The Center for Integrative Health offers many services in support of holistic healing…
What is Integrative Health/Holistic Healing?
Integrative or Holistic health is an approach to facilitating and sustaining wellbeing that recognizes all aspects of a person's needs; the psychological, physical, social, and spiritual domains are taken into account and seen as as one system. Dis-ease then can be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, or environmental imbalance. At the Center for Integrative Health, our intention is to keep this wider point of view in our work, having on one site a variety of disciplines and qualified professionals, and over time to expand the range of interventions we are able to offer.
How can integrative treatment approaches help facilitate healing from past trauma?
Trauma disrupts and overwhelms the self on multiple levels: our minds, bodies, hearts, and relationships. So it follows that healing also must occur on many levels: emotionally, relationally, somatically, spiritually. A treatment approach that integrates different modalities such as emotion-focused psychotherapy, CBT for insomnia, massage, yoga, energy work, (plus many more!) either simultaneously or sequentially, can address all elements of the self in a holistic way.
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
Svaroopa® yoga gives you more than a workout does, but with less work. This yoga is leveraged; it is deceptively easy and amazingly powerful. You don’t think you did anything, yet you actually get more than ever before. You get huge results for a little bit of effort. From Yoga International, “Svaroopa® yoga is not exercise. It’s a scientific maximization of your body’s capacity, dissolving the tensions that inhibit your body’s natural functioning and inherent healing capacity.”
The quality of life is not based on how much you do but on how much you let go; not on how far you go, but on how open and easy you are. Svaroopa® yoga’s spinal decompression removes the inner blocks so you can experience what the sages’ promise you: svaroopa – the bliss of your own being. Come for the physical changes that Svaroopa® yoga guarantees: reducing pain, reversing the age-clock and boosting your healing power. In Svaroopa® yoga, you don’t push to make the pose happen; you prop and align, then allow the changes to develop. Physical changes are the beginning of a profound deepening, which provides magical internal changes. All levels open up simultaneously: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Trauma is literally a "wound" and may be defined as residual energy held in the Limbic System of the brain, where sensory memory is stored, as well as the Reptilian Brain, where our instincts are activated. The Neocortex is the thinking part of the brain, and while it helps to process a traumatic event in the Neocortex, it is necessary to engage the Limbic System and Reptilian Brain to process and manage the energy of the trauma.
Conscious breathing, movement and other expressive explorations engage and help to integrate with the Neocortex those places where the trauma energy is stored. Even small or subtle gestures, motion and healing touch can create a safe pathway to discharge unwanted e
Training & Consultation
A life coach is not a therapist, mentor or teacher although in coaching there are teaching moments and therapeutic aspects. Rather than tell you what to do, a life coach will guide you to see the choices available to you. Together you will figure out the best approaches, and the coach will support you in your efforts while keeping a consistent focus on building and using your strengths.
Coaching can be helpful for anyone looking for clarity and support in achieving goals. Clients frequently arrive saying they feel, “stuck” or “I don’t know how to…”
How is life coaching different than therapy?
Therapy is defined as “treatment with the intention of healing or relieving a disorder or pathology.” A life coach is not a therapist and works with clients (as opposed to patients) who are healthy and able to work actively on achieving goals. These clients just need some help and support.
Talk therapy often involves deep examination of a patient’s past to identify the source of a problem. In contrast, the focus of life coaching is primarily the present situation and design of future actions that will optimize achievement of specific goals.
For articles addressing the differences between therapy and coaching, see the following links: