The Cullen Center
2150 West Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606
We provide a community that has the knowledge, resources, and commitment to support children who have suffered trauma. The Cullen Center’s goal is to develop mutually respectful and equal partnerships among trauma survivors, families, and professionals.
We accomplish this goal through trauma-focused, evidence-based:
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
- Child parent psychotherapy
- Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Therapy
- STRONG Families therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Individual and family counseling
- Child and family education
- Crisis intervention
- Stress management
- Community education
Sources of Pediatric Trauma
Several types of trauma can occur in children including:
- Serious Illness
- Accident, fire, and injury
- Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Witnessing violence in the home, school, or community
- Victim of crime
- Bullying / cyberbullying
- Loss of a loved one
- Combat injury of a loved one
- Living in or escaping from a war zone
- Act of terrorism
- Natural disaster
Our vision is for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced a traumatic event to heal and reclaim their lives.
Accessing Our Services
The first step is to schedule an appointment. When you call us, one of our intake coordinators will conduct a short 10 – 15 minute phone screen. Our goal is to determine if our services will best meet your child’s needs and, if so, gather some additional information.
Next, we’ll make an appointment for you to attend our New Client Orientation. Here, you’ll learn about The Cullen Center and trauma-focused therapy. You’ll also complete some initial paperwork.
At the end of the New Client Orientation, your child is scheduled for a diagnostic assessment. While we may have suggestions for which therapist we think may be a good fit for your child, we appreciate your input.
Begin to heal. Your child, with the support of our experts, treatment, information, and you, can reclaim childhood and continue growing toward a healthy life.
Meet Our Staff
The Cullen Center is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and has specially trained staff who are experts in the field of trauma. The NCTSN was established by Congress in 2000 and is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.
Adrienne Fricker-Elhai, PhD
Director and Clinical Child Psychologist
Dr. Adrienne Elhai completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas and fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina’s National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. As The Cullen Center’s project director, she supervises a team of clinicians, each trained to provide evidence-based trauma treatments including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Elhai provides individual and family counseling and strongly believes that working with the family is often critical to a child’s success.
Bonita L. Roberts, MA, PCC-S, NCC
Bonnie Roberts completed her master’s degree in counselor education at the University of Iowa and is a Nationally Certified Clinical Supervising Counselor. Bonnie’s work at The Cullen Center involves individual and family counseling using evidence-based trauma-focused therapies for children. She has been with The Cullen Center since 2004. Bonnie has been working in the mental health and child welfare field for the past thirty years, twenty of those in Ohio, as a clinical therapist and child advocate.
Aaron Cromly, MA, PCC-S
Aaron Cromly has been a licensed counselor since 2005. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and his master’s in community counseling from the University of Toledo in 2004. While working on his master’s degree, Aaron was an assistant to a psychologist administering and interpreting psychological assessments. Aaron’s work at The Cullen Center includes individual and family counseling using evidence-based trauma-focused therapies for children. He is passionate about children’s healthy development of emotional and behavioral well-being and collaborates with the families he works with regarding treatment options. In 2009, Aaron was awarded the Counselor of the Year by the Ohio Counselor Association.
Mollie Monroe, MA, PCC
Mollie Monroe graduated from Siena Heights University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an associate degree in child development. In 2010, she graduated from The University of Toledo with a master’s in counselor education. Mollie's work at The Cullen Center includes individual and family counseling using evidence-based trauma-focused therapies for children. Mollie initially joined The Cullen Center team in the summer of 2009 as a master's level counseling intern and returned as a full-time employee in July of 2011. Throughout her work, she strives to be an advocate for mental health treatment especially regarding children and trauma.
The Cullen Center was named for Bernard Cullen, MD, a pediatrician who recognized the impact of child abuse and neglect long before the rest of society took notice. In 1973, he founded the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. In 1979, he conducted a study which resulted in the establishment of ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s First Steps: Perinatal Coaching program, available to first-time mothers after their babies’ delivery.
His activism has been recognized by many in our local, state, and national community. The Ohio Senate passed a Resolution in 1990 recognizing his “Achievements in Pediatrics and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Programming.” The same year, the United States Congress recognized him by Proclamation for his “Leadership Role and Accomplishments in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect.”
Dr. Cullen passed away in 2010 and The Cullen Center is proud to carry on his name and legacy.
Call The Cullen Center at 419-291-7919, and learn more about child and adolescent mental and behavioral health at ProMedica.