The clinicians at The Retreat recognize that the healing process is different for everyone, and that part of healing is building a life outside of the doctor’s office or treatment center.
An important aspect of being able to enjoy life involves having a strong sense of one’s self, feeling comfortable in your own skin, and being able to identify who you are and what things bring you joy. We have developed a group focused on healing from shame that utilizes Tai Chi practices in an effort to help our patients strengthen and foster a strong sense of self.
“Restoring the Self” tackles issues of negative self-image and fractured self-esteem through therapeutic exercises that are interactive and educational. The goal of these exercises is to strengthen the resident’s feelings about him or herself. During therapy, we tackle internal issues of shame, loss, grief, loneliness, and rage. We also explore positive approaches to thinking and feeling such as empathy, compassion, forgiveness, and hope, encouraging incorporation of these approaches into everyday life. Therapy can equip a person with new skills and capacities to approach the challenges that brought them onto The Retreat.
Through “Restoring the Self,” various cultural and psychotherapeutic traditions are used to explore common human issues. We hope these lead to pathways of healing, and freedom from damaging patterns. The goal is to help each resident find a healthier sense of self as they pursue their recovery and build resilience.
Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
A 2,000 year-old form of mind-body medicine, TCM includes ideas which are both philosophical and clinical. From viewing our symptoms in a bigger context to embracing change as a constant, residents will learn to establish stronger mind-body connections and stress management tools. Everyday applications of TCM will include meal planning, managing weather and time, and understanding relationships and gender roles. Residents will gain insight into how they have contributed to their conditions and learn to make kind, moderate, and sustainable choices that support their health and healing.