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Center of Hope in Steubenville offers trauma-certified therapists

STEUBENVILLE — Trauma-certified therapists are now available at the Sacred Heart Center of Hope to counsel individuals who need help coping with upheaval in their lives.

The Center of Hope is now officially open and serving the community, capping several years of renovations and planning.

Located at 430 Slack St., Steubenville, the Center of Hope will provide counseling services to children and adults “in need of hope and healing.”

“To this point, there hasn’t been a mental health treatment center offering trauma-specific treatment services in the Ohio Valley,” said Rose Raveaux, Center of Hope executive director. “Our mission is to help those needing support in processing trauma through traditional counseling services, as well as Catholic counseling from a faith-based healing perspective.”

Raveaux said there’s no question the service is needed.

“Trauma of all kinds affects many in their ability to function in their daily lives,” she said. “Often, people who have suffered a trauma in their lives turn to unhealthy and even harmful coping mechanisms because of the inability to process and move forward from their trauma. The center’s mission is to foster this healing through counseling with trauma certified therapists and attention to faith-based needs through spiritual counseling and prayer when desired. The center hopes to fill the gap in services for trauma specific treatment, as well as Catholic counseling that has been very much needed in our community for some time.”

Raveaux said the service is an extension of their commitment to “serve God and any of his children in need of hope and healing.”

“All of the therapists at the Sacred Heart Center are trauma certified and value the dignity and uniqueness of each human person,” Raveaux said. “While everyone has their own struggles and crosses, no one is meant to walk the way alone.”

The Center of Hope offers individual counseling by trauma-certified therapists as well as grief management groups and a support group for people with mental health needs. It also will host AA and Al-Anon groups beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 4.

“Clients who have been served by the center thus far have expressed gratitude and have described positive steps toward trauma healing and increased attention to their faith,” Raveaux said. “We have had a number of positive reports from those we serve and look forward to assisting the community for years to come.”

The Diocese of Steubenville had purchased the building, which at one time housed Simpson United Methodist Church, in December 2016. Renovations began 16 months later, in April 2018, and were funded through grants and donations.

“It is such a blessing to see this project come to life,” Raveaux said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community and to help people heal through counseling. We are extremely excited and so very grateful to all who have offered their support and prayers to this project.”

To obtain counseling services or information, call (740) 275-4477.

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