Trauma Therapy

A holistic approach to help you restore a sense of safety and trust to get your life back on track.




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Is it time to leave your past behind?

The experiences you’ve had throughout your life shape how you see the world today. When your mind can’t process a painful experience, a sense of abandonment or chronic mistreatment, it can leave you feeling stuck.

If you are struggling with:

We help you process your traumatic experiences & take the steps to move forward.


What is
Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma affects every area of our being–mentally, emotionally, and physically. With trauma- informed care, we take a holistic approach, developing an individualized treatment plan that holds space for your unique experiences and challenges.

In our practice, we want to get to know the whole you–what makes you happy, what makes you nervous or overwhelmed. Taking a holistic approach helps us gain a deeper understanding of your needs and how we can best support your journey to healing.

Trauma therapy helps rewire your brain for connection instead of protection.

How Can Therapy For Trauma Help?

When you have experienced traumatic events in your past, such as physical or sexual abuse, combat, accidents, or natural disasters, our gentle approach can help address the emotional and physical impact they have had on your life.
Navigating life after trauma can lead to an emotional rollercoaster, leaving you wrestling with emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, anger, and mood swings. In therapy, we help you gain a sense of self-understanding and equip you with coping strategies to help you feel more in control.
Trauma can affect your relationships with your partner, family and friends, causing difficulties with trust, communication, and intimacy. In therapy, we help you navigate these challenges and build healthier relationships.
The effects of trauma can cause physical health issues such as chronic pain, headaches, and autoimmune disorders. Our holistic approach to trauma-informed therapy looks at every area, helping you identify the connection between your physical and mental health.
You are more than your trauma. When the effects of what you’ve been through start to affect how you see yourself, we can help you find your way back to a sense of self-worth and purpose. You deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion by the people in your life–including you.
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Our therapists meet you from a place of empathy and experience, listening with compassion and understanding to help you move past your symptoms to a place of healing.

Counseling in Cedar Falls & Across Iowa

Why Work With Bijelic Counseling

I truly believe that anyone can turn things around – all it takes is a bit of support from someone that really 'gets' you.

Connecting with your therapist is the most important step of the therapy process. When you feel like your therapist ‘gets’ you – it creates a level of trust that allows you to see the possibilities of a different future; to start living your life differently – to break the patterns that are holding you back.

Having been in a therapist role for many years, I believe every individual has a unique purpose to fulfill. In establishing my practice, my vision was to create a supportive team of professionals with the experience, empathy, and compassion needed to guide individuals through the challenges they are facing.

It is our collective mission to help you find or rediscover your purpose. It might be buried under your history, your experiences, or situations – but it is there, waiting for you to take that first step.

When you’re ready to book that first call we are ready to help you find your way to a life that’s full of real joy, gratitude, and purpose.

– Luba Bijelic

Luba Bijelic Psychotherapist and Owner of Bijelic Counseling in Cedar Falls Iowa

Luba Bijelic M.A., LMHC, NCC

Chief Executive Officer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“Change starts with you; when you start trusting yourself, the doors of possibilities open.”

Meet Our Therapists

Therapists Who Provide Trauma Therapy

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Over the years we accumulate a lot of unfinished business

Each of the negative situations and experiences that have shaped the person you are today is like a rock that you put into a backpack and carry with you through life.

By the time you come to see me, it’s too heavy for you to carry alone.

Together, we reach in and pull out rocks, identifying, re-framing, and resolving each issue as we do.

Our Approach

Our Approach To Trauma Therapy

Together we can help you take action toward meaningful change.

We Understand Your Story.

As your therapist, building a trusting relationship with you is the most important step. Our first session is about understanding where you're at right now and where you hope to be.

We Develop A Plan.

Together, we'll take our time to establish your goals and craft a plan to achieve them. We'll explore the root of your emotions and the challenges you're facing and equip you with the right tools and strategies to help you be the best version of yourself.

We Help You Process And Heal.

Together, we'll work on staying present and focused on your goals. We will celebrate your achievements and make adjustments in your plan as you get clear on what’s working for you.


Frequently Asked Questions About Trauma Therapy

In trauma-informed therapy, we use a variety of techniques tailored to your unique needs. These may include talk therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and art therapy, among others. We’ll work together to find the approaches that best support your healing and comfort.
During a session, we’ll create a safe and welcoming space for you to talk about your experiences and feelings. You can expect understanding, empathy, and guidance as we explore your concerns and work toward healing and growth.
During our time together, your comfort is a top priority, and we’ll address any discomfort with care. We can slow down, take breaks, or explore different approaches until you feel more at ease. Your well-being matters, and we’re here to support you through any challenging moments.
The timeline for progress varies for each person, as healing is a unique journey. Some may notice changes sooner, while for others, it may take more time. Our focus is on your well-being, not rushing progress. Together, we’ll set achievable goals and work steadily toward your desired results, ensuring your comfort and readiness every step of the way.


Trauma-informed care is built on 5 guiding principles

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You are safe here. Our office is warm and inviting, and your privacy is always respected.

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Our compassionate therapists tailor each session to your needs while respecting your boundaries.

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You lead the way on this journey. We will only move forward in therapy as you feel comfortable.

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We work together to develop a treatment plan that meets you where you are and guides you to a place of trusting yourself.

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We guide you toward self-compassion, so you can process past trauma in a way that puts you in control.

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What life can look like after trauma therapy

Every person and situation is unique and comes to us with different challenges. Because of this, we can’t guarantee specific results or timelines.

However, with consistency and commitment, you may notice positive changes such as:

How To Get Started

We look forward to meeting you!

Have Questions?

If you’re looking to book a session at Bijelic Counseling, please get in touch with us. Our team will answer any questions you have and book your first appointment.

Call Us

(319) 250-5982

We do not provide comprehensive 24-hour services. We do not return calls on nights or weekends. If you are calling or emailing after hours to cancel an appointment or to schedule/reschedule, please leave a message and we will do our best to contact you on the next business day.

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Use the form below for general inquiries. If you are looking to schedule an appointment, click here.


Trauma Therapy in Iowa

Leave the past behind and live a more confident life.