it carelessly falls to the ground. I barge in with overwhelming frustration, but then I quickly stop in my tracks.

I see a young girl standing in the corner of the bathroom, slowly tracing the edges of a blue towel until the corners meet. She looks vaguely familiar. Her hair is long and her eyes seem lifeless. When the towel is finally folded into a perfect square, she places it on the floor beneath the shower head. I watch her slowly take off her school uniform, layer by layer. Her kneecaps are big and blue and I could count her ribs. There are bones protruding from her hips and I can’t help but notice the numerous bruises on her arms, legs and back. That’s when I realize that she placed the towel on the shower floor as a weak attempt to protect her frail body while she showers. I notice her shiver as she hesitantly brushes her fingers through her long, curly hair and then finds a clump of it in the palm of her hand. After dropping the loose hairs in the trash, she turns on the shower water and the room almost instantly fills with steam, fogging up the mirrors. She steps into the shower and I see her stare at the wall in front of her with dead eyes. Suddenly, she drops to the ground, directly onto the towel that she so carefully folded. Her eyes are closed and she hardly seems conscious. I try to run and help her, but my feet won’t move. I’m stuck. She’s stuck. She seems to be drifting further and further away with every passing second. The water continues to run, splashing on her shoulders and dripping down her face. Her eyes slowly open. She lies there, frozen on the ground. She finally reaches her hands up to turn off the water and then returns to a fetal position on the ground.

She looks up at me and then looks away. The heavy tension in the room is almost tangible. She looks back at me again with deep desperation in her eyes. “Help.” she whispers. “Please.”

I turn around to get a dry towel from the cabinet in the hall. I pull out a thickest one I see from the middle of the stack and run back to the bathroom. I want to wrap her in the towel and tell her that everything is going to be okay. I want to tell her how much I care for her and then give her the biggest hug in the world. I want to sit next to her and listen to everything her heart wants to say. I want her to know how truly brave she is. I want to put the life back into her eyes and maybe see her smile.

I walk back into the bathroom. I close my eyes and gather all the love and care my heart could possibly hold. I take a deep breath and slowly open my eyes.

My heart drops. I turn around in confusion and scan the part of the bathroom that was behind me. I turn back toward the shower. She’s gone. She disappeared.

Still holding the fresh towel in one arm, I go back to my bedroom and look at my desk. Those random items are still neglectfully pushed to the side. I shutter as I realize that I know exactly who that girl was. She was me, old me. She was the very same girl who was on the verge of giving up just a few minutes ago. How could I? She survived an evil eating disorder. Am I really going to disregard her pain and hurt her after she went through the living hell of anorexia? Why don’t I give myself some grace and care like I did for her? I was so disappointed when she disappeared, yet I struggle to find the courage to gather my own pain and tend to it.

Today, several years later, I still battle the thoughts that accompanied my eating disorder. I began treatment in the year 2014 and it hasn’t been an easy ride. I struggled greatly and I relapsed many more times than I’d like to admit. My mind felt overtaken by anorexia and my body payed the price.

Anorexia nervosa is a mental illness that has life-threatening physical symptoms. Sometimes, when the physical symptoms of an eating disorder become imminently dangerous, we are forced to heal from the outside in. We must first stabilize our bodies before we can effectively work on the root of what has caused the illness. Once the body is stable, we can change the plan of action to working from the inside out. I believe this is where I got stuck. I used my eating disorder to escape the trauma I was experiencing at the time. And it worked. With the help of my horrible eating disorder, I managed to escape the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse that I had been trapped in for over eight years. My starving body could not take the abuse any longer. My abusers were so afraid that if I received any medical attention, the doctors would discover the obvious wounds on my body and an investigation might lead authorities to discover the truth of their evil actions. I do believe that ironically, my eating disorder saved my life.

Giving up my eating disorder has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I still struggle with the idea of letting it go. However, as I’m working through my trauma, the idea of giving up these unhealthy behaviors is slowly becoming less and less scary. Being at Serenity has helped me feel physically and emotionally safe and when I know that I’m safe, I no longer need the protection of my eating disorder.

Processing and recovering from trauma is hard and messy. But the truth is, the consequences of living with unresolved trauma is even harder and messier. I never would have thought that I’d be at the place I am now. With the help of the dedicated team at Serenity, I slowly went from feeling completely hopeless and worthless to finding reasons to live. Even on my hardest days, I can still see the light in the world that I never thought existed. The twisted sense of satisfaction that anorexia gave me is incomparable to the ability I now have to see the beauty of life beyond an eating disorder.

– Anonymous

Contact Us Today

Serenity Trauma Healing Center is state- and JCAHO-accredited to provide a multitude of proven psychotherapy services to clients with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our programs include weekly evaluations and start at two weeks long but can continue for timeframes recommended by our licensed experts. We accept many insurance plans. To discuss your situation and learn more about our treatment options, contact us immediately online or at the numbers below.