Mercy Center

for healing the whole person

       Vitality Programs

Vitality

“The capacity to live, grow, develop.”

(The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)



An intensive whole person program that combines the work of psychotherapy, inner healing, spiritual direction, breath/bodywork, mandala assessment, personal and professional educational training for adult life skills to effect personal life-change.


What Does The Vitality Program Offer? The Vitality program includes quality in-depth experiential and integrative work for men and women who seek healing from poor self-esteem, ministry burn-out, grief and loss, life and ministry transition, psycho-sexual immaturity, the father wound, the mother wound and psycho-social impairment, recovery from dysfunctional family and community systems. The Vitality programs have a specific area of concentration such as: healing the father wound, healing the mother wound, healing grief, healing anger, coping with life transitions, healing ministry burn-out, healing victims of violence, mandala assessment/integration.  The Vitality program is designed for both individual and group participation and offers a prayerful environment for those who seek personal discernment, healing and direction. What Does The Vitality Program Offer? The Vitality program includes quality in-depth experiential and integrative work for men and women who seek healing from poor self-esteem, ministry burn-out, grief and loss, life and ministry transition, psycho-sexual immaturity, the father wound, the mother wound and psycho-social impairment, recovery from dysfunctional family and community systems. The Vitality programs have a specific area of concentration such as: healing the father wound, healing the mother wound, healing grief, healing anger, coping with life transitions, healing ministry burn-out, healing victims of violence, mandala assessment/integration.  The Vitality program is designed for both individual and group participation and offers a prayerful environment for those who seek personal discernment, healing and direction.


Who Can Benefit? Our most recent participants have been men and women religious, priests, seminarians and laity of all ages from around the country with varied backgrounds and training. The one most common factor is their desire for an in-depth and intensive therapeutic experience that prepares them for active ministry and equips them with mature life skills for “living life to the full.” (Jn10:10)  Many participants have come to heal their father wound which has left them unable to establish boundaries, maintain healthy relationships, manage and contain personal life choices, work well with authority, procrastinate and self-sabotage. Others have come to heal their mother wound that may has left them with emotional paralysis, frozen feelings or enmeshment, disaffected with body image, fear of sexuality and sensuality or an inability to relate to self, God and others.Who Can Benefit? Our most recent participants have been men and women religious, priests, seminarians and laity of all ages from around the country with varied backgrounds and training. The one most common factor is their desire for an in-depth and intensive therapeutic experience that prepares them for active ministry and equips them with mature life skills for livinglifetothefull. (Jn10:10)  Many participants have come to heal their father wound which has left them unable to establish boundaries, maintain healthy relationships, manage and contain personal life choices, work well with authority, procrastinate and self-sabotage. Others have come to heal their mother wound that may has left them with emotional paralysis, frozen feelings or enmeshment, disaffected with body image, fear of sexuality and sensuality or an inability to relate to self, God and others.


Who Provides The Training and Services? The Mercy Center has established a team of professional men and women who combine the best of inner healing, spiritual direction, psychotherapy, body/breath work to produce an innovative treatment program. The emphasis of  the Vitality program is to help men and women to live, grow and develop adult life skills and equip them for active ministry, effective personal development and growth in psycho-sexual and psycho-social maturity.Who Provides The Training and Services? The Mercy Center has established a team of professional men and women who  combine the best of inner healing, spiritual direction, psychotherapy, body/breath work to produce an innovative treatment program. The emphasis of  the Vitality program is to help men and women to live, grow and develop adult life skills and equip them for active ministry, effective personal development and growth in psycho-sexual and psycho-social maturity.


How Long Is A Vitality Program? Many of our participants come for a personally designed program and may stay in residence from 15 to 31 days +. How Long Is A Vitality Program? Many of our participants come for a personally designed program and may stay in residence from 15 to 31 days.


How Do I Apply? You will need to complete the Vitality Application that will be used to design a program to best help you achieve your personal and professional goals.How Do I Apply? You will need to complete the Vitality Application that will be used to design a program to best help you achieve your personal and professional goals.


Program Design Includes:

     ▪     8 individual sessions per week of any of the following services:

     ▪     Individual and/or Group Counseling and/or Workshop Classes

     ▪     Art Therapy

     ▪     Spiritual Direction

     ▪     Ritual Grieving

     ▪     Inner Healing/Healing of Memories Prayer

     ▪     Massage Therapy

     ▪     Breath and Body Work

     ▪     Dream, Archetypes and Shadow Work

     ▪     EMDR - Trauma Resolution

     ▪     Myers Briggs Type Indicator

     ▪     Assessment/Integration

     ▪     Additional Sessions $60 each.



Vocation and Ministry Transitions:

For those leaving leadership positions, changing assignments, exploring new careers options, vocation re-alignment, discerning vocation and life career choices. For those who are about to experience the relief or grief of a significant change in their life vocation and/or ministry and want to remain healthy and avoid the damaging effects of stress and anxiety that can surface because of a Life Transition - this Vitality is for you.


Ministry Burn-Out:

If you are in need of recovery, reconstruction, personal and professional healing, examining your health care and creating your Personal Program for Holiness – this Vitality can help you. Ministry exhaustion can harm you, your family and friends, your local community household, your ministry and/or parish community. The negative consequences of not taking the time to recover and renew your body, mind and spirit can cause long-term illness and poor health, poor self-esteem and doubt, relentless shame, guilt and resentment, and ultimately loosing that intimate connection with our loving Creator.


Separation, Divorce and Widowhood: Life beyond the Loss of Significant Relationship(s):

Each human being is designed to be loved and to love; to touch and be touched; and to be known by a significant other. Each person’s family, culture and religious system determine how each person grieves the loss of a significant relationship. Some of us have not been given effective ways to grieve and reorganize who we are in the midst of loosing a significant relationship. This Vitality will explore family rules for grief, relationship dysfunctions, ritual grieving and how to begin the reconstruction phase of recovery from a significant relationship loss.


The Retirement Vitality: Life Directions for Future Adventures:

This Vitality offers a residential program for men and women who are anticipating, planning, or experiencing a redirection in their career and life choice. Finding new purpose, new meaning, and new vitality becomes essential to our spiritual, psychological, social, and physical well-being. Each participant will explore both mid-life and retirement issues. This program is offered year round.


Mission Re-Entry Vitality:

This year-round program is for men and women who are returning from a mission experience either short-term and/or long-term who want a time and place to share their stories, work through their blessings and burdens, and prepare for decisions about their future job, career, and social network. "The Mission Re-Entry Vitality” offers a wide range of supportive services to help a returning missionary reorganize her/his life focus so that health and well-being are restored and she/he can “Live life to the full” (John 10:10). This program offers an intensive whole person program that combines the work of psychotherapy, inner healing, spiritual direction, breath/body work, mandala assessment, and personal and professional educational training for adult life skills in order to effect personal life change and healing.


The Relationship Vitality for Married Couples - Quality Time to Invigorate Your Relationship and Intimacy Skills

The Relationship Vitality can also be scheduled anytime throughout the year. This one-week program $1000 per couple includes, room, board, classes, eight individual sessions and/or couple sessions, and all handouts and resources. The Couples Vitality has been designed to help each person assess their capacity for learning new and effective intimacy skills that will broaden your capacity for the following: Emotional Intimacy, Conversational Intimacy, Physical Intimacy, Sexual Intimacy, Empathy for Better Communication (Moving From Blaming to Changing), Conversational Intimacy, Play and Leisure Time: Making Memories, Creating New Relationship Patterns for Mutual Nurturance and Support, Getting, Giving and Receiving Affirmations.


Healing Trauma: Resolving Grief, Fear, and Frozen Feelings

This Vitality is for men and women who have suffered a traumatic experience that has left the scars of chronic grief, depression, sadness, fear of intimacy and the inability to feel and relate and express feelings and emotions. Many times trauma is mismanaged through food dependencies by over eating or love addictions, co-dependency, work addiction, and the inability to share healthy intimacy and love. The consequences of trauma can be resolved so that freedom to choose a life filled with healthy relationships can be achieved. Traumatic experiences may include: sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, domestic violence, workplace harassment or coping in a hostile work environment, chronic neglect or deprivation as a child, surviving a natural disaster, living in a country during a civil war or tribal violence.


Healing the Father and Mother Wound

Learn How to Heal the Hole in Your Chest Many participants come to heal their father wound that has left them unable to establish boundaries, maintain healthy relationships, manage and contain personal life choices and work well with authority. The father wound will manifest itself through procrastination, self-sabotage, over-extending and over functioning and the inability to manage money, credit cards and personal schedules. All addictions are an unconscious attempt to replace the father’s “container”. Until your father’s container is rebuilt and restored addictions and compulsions will abound. Others have come to heal their mother wound that has left them with emotional paralysis, frozen feelings or enmeshment, negative body image, fear of sexuality and sensuality, or an inability to relate to self, God and others. Until your mother’s contributions “the fluid that fill your father’s container” is restored, a person will be burdened with unmet longings and desires and attract abusive and punitive relationships with others. Both the mother and father wound can be healed and the adult life skills needed to become a fully functional adult can be achieved.