Treatment Approach

canstockphoto5663620We provide families safe and effective Christian attachment therapy and trauma recovery derived from a systemic perspective involving assessment and interventions in the spiritual, emotional, and relational realms. The family is considered an integral part of the treatment team and all decisions about treatment take into account their needs, opinions and most of all, safety. Our treatment is never coercive. The goal of treatment is to facilitate positive relationship changes in the individuals and family.

The Beatitude House philosophy of treatment is anchored in the knowledge, belief and experience that our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of healing and truth and that we are His instruments.

Please call (828) 926-5591, or email us through our Contact Page for a free phone consultation, about our treatment approach/ protocol in order to determine if we can meet your family’s needs.

Our Services

We offer intensive treatment for adoptive families that have children who have been diagnosed with:  Reactive Attachment Disorder,  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,  Oppositional Defiant Disorder, behavior and attention problems and Developmental Trauma.  Our two week intensive provides healing for children AND parents so that an environment can be created in the home that promotes respect and attachment. Also included is parent coaching with an attachment therapist in the cabin provided for the family during their stay in NC.  While the child gets some respect training with our therapeutic respite grandma,  the parents receive practical tools to use for their own healing of their tired hearts and get a well-deserved break.

A neurological reorganization evaluation is included in the two week intensive but is also available by separate appointment.  Neurological Reorganization is a movement based, drug-free approach to addressing the challenges of a disorganized or injured brain. It’s various sensory-motor and neurodevelopmental activities enhance the attachment healing process.

Continuity and momentum created during our intensive treatment is the foundation for restoring trust in relationships.

Business People Sitting Around TableATTACHMENT TREATMENT AND TRAUMA RECOVERY is typically offered at Beatitude House in a  two week long intensive format.  The momentum and continuity which can be built by meeting this way are significant.  Too often the gains from a 45 minute therapy session are soon lost to and absorbed by busy life.  When folks can unplug and settle their hearts into a pace conducive for healing, deeper connecting inside and with others can occur.  Adoptive families in distress often seek help through our two week (10 day) intensive.  The adopted children cannot receive their parents love because trust was broken in the early formative years including the all-important in utero experience.  The child’s need for healing is obvious but the parent’s love being rejected is a shattered dream in need of deep healing as well.  As the parent’s hearts heal they can better implement the attachment parenting protocols we teach them. One of the treatment tools we utilize is called the first year of life attachment cycle. This powerful process describes the vital importance of infancy needs and what occurs when they go unmet.  The child gets to see why they have turned the feelings they have about the abusive parents towards the adoptive parents.  Once the child understands their misplaced anger based on fear their healing begins.

The 3-5 day adult trauma recovery intensive involves healing in the painful places we are stuck in.  Journey of the Heart invites a relational connection to heal, not a cognitive analysis leading to an answer.  As we validate our wounded heart parts with compassion instead of dismissal, suppression or outright self-hatred transformation occurs. This is the work of discovering “who” from our past is stuck in painful places.  As we reach in towards these young parts of our heart with compassion we can rescue them home to live in our hearts with Jesus.

A Neurological Reorganization evaluation also provides an important additional healing resource.

Neurological Reorganization

The Central Nervous System (the brain) consists of the spinal cord and medulla, pons, mid-cerebrum or midbrain region, corpus callosum and the cortex, each building one level on top of the other. This developmental sequence begins in utero and lasts to about age 6 for girls and 8 for boys.  After birth, a white fatty substance called myelin is present in the medulla. Myelin facilitates faster and clearer transmission of information to the other parts of the brain that are responsible for sensory intake and motor output. This myelination process takes place from the medulla up through the Pons and then the Mid-Cerebrum in the time frame of approximately 14 months of age. Brain cell growth creates new structure- new structure creates new function. This is how our brain develops and organizes itself to function optimally. Functional neurology results from the completion of the developmental sequence. A well-organized or normal developed brain allows us to live life with joy and satisfaction of achievement and purpose.

Neurological Reorganization (NR) is based on the principles of normal brain growth and development. NR targets specific areas of the brain that have been injured or traumatized. NR replicates early movement, reflex and sensory experience to stimulate brain growth.

Early Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma can occur in utero or the first few years of life. When there is any interruption, injury or disruption to the developmental sequence, a functional deficit will result.

There are many forms of neurodevelopmental trauma.  Emotional stress to the mother can cause trauma to the baby’s developing brain. Drug and alcohol abuse also can severely affect all of the pre-cortical parts of the brain and the corpus callosum. For some, it may only have a small impact on their life, but to many, major lifelong struggles with emotional, behavioral, and academic problems exist.

Separation from the birth mother and/or having multiple care-givers, plus emotional, physical and sexual abuse has a devastating affect that creates attachment disorder or major relational/attachment issues.

One injury to the developing brain that no one seems to realize is the lack of movement! Modern conveniences such as car seats, walkers, exer-saucers, have created a large population of children with many issues or disorders that have a neurological basis.

If you have a child or know of an adult that has difficulties with emotional, behavioral or academic problems such as learning disabilities, dyslexia, impulsiveness, anger management, rages, trust issues, or sensory/auditory processing issues or have been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD or Reactive Attachment Disorder, or have suffered a stroke, a neurological functional exam may be the key that opens the door to a new life for them.