My Approach to Helping the Whole Person
I often use the term holistic health as well as alternative medicine to refer to methods which are alternative to a given mainstream practice in a particular time, place, and culture. Yet many of these techniques have been understood and refined for thousands of years, and on will find are often in other cultures quite the norm, used by themselves and in conjunction with modern medical-model based treatment. One fundamental view I hold is in the importance of seeing the person a whole versus treating only symptoms (allopathic). I find treating a symptom means a person may feel better temporarily or only in one area, but quickly returns to struggling or dealing with the side-effects of the supposed "treatment". Instead, by trying to work on the problem for a higher-order or deeper level, we can help people heal in a more complete and lasting way.
It's all about what works
I believe deeply in pragmatism -- doing what works. And, I have been fortunate to receive training from the world's top experts in several approaches to psychotherapy to better serve my own clients. I am always open to learning new methods in any area that is effective in promoting growth and healing. That is, so long as they work. If you agree, and like whatever method you find works best for you wherever it comes from, then you might appreciate my approach. While you don't have to understand anything at all about how I work to benefit, for those who are interested I provide a bit more detail here about my approach to therapy.
In addition to traditional talk-therapy with a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) framework and drawing on my training in Gestalt Therapy, I use a number of other techniques IF they are a good fit and the individual is interested. These might include:
- Bioenergetics, Energy Medicine and Muscle Testing - especially useful in investigating Mind-Body Nutrition Connections including things Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivities. The energy techniques I have training in, resemble in many ways Emotional Freedom Technique, tapping, and use of meridians and chakras as in acupuncture, but with no needles or poking of any kind. I often draw most on these approaches when working with client who have specific phobias (e.g. fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of spiders or non-allergy food preferences they would like to change).
- Meditation and Mindfulness - learning meditation and basic awareness raising techniques can help improve a range of issues including anxiety, addiction, and depression. Individuals with ADHD-like symptoms or difficulties concentrating may also find this approach helpful.
- Hypnosis - hypnosis can be helpful for certain phobias or situational anxiety, things like Fear of Public Speaking or Improving Athletic Performance (golf, tennis, other sports) along with Energy Medicine approach described above. I find hypnosis is also especially useful for Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation.