What does spiritual wellness mean to you?

Spiritual wellness is a very personal journey of self discovery that allows for not only healing, but a life that exudes happiness, purpose and wellbeing.

Stephanie represents The Healing Center of Aurora Sinai, located in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood.

When I look at my own life, I think of “spiritual wellness” as a way for me to develop my beliefs, values and unique path. Some may refer to the spiritual portion of their lives as religion, while others feel a similar sense when interacting with nature, meditating or connecting deeply with those they love.

Personally, this part of my life is one of the most important. It allows me to walk this Earth in peace and fight for all that I treasure. My strong spiritual self helps me realize what is important and what I can let go. It fills up the empty spaces and makes room for thoughts, feelings and experiences that develop who I am.

In my experience at The Healing Center, I continuously interact with sexual violence survivors, trauma counselors and health practitioners. Within this space, I am reminded of the importance of spiritual wellness for healing from current and past abuse and taking care of one’s self as a caregiver. It can be pretty difficult to work in this field without some kind of self care.

Currently, I am a student, wife, daughter, sister and non-profit volunteer in addition to my 9-5 job. It is a great life, one that allows me to find constant joy, but also a hectic one. Oftentimes, I have to “…hurry up and relax” as Laura van Dernoot Lipsky says so eloquently in her book, Trauma Stewardship. I believe my journey of spiritual wellness helps me take time to reflect and keep discovering my true, authentic self.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services to adult survivors of sexual violence. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, has a right to heal from abuse. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

New Blog for a New Year!

I’m excited to announce that we’ve updated our healing blog to reach more readers and offer a new vision for those who have followed us in the past!

As I write from my desk at The Healing Center, a non-profit that provides free counseling services for survivors of sexual violence, I want to take a brief look back and share my thoughts for this blog: My words here focus on healing from past struggles and transforming and surviving everyday life.

From time to time I may mention a bit about The Healing Center’s services, upcoming events and stories that strike me from the news, but my mission here is to give you a dose of inspiration, calming words to carry you through the day and tips I compile from my own mind and others about how to walk your path in peace.

I chose to go in this direction because I really feel that before our doors open and after they close for the night, I want clients, allies, donors and everyone else to know they are loved, appreciated and thought about even if they may not physically sit in our waiting room.

All of us, no matter where we come from or what we have endured, are survivors. We survive tragedy, heartbreak, addictions, trauma and all the trials and tribulations that we stumble upon each day. I welcome all your thoughts and dreams, no matter how big or small and hope you can use this blog as a resource to cushion your falls and bring you to a state of happiness and balance.

Where do you go to breathe?

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services to adult survivors of sexual violence. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, has a right to heal from abuse. To learn more about our services, please visit our website