PTSD and trauma survivors describe their experiences this way:
“It’s constantly looking over your shoulder and having difficulty trusting people.”
“(It’s a) constant feeling of dread and constantly feeling overwhelmed by everything.”
“It’s like you are in a bubble that makes you go in slow motion, while the rest of the world is in fast forward.”
Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. According to the World Health Organisation, 70 percent of people experience lifetime traumas. Sometimes, the effects of trauma linger long after the incident or experience, and can interfere with your ability to live a normal life.
But fortunately, this is by no means a life sentence. By learning healthy ways of coping with trauma and PTSD, and with strong emotional support, you can break free of debilitating symptoms and feel normal, healthy and happy.
Seriously distressing or life-threatening events like car accidents, violence and sexual abuse can result in psychological trauma. Symptoms of trauma include:
Sometimes the effects of trauma eventually fade over time, but sometimes they persist and require professional treatment. Some people develop PTSD as a result of trauma.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that results from trauma. People who have experienced sexual trauma are at higher risk for PTSD. PTSD symptoms include:
The Dawn is highly specialised in trauma – our certified mental health clinicians all hold Masters Degrees in their respective specialties and have received training in Pia Mellody’s famous trauma model PIT, by a member of her team. One of few treatment centre’s with this specialty, we are the region’s leading trauma specialists. You will feel safe and comfortable at our tranquil riverside facility and finally be able to slay your dragons and move into healing mode as our kind, caring team take the time to get to know you and see your whole picture.
PTSD also increases the likelihood of high-risk behaviours such as alcoholism, drug abuse, sex addiction and food addiction. Many people who suffer the effects of trauma end up self-medicating: attempting to escape their emotions through alcohol or drugs. About 40 percent of PTSD sufferers have been dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives; about 31 percent have abused drugs. PTSD often co-occurs with addiction: more than half of those who seek treatment for addiction also suffer from trauma.
When healing from trauma, it is important to do so in a safe space to avoid re-traumatisation. Our private, peaceful centre is located in the quiet countryside of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, where you can enjoy restorative walks through our lush gardens and calming meditation by the river.
Getting away from your triggers, attending groups with supportive peers and talking about your shared experiences is extremely beneficial to your healing process. Once you see that you are not alone in your experience, you’ll feel far less lonely – and far more powerful over your trauma.
Here in our community-based environment, you will never be judged and you’ll always feel safe to work through your issues with the help of those around you. Because of our low staff-to-client ratio, you will be highly supported and receive plenty of one-on-one attention throughout your treatment. Our entire team is equipped to support trauma clients, and all trauma therapists are certified in the most widely endorsed trauma therapies. Our trauma programme incorporates:
You will receive two individual counselling sessions each week with a trauma-trained therapist. These sessions include TF-CBT to address maladaptive thinking associated with the traumatic events, and allow effective cognitive restructuring.
TRM is a body-based somatic therapy that aims to reset your nervous system, which has been significantly disrupted by trauma. You will learn to observe and track your nervous system responses when you feel stressed, anxious or depressed. We also teach you mindfulness-based skills to bring yourself back into balance whenever you need.
Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Therapy (PIT), used at The Meadows, is based on the idea that all maladaptive behaviours are rooted in the events we experience as children. PIT helps to uncover and heal the childhood traumas lying at the core of your current issues, so you can reverse their impact.
EMDR is designed to help you heal from symptoms linked with traumatic memories through a physiological process that allows you to view past events in a less traumatic way. It uses bi-lateral eye movements, which aid in moving painful memories from the forefront of your mind into your long-term memory. Just eight sessions of EMDR have been shown to dramatically reduce symptoms of PTSD.
TRE yoga helps release the tension associated with trauma and PTSD by using exercises to release muscles that are triggered during the fight-or-flight response, and tend to stay contracted until the initial trauma has been resolved.
Northern Thailand is known for its peaceful, easy-going culture, warm, sunny weather and mountainous jungles. In this environment, you will feel thoroughly nourished and ready to make the cognitive changes required to move on from your trauma. You will also be removed from the places and things that normally trigger you into re-experiencing a traumatic event, allowing you to safely heal.
At our peaceful facility on the banks of the Ping River, you will find that the fresh air and beauty of the countryside help to ground your spirit and clear your mind, helping you feel positive and prepared for the important work of getting well.
We aim to make our admissions process as simple and clear as possible. Our dedicated team is always here to help 24/7.
Our PTSD retreat offers integrated treatment for those struggling with combined trauma and addiction or substance abuse issues.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: