WILMINGTON — Not only are they helping patients grow emotionally, but their business continues to grow.
With over a year under their belt at their current location and more than 230 unique clients, Transformative Wellness, LLC, has made a lot of progress in both business and in helping others.
Located at 815 S. South St. in Wilmington, the counseling center was founded with the vision of guiding people with the transformation of their psychological, convictional, and behavioral perspectives.
“What we do here is outpatient mental health, and drug and alcohol counseling,” said counselor Tracy Hopkins. “We have some traditional services that we offer. Some of the traditional evidence-based approaches that are popular now for counseling or what’s called cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing therapy, solution focus, person center. All of those types of therapy have specific interventions that are used.”
The center was the idea of three counselors — Hopkins, Sharon Yockey, and Monica Hill. They had worked together previously, but they noticed that there were some gaps that needed to be filled.
They decided to start their own business where they could fill in those gaps. They were at various locations for a time until finally settling at their current one on South South Street.
Each counselor has her own niches:
Hill has worked with juveniles with mental health and drug/alcohol problems, and with members of the LGBTQ community.
Yockey has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a non-prescription treatment for individuals with PTSD.
Hopkins is qualified as an SAP-qualified individual — if someone working in a safety-sensitive job through the Ohio Department of Transportation tests positive for drugs or alcohol, that person will go through substance abuse professionals (SAP) if they wish to return.
The intention of Transformative Wellness was not to be a “full-on competitor” with existing companies — it was to fill in gaps they saw, including mindfulness meditation and whole person care.
They also provide services already available to the public, which keeps patients from having to travel to big cities to get get certain services.
“Say if someone is suffering from an addiction and has ongoing chronic pain and diabetes, we have connections, including the health department for diabetes education, individuals who teach yoga, and chiropractic services,” said Hopkins.
When looking back at the first year at the more permanent location, Hopkins described it as terrifying, exhilarating, and certainly rewarding.
“It validates that the change we wanted to see is the change that we’re providing. There are individuals in the community who want what we have to offer,” said Hopkins.
Some of the milestones of the past year have included being paneled with nine official insurance companies, submitting an application for national accreditation, their outpatient program for drugs and alcohol, and their rainbow colored pinwheel getting trademarked.
The pinwheel, according to Hopkins, represents the wellness wheel and each portion of the human experience — environmental, psychological, spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and vocational.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574