Following the loss of a loved one, high school student Trystan Sanchez ended up at The Healing Center in search of support. When asked about his experience there, Trystan had lots to share. A participant in the Healing Center’s teen group, Trystan feels he benefited greatly from the safe space the group provides.
Q: What brought you to The Healing Center?
Trystan: Growing up I went to a lot of one-on-one therapy and that did help, but after not going to any therapy for a few years, I felt like it was time to go to some sort of group therapy to try and get help.
Q: How did you find out about The Healing Center’s teen group?
Trystan: I found out about The Healing Center through Drake [a friend] and his sister Darian. They told me it was a great place to just get everything out in a group setting with other people who have similar stories to tell.
Q: How has coming to the Healing Center helped you with your loss?
Trystan: The Healing Center helped a lot because it was a place that I could literally talk about anything I wanted to and know that it wouldn’t be shared with anyone else. It also helped me realize that I’m not alone in this world and that other people share similar stories and have similar losses in their lives.
Q: What would you say to a teen who wasn’t sure if they should come to a support group?
Trystan: I would say try it out once, if you don’t like it then you don’t have to go again. It is a great way to meet new people and build friendships while also gaining the strength to push forward and accept the past.
Q: How would you describe The Healing Center to someone who didn’t know what it was?
Trystan: It is a confidential group where you can talk about the loss of your loved one or anything else and share your experience with others who have also lost a loved one in the past. There are also other events that The Healing Center puts on that are always lots of fun.
The Healing Center has two new groups: one for teens who have experienced any death loss, and one for kids aged 7-12 who have lost a sibling. For more information, please call (206) 523-1206.