BREATHE & BELIEVE.
What role does spirituality play in the recovery process?
We all possess a deep and vibrant nature within us, often referred to as “spirit.” Spirituality is important in the recovery process. By connecting to the important and defining aspects of our lives and ourselves via self-expression, expansion and transformation, using art, meditation, yoga, physical strengthening, nature, animals and each other (as examples) we may experience a liberation from the haunts of our pasts. Finding connection often sets us on a path to finding ourselves, and accepting the value of ourselves leads to subsequent joy and peacefulness. By releasing and healing the trauma that we hold inside we can reawaken our own unharmed, true nature and become what we meant to be—the totality of ourselves and all that we have to offer.
Psychotherapy promotes awareness of your authentic and personal sense of self and values the journey towards that self. Therapists want to show you how to appreciate the lessons that you have learned (and are learning) on that path to becoming who you desire to be. Though Robin is not religiously affiliated, she identifies as a Transpersonal therapist, and honors your spirituality in the recovery process. There are important connections we all share, including an inner-connection to a higher consciousness and oneness to the world surrounding us. It is important to be respectful to diverse beliefs in regards to all loving religions, faiths and practices.
Everyone has their path. Find yours.
Clients are encouraged to practice The Twelve Steps, or any other spiritual or uplifting practices designed to enhance self-awareness and compassion. Research has indicated that strong social connections with others choosing sobriety makes a significant difference in sustaining overall health. Also, working on yourself through a step-by-step process can deepen your awareness of your own barriers to change. Some people find it difficult to participate in traditional Twelve Step meetings and fortunately, here in Sonoma County, we have some fantastic alternative options to the Twelve Steps. Smart and Refuge Recovery are two alternatives tot eh Twelve! Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Yoga and Meditation all count as meetings! We also have The Center for Spiritual Living that frequently adds programming options that we encourage you consider as part of your daily practice.
The Four Cs: Compassion, Contribution, Camaraderie and Creativity
Clients are also encouraged to spend the first month in treatment discovering who you really are beyond that disease! You’ll focus on the development of your capacity for increased contribution, creativity, camaraderie and most importantly, compassion. You’ll be asked to “reach for authenticity”. A significant focus in your work towards mental wellness will be on learning to value healthy communication, to take personal responsibility, and to increase your own emotional intelligence and life-skill building.