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Strategic Trauma & Abuse Recovery©: A Source-
The Backbone of S.T.A.R. © is The 3 Progressive Phases of Trauma and Abuse Recovery©. These 3 phases are further broken down into 12 stages, which provides for transitions and breaks down the process in a simpler fashion. The stages provide a strategy for moving through the healing process, much like a map.
1. I admit that I am wounded and I am accepting that I am powerless over the wound, the wounding, and the one creating the wound.
2. I have decided to give up trying to fix myself and will humbly ask God (my Higher Power) to heal me; fully understanding that healing will require my participation.
3. I am accepting that I have to grieve in order to heal and I’m determined to allow myself to feel as I move through the healing process even though it will be painful and scary at times.
4. I am forming a partnership with at least one other person (counselor or recovery coach) with whom I will move on to Phase Two in order to boldly identify (and finish grieving the sources of) my wounds in a focused and structured manner.
1. I am courageously choosing to tell my story using structure and detail to my counselor/recovery coach, and, when possible my fellow burden bearers.
2. I am identifying the beliefs that have grown out of the hurtful events, along with my initial survival responses.
3. I am humbly identifying and admitting to myself, my partner or group, my own survival responses even when they contradict my own expectations of myself.
4. I am embracing and grieving all of the losses I experienced during this source of trauma; those the offender caused me, and those caused by my own survival responses.
5. After completing this thorough inventory of my experiences, contradicted expectations, losses, survival behaviors and the losses these caused me, I humbly and courageously choose forgiveness; forgiving my offender for robbing me and forgiving myself (as I have been forgiven) for my responses.
6. I understand that healing is an ongoing process from the inside-
1. I am remaining open to identifying other wounds in my life that need to be healed, without attempting to heal them myself, while maintaining a willing attitude to work through these steps again if necessary, or to assist someone else who needs to work through these steps to healing.
2. I am intentionally moving toward reconnecting in a more healthy way with myself, with God, and with others.
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