Carolyn Cruse

Trauma Therapist

Cynthia Degnan

Intake and Trauma Therapist

Christina Hoppin

Trauma Therapist

Melanie Marklein

Clinical Director

Heather Pierce

Owner and Managing Director
Trauma Therapist and Consultant

About Us

Our name, Steadfast, describes the experience of being a part of our Center. We are purposeful, determined, and loyal to the mission of healing trauma. Steadfast also reflects our belief that each of us has a core part of ourselves that exemplifies the best of who we are, remaining unchanged throughout our lives despite our struggles.


We ask of ourselves the same things we ask of you, while holding these values in mind: 

  • Continuous curiosity and learning, professionally and personally

  • Awareness, openness, and accountability

  • Specialized, trauma-informed clinical excellence


Steadfast Center fully commits to honesty, courage, integrity, consistency, compassion, and confidentiality. We strive to treat our clients the way we wish everyone in our world treated each other.

Steadfast Center stands against violence and injustice done to Black people, People of Color, and LGBTQIA people by individuals or institutions. We acknowledge the very real harm done not just by interpersonal and sexual trauma but by all trauma, including identity-based trauma, racialized trauma, and historical or intergenerational trauma.


We are committed to providing a safe environment for people who have been touched by trauma, whether interpersonal, systemic, or institutional. We actively work to be an anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic organization by acknowledging how much more we need to learn; proactively seeking to educate ourselves about systemic injustices within and outside of our organization; actively listening to the feedback of our clients and our community; and by communicating honestly about our own practices related to social justice.

“When you are steadfast in your abstention of thoughts of harm directed toward yourself and others, all living creatures will cease to feel fear in your presence.”
- Patanjali, Indian Teacher