Many of our therapists have faced their own struggles, including addiction, depression, and burnout. For them, being able to use their hard-earned experience and wisdom to help others facing similar struggles is one of the most meaningful aspects of living and working in the New Life community.
Our core team offers expertise in a diverse range of fields, including Mindfulness Training, Addiction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, TRE (Trauma Release Exercise) Therapy, Transpersonal Counselling, and Art Therapy. In addition, we have many visiting staff members with a wide range of therapeutic skills, including: Hakomi, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Biodanza, Body-Centred Therapy, and more.
These workshops provide the bases for a number of important tools and skills that we can use to enrich our lives, such as:
- Listening mindfully and without judgment
- Open, honest, and effective communication and interaction
- Recognising triggering situations and different types of stimuli
- Investigating the power of ongoing resentment
- Addressing painful emotions like anger, fear, or shame
- Understanding the impact of our conditioned thoughts and perceptions
- Learning how to cultivate awareness through creative self-expression
TRE stands for Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises. TRE helps individuals to release stress or tension as a result of difficult life circumstances, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences.
According to current research on trauma, people can be traumatised by any event they perceive (consciously or unconsciously) to be life-threatening. Age, life experience and constitution are of course all factors in this. Thunder or shouting, for instance, are rarely life-threatening, but when it comes to trauma, the critical factor is the perception of threat and the incapacity to deal with it.
The likelihood is that the majority of us have suffered some sort of trauma, whether it be related to addiction, burnout, a relationship, or something else entirely, and TRE is one way to heal this trauma. Symptoms of trauma vary from more immediate manifestations such as amnesia or panic attacks, to seemingly unrelated ailments like chronic pain and asthma that may develop over time.
Consisting of six simple exercises, TRE evokes a muscular shaking process in the body. The exercises elicit this shaking, or neurogenic tremors, in a controlled and sustained manner. When evoked in this way, this shaking begins to release deep chronic muscular tension held within the body. They come from the centre of gravity of the body (S3), which is protected by the psoas muscles. When shaking is evoked at this powerful centre of the body, it reverberates throughout the entire body, traveling along the spine, releasing deep chronic tension from the sacrum to the cranium.
When tension is released anywhere in the body, the brain registers a reduction in pain signals and produces new hormones for relaxation and comfort. Often, this release of tension is much like receiving an internal massage. Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behaviour as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE. The neurogenic tremors increase the resiliency of the body because it causes deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels. It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses or traumas from accidents. Additionally, TRE has been reported to reduce pain, increase mobility, and aid healing of past injuries.
At New Life we hold TRE classes twice a week, with one-on-one sessions upon request.
The modern Enneagram of personality types does not come from any single source. It’s a hybrid of a number of ancient traditions combined with modern psychology. Various authors have speculated about its origins, and Enneagram enthusiasts have created a good deal of folklore about its history and development, but much of the information being passed around is unfortunately misleading.
To understand the Enneagram’s history, it is necessary to distinguish between the Enneagram symbol and the nine personality types. It is true that the Enneagram symbol is ancient, dating back some 2500 years or more. Likewise, the roots of the idea that eventually led to the development of the psychology of the nine types go back at least as far as the 4th century A.D. and perhaps further. It was not until the last few decades, however, that these two sources of insight came together (from ‘The Wisdom of the Enneagram’ by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson).
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What is Enneagram?
In short, Enneagram is a tool that can help develop more self-awareness.
Ennea means ‘nine’ in Greek, so Enneagram basically means ‘a drawing of nine’. The symbol is a nine-pointed star within a circle. It’s actually a combination of three symbols: a circle, a triangle and a hexad.
The Enneagram consists of nine archetypes of personalities with each archetype divided into three subtypes (self preservation, social and sexual instinct). So including the subtypes, there are 27 types of personalities.
Furthermore, the 9 types are divided in 3 types of wisdom: body (physical), heart (emotional) and head (rational). Each type of wisdom includes 3 archetypes distinguished by introversion, extroversion and a combination of both.
Each type has internal influences from 4 other types, called ‘wings’ and ‘arrows’. The wings are the two types next to your ‘core’ type. The arrows are the lines connecting your ‘core’ type with two other numbers. (e.g. if your core type is 9, the wings would be 8 and 1; the arrows 6 and 3)
There’s also the matter of the range of self-development, which is determined by your level of self-awareness and self-acceptance.
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Why and how to use Enneagram?
A question that usually arises after people identify their Enneagram type is, “Now what?”. Once you know your type and subtype, what do you do with that information to create positive change? This is the most powerful aspect of the Enneagram: it’s a model of transformation that indicates a path for growth.
By first remembering to observe the things we do, then inquiring more deeply into why and how we do the things we do, and eventually actively working against our old habits and towards our higher aspects, we initiate an ongoing learning process focused on knowing ourselves better to the point we can make more conscious choices more regularly (from ‘The Complete Enneagram’ by Beatrice Chestnut, PhD).
With the support and guidance of an Enneagram coach you will be able to develop more self-awareness and self-acceptance, which facilitates personal growth. It will initiate an ongoing learning process based on the four A’s: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adherence.
By becoming aware and accepting of your automatic reactions, behaviours and patterns, you will be able to challenge yourself, with guidance and support of your Enneagram coach, to go out of your comfort zone where you’ll find the possibility for self-development and growth.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. – Victor Frankl
New Life is an aftercare program to support maintenance and foster a sustainable lifestyle for individuals already in recovery. Our program is best suited to individuals who have completed previous inpatient or outpatient treatment, have achieved a sustained period of abstinence, and who are motivated to maintain treatment goals and make lifestyle changes that support their well-being and recovery.
We employ mindfulness skills based on the principles of self-compassion and acceptance of all experiences including cravings and urges. Through mindfulness and other modalities we are working towards freedom from deeply ingrained and habitual patterns of addictive thought and behaviors.
We offer weekly support groups in which we discuss many aspects of addiction itself, as well as introduce a number of approaches to recovery. In addition to exploring mindfulness and clarifying its role in the recovery process, we explore ways of dealing with the many pitfalls which can present themselves on the journey of recovering the fullness of ourselves. To this end we draw on many sources, using tools from traditional recovery modalities, Buddhist perspectives, and science-based models.
Additionally, there are opportunities to share our experiences, struggles, and insights with others in recovery in both peer-led and facilitated groups. For those interested in a 12-Step approach to recovery, two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in Chiang Rai city centre every week. Transport is organised for those who wish to attend.