People who have been traumatized—whether through sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical assault, or life-threatening illness/injury—live with the effects of the traumatic incident(s) for the rest of their lives. At Red Mountain, we also see less overt forms of trauma resulting from neglect, bullying, grief, witnessing disturbing events, and other chronic adverse childhood experiences.
Those who have had these experiences all too often blame themselves for what has happened, and it may take years of treatment before they see that what took place was not their fault. At the same time, it is important for those who have been traumatized to avoid a permanent “victim status”, which can also stunt their growth into full human beings.
Even when the original incident took place many years before, survivors of trauma can be “triggered” by people or environments that recall the initial incident and feel that they are reliving the pain and suffering of the past in the present.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has only recently come to be fully understood, is difficult to overcome on one’s own, and almost always requires the assistance of trained professionals.
The Red Mountain Approach
Red Mountain is a trauma-informed program. This means that we take a holistic approach to working with our clients whose lives have been upended by any form of trauma, taking into account physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of treatment.
Some key elements of our approach are:
• Emotional Safety: trauma survivors feel that the world is no longer safe, and Red Mountain must begin by restoring the sense that they can trust what is going on in their environment;
• Competence: our work is grounded in a deep knowledge of trauma-informed care, evidence-based treatment modalities, and in our own practices of mindfulness.
• Compassion & Consistency: clients recovering from trauma require a setting and relationships that allow them to build trust. The Red Mountain program provides structure that is consistent, in an environment that is accepting and compassionate. In this setting our clients have restorative experiences that allow them to heal the past.
Different Red Mountain clients benefit from different components of the RMS program. For example, martial arts helps them to eliminate fear of future abuse because they learn new ways to defend themselves, both physically and psychologically. Meditation and the mindfulness that results from this practice, allows clients to examine the past for what it is—the past and—master the feelings that emerge in the present when triggers affect them.
For many, the ability to work with a skilled therapist in a safe environment regarding what has happened to them is also an extremely healing experience. The Red Mountain therapists can tailor treatment to the needs of the individual and the type of trauma they are healing from. Treatment modalities may include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and other mindfulness-based techniques.
We understand that each client will present a unique set of circumstances requiring a specialized approach. It is also vital that the client help drive the process as they regain their sense of self and step into their emerging adulthood.
From Surviving To Thriving
Our goal is for our clients to take back their own power and begin to live whole and complete lives without fear. We want them to move from being victims to survivors and then from surviving to thriving, no longer driven by events in the past and looking ahead to the future.