The REST Approach is an intensive and interactive scripture-based self-guided psychoeducational workshop aimed at helping individuals process and heal from psychological distress including anxiety, depression and other symptoms of complex trauma. Through this workshop, participants are introduced to a variety of evidence-based psychosomatic treatment interventions such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, guided imagery, prayer-based emotional freedom tapping (EFT), somatic soothing and the "mindfulness what and how skills" of dialectical behavioral therapy. In addition, narrative and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic techniques are incorporated to help participants process their thoughts and feelings related to self-awareness and God-awareness (SAGA).
The four components of the REST Approach are embedded in the scripture of Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Rest implies release - letting go. Letting go of tension in our bodies by learning to pause and relax. Letting go of tension in our minds by learning to focus on the things we have control over instead of the things we don’t. Rest also implies a divine exchange. Exchanging your worries for God’s peace. Exchanging your bitterness for God’s love. Exchanging your thoughts for God’s promises.
The REST Approach follows the mnemonic, R - E -S -T. Rest & Repent “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Embrace “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” Settle “and you will find rest for your souls. Trust & Testify “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This workshop includes a 116 slide presentation that Cherie has voiced over to walk individuals through the self-guided REST Approach process. Participants are encouraged to purchase The REST Approach workbook on Amazon. The workbook goes hand in hand with the workshop and give participants a place to journal their thoughts and feelings.
If you are interested in virtual or in-person individual or small group counseling, or a weekend workshop using The REST Approach, please contact me through email. My hope is that anyone anywhere has access to this material. The REST Approach is an excellent way to break free from suffocating mental, emotional and spiritual strongholds. Everyone deserves freedom, including YOU!