Deeply distressing or disturbing life events can lead to serious emotional distress and trauma. This can manifest in its most extreme forms as either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or as developmental trauma disorder (DTD). The impacts of trauma cannot be underestimated and can lead to social isolation, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, a sense that the world is unsafe and dangerous, an inability to manage one’s emotions (becoming either highly anxious or numb), trouble with interpersonal relationships and a pessimistic general outlook on one’s own life.
A week-long Resurface retreat or EMDR intensive gives clients the opportunity to tackle their traumatic symptoms through participation in various evidence-based psychological interventions and activities. These include trauma sensitive and regular yoga classes, psycho-educational workshops, surf-lessons, experiential group therapy, meditation/mindfulness sessions, and the social interactions of being with an open group of peers.
The therapeutic activities are facilitated by psychologist/therapist Josh Dickson and Dr. Kristine Steffenak with the surf activities led by Youness Arhbi. Completing a Resurface retreat will give participants essential tools to manage their depression as well bringing more optimism and confidence into all areas of their lives. Our research gathered from Resurface retreats show significant improvements in posttraumatic growth having attended either the ‘Trauma Resolution Resolution’ or the ‘Resilience and Flow’ programs. The Change in Outlook Questionnaire (CiOQ) is a common measure in post-traumatic growth research.
This questionnaire measures the positive and negative change in outlook following trauma, where a higher score indicates a higher positive change. An increased score over time is suggested to be reflective of post-traumatic growth. The analysis showed a statistically significant increase in change in outlook score (p=.046), indicating significant post-traumatic growth from baseline to post-retreat (see Figure 3). The mean scores increased from 101.5 (SD= 18.6) to 110.4 (SD= 18.9). Figure 3: Bar chart indicating a significant increase in score on the CiOQ between baseline (M=101.5, SD=18.6) and post-retreat (M= 110.4, SD= 18.9), p=.046.
Resurface group therapy retreat will give you the opportunity to experience the power of various Inner Child Healing techniques, empowering you to continue to heal yourself and make positive changes in all areas of your life even when you leave us. You will gain a great understanding of yourself and your needs and you will reconnect with a very special part of your soul! This retreat gives you the tools, time, and space to address the aspects of your life which cause you disappointment, pain, and suffering.
Even though we are adults now and childhood is long left behind, there are often traumas and suffering that we carry into our adult life. These experiences can have us acting out patterns and hurts in the present moment, which can damage our relationships and our health. Often we are in conflict with ourselves and this can start in early childhood.
The Inner child is a real and delicate entity that holds very deep and superficial wounds. The feelings can be quite incapacitating to the mature adult who carries them around. As adults, we can look at ourselves and see a grown-up but most people are actually walking around with a wounded child inside.
Our intuitive intelligence, joy, natural self-expression, and an overall sense of well-being dwell in the inner child. If this inner child has been forgotten, traumatized, hurt, ignored, or suppressed then we carry this around throughout our lives and act out. The little child in us desired to be loved, cared, and nurtured. Sometimes, these needs were not met, and therefore the inner child remains unfulfilled, unable to integrate itself into its adult self, still pining for healing and wholeness.…