What is Holistic Psychotherapy?
Becoming the best version of oneself is a lifelong process. It involves growth and reflection. It can also be a difficult and emotionally painful experience. When a person finds a holistic psychotherapist, they find a mentor. Especially, a guide who helps open doors and windows to a lifetime of healthy living in the mind, body and in all the relationships we build.
What do Holistic Psychotherapists do?
Holistic means whole, and in the realm of psychotherapy, it means a psychological consideration of the whole person. This includes their lifestyle, mental and physical health, cognitive and behavioural attributes. It also seeks to provide thoughtful insight into how their interactions in life will affect one’s psyche, mood and behaviours. As opposed to traditional talk therapy, holistic psychotherapy is an in-depth process that can lead to a profound and life-long change in any person.
How does Holistic Therapy help?
The stigma of seeking the help of a psychotherapist has begun to change for the better these days. Today, normal, healthy individuals and couples meet regularly with therapists to ensure their positive mental health. They seek help to build strategies for overcoming life’s obstacles, no matter what we face. Psychotherapists are highly trained and educated to understand all mental health ailments from a wide variety of different perspectives. Holistic psychotherapy can help:
- Treat anxiety, depression, panic attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.
- Control self-sabotaging behaviours, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Eating Disorders and Addictions.
- Adjust to major life changes like divorce, job changes and the death of loved ones.
- Learning to appropriately express difficult emotions like anger, shame, guilt and fear.
- Provide a safe space for families and couples to learn healthy coping strategies, communication skills and conflict resolution to help foster better relationships.
- Deepen one’s self-knowledge and broaden their perspective for a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
When is a Licensed Psychotherapist who practices holistic therapy the right choice?
Decades of research has demonstrated that the link between the brain’s limbic system, described simply as the brain’s emotional centre, and the cortex, the part of the brain that analyzes and controls language and logic. Holistic psychotherapists seek to access the cortex through traditional talk therapy, and, at the same time, to stimulate the limbic system with non-traditional therapy styles like Gestalt Therapy, Coherence Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. In addition, they use techniques such as the Focusing technique, creative arts, guided imagery and mindfulness training. Psychotherapists will build a therapy plan that aims to set attainable goals. Also, they develop a treatment plan to address the issues, problems and diagnosis of each of their patients. A holistic psychotherapist may also recommend activities such as yoga, meditation or brain exercises that can help to resolve issues and mental health problems.