The bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach is a modern humanistic and holistic view of the human being. By addressing all dimensions, we can better understand each person’s window of tolerance and respond to each person’s needs to meet them where they are at. This holistic comprehensive approach held by our pillars of service creates an environment of safety to promote our values of transparency, integrity, openness, authenticity, and self-compassion in relationship to self and others. Our goal is to understand each survivor’s window of tolerance and apply self-regulation techniques (i.e. Regular Relaxation Response to target the peripheral nervous system) to address the bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of the individual to help them return within their windows and shift from a victim mentality to an empowered survivor mentality. We prioritize healing as the foundation of our mission statement, and we take a proactive, rather than a reactive, response to long-term sustained healing.
We define resilience as the practice of overcoming in moderate stress. Trauma has a significant impact on our perception of stress that activates the fight or flight response in any identified trigger and brings us out of our window of tolerance to hyper- or hypo-arousal states of the sympathetic nervous system.
Working first from the healing paradigm to return our survivors within their windows of tolerance, we start to take action in our resilience model by creating a safe environment ideal to build and practice resilience through mindfulness activities (both recreational & therapeutic). By doing so, our goal is to widen our survivor’s window of tolerance to modulate severe levels of stress into moderate levels of stress. Through the application and proficiency of the resilience model, our aim is to create sustainable, long-term means of healing and empower our members to reclaim their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
Psychology research has found that therapeutic benefits are amplified in group settings due to group cohesion. Our aim is to build a cohesive community of survivors to empower themselves and each other in their collective healing journey.
In order to realize a world that embraces survivorship and is free of sexual assault and domestic violence, we need to create communities (at home, in the workplace, educational institutions, and within our various sub-groups) where Self-Reclaimed’s values of transparency, integrity, openness, authenticity, and compassion are at the center of creating safe spaces for healing, empowerment, and unity.
Based on behavioral research, we reject approaches to this field of work that shame others for where they’re at in their healing or educational journeys. We do not endorse “cancel or call-out culture”, and we are mindful in the ways we hold space for our survivors to share their stories. We believe that a trauma-informed approach is critical, and we do this through person-centered services and through the ongoing practice of vulnerability, cultural humility, and radical self-compassion.
Services and events are accessible and open to individuals of all socioeconomic status backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and geographical locations; and are provided using a social justice and equity lens.
Self-Reclaimed will continue to learn and grow as research in this field develops and as the needs of our community, survivors and allies, transform.