Your Strength to Heal, which I am Executive Director of, has a long-term goal to provide a supportive, trauma-informed, hosistic residential center for women who havae experienced violence, extreme trauma and abuse and who struggle with mental health and co-occurring disorders.
Your Strength to Heal will have trained trauma therapists on staff, including individual and group counseling by visiting trauma therapists and spiritual counselors, visits by psychiatrists, doctors, holistic healers and life skill coaches. Alumni or volunteers will volunteer their time to help operate the facility and offer a loving presence to the residents.
Because there is a strong connection between body, mind and spirit, there will be emphasis on such healing modalities as EMDR, somatic work, bodywork, talk therapy, group therapy and acupuncture.
Many trauma survivors suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, migraines, panic attacks, depression, chronic headaches and fatigue and are unable to work and on disability. It is hoped with the use of these healing modalities the survivor will heal and eventually become an empowered individual with deep compassion for oneself and others, and a functioning member of society.
Weekly programs such as self-care, life skills, parenting, grief, loss, and forgiveness will be given, as well as educating the survivor on addiction and trauma, anger and rage management, building relationships with oneself and others. We will also be giving meditation and exercise classes.
This facility will be situated on a quiet piece of land close to the ocean or forest where survivors can nurture themselves through gardening, nature walks and outdoor activities.
In the long term, this treatment facility will be a prototype for many similar facilities throughout the US and the world in providing treatment for survivors of trauma-related conditions and to instill hope and inspiration for women to become successful, productive and healthy members of society.