Each Trauma We Experience Feels Like a Tsunami of the Soul
The Refuge 18-2 is a small Christian counseling center that provides a safe refuge for those who have been devastated by one or more of life’s tragic moments. Life is hard. Many people carry around secrets from their childhood that create so much shame and pain. At any moment, we can experience a crisis when the unexpected happens. Our home is destroyed by a natural disaster; our child dies from a tragic accident; our spouse asks for a divorce; our doctor says that we have cancer; our life continues to be haunted by childhood sexual abuse. We all suffer. The hardest part of suffering is going through it alone. Healing from trauma is possible, but it takes time. You need someone walking with you who knows how to heal such intense pain.
Healing From Life’s Greatest Trauma Requires a Person to Have Great Courage and a Highly Skilled Trauma Counselor
The Refuge 18-2 counselors run towards suffering when many others run away. We are skilled in helping heal life’s worst traumatic memories and incidents. We have been extensively trained to work with adults who are suffering from post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. We care about your pain. We will help you not only heal, but also grow stronger from the sufferings you have experienced. We believe that God loves to heal and redeem the most broken of lives like bringing “beauty from ashes.”
Often, We Cope With Pain in Ways That Create More Challenges
For example, to avoid pain, we try not to feel any emotions at all. On the surface, that seems to be a good idea, but to avoid all emotions means that you also don’t feel joy and you never really heal from your pain. It makes sense that when we don’t have anyone helping us in life, we try to figure it out on our own. We do the best we can to deal with the painful lessons that we learn from the traumatic events we’ve experienced. Unfortunately, the ways that we cope with our pain ends up trapping us in more pain. The Refuge 18-2 counselors will help you understand how you cope with life and will teach new coping skills so that you can live healthier as individuals and in relationships with those that you love. We will help you learn healthier ways to cope with your pain than using substances, numbing out, eating, gambling, or acting out in unhealthy ways. Our counselors consider developing safety and healthy coping skills as the first task in helping you heal.
One of Our Greatest Needs in Life Is Close Connection With People Who Are Safe and Love Us
We all long for intimacy and to know that our loved ones will be there for us when we need them. Research shows that people will heal quicker after painful life events if they have close friends and family members to share their pain. Unfortunately, people struggle to have healthy relationships in all types of areas – marriage, families, friendships, and workplaces. Sometimes, people struggle with knowing how to communicate or have good boundaries in relationships. Other times, people do not know how to resolve conflict or repair relationships that are broken. The Refuge 18-2 counselors specialize in helping people move away from broken relationships to healthy, vibrant, and intimate ones.