Healing Pathways Model™

At HIR Wellness Institute, we believe that healing occurs intergenerationally within a community. Although individual therapy is important, we extend our services beyond this traditional approach, using our Healing Pathways Model™ developed by our founder, Lea S. Denny, to address historical and individual trauma, adversity and the relentlessness of Persistence Toxic Systems & Environments (PTSE)™, phrase coined by our founder to call to action a new approach to understanding mental health issues within a collective context and therefore creating spaces for radical healing throughout one's community and family. This model is reflected through our individual and family therapy services, communal support groups, and C.A.M.™ Events. We use an interdisciplinary team, that is trained through a historical trauma- and social justice- informed approach to guide our work. Unique to our center is the ongoing use of Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice-Based Evidence to help identify, measure, and develop all of our services and programming. This practice allows us to honor our commitment that our organization and programming is community based and not community placed.

Wellness Series

Our Wellness Series is designed for the healing needs of survivors of trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault, and those who have been victims of crime, and is also open to those who are supporting loved ones healing from trauma and are looking to find greater peace within as carers. The Wellness Classes encourage deeper spiritual and physical healing through connection, movement, dance, song, and culture. Please see below for information on our current Wellness Classes!

Support Groups

Our intergenerational community support groups offer a space of community, leadership building, and emotional and spiritual healing from a historical trauma, individual trauma, adversity, and Persistent Toxic Systems and Environments (PTSE) ™. Please see below for information on current groups and upcoming groups!


Our Community Advocates are available to provide services for free to anyone who has been a victim of crime, and they specialize in serving survivors of sexual assault. Crimes might include: burglary, campus crime, computer/internet crimes, domestic and family violence, drug-related victimization, elder abuse/mistreatment, fraud/identity theft, gun violence, hate crimes, homicide survivors/co-victims, physical assault, robbery, sexual abuse/violence, stalking, vicarious trauma, workplace violence. 

Advocacy Services:

  • Legal

    • Help you understand the criminal justice process

    • Accompany you to court 

    • Connect you to legal services​

  • Medical

    • Help you identify medical providers for forensic exams

    • Accompany you during forensic exams

    • Connect you to other medical services​

  • Support

    • Connect you to wellness services

    • Provide access to support groups

    • Maintain therapeutic presence ​

  • Community Referrals

    • Help you prioritize needs

    • Connect you to referrals in the community

    • Assist with applications for services​

  • Mental Health

    • Provide access to therapeutic tools

    • Teach grounding skills and coping skills 

    • Connect to therapy as needed​

Mental Health Counseling

Programming includes: 

  • Individual therapy

  • Family therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) consulting services

  • School-based mental health services 

  • Foster care and adoption counseling and consulting 

  • Infant Mental Health (0-5 years)

  • Transitional youth and young adult counseling ​​

  • PTSD
  • Panic attacks
  • Sexual abuse

  • Intimate Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence

  • Complex & Developmental Trauma

  • Transgenerational Trauma or Historical Trauma

  • Eating Disorders

  • Bipolar Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Co-Occurring Disorders 

We can address various mental health concerns:
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Anger/Rage

  • Self-Harm

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Impulsivity/ADD/ADHD

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Out-Of-Control Behaviors

  • School/Work/Life Problems

  • Sensory Processing Disorders

Get Started

We look forward to meeting you and your family. Learn about what you need to do to get started for your first visit.

Previous Groups & Programs

"Illness becomes wellness when I becomes We"
Healing Intergenerational Roots for All Nations-One Tribe 

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HIR Wellness Institute is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to sustain our services and enhance our program offerings. We thank you for your continued support! 

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