What is Holistic Psychotherapy?

Holistic psychotherapy can be defined in many different ways but the general guiding belief system is that each individual is unique and that physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of an individual are interconnected and integral to our health. This means that when one aspect of our self is in strife, then other aspects of our health our impacted. A holistic therapeutic approach takes into account the entire individual – including the idea that each person has unique biology, belief systems, spiritual and emotional experiences, and an individual way of finding meaning in life. A holistic framework relies less on the strict medical model, including relying less on diagnoses or labels and focuses instead on treating all aspects of self – mind, body, and spirit within a more cohesive wellness framework.

Holistic psychotherapy is person centered and sometimes can be viewed as “working outside the box” because the holistic framework recognizes that each individual is unique and multi-dimensional and that healing can take many different forms.

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My Holistic Approach:

I am inspired by a variety of therapeutic disciplines including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, neuroscience (understanding what the brain can teach us about happiness and healing), positive psychology, creative therapies, self-care, mindfulness, yoga and eastern philosophy, psychodynamic theory, Motivational Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. I believe that every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that therapy is a collaborative process working towards facilitation of innate strengths, increasing health and happiness, resiliency, life meaning, and learning how to take concrete steps towards change and empowerment.

Therapeutic Interventions:

Sometimes therapy will seem like we are just two individuals having a meaningful conversation or sometimes I will make recommendations around physical strategies related to exercise and nutrition or sometimes I may teach you mindfulness, or meditation strategies or other stress-reducing skills or sometimes I may suggest delving deeper into personal introspection through journal writing or other creative endeavors. Overall, we will work together to find tools and solutions that work best for your health and healing and that guide you towards long term happiness and self-care.