Hope After Trauma

Our 3-Day Intensive Biblical Counseling Retreat helps you find freedom from the effects of past trauma and abuse.
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Understand your Pain

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Realize your Value

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Find Relief & Hope

Past trauma can drastically
affect your day-to-day life.

Do you check any of these boxes?

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Experiencing intrusive, distressing thoughts
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Avoiding reminders of your past
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Difficulty Sleeping
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Constant Worry about “the next bad thing”
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Mood changes, irritability, outbursts, and self-destructive behavior

This is not the end of your story.

You are valued, and freedom is possible.

  At Twelve Stones, we listen, so we can help you pinpoint your emotional and mental triggers. Then, we provide biblical insight into your struggle and help you refocus your life. You’ll leave your 3-day Intensive Counseling Retreat with a better understanding of yourself, knowing how to lean into Biblical truth to overcome your emotional and mental struggle, with an advocate and counselor to provide support, and an actionable plan to continue what you started at Twelve Stones.

Hear what they have to say about their experience

Start your journey towards freedom

Here’s how:

Step One:

Book Your Retreat

You don’t have to walk through your struggles alone. Apply for a retreat and begin your path to healing.

Step Two:

Attend Your Retreat

Join us at our restful retreat center for three days of in-depth counseling. Here, you’ll experience a deep relational connection with your counselor, freedom from distractions, and focused time for careful assessment, Biblical insight, and practical planning for a brighter future. You’ll bring an advocate with you, who will help you implement your plan when you go home, so you feel supported long after your retreat.

Step Three:

Move Forward With Hope

Return home with renewed hope and a clear path forward. We’ll equip you and your advocate with resources and help you follow a practical plan to continue the work you started at Twelve Stones.

Bringing an Advocate

We believe community is essential for a healthy, faithful life. Struggles should be shared not hidden. So, the community is also at the core of our counseling process. Every counselee must bring a friend of the same gender with them on their retreat who they are already in close community with. We call this friend an advocate.
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Who can be my advocate?

An advocate is a concerned friend, fellow church go-er, small group/life group leader, counselor, or another church leader that is willing to come alongside you in this difficult season. Each counselee in attendance needs a same-gender advocate.

This person should be a follower of Christ who knows you, loves you, and is eager to help you. They are committing to “Bear [Your] burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2).

Note: while family members can be an option, we would qualify that category as follows:

  • Spouses: We ask your spouse to find a same-gender friend to come alongside them for the counseling retreat and beyond. Your spouse is welcome to attend the retreat but as added support, not an advocate.
  • Parents/Adult Children: Similar to spouses, parents to their children or adult children to their parents typically are not the best choice for advocates. They may attend as added support, but each counselee needs a same-gender advocate.
What does an advocate do?

PRAY: Prayers lead us to rely on God for openness, wisdom, clarity, and lasting change as we seek to bring help to others. Advocates are prayer warriors in the counseling room.

GIVE INSIGHT: A person in your community who already knows you and understands your current struggle will be able to provide valuable input to the counselor about how you are doing and where you are struggling. Advocates also can help you ask questions you may not feel comfortable asking. So, in every way advocates help us have deeper insights.

TAKE NOTES: Good notes provide you with tangible reminders of core issues addressed, important principles reviewed, and most importantly, key Scriptures to be meditated on in the days and weeks ahead. Advocates take that burden off your shoulders.

FOLLOW-UP: We encourage advocates to commit to six months of intentional follow-up with you after your visit to Twelve Stones. We will provide you with a summary and action plan that gives you additional guidance and direction. Beyond that, after our time together, your advocates can reach out to us for additional guidance at any time.

Why is an advocate vital?
In our experience, the presence of an advocate drastically improves the success of what takes place in counseling and after. Many times, those in crisis have been isolated from the community. Advocates help to bring them back into a healthy, biblical community. They care for you deeply and will be a friend, guide, and encourager through your toughest days. If you don’t think you have an advocate, please reach out. We will help you find one.

Empowering the Advocate

We encourage advocates to read these resources prior to coming to the retreat to prepare for their role. Click here to download.

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