“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
Our therapists are, above all, good listeners. A therapist listens to whatever you’re feeling and thinking without judgment or criticism. With questions, support, and encouragement, your therapist helps you to discover your individual potential, set intentions, and achieve your goals.
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.
“What we fear doing the most is usually what we most need to do” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our program features daily self-development workshops based on a wide variety of therapies. The goal of these workshops is always to gain a deeper understanding of our emotions, our thoughts, and our feelings. Just some examples of the workshops we offer at New Life include: Compassionate Sharing, Relapse Prevention Training, Letting Go of Resentments, Emotional Awareness, Mindful Communication, Creative Living, Non-Violent Communication, 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
“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.