What is Therapeutic Soul Tending?

Therapeutic Soul Tending” is the creation of a safe space to help people heal at their deepest level.  Too often we equate “being well” with our physical health and appearance (ie. our hair, body shape, the absence of a physical illness, etc.). When we are struggling emotionally, it is often hidden from the outside world and even from those closest to us.

All too frequently, individuals either hide their pain and anxiety completely or it is acted out in their behaviors towards themselves and others.  Unfortunately, buried feelings tend to rise, often resurfacing at less than ideal times. Unprocessed emotions can spawn dysfunctional coping strategies that result in failed relationships, compulsions, and physical or behavioral addictions. 

At the Family Counseling and Trauma Healing Center, we tend to our clients as they face memories or issues too painful to confront alone.  Individuals who are struggling with core life issues need containment, support, compassion, acceptance, patience, empathy, and most importantly, a safe space to share heal their narrative.

Our therapeutic soul tending approach includes intensive individual and group therapies utilizing evidenced-based techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), trauma stage processing, yoga therapy, group acupuncture, art therapy, walk & talk sessions, yoga, and other movement classes. These integrative approaches support the healing of the whole person.  

What do you mean by trauma?

Traumas can be events that exceed our capacity to cope, and which cause a disruption in emotional functioning. This includes any issues that are deeply affecting the person’s ability to be fully alive and present.

What is the difference between PTSD and C-PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often defined by a variety of behavioral & physical symptoms such as nightmares, avoidance of certain sounds or situations, jittery behavior, flashbacks and/or trouble sleeping.  PTSD is often the result of one traumatic event.

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a psychological disorder that develops in response to prolonged, repeated experience of interpersonal trauma in a context in which the individual has little or no chance to escape.  The symptoms of PTSD occur with additional possible symptoms such as disassociation, negative self-perception and/or difficulty with relationships.  C-PTSD often takes longer to heal.

For more information on trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD visit Psychology Today.

How is a day program different from a residential healing center? 

Because participants get to go home each evening by 5 pm, Family Counseling and Trauma Healing Center allows an individual to have the integrative support of a high-end residential-type program at a fraction of the cost.

The average quality residential program offering similar services costs between $30,000-$70,000 for a four-week program.  Our overhead is kept low by not providing meals and housing. An out-of-town client who rents a hotel room and attends our program will still spend thousands less on our program than they would at a residential facility.  

Can I continue with my individual therapist after the program?

At the client’s request, we work closely with the referring therapist during and after (as needed) the participant’s time in the program. Additionally, clients leave the program with a continuing care plan that includes reintegrating work with their current therapist as well as building a support system outside of therapy.  We understand that trauma, especially complex trauma, is an ongoing healing process. 

What about my medications?

We do not prescribe any medication. Clients will continue with their psychiatrists or medical doctors to continue their medications.  Therapists work closely with all doctors to make sure the client maintains stabilized care and that the medications do not get in the way of their ability to heal. 

Do you take insurance?

Aligned with our decision to keep costs down by being a day program, we do not accept or bill insurance of any type.  We can, however, provide clients with a “super bill” at the end of each week.  You may submit the super bill to your insurance company in an effort to be reimbursed for out-of-network therapy and group therapy sessions.

How can I pay for the program?

We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as checks and cash.

Addiction

Studies show that addiction is often the result of trauma that has not been properly healed.  We have targeted sessions for our clients who suffer from addictions such as gambling, food, alcohol, drugs, sex and/or shopping. Clients must be medically stable to attend counseling at the center. To start any group or program, individuals must be clean and sober at least 10 days. Clients are encouraged to add 12-step, Refuge Recovery or S.M.A.R.T. recovery to their program and as part of their aftercare plan.

Binge Eating Disorder

Our clients who suffer from binge eating disorder will benefit from sessions designed to address their situation.  A program specific to binge eating will be based on the non-diet/food addiction model. We have an Eating Disorder Specialist who meets with the clients for issues around eating and body image.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD.

EMDR works quickly, is integrative, doesn’t necessitate prolonged re-exposure (which can feel like re-traumatizing), and requires little homework.

EMDR activates natural processing capacities of the brain that are frozen and deactivated by trauma. 

EMDR re-establishes disrupted communication between the brain regions impacted by traumatic experience and enables the traumatized brain to heal.  For more information on EMDR please visit www.emdria.org.

How can coaching help trauma recovery?

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process.  Coaching inspires clients to maximize their personal and professional potential.  It begins while a client is in the trauma treatment program and continues after they return home, offering clients additional perspectives, strategies, and accountability.  When coupled with the other healing center modalities, clients more quickly move forward to the future they desire.

 

Family Counseling and Trauma Healing Center

1610 Oak St. Suite 203
Solvang,  CA 93463

P. 805-697-7756
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