Resurface provides 5 day (with a rest day in the middle) intensive programmes for adults for the rapid treatment of trauma. The intensives include daily EMDR sessions, trauma-focused yoga/coherence training, surf lessons and the opportunity for a massage or hammam.
The treatment includes psycho-education, creating a collaborative treatment plan and a user-friendly explanation of the EMDR process, including its three-stage, eight-phase protocol.
Once the client is deemed resourced and stable enough we will move to trauma confrontation, desensitisation and reprocessing of the traumas/blocks to performance and the installation of positive cognitions (phases 4-8).
Daily trauma focused yoga/coherence training will be implemented. This is to give the client both a source of resilience and stabilisation, and an opportunity to access and release some of the somatic symptoms associated with trauma/blocks to peak performance in a bottom up manner, complimenting the top-down approach of EMDR.
The daily surfing offers the opportunity to combine fun and exhilaration with the development of new skills and a sense of accomplishment, as well as connection to nature and the opportunity to live “in the moment”.
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This is a core element of the Resurface programme that underlines and supports everything we do. The therapeutic effects of surfing are becoming increasingly evident in psychological research. Recent studies have started to document how surfing can lead to improvements in post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression (Rogers, C. M., Mallinson,T., & Peppers, D., 2014). There are various reasons why surfing might have such a positive impact on mental health. The most obvious being participating in physical activity, but other important factors include engaging in a group activity and experiencing flow states.
On the intensive you will receive expert 1-2-1 surf tuition to meet your individual needs.
In our view, and in the view of many, the body needs to be part of the treatment process. We have to actively and purposefully engage the body and learn how to 'intercept' if we are to recover from trauma.
Interoception is our capacity to feel and sense our body’s experience. It’s our sense of the physiological condition or environment of the body, e.g., our perception of sensation and muscle dynamics. In the words of functional neuroanatomist A. D. Craig, interoception is our experience of our “sentient self.”
Because of advances in neuroimaging, we now know that particular parts of the brain which are involved in interoception are under-active in traumatized people. At Resurface we hope to start reactivating these interoceptive pathways.
Each day you will have the opportunity to work through any issues that are blocking your potential to thrive and flourish. Unlike most other psychotherapies, EMDR has the capacity to work every day and means that we can make a significant impact in such a short amount of time.
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychological trauma and other mental health conditions. It has also been shown to be highly efficacious in enhancing, and removing blocks to, peak performance.
As well as making new fiends, group bonding and learning therapeutic skills, we hope that you will enjoy tasting much of Moroccan culture. On the mid-week rest day we take a trip up the coast to the fishing village of Imsouane, where there is the option of surfing a world class long-board wave and eating delicious grilled fish for lunch.
On the way we see some of the famous Moroccan waves (Boilers, Dracula, Tamri) as well as the Bedouin caves and the illustrious ninja goats.
At Resurface we believe that all our therapeutic interventions must be evidence-based and proven to work.
As well as detailed assessment and onward referrals for those who want it, our research shows significant decreases in anxiety and depression, and an increase in outlook after attending a Resurface retreat.
HRV biofeedback is a non-invasive intervention that utilizes operant conditioning principles to help individuals actively regulate their autonomic arousal. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a phenomenon that demonstrates the flexibility and health of the nervous system and is measured by the time interval between heart beats. The more flexible the cardiac and nervous systems are, the larger the variability between heart beats is and the more adaptive the body is to change.
HRV Biofeedback uses sensors on the fingertip or earlobe to measure HRV and displays this information using visual and auditory cues. By seeing and hearing information about a physiological phenomenon such as HRV, an individual can actually learn to make changes in their cardiac function, therefore strengthening their nervous systems.
This mechanism of action is similar to other forms of learning: the more the brain is rewarded, through visual and auditory information about the body, the more flexible and regulated the nervous system becomes. Through repetition of this training, the body can learn to increase heart rate variability and over time improve the overall health of the nervous system. Research shows that HRV training can be helpful in reducing symptoms of PTSD and depression, among other conditions.
Josh is an accredited EMDR therapist, an accredited drugs and alcohol counsellor and a licenced Heartmath coach. He is the clinical director of the Resurface programme.
He has been working in private practice and as a consultant for Start2Stop since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma and promoting positive psychology. He is an experienced group facilitator, lecturer and public speaker.
He is currently training with The Flow Research Collective.
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Dr. Kristine Steffenak - M.D./Yoga (cert.)
Kristine is a medical doctor with experience as both a GP and Obstetrics/Gyneacology, working in both the UK and Norway.
She completed her 200 hours yoga teaching in Kerala, India, in January 2019 and is certified by Yoga Alliance USA. Kristine is particularly interested in Trauma-focused yoga (TF-yoga).
Kristine is a keen photographer and her photos can be seen on the Resurface Instagram page.