SIDNEY – A counseling practice that has been based in Celina since 2015 has opened a second location in Sidney.
Momentum Counseling and Consultation, LLC opened its Sidney location in June 2022 at 500 E. Court St. after clinician and founder Michelle Salazar heard from some community members that there was a need for more counseling in the area.
“Definitely it is the time where a lot of people are seeking counseling. It’s been a tough past few years for sure for all of us and I think that it’s really showing in depression, anxiety, relationship challenges; all of that is reflecting the hard times we’ve been through,” Salazar said.
The Sidney location started with one counselor and has grown to five. Between the two locations, the practice has 18 counselors. Salazar has over 25 years of experience in counseling herself and received a bachelor’s from Wright State University in psychology and a master’s from The Ohio State University in clinical/medical social work. She is also a board member at Our Home Family Resource Center in Celina.
The counselors at Momentum can help with anxiety, trauma, depression, addiction and relationships, and one method they use is called cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a short-term, problem-focused treatment that determines that a person’s perception of events, rather than the events themselves, causes the person’s reaction. Some techniques used include journaling, challenging beliefs, relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and social, physical and thinking exercises.
“Counseling is such an individualized thing. No two people are the same, and what we do a really good job of is tailoring a very unique treatment plan to the client that sits with us,” Salazar said. “We take our time to get to know that client, we take our time to construct a plan that we feel would be the most beneficial to them, as far as overcoming their struggles and living a more fulfilling, meaningful life.”
Each counselor sets their own hours of operation and appointments are available Monday through Saturday. Salazar said a counselor will typically be available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The practice also has schedulers who can direct patients to the counselor who would be the best match for their situation and availability, and they are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
“Counselors know that people need convenient appointments as far as afternoon, evening and some Saturdays. So, we try to make it conducive for people to come to treatment if they work or go to school,” Salazar said.
“We believe it’s never too late. We help people live healthy and meaningful lives, and we hope that if they’re feeling down, if they’re feeling like it’s too late, we want to help them find the strength to grow into their contentive life. That’s what we do. That’s what makes us happy. That’s our purpose.”
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