Author: Refuge Clinical Staff

Nourishing the Body, Nourishes the Soul

The Refuge – A Healing Place is a residential treatment program, in Ocklawaha, FL, that specializes in substance abuse, Trauma, PTSD and co-occurring disorders. The program is 12-step based with a strong  emphasis on holistic and experiential modalities that include Equine, Somatic Experiencing®, Art Therapy, Massage, Meditation, Acupuncture and an array of other body based and experiential treatment approaches. 

Healing Through Experiential Therapy

When an individual experiences a traumatic event it can impact the emotional, physical and spiritual state of that person. As a survival mechanism, the body and mind tend to disconnect to allow the person to cope with the unwanted experience. While traditional talk therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can be helpful, experiential therapies allow the individual to access various parts of the brain not traditionally accessed by talk therapy.... Read More

The Healing Ability of Gratitude

By: Brennon Moore, MS, CTT, CADC-II   An addict can come to The Refuge and spend months, maybe  even years,  and do every assignment, attend every group and  process their past trauma  until their lips fall off, but they will  still need to work hard at their recovery  every day, starting the  moment they leave our property. In my experience, it  seems  that once a person changes the wiring of their... Read More

Miracles Happen Here

By: Denise Cannon Director of Nursing, The Refuge – A Healing Place I had made up my mind. I was set out to write a blog on Transformation in Recovery. As I started to review this process I realized as I look all around me how hard everyone works and contributes to make this happen. I am sure you have heard the saying it takes a” village” to raise a... Read More

Healing Trauma Through Somatic Experiencing

By: Kelly Benedict I have chosen the topic of Somatic Experiencing because I am a trauma survivor myself and this was the most effective method with which I healed. When I first started working at the Refuge as a house manager I was overwhelmed with the extent of pain I heard on a daily basis.  I was overcome with a sense of love, and wanting to help all these wounded... Read More

Healing Our Inner Child

By: Angela Smith Therapist, The Refuge – a Healing Place Inner Child therapy is vital in understanding how we have become who we are. The first thing I tell anyone approaching inner child work, is that it is NOT about blaming, it is about understanding. Our experiences in childhood have an impact on who we become as adults and how we learn to approach relationships.  Our own security is tied... Read More

To The End Of A Smoke

By: Lisa Hicks, RN The Refuge – A Healing Place I am not writing this to tell you all the horrible details of smoking because you already have that information. We hear it on the television, the radio and the concerned relative. I am pretty sure it is common knowledge that smoking is harmful to your health. I am not going to bring guilt or shame upon you as many... Read More

Grieving at Warp Speed

By: Cheryl Bailey Therapist, The Refuge – A Healing Place In this western culture we live in there seems to be more and more pressure to get more and more done faster and ever more efficiently.  More and more, faster and faster.  To just do a job well is no longer enough.  If you met your goals this year, there will be an expectation that you accomplish even more next... Read More

Music’s Play on Fantasy: Are Lyrics Just Lyrics?

By: Sarah E.S. Watt, LMHC, CSAT Candidate Therapist, The Refuge – A Healing Place As a soon-to-be certified sex addiction therapist and a mother to a 2 and a half year old, I have begun to look at the culture of modern music a bit differently.   See what was once simply fun and catchy pop music becomes a bit more concerning.  Songs like “Blank Space” (2014) by Taylor Swift or... Read More

Working Through Legal Issues In Treatment

By: Mark Rosen Case Manager, The Refuge – A Healing Place Clients with legal issues in treatment typically experience anxiety and fear about their current and future outcomes.  Admitting to treatment alone can be an unnerving process, but imagine entering treatment with legal problems, and you believe that you might be facing incarceration after successfully completing treatment.  With effective communication, letter writing, and excellent advocacy on behalf of the client,... Read More

When Medical Trauma Becomes More Than A Broken Leg

By: Kristen Smith, LMHC Therapist, The Refuge – A Healing Place I have worked in the field of trauma therapy since the mid 1990’s. As a survivor of spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and sexual abuse, I did not become fully aware of also having a medical trauma history until Friday January 9, 2015.   I was aware of my medical injuries as a child, yet not aware of their impacts.  As... Read More

A Circle A Day

By Annie Kaja Reed Stress is a common factor that exacerbates all of the mental disorders. Learning ways to physically, emotionally, and mentally cope with and reframe stress is a common element to the work we as therapists do. Let’s make sure that art making is in the stress resiliency tool box! Here’s why: Art therapy has been increasingly shown to be an evidence-based intervention in the  treatment of and... Read More

Trauma Bonding, Codependency & Toxic Relationships

By: Janina Sola, Therapist One of the most challenging aspects of life is forming healthy bonds and relationships with others.  When mixed with a history of trauma, it can become even more complicated.  Often times, a person who has experienced trauma, forms an unhealthy loyalty to others which is termed as trauma bonding.  Trauma bonding means that the “victims have a certain dysfunctional attachments that occurs in the presence of... Read More

The Courage To Make The Call

By: Krystal Bush, MSW Admissions Coordinator One thing that all of our clients, past and present, have in common is that their journey to recovery started with a phone call.  This is for all of those brave souls that made that call on their own and for the loved ones who called on their behalf.

The Use of Cinema Therapy In Treatment

I have always loved the concept of story as a healing tool. Since the dawn of man and cave paintings, humans have used story to teach and inspire. The medicine men would tell legends and stories to the tribe to teach them both what to do and what not to do. Mythology is filled with stories of hero’s, villains, trials and tribulations all to show man how to move forward... Read More