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What is therapy?

What is therapy?

At Restoration Ministries, therapy is a safe space to come and receive support and address disturbances in your life that are a result of being in an abusive, unhealthy, or unsafe relationship. Appointments will be scheduled on a weekly basis. Therapy at Restoration Ministries is free and confidential.

What can I expect?

At Restoration Ministries, these are the things you can expect from session:

  • To be believed
  • To make decisions in your own timing
  • To establish your own goals for treatment
  • No pressure to leave or end the relationship
  • No pressure to stay or try to make the relationship work
  • A focus on safety
  • An explanation and understanding of the way you are feeling
  • Evidence-based trauma therapy to address any ongoing disturbances caused by your relationship

What kind of therapy is offered?

Restoration Ministries believes in providing evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment to address the impact of client’s experiences in their relationship. Foundational elements to the therapy process included in every session will be an emphasis on safety planning, psychoeducation around dynamics of an abusive relationship, a focus on healthy coping skills, and a safe and supportive environment.

Additionally, the following therapy models may be incorporated to varying degrees depending on the goals established by each client:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers. –EMDR International Association Definition

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. TF-CBT is a structured, short-term treatment model that involves both the child and the safe parent to assist in addressing and resolving symptoms that result from traumatic experiences, including experiencing and witnessing abuse.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that is effective in treating a wide range of difficulties, including PTSD. DBT places a high emphasis on skills training, including the following skills sets: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. As it is extremely common for individuals experiencing abuse in their relationship to adjust their behaviors as a result of control from their partner and often for long periods of time, DBT skills training is a helpful option for individuals to regain and re-experience self-determination through these skill sets.

Why do we keep mentioning PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is the most common diagnosis seen among individuals who have been abused by their partner. PTSD is a completely normal response to an abnormal situation. People are generally most familiar with PTSD in reference to veterans returning from war, but PTSD is just as likely to happen as a result of experiences within the home from an abusive partner. The good news is that PTSD is very treatable and does not have to be a long-lasting experience.