Therapy and Wellness Center
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
~1 John 4:12
At Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center, we are here to serve our community and provide support for those suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety and other stress disorders due to varying types of trauma. We want to be a resource for the entire community, especially veterans, active duty military and first responders.
We believe that by using a holistic approach to therapy and exposing an individual to several types of therapy and wellness touch points, the individual is able to experience a deeper level of healing. We also believe quality therapy can be expensive and not everyone can afford that cost. Our services are free and anyone accepted into our therapy program will have no out of pocket expenses.
Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center is a Non-Profit Public Charity under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
A Message From the Chief Executive Officer and President of Ahava
"Ahava" is a Hebrew name meaning love. The word Love has many different translations. The Greeks used the word "Agape" which translated means "Selfless Universal Love", or "Self-Sacrificial and Intentional Love". This is the type of love that our Veterans, Active-Duty Military, and First Responders have and continue to show every day through the sacrifices they make in service to their country and community. Thomas Aquinas later expanded the definition to mean "to will the good of another." This idea "to will the good of another" is unconditional and bigger than ourselves.
At Ahava, our translation of love means to have boundless compassion and infinite empathy which we extend to everyone in our program, their families, and our community that we serve. This love influences the way our organization runs and is the primary driving force behind our holistic approach to Therapy.
~CEO and President Heidi Schwarz
MEET OUR TEAM
Chief Executive Officer and President
What is Ahava
Ahava is an ideal, a symbol of love, and a soldier of hope. Ahava's mission is to help those suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety and other stress disorders heal from the effects of service related trauma and exposure to violence. As Ahava's President/CEO, it is my personal mission to use all available tools to serve those in my community that make the ultimate sacrifice, our military and first responders. One of the biggest tools we use are horses.
I grew up with horses and know what they are capable of as therapy partners. My own horse Bear helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. He supported me through self-esteem issues, depression, relationship avoidance issues and anxieties brought on by my own traumatic experience. He forced me to work through my issues and be open to learning to trust and build a relationship on that trust. It is this experience that I hope to share with others. PTSD, depression and anxiety are huge issues and our Military and First Responders should not have to face them alone. We are here to serve, offer support and help them confront these issues. Though we can never erase the trauma that has been experienced, it is our hope that together we can help with the healing process for those in our care.
Director of Psychotherapy
My background in neuroscience and psychology has proven to me that the inside of a person’s mind is just as important as what is being presented on the outside. What’s inside influences what we present to the world and what we present to ourselves. Every single human being is entitled to a chance at healing. Nothing can cause a person as much pain as one’s own mind, it can cripple a person just as soon as it can inspire.
I have several years experience working with the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through SACASA as a sexual assault hotline advocate and spent time working with the Arizona Children's Association as a bilingual sexual assault advocate. As a certified crisis advocate, I have been trained to work with people suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction.
Having worked with people ranging between the ages of 6-70+, what I have learned is that pain and suffering are universal, and if I can bring my skill set to the table in a manner that can provide peace and understanding, compassion and validation, then that it what I must do.
Currently pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience.
Masters/PhD Track specific to mood disorders.
Wine & Dessert Party
Director of Alternative Therapies and Life Resources
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Fund Raising
We Need You!
We are a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit and rely completely on Donations. Our first goal is to purchase a larger property and build horse facilities. For more information on how you can help, info on our current fundraising goals, on becoming a Sponsor, on Joining our Board of Directors as a Non-Voting Member or how to Donate goods and services, click on the Horse Human Heart Icon. Together, we can make a difference by providing healing and restoring hope!