What is PTSD?
There are over 1.7 million U.S. veterans that have circulated through Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years. The challenges of returning home can vary from person to person. However, the majority of resources available to these individuals are standardized and focus on cognitive processing and cognitive behavioral therapy. There is a serious lack of holistic therapies that address PTSD with a complete and personalized mind, body and spirit approach.
Trauma causes damage to the mind but also to the body. While cognitive treatment is necessary and valuable, trauma must first be addressed through the body. Too many therapies only focus on healing the brain by altering cognitions or behavioral patterns; however, the body is where trauma is held.
Warriors Live On is here to revolutionize therapies for PTSD through alternative, holistic approaches to healing for combat veterans with PTSD.
WLO’s programs take veterans out of their post-deployment surroundings in order to teach a new way of living and to eliminate or ease the symptoms of PTSD. We offer sensory, somatic and movement therapies and trainings that may include adventure activities, overnight retreats, nutritional education, meditation, yoga, community building, therapy with animals, and other alternative therapies. These approaches are aimed not just at the mind, but at the whole person (body, mind and spirit). WLO aims to help each individual heal from a traumatic situation by addressing all areas of the mind and body, not just a singular issue. This is accomplished by providing a well-rounded approach to healing that encompasses multiple modes of healing in order to address all aspects of the human experience.