Thrive Trauma Recovery

What is a healthy internal life worth to you?

Survivors of abuse, neglect and other traumas often suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and hopelessness. For more than a decade, this brief, effective treatment has helped people of all ages find freedom.

Though the effects of trauma can be frightening and overwhelming, Thrive treatment is a remarkably peaceful process that has proven to alleviate depression and anxiety and to increase self-esteem, internal peace and an ability to connect to others. Without addressing the roots, symptoms may never go away and most often worsen. This can prevent the person from ever knowing who they are and fulfilling their potential.

How does Thrive treatment work?

Thrive is based on Neuro-Reformatting and Integration (NRI), a method of trauma treatment that uses the Instinctual Trauma Response model to rework how traumatic memories are encoded in the brain. It fosters the client’s connection to himself and reconnection to others through integration work, self-discovery and balanced parenting (for child clients).

Treatment Schedules

Adults 9am – 12pm AND/OR 1 – 4pm daily
Children & Adolescents (8 – 17) 9am – 12pm OR 1 – 4pm daily
Children (5 – 7) 2 hours per day
Children (3 & 4) 1 hour per day
In NRI, a comprehensive list of known traumas is made and those are addressed directly and intentionally in a systematic way. The trauma memories are reworked from a right-brain format to a left-brain format that includes all the aspects of the instinctual trauma response. The trauma memories are given order, verbal coding, historical context and an objective, third person view that protects the client from re-experiencing the trauma and fosters the client’s capacity for empathy for himself and others. The client’s strengths are examined in order to help the client see the truth about himself.

Typical Symptoms Treated

  • Opposition
  • Aggression
  • Defiance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Avoidance/Escape Behavior

Typical Diagnoses Treated

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Conduct Disorders

Methods of Payment

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Insurance
  • Post Adoptive Special Service Subsidy (PASSS funding)
  • Private Pay

More about treatment

Our intensive outpatient programs provide clients with a means of addressing the roots of a myriad of difficulties in a brief and effective manner. In the one or two weeks of treatment, each person receives individualized treatment based on his or her specific past circumstances and present symptoms and challenges.

Throughout the time of treatment past traumatic events are strategically processed so that they are experienced as past. Integration work affords clients a much greater ability to choose behaviors, situations and circumstances through a positive sense of self.

We use a multimedia approach in order to help clients express themselves. For victims of trauma, this can be a much easier way to communicate than by merely using words. However, in no way does someone need to be an artist to participate in this program. Usually, our clients are not artists at all and neither are we.

How is this different from Traditional Counseling?

Neuro-Reformatting and Integration (NRI) is a method of trauma treatment that uses the Instinctual Trauma Response model to rework how traumatic memories are encoded in the brain. It fosters the client’s connection to himself and reconnection to others through integration work, self-discovery and balanced parenting for children.

Thrive Traditional Therapy
Works on a biological level and so effects thoughts and behavior Works on a level of behavior and thought
Uses directed use of play or art therapy Uses language and reasoning
Focuses directly and intentionally on the client’s traumatic experiences and so addresses effects of traumas at the root Focuses on emotions and behavior
Systematically and comprehensively addresses the roots of all known traumas Follows the problems that have arisen since the last session
One to two weeks Often lasts a decade or more
Time limited Indefinite
Can be provided to preverbal clients
Helps the client directly unpack traumatic experiences without re-experiencing them Often causes intense emotion in trying to directly address traumas
Works on the neurological level Works on the conscious awareness level
Increases the client’s ability to experience traumas as past events

Our Thrive Team

The therapists in our Thrive program have a wealth of experience in trauma therapy. Learn more about Lindsay and Kristina below.

Lindsay DeHaas, MSW, LSW

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with a minor in Psychology, from Malone University in 2010, and my Master of Social Work in 2014 from the University of Akron. I received my social work licensure in 2016. I have provided direct care to children, adolescents and adults with diverse challenges involving mental health, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care and adoption, and childhood physical & sexual abuse and neglect. Throughout my career working as a case manager and social services worker, I have developed a deep compassion for people who have experienced trauma, and a passion for helping each person realize the strengths they hold which helped them survive that trauma. Learning to thrive is a process, and it takes great courage and strength to be willing to process past trauma experiences. I look forward to walking alongside you as you take the next step forward in learning to thrive.

Kristina Fryson, MSW, LSW, CTT

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia State University in 2006 and my Master of Social Work in 2014 from West Virginia University. In my internships, education, and work experience I spent 5 years working for non-profit agencies providing services such as therapy, case management, and support to children, individuals, and families in the office, home, school and community settings. Through my work in the community, serving five counties in WV, I developed a strong awareness about the challenges individuals and families face dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other trauma related issues. I became a Certified Trauma Therapist in 2016 and have worked with various populations treating the trauma and not the symptoms. I look forward to continuing trauma work through the Thrive Trauma Recovery program and helping people to not only survive but Thrive!

Frequently Asked Questions

This healing process, though naturally difficult, is actually quite peaceful. Still, we know you have questions. Below are a few of the ones we get asked most often.

Why intensive trauma treatment?
Trauma treatment is often the key to unlocking post-trauma growth because trauma is a biological trauma, even if the trauma is not a physical injury. The experience of trauma causes the brain to encode the experience in a way where the emotions continue to be experienced like they are ongoing. Working through traumas in a timely fashion causes the least disruption to daily life because there is a sense of progress and momentum through the week.
Is this treatment really effective?
This is evidence-based trauma help that has outcome studies that show its effectiveness. Clients typically come to us after they have “tried everything else.” Clients who are honest and motivated usually experience tremendously beneficial, life changing benefits.
Can I really be free from my painful past?
Absolutely! Regardless of what traumas you’ve been through or what treatments you’ve tried, you’ve survived and that is evidence that you have a great deal of strength in you – but there is more to life than surviving! Through our method of treatment, there is a way for you to live free of your past hurts and grow to trust yourself. This is essential to becoming the healthiest and happiest you.

The most consistent feedback we receive from adults is that they finally feel free and that it makes them so much better of a spouse, wife, husband, mother, or father. You really are a gift. Working to become the best version of you is one of the most selfless things you can do for those you love. How would your life be different if the significant adults in it were working to be the absolute best that they could have been? It really is possible to end and reverse the cycle of pain in a family!

Is it emotionally overwhelming to process such painful events?
Although the content of processing can be quite difficult, this method of trauma help provides a way to address traumas that protects the client from re-experiencing those events. Our clients typically report that they find the work to be without emotional distress. They are usually very surprised that effective help can be found without having to experience emotional distress in the process.
Is this for me?
Trauma affects us – even in ways we aren’t able to realize. Don’t feel as though your traumas or suffering isn’t horrible enough. The experience of trauma is determined by the perception of the individual and varies greatly from person to person, even within a family. You deserve to discover the best version of you. Freedom is possible. Freedom is calling you.

Often times, survivors have a sense that past events are somehow at the root of their pain, but are unable to definitively get past those events and how those thoughts and feelings linger. We provide effective, research-proven help in an intensive, outpatient format that affords clients the opportunity to reclaim their selves and their lives.

The Physical Effects

Events that overwhelm our normal ability to cope can have lasting, detrimental effects on us. The reason is that these difficult events become encoded in such a way that they continue to feel like they are happening. These experiences can lead to physical illnesses, symptoms or triggers.

The Emotional Effects

Many emotional problems can also result from trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, phobias, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Many people suffer for years – even decades – with suicidal drives, self-mutilation, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, terrible insecurities, and a sense of inferiority.

The Spiritual Effects

It is a tragic reality that many devout people live with ongoing pain and crippling doubt that robs them of true freedom to embrace a life of faith, hope, and love. Unfortunately, the spiritual effects of trauma are not readily recognized. This often leaves the survivors feeling a tremendous sense of shame. However, these symptoms of shame and difficulty in trusting, forgiving, receiving love, or even believing oneself to be worthy of love are also quite treatable.

You are worth the time, energy, money, and hope required for treatment. Regaining yourself is the best gift you can give yourself, your loved ones, and the world.

How long does it take?
Each client is an individual with a unique history. The number of traumatic events and the age of the client will determine the number of hours someone may need. The length of time is most often one week long, at the most. For those needing less than a full week of treatment, we are happy to work within your specific needs.
How much does it cost?
The average cost for children 7-17 is $1,460 per week, and $2,885 per week for those 18 and up. This covers the cost of individual help and is comparable to the cost of traditional treatment, since approximately 30 hours of help are provided for an adult through the course of a week.

Room and board are on your own, as this is not inpatient treatment. This is actually a very economic alternative to years of outpatient therapy and/or hospitalization.

How can payment be made?
Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.
Does Encompass Christian Counseling accept third party payment?
We are able to bill Ohio Medicaid. Most other insurances do not cover this treatment.

For children adopted in the state of Ohio who are not Medicaid eligible, there is funding that can be applied for through PASSS (Post Adoptive Special Service Subsidy). Check with children services in your county of residence for an application.

Can Thrive help with post-adoption struggles?
Yes. The little-understood truth about adopted children is that traumas they experienced prior to adoption remain their reality until those experiences are effectively processed through treatment. With that accomplished through this method of trauma help, the child is finally able to come home to your family and receive the love that led you to them.
What about my child missing school to come for treatment?
Oftentimes, during the school year, scheduling may require a child to miss some or all of a week in order to complete treatment. The feedback we have consistently received is that, the child’s symptoms were precluding him from being able to behave appropriately or learn in the classroom and treatment improved one or both of those aspects so much that the time missed was well worth it, in the long run.
What follow-up is provided?
By the end, individuals have gained the knowledge, freedom, and tools they need to engage in the world in a dynamic and proactive manner. But, sometimes this is a new experience in which a client finds it helpful to touch base. We are always reachable by email and one (1) hour of phone consultation is available after any intensive program. We are also happy to provide a written or verbal summary to other mental health professionals, should our clients choose to continue more refined points of treatment at home after our intensive program. We are happy to make referrals for ongoing help to therapists trained in Thrive follow-up.
I'm interested in treatment. What now?
  1. Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page completely and let us know you’re interested in treatment while also including any questions you may have.
  2. We will gather the information we need from you to make sure you are a candidate for this method of treatment.
  3. We will answer any questions you may have.
  4. We will work with you to schedule your treatment at a convenient time.
  5. We will work with you to provide intensive trauma treatment in a relaxing and comfortable setting.
  6. We will be available to field your questions after treatment to point you in the direction of post-trauma growth and make the most of your treatment gains.

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