Our unique approach has given hope, and freedom from trauma, time and time again. Here are a few testimonials from past patients.
Being a part of a trauma group was initially one of the most intimidating experiences of my adult life. I had no idea what to expect and feared being judged, isolated, ridiculed, or worst of all for me, seen as weak and vulnerable. Instead of feeling powerless and as though I had failed in some way by not being able to “just" get over it, I found a safe place that allowed me to be vulnerable for the first time since I can remember. This ability to be vulnerable and honest allowed me to share the things I was so afraid only I was struggling with and not feel so broken. By learning about the way trauma affects the brain and hearing similar struggles from other members, I found comfort, validation, and hope. When you are sitting in that trauma group looking around at how amazing and brave everyone is, because you know how hard it is just to show up each week...you start to challenge some of your own beliefs about yourself and begin to realize that you too deserve some compassion, understanding, and love.
This program really helped me in learning how to regulate my emotions and the importance of processing. I also was able to learn the importance of relationships in my trauma recovery and understanding how to have secure relationships. I am so grateful for the materials we are given because this is information and activities I can refer to in the future. Lastly, the relationships built in the group were so encouraging and comforting and I will always be grateful for this program that fostered those relationships.
enCourage was truly a life-changing program for me. I had been searching on how to process my trauma for years to no avail. The counselors and group leaders taught my new information and skills that I have never seen in any other treatment program. Getting started was scary but so worth it. I felt so much compassion from the leaders and built amazing connections with the other clients. I honestly often recall what I’ve learned and use it in my daily life. I feel like this program was the jumpstart I needed in order to move into healing from the effects of my trauma and experiencing a life better than I’ve ever known.
I was very skeptical about participating in this program since I had never participated in any kind of group therapy in the past. I was worried about sharing my story and how other group members would perceive me. I will admit that this was not an easy process, but by the end of it, I made meaningful discoveries and connections with people in a way I would have never imagined. I am very grateful for this group and the valuable tools I learned over the 8 weeks.
When I came to the program I was buried under a lifetime of pain, abandonment and neglect. I felt like my life was a pile of misplaced pieces and I needed help figuring out what to do with them all. My life was nothing but constant exhaustion from fighting off and running from my demons. With encouragement from my incredible therapist, I chose to enroll in this IOP. There were days during this program that I felt like I just couldn’t pilfer through the wreckage of my past anymore, it was too hard and it hurt too much. But with the love, encouragement and understanding of the others in my group, along with the therapists, I found my strength! The best part of what I found on my journey was the buried treasure in the wreckage... myself. This program and the people in it supported my growth in ways that I never imagined possible! Thanks to the encourage program I am an even better version of myself! This program is one of the best gifts I could have ever given myself.