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The need that SOK aims to meet is to enable access to a highly effective, evidence-based, challenging marine adventure therapy to people recovering from addictions, abuse and other trauma; and to support these often excluded clients’ inclusion back into the community. SOK uses sailing in a way that does not require physical fitness; many participants who have impaired physical health or disabilities which could exclude them from taking part in other challenging outdoor activities can fully participate in SOK sessions. SOK is therefore a highly accessible type of intervention.
- We value the ancient tradition of working with nature and creating an empathic relationship with the environment in order to promote a holistic, transformative, experience.
- We value the reciprocal relationship between the client, therapist and nature
- We value our ability to attune to the individual and group needs.
- We value our clients as whole beings, we aim to enhance their WellBeing, and this is an inclusive term for physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social/cultural health.
- Our primary position is ‘I’m OK. You’re OK’.
- We value the client’s natural ability to heal their trauma, beyond simply managing symptoms; and build resilience.
We have 10 years of expertise in working with
- Clients recovering from addictions, abuse and other trauma.
- Adults, young people, families and couples; male and female groups, affected others and veterans.
- ‘Returnees’ mentoring programs to support our clients’ re-integration into the community.
Why we are unique
- Residential psychotherapeutic groups at sea for 4 days and nights.
- Process of experiential learning through creative sailing activities, therapeutic process time and exercises incorporating meditation, mindfulness and Tai Chi.
- Our program is client led and tailored and to meet individual needs as well as the referral agency requirements.
- We have a broad reaching evidence-based programme, informed by evaluations from clients and referral agencies.
- Our clinical interventions are consistently founded upon the most up to date research findings in a variety of relevant science and therapy disciplines.
- Our primary therapist and founder received a Queen’s award, The British Empire Medal, for services to marine adventure therapy and addiction services south west of UK.
- Historically our primary therapist has experienced many of the same difficulties as our clients and by sharing elements of his own recovery he helps to quickly create a trusting and positive relationship.
- To educate therapists and skippers in the benefits of therapeutic sailing and marine-based adventure therapy.
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