Experiential trauma therapy


Connecting the mind and body to find true healing

Imagine a life where your relationships are life-giving, boundaried, and healthy—not soul-sucking, draining, and empty…

You’re able to discern when to help, and when to prioritize your own self-care.

You manage impulses, anger, depression, and anxiety with appropriate responses—not your same old patterns of fight, flight, or freeze…

You have the tools you need to make confident, healthy choices—instead of using things outside yourself to fix the chaos you feel inside…

You understand why you react the way you do and give yourself with grace, understanding, and forgiveness—not guilt and shame…

That life is possible when you understand your story and reclaim your narrative.  

It’s time to ask for help.

Hi! I am Ilona (LCSW)

Ilona Schenk-Cherry

EMDR and Hypnotherapist in Richmond VA

I work with women struggling with life transitions, divorce, trauma symptoms, attachment wounds, betrayal, and grief through full-body experiences so that you can break the cycle, find your voice, and rewrite your story.

Together, we use creative mind and body experiences to understand your past and give you the tools to create the relationships, the confidence, and the life you want.

EMDR Intensives

In addition to providing weekly trauma therapy, I also offer EMDR/Therapy Intensives.

EMDR Intensives

Research shows that clients completing intensive treatment can make as much progress in the condensed format as in standard weekly sessions. This can eliminate weeks or months of living with trauma symptoms, and with the toll this takes on work, relationships, marriages, parenting and general wellbeing.

Virtual Counseling

EMDR and trauma therapy can be life-changing, even when we’re not in the same room!

In order to serve you more conveniently, I offer both online and in-person EMDR Intensives in Richmond Virginia and virtual counseling for weekly sessions to anyone in the state of Virginia. I’m happy to help you figure out which approach would help you reach your goals!

Heart Centered and Solution Oriented Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy has helped individuals for over 100 years with a variety of issues.

Hypnotherapy Richmond Va

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy used to readjust the subconscious mind. When in hypnosis, you put your mind and body into a heightened state of learning, making your mind more open to positive suggestion for self-improvement or behavior modification. In my practice I offer Heart Centered and Solution Oriented Hypnotherapy. Find out more about how these treatments can support you on your healing journey.