Groups at 11th Hour are limited to 6 individuals, and we rarely go over 3 per group. We maintain a 1-3 Therapist to client ratio. This means that each person attending gets more time with the therapist, and everyone gets more attention to their unique trauma. What is discussed is moderated by the therapist to ensure that very little if any vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma occurs from hearing about trauma from another source and imagining it themselves, and we try to avoid this as much as possible.
Group work is designed to help all the participants heal and grow together. Some of the therapies used include art therapy, animal assisted therapy, attachment therapy, relational therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Each group is designed to fit the individuals to help everyone heal with empathy and compassion. Additionally, each person gets three hours of individual therapy, including EMDR, to work on their own issues.
It’s impossible to say exactly what kinds of individuals will be in each group. Generally, you can expect each group to have people with similar trauma issues in order to help the healing process. Our different groups are focused on first responders, addiction, partners of addicts, etc.
Using animals as a therapy aid is proven to boost the Oxytocin in the body and helps clients feel happy and trusting. Interacting with animals can in turn make speaking to a therapist more comfortable. 11th Hour Trauma Retreat uses animal therapy to help clients suffering from emotional and behavioral problems, depression, substance abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eyr is 11th Hour Trauma Retreat's current service animal, and is always (very) willing to help!
Experiencing the steps of recovery from Trauma Therapy can be distressing, motivating, upsetting, or uplifting. Since trauma is typically the result of a life threatening or distressing event in which a person feels severely threatened emotionally, psychologically, or physically, all of these responses are normal. Everyone’s reaction may be different and okay. Traumatic events can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and other psychological issues that can greatly hinder the ability to enjoy life. Acknowledging your psychological response to the steps of recovery can allow you to harness your emotions’ energy and, with the help of 11th Hour Trauma Retreat, begin to live normally.