EXHALE'S THERAPEUTIC OFFERINGS
Our program offerings are eclectic and may be flexible according to each guest's story. The following is a summary of our services:
Group therapy affords the opportunity for guests to experience connection, validation, and empathy. The group setting also helps normalize symptoms because people witness others experiencing similar struggles. People can learn from each other when practicing community, sharing, reaching for support, and building safety. After all, it’s critical for trauma survivors to not feel alone in their journey of healing.
Somatic Focused Therapy
This is a method that integrates nervous system processes with cognitive and emotional processes in the treatment of trauma. Unassimilated somatic responses evoked in trauma, involving both arousal and defensive responses, are shown to contribute to many PTSD symptoms. By using the body in processing trauma, the effects of trauma on the body can be treated directly, which in turn facilitates emotional and cognitive processing and repair. The process often leads to a "moment of triumph" or breakthrough leaving the individual more empowered and settled inside.
We consider everyone's individual attachment styles and how these affect relationships. We work through developmental trauma and help guests build safety with others by learning to listen to self, establishing healthy boundaries, utilizing one’s own voice, reaching for support, and considering needs.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
This facilitates accessing and processing intense emotions and aids in trauma and grief work. This modality moves the memory in the brain network to a place of rest. Although the trauma is still a historical fact, the power of the trauma over the person is reduced and the grief is processed.
Stories don't always need words. The brain's creative function shares the same region as emotion and traumatic memory, which means imagery speaks the language of suffering. Guests experience a collaborative, tactile process by creating art pieces related to their recovery. Many find it difficult to express what they're feeling in words, so art helps our guests tell the story of their traumatic experiences through pictures.
During their weekly program, guests have the opportunity to participate in activity/adventure therapy. These therapeutic outings include hikes, guided tours, trust developing exercises, and so forth. Our adventure therapy utilizes processing, mindfulness, team building, and therapeutic support; yet, we also reserve some time away to be playful. We find it helpful to get outside and take a break from the heavy trauma work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on how thoughts influence feelings which, in turn, affect behaviors. We consider ways to work with thinking processes and internal voices to improve the emotional state. CBT helps change the way trauma survivors respond to their environment and can improve relationships.
Group and individual yoga therapy sessions are offered. Yoga therapy stretches the fascia (fiber around muscle tissue) and can help release trauma trapped within the muscle memory. Gentle Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and yoga therapy utilize specific sequencing and techniques to help the guest get more embodied and grounded.
Every guest has the option of a massage once per week. PTSD can be rigorous on the body, causing it to hold tension, stress, rage, or fear. Traumatic response can also cause considerable physical pain. The massage therapist works to aid discomfort, establish safety, and individualize their technique based on each guest’s needs.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy - ARTherapy
This modality uses a combination of techniques to reprogram how the brain stores distressing memories and images so that they no longer trigger strong emotional and physical reactions. This approach may lead to rapid recovery from symptoms that have been present for many years.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Twice a month guests attend a ground-work based equine program. Guests work with a therapist, an equine specialist, and horses to process emotions and practice new skills. This is an action based therapy, providing guests the opportunity to see real-time feedback with the non-judgemental horses.
We believe that healing from trauma requires a wide variety of approaches and that medication, while often not enough on it’s own, can play an important part. Guests are seen by our psychiatrist at least weekly to assist with medication management, and registered nurses are on site at all times.