Our Core Beliefs About Therapy and Healing
There is no single comprehensive approach to healing trauma. In fact, there are many approaches that have been demonstrated to be effective for healing. In light of this, we are not territorial when it comes to healing. Our work is an attempt to synthesize what we believe to be the best clinical approaches that align with Christian principles and values into one inclusive stream of healing.
Healing has to include cognitive, behavioral, biological, and anatomical foundations in combination with mental, emotional, and spiritual principles to be comprehensive.
Healing is also not just about the absence of negative symptoms. It has to include the presence of something positive and holistic.
• Trauma is at the root of all mental health (and at least a significant portion of physical health) disorders and pathologies.
• Avoidance is King. Time does not heal, it conceals.
• Many disorders and pathologies often began as adaptive strategies for surviving in the midst of chronic and acute stress or avoiding, containing, and managing its long-term impact.
• From a humanitarian and financial perspective, trauma is an epidemic in our country and communities with high costs that have been hidden through ignorance about the impact of trauma. We have focused on labels and pathologies over understanding the history that shaped them.
• Clinical approaches based on increased understanding of the complex neuro-physiological impact of trauma across the lifespan are critical to healing the continuum of issues that emerge from trauma...
• AND, Sustained healing cannot exist outside of spiritual dynamics. For us, this ultimately leads to Jesus. For those burnt out on, and suspicious, of religion, this can look like a higher power or Ground of Being.
• Trauma and its impact can happen in varying degrees. Based on frequency intensity, and duration, healing can be a simplified and straight-forward or extremely complex and complicated.
• A scaffolding or framework of systematically delivered interventions is the most comprehensive approach to healing. Simplifies the process for small “t” traumas. It can also readily identify hidden aspects of trauma and a method for identifying when professional help is indicated.