True and permanent healing incorporates healing at a whole-body level. Trauma is not just stored in your mind but is also stored in your body. Your body remembers trauma, and our bodies respond to unseen threats constantly after trauma.
Trauma damages the mind, the body, and the soul, creating a gap in how we process information in the world and how we process information about God.
In my approach to counseling, I incorporate many different types of treatment modalities. These include traditional therapy as well as somatic (body-focused) and mind/body. The goal is to not just heal the mind but to heal the body and soul as well.
Counseling really just happened to me. My life was focused on the pursuit of a path where I could help people. After my own traumas, that idea presented itself much different when I was younger.
However, when I was 17, I was a student at Columbine High School during the 1999 massacre. The result of that traumatic event and the painful, frustrating, and often defeating path back to reclaiming my own mental health, propelled me in the direction of wanting to help others heal from trauma.
Many years of my own healing journey were wasted with so-called experts, none of which could help me. I learned how to fight for myself in order to get things accomplished and stay sane. Then I found a Christian counselor who has helped me find myself again. I learned what my mind, body, and soul needed to heal. Knowing how to take care of myself, and how important it is to have someone believe in you and to hold onto your hope when you have nothing left, is empowering.
Becoming the person who is able to understand and encourage healing for anyone who is hurting and feels broken from their pain allows me the opportunity to help someone get on their own path and not struggle for years.
Incorporating my personal beliefs
First and foremost, I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to earth in human form in order to save mankind from their sins.
In my experience, true healing is only possible when a person incorporates spiritual healing into their trauma treatment. For this reason, I incorporate spiritual healing, prayer, mindfulness, and Christ into the work that I do.
Deeper and more effective healing occurs when a person is willing to work on healing the spiritual self as well. I also know that experiencing horrific trauma can and usually does destroy or disable a person’s faith and willingness to accept God.
God is the ultimate healer and wants desperately for His children to know Him as their healer. Incorporating healing the spiritual brokenness, fear, distrust, and disbelief, in my treatment of trauma allows for restoration of hope, peace, and relationship with God.