By Leah Sander
WARSAW — People sometimes think of mental health as being separate from other types of wellness issues.
The new Warsaw counseling center, Human Wellness Collective, aims to reverse that stereotype.
“I think traditionally you think mental health, you think counseling, you think coming in and you think traditional talk therapy, but we are looking more at other things, spirituality, holistic types of things like nutrition, diet and how those things play a role in your overall mental health,” said one of the business’ owners Tyler Zielasko.
“I think that we just want to look at the human as a whole and not just a set of struggles or whatever,” added co-owner Gabe Koser. “We just want to look at the human as a whole and do what we can to develop a path forward that maximizes or optimizes our experiences here in whatever way that’s going to be.”
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for the business at 1127 E. Winona Ave. on Monday, Oct. 11. Human Wellness Collective opened this summer.
Working on physical, spiritual and other types of health with a client coming in for counseling is known as integrated mental health counseling.
“We typically think of going to the doctor and we think of like that particular (element) and then there’s other specialists, but our mental health, our physical health, our spiritual, those are all connected,” said Zielasko. “We want to be able to coordinate all of those things.”
Zielasko has a master’s degree in counseling and is also a certified integrated mental health specialist. Koser has a Master of Arts in local church ministry, Master of Divinity in counseling and Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling. Both are licensed mental health counselors.
Zielasko has been in the field for at least 10 years and Koser for four, but this is the first time they’ve owned a counseling center.
For now, the two plan to refer clients out to experts like nutritionists if they believe it would help them. Zielasko said later on they might actually have such experts working for them or involved in “strategic partnerships.”
The two said they would accept referrals, but people are also welcome to set up an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. That may be done by calling 574-376-4489 or emailing [email protected] or visiting the website humanwellnesscollective.com and messaging Zielasko or Koser.
They offer counseling one-on-one as well as for couples and families.
“We would love to have a place that integrates different wellness aspects for people,” said Koser. “That’s what I would hope to bring to Warsaw is just a slightly different perspective that just says that there are certain things that we experience all of us as humans that can create struggle, that can make this life challenging, that can really present obstacles, and we would love to remove as many of those obstacles as we can or to provide solutions or help in whatever way we can to help people realize their potential, to really optimize their experience, and we all struggle with different things … we all have different areas that we feel lacking or feel missing and we’d love to provide as many opportunities for people to get those needs met as possible.”