What Treatment Options Exist for PTSD?
A number of therapies have been proven successful in treating PTSD. Each method approaches trauma from a different angle. Therapies used for PTSD might include:
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a technique that uses certain eye movements to help you move memories to a safer place in your brain, so you don’t feel as acutely affected by them
- Exposure therapy, wherein you reprocess fearful situations in a safe space, with the help of a therapist
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps you understand how you mentally process trauma, and change your behavioral responses
- Somatic experiencing, designed to help you develop a healthier relationship with the bodily sensations and emotions that arise as a result of trauma
- Energy medicine, which guides you on an inward journey to discover and resolve the issues at the core of your wounding
At The Sanctuary, we treat PTSD via a holistic program that’s completely individualized, and integrates a variety of therapies according to your needs. This may include any of the above, in addition to other therapies that your therapist determine are appropriate for you. Here, we encourage clients to continue exploring therapeutic pathways until they find what resonates with them. Our therapists are highly skilled in multiple disciplines, and are happy to guide you through this process.
How Does Alternative Holistic Treatment for PTSD Work?
While PTSD can feel like living in a constant state of crisis, the good news is that crisis provides an opportunity for growth. This kind of marked discomfort serves as a signal that something deep within us is in need of our attention.
At The Sanctuary, we address PTSD using a holistic treatment approach. This means that rather than using a singular treatment method (like talk therapy), we use various healing techniques to treat the whole of you. This includes your:
We store traumas, toxins and tensions in our body. In fact, our bodies contain a record of everything that’s ever happened to us. That’s why it’s important to heal physical aspects of trauma, and release it from where it’s held on a cellular level.
We harness our knowledge of the gut-brain connection to encourage healthy serotonin production using a healing diet. We also provide movement therapies and bodywork to help you physically let go of trauma. This bypasses the retraumatization that talk therapy can sometimes cause.
Just because we’re holistic doesn’t mean we don’t use medication. Treatment at The Sanctuary includes in-depth psychiatric attention and hands-on support for your prescription needs. But through our holistic process, many of our clients find that they’re able to take less medication, because their symptoms are reduced via other therapeutic methods.
We understand that in order to get beyond just managing symptoms, you need to understand what’s causing them. And that happens on a subconscious level. Ninety-five percent of your mind is unconscious – that is, it’s behind your awareness.
Most of the things that drive behaviors and patterns in your life live in this part of your mind. This includes all of your unresolved traumas, wounds and dysfunctional beliefs. To heal these, we have to access the subconscious parts of the mind, so that they’re brought into our awareness. And once that happens, we can process them in talk therapy. Then, we start to see real progress towards feeling better.
The demands of the soul are one of the most important aspects of ourselves. Our soul is our essence; our truest and most authentic nature. It’s who we are before all of our wounds, traumas and addictions. Your soul is where you derive your meaning.
Sometimes, through our experiences of trauma, we learn that it’s not safe to be ourselves. We get the message that it’s not okay to express who we truly are, and we begin to separate from that essential self. And the more that happens, the worse we feel.
At The Sanctuary, we pay special attention to healing your soul from trauma and PTSD. We do this through therapies involving creativity and ritual: the languages the soul speaks. This allows you to reconnect to your true nature, and free yourself to live happily and authentically.
The way we interact with the world around us has a lot to do with our own energy system. Peer-reviewed science confirms that our own, bodily electrical systems are connected to a larger energetic field. And when this becomes compromised in some way, it directly hijacks our nervous system.
Through the use of energy medicine and energy psychology, we’re able to access and heal this system. The Sanctuary is home to highly skilled energy practitioners who play an important role in your recovery journey.
In order for a PTSD treatment program to be truly holistic, it needs to work on all of these things. When we have a problem in one of these areas, it affects all the others. But when we work on all of them together, our chances of full and lasting recovery from PTSD are drastically increased.
The Four Components of The Sanctuary’s Holistic Treatment for PTSD
Our PTSD treatment process takes place through a complete, four-part healing journey that consists of:
- Shedding belief systems that are rooted in your past and blocking your progress
- Identifying shadow aspects of yourself and empowering you to relate to them differently
- Envisioning a life that serves your true purpose in the world
- Implementing the changes you’ve made and bringing your vision to fruition
This all takes place in a completely safe environment in which you’re accepted and supported every step of the way. In fact, many of our clients say that they immediately feel like one of the family, and that this helps tremendously with their ability to unwind, find comfort and thoroughly heal.
I’ve Struggled With PTSD for a Long Time. Is Alternative Holistic Treatment for Me?
What makes alternative holistic PTSD treatment at The Sanctuary so effective is the combined synergy of our program components.
Recently, more rehab centers have begun offering complementary therapies like yoga and meditation as additions to their program. And we recognize that this is great progress. But unless they’re integrated into a comprehensive program, their full power isn’t being utilized.
Many of our clients to us after seeing various doctors and therapists for years without having gained any real traction. That’s because, while each of these different pieces may be beneficial, they haven’t been integrated.
At The Sanctuary, everything you do during your stay with us is a progression of what you’ve done before. Each morning, you’ll receive a personal schedule with all of your therapies and activities for the day. And each of these is carefully coordinated by a team of therapists, who work together to serve your recovery process in the most effective way.
Tying all the pieces together in this way makes our program so much stronger. And this is what alternative holistic treatment at The Sanctuary powerful enough to overcome issues as serious and deeply rooted as PTSD.