We had the good fortune of connecting with Thera Storm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thera, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business is dedicated to providing grievers a safe place to be honest about their feelings surrounding loss. When a person feels heard and validated, they are more likely to recover from the pain and isolation. When we feel better we are more likely to engage with others, feel motivated to thrive, and make healthy choices.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I founded Clarity Corp. with the intention of helping clients recover, heal, and move on from loss and the grief that comes with it. I have been trained as an advanced grief recovery specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute. I can provide The Grief Recovery Method to clients all over the world through an online platform. I am a military spouse currently living in San Diego, CA, with my husband (active duty Marine) and our 5 year old daughter, Carlisle. After graduating with a bachelors in communications, I began a marketing career and was promoted to assistant brand manager for Kathy Ireland Home Furnishings. My career came to a sudden halt and I relocated to San Antonio, TX after receiving news that my twin sister, Therese Frentz, was seriously injured during her 2004 Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment. While in San Antonio, I devoted myself to aid in Therese’s recovery from her injuries, which included burns covering over 30% of her body. The emotional toll Therese endured was not addressed or recognized because she was in such critical need of medical attention. I realized that resources for education, what to expect while helping someone through a loss, and how to adjust and transition were severely lacking. The experience had an incredible impact on my life and I began questioning my own purpose through this experience. It took a few years, but I was finally able to switch careers and earn my masters in social work from George Mason University in 2013. I wanted a profession that involved empowering those who are hurt physically, emotionally, or both. Through education and years of experience providing mental health counseling to the Navy and Marine Corps, I aligned with the belief that most issues adults have in life are due to unresolved grief – grief can include death, divorce and even intangible things like health, body image (like Therese), expectations, future goals, career, legal issues, financial issues, relationships… the list goes on and on.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
As a military family (and me being from Florida), we are far away from loved ones. Our nearest relative is in Colorado! We love having visitors and showing them around San Diego. This past January my little sister Devin flew in from Charleston, SC to help me celebrate my 40th birthday. I’ll take you through some of that visit! On the first day we drove out to Cabrillo National Monument. There’s nothing like feeling like you’re standing on the edge of the world (well, the United States) and taking in the vast difference between East and West coasts. Afterward we popped in to Liberty Station for lunch (guests usually choose between Corvette Diner, Slaters 50/50 and Stone Brewery). We came back home (we live in military housing called Admiral Hartman in Pacific Beach). We walked to the beach and I showed off the Cali-style board walk and Crystal Pier. We had to stop at Mr. Frosty’s on the walk back to get an ice cream for my daughter, of course. Devin and I enjoyed a beer at The Iron Pig. We also bought towels for tie-dying from Randall’s Sandals. I think I dragged her to Food Distribution on Saturday morning. That’s where my family serves as a ministry through Grace Church in North Park. The church is a distribution spot for the Food Bank every other Saturday. I also made her workout with me at RockBox Fitness – a boxing/HIIT gym in PB. Later that day we had the entire back of The Broken Yolk Cafe rented out for my birthday party celebration! Sunday we went back to North Park for church at Grace. For lunch afterwards we walked around Old Town. We sat outside in our front yard (with a view of Mission Bay in the distance) and tie dyed our towels. They turned out great! Monday we hiked Annie’s Canyon near Solona Beach. It’s such a fun hike we did the canyon loop twice! Afterwards we had pizza at Pizza Port and walked around the town of Solona Beach. On other visits we have taken guests to San Juan Capistrano and The Zoo and the Safari Park of course. When we lived in Normal Heights we frequented The Rabbit Hole.
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I’m grateful for my husband who has supported my entrepreneurial spirit (even though as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot and squadron commanding officer – the idea of entrepreneurship must be so foreign to him!)
Facebook: ClarityCorp. @therastormlcsw
Other: Grief Quiz / 7 day email series on grief Education: https://mailchi.mp/d920a0daff7d/unresolvedgrief Hurt: Equipping Children for Loss book:
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