Holistic Psychotherapist Defined
What is “Holistic”?
Exploring Alternative Medicine
This Blog is titled “Holistic Psychotherapist Defined”. So just what does it mean when we say “Holistic”? How do we define the term “Holistic” as it relates to the medical field? Nowadays, many practitioners, including myself, define themselves as “holistic”. But there seems to be some confusion and lack of understanding as to what this term actually means. You might agree with me this is pretty fuzzy.
According to Wikipedia, “The holistic concept in medical practice, which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people’s needs including psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. A 2007 study said the concept was alive and well in general medicine in Sweden. This is great news!
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Alternative Medicine
Some practitioners of holistic medicine use alternative medicine exclusively. Although sometimes holistic treatment can simply mean that a physician takes into account of all of a person’s circumstances in giving treatment. Sometimes when alternative medicine is mixed with mainstream medicine the result is called “holistic” medicine. Though this is more commonly termed integrative medicine.
So to know definitively you really have to take time to slow down and ask questions to clarify. For instance, according to the American Holistic Medical Association, it is believed that the spiritual element should also be taken into account when assessing a person’s overall well-being.”
Holistic Psychotherapist- References
2) American Cancer Society. January 2013. Retrieved September 2013.
3) Strandberg, Eva; Ovhed, Ingvar; Borgquist, Lars; Wilhelmsson, Susan (2007). “The perceived meaning of a (w)holistic view among general practitioners and district nurses in Swedish primary care: A qualitative study”. BMC Family Practice 8: 8. doi:10.1186/1471-2296-8-8. PMC 1828160. PMID 17346340.4) American Holistic Medical Association
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Options
I’ve been interested in alternative and holistic medicine for the last 15 years. Consequently I’ve also adopted spiritual practices in my personal life. Largely the reason this happened is fascinating and very common. This occurred when I was getting my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Simultaneously, I was also dealing with some personal challenges in my life.
Fortunately I started meditating and learning about alternative approaches and techniques. I also received training in clinical hypnosis and guided meditation. This lead me to conclude that I was achieving great success with my clients. They suffered from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma. Additionally I studied Zen and other forms of meditation. Then I started teaching my clients simple breathing techniques with great success.
At the same span of time I was also struggling from depression and anxiety. Which I’ve experienced all my life. It’s partially genetic and partially due to abuse and trauma I suffered ever since I was 15 years old. This abuse last until I was almost 25 years old.
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Options(cont.)
This abuse and trauma also occurred in my intimate relationships with men. Traditional therapy, even though helpful, has its limitations. I’m happy to report that I finally had a break-through. This was after I started using alternative approaches in addition to seeing a psychotherapist. We can talk more about that later.
Frankly, I’m determined to find ways to help myself and my clients without the need to rely on medication. Medication can be life saving in some instances, such as in the case of bi-polar disorder or during the initial course of treatment.
However often times clients are given prescriptions by their primary care physicians who don’t have in-depth knowledge about psychiatric disorders. As a result there are always some type of side effects. This might include for example having trouble reaching an orgasm! So there is much to consider.
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Overview
You see I always encourage my clients to get properly evaluated by a psychiatrist. It is also recommended that clients see a psychotherapist such as licensed marriage and family therapist such as myself. As well as a licensed mental health counselor or a licensed clinical social worker. Of course the downside for taking medication is it just alleviates the symptoms. But it doesn’t deal with the root causes of depression or anxiety.
My company, Holistic Coaching International as well as my website www.NaturalStressManagement.com was created to help! As an example you can access my “Stress to Bliss” Guide which focuses on the whole person. This is in terms of mind, body, emotion and spirit for identifying both issues and solutions naturally.
For example, when I see a client who is suffering from anxiety and is stressed out or overwhelmed, I assess their lifestyle in general. This includes several areas of their life such as their nutrition, exercise, social support, family life, career and finances.
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Overview (Cont.)
Research shows that many chronic medical illnesses, such as diabetes, and high blood pressure are linked to experiencing chronic stress. Which often times is found to be a result of lacking the necessary coping skills.
In addiition it is being unaware that your health is more than just your physical health. In other words, it is not enough just to have regular check-ups and take the necessary supplements. It is just as equally important to have emotional and mental health. Including having the tools and coping skills to deal with life’s stresses in the environment.
When I work with clients, we explore the root causes for anxiety and depression. We do this by utilizing traditional psychotherapy. As an example, this might be exploring their family-of-origin dynamics. Alternatively, it might be exploring their belief system and their values as well.
We also discuss their lifestyle. Recommendations are completed based on their individual experiences and symptoms. Sometimes we discuss alternative approaches, such as going to a yoga class. We might also discuss getting a massage or going to a meditation class.
Holistic Psychotherapist Defined- Techniques
I utilize several alternative and complimentary medicine approaches in my work with clients. This includes, for example, clinical hypnosis and guided meditation. Also it could include emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping”. In addition to that I might utilize Neuro-linguistic programming as well. I also collaborate with other holistic practitioners. This might be, as an example, fitness experts, health coaches and massage therapists. All of this of course is in each client’s best interests.
For more information about my holistic and integrative services please visit my website www.NaturalStressManagement.com
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Mateja Petje- Blog Resources
In an effort to keep you well informed I’ve included more quick links to my other Blog posts. While you’re learning more about Holistic Psychotherapy these specific Blog links will assist you with more information. So whether you want to diagnose common symptoms or just absorb general knowledge to educate yourself you will locate it in the Blog section… They will help you understand better. The more you know the better off you will be.
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