Sophia Center is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and is a member of Sylvania Franciscan Ministries

From individual or group counseling to educational testing, our credentialed staff offers a wide range of services to empower our clients with the personal strength to live life as well-balanced individuals.

NURTURING WELLNESS IN MIND, BODY AND HEART

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Through the use of integrated healing, our mission is to nurture and guide our clients in finding their unique value, dignity and potential to live life as well-balanced individuals in mind, body and heart.

By providing a holistic approach to mental, physical and emotional well-being, our staff is dedicated to empowering each and every client to have a positive self-image, effective communication, and strong support systems.

We are  located at 5335 Silica Drive, in Sylvania, Ohio. The Sophia Center offers a full spectrum of therapeutic services that provide an integrated and holistic approach to achieving inner health and well-being through counseling and testing.

How we can help…

Help clients heal and live life to its fullest despite any personal challenges they may face

Individual, group, marriage and family counseling

Testing, educational consultation, massage and hypnotherapy

Workshops, in-services and special presentations

Grounded in the faith and mission of the Franciscans

Professional psychologists and therapists

Integrate faith into your healing process, if desired

Click here for Helping Families events

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please note that clinician hours vary and include some evenings and weekends. For counseling and testing please call the office for an intake and to schedule an appointment.

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🚦great resource for self-careDo you often find yourself reacting impulsively instead of responding mindfully in challenging situations?

In today's high-pressure world, it's easy to get caught up in our emotions and react in the heat of the moment. But did you know that our ability to regulate our emotional responses can greatly impact our wellbeing in the long run?

Research suggests that practicing emotion regulation techniques can lead to improved mental health outcomes, including reduced stress, anxiety, and depression (Aldao et al., 2010; Berking et al., 2014). By learning to respond mindfully to stressors, we can reduce the intensity of our emotional reactions, which in turn lowers overall stress levels. This offers several health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic illnesses and enhanced resilience in the face of adversity (Schneiderman et al., 2005). Instead of feeling overwhelmed by adversity, we learn to approach challenges calmly and confidently, allowing us to bounce back from setbacks and face future obstacles with greater strength (Tugade & Fredrickson, 2004).

Additionally, mindful responding fosters better communication and understanding in relationships. When we respond thoughtfully instead of reacting impulsively, we're more likely to listen actively, express empathy, and resolve conflicts constructively. This strengthens our connections with others and promotes healthier, more fulfilling relationships (Finkel et al., 2017).

Furthermore, emotion regulation techniques help us maintain clarity and focus, even in challenging situations. By calming the emotional centers of the brain, we can think more clearly, make better decisions, and solve problems more effectively (Schmeichel et al., 2003).

One such technique is the STOP technique, derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It involves four main steps: stop, take a step back, observe the present moment, and proceed mindfully. It's a simple yet powerful tool that can help us gain perspective and choose how to move forward constructively in difficult moments.

Which other techniques do you find useful when faced with emotionally triggering situations? Share your tips below!
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NURTURING WELLNESS IN MIND, BODY AND HEART

“I struggled everyday to get up and fake that all was well as I worked, raised a family and went to college. Sr. Sharon counseled me and helped me to explore my childhood to see why I was so depressed. Abuse was something I totally blocked out of my adult life.”

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