WHAT IS INDIGENOUS TRADITIONAL BASED HEALING?
We formed our unique Indigenous Traditional based approach to behavioural health therapy on decades of research and a deep understanding of Indigenous patterns of healing and life.
Indigenous people experience a different sense of community, different family values and structures and different relationship dynamics than people who follow western ways of life. We have also experienced different hurts, abuse and traumas than people in the western world, and this makes it hard for them to understand the complex layers we need to work through to heal and change our selves, our lives and our communities.
Our different experiences also mean that we need a different type of therapy to help us heal. Indigenous Traditional based healing helps us return to the systems and values our culture held before European colonization and brings us back to patterns of healing that fit us.
Indigenous Traditional based healing, for example, embraces our dreams and visions as a natural part of the Indigenous psyche and a sign of a healthy and balanced mind, body, heart and spirit. The western world often does not understand these visions and dreams and labels them as something they are not – schizophrenia, delusions or other mental illnesses.
Our approach to treating Indigenous mental health issues fits the therapy to the person, not the person to the therapy. We help individuals understand their inner selves, restore peace and balance to all aspects of life – mind, body, heart and spirit – and live productive, healthy and happy lives.