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

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For counseling and testing please call the office for an intake and to schedule an appointment.

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So much of the work of parenthood is unseen. So much of it is the mental load, the emotional load, the logistical load. Things that nobody notices unless they're not done. One of my friends calls this "Magic House" where it appears like these things just happen by magic--when in reality, somebody is keeping track and taking care of them.

There are SO. MANY. small details that parents are constantly keeping track of in their minds. This never-ending, revolving mental to-do list. It can be incredibly draining.

It can feel like the work you do is unseen and unappreciated. I see you, friend. I see you doing the mental gymnastics that keep the household afloat and maintain your daily life.

Do you feel like a lot of what you contribute to your family goes unseen? What feelings does that bring up for you?
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All behavior is communication--but how do we figure out what a child is communicating through their behavior? This is where attuning comes in.

To attune is to recognize and respond to needs--and this can take practice. It's not always clear right away what the unmet need is and that is okay.

I remember when I went to visit @seed.sleep when her son Abel was 3 weeks old. He had been scream-crying for much of his life and we were working to identify what it was he needed.

I noticed the first time I held him that he got overwhelmed when I tried to snuggle him tight into my body. I had to attune to his non-verbal cues. When I pulled him close, he would squirm, grunt, fuss and eventually full out cry. When I held him away from my body and moved him, he calmed. He was overwhelmed by my snuggles and he was regulated by movement. This is an example of attunement.

In older kiddos this may look like noticing that when a kiddo is "bouncing off the walls" they're actually communicating a need for certain types of sensory input. Or that when they are tired at the end of the day, they are dysregulated by bright lights or loud sounds.

What challenges come up for you around attuning to your child's needs?
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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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