Holistic Therapy

A holistic approach to therapy leads with the big picture. Holistic psychotherapy, an integrative treatment method, emphasizes the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit, attempting to understand and address the ways issues in one aspect of a person can manifest in other areas. Therapists who use a holistic approach typically believe that seeing each client as a whole being with interconnected emotions, physical feelings, thoughts and spiritual experiences is fundamental to providing successful care. Holistic therapists will help clients gain a deeper understanding of their whole self, which can build self-awareness and self-acceptance. Holistic Therapy is used to treat a number of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and mood regulation.  Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s holistic therapy experts today.

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I operate from the perspective that we cannot separate mind, body, emotions and spirit, as well as our role in the human systems we belong to. I use techniques that heal by integrating all aspects of a person including mindfulness practices, the importance of exercise and healthy eating and exploration of one’s perspective on life meaning. I am certified in the Emotional Freedom Technique-Tapping which heals trauma through the connection between emotions and the body.

— Lynn Acquafondata, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochester, NY

This type of work involves seeing the person as a whole. I view holistic therapy as anything outside of the traditional "talk" therapy. It is the interconnection of mind, body and spirit. By using strategies from yoga, mindfulness and other grounding techniques this allows you get to into the body and out of your mental chatter. While Western medicine is important to our culture this type of therapy is an expansion of honoring all worldly healing practices that work best for you.

— Molly Zive, Psychotherapist in San Diego, CA

There's magic that happens when you decide to discover who you truly are. An internal spark ignites and guides your way when you commit yourself to a path of integration. You can make a choice to bring the diverse and often conflicting aspects of your inner self into harmony. However, you must make an active commitment to meet, accept and integrate all parts of yourself. Holistic therapy encourages you to directly experience who you are. You can then live more peacefully with yourself.

— Rhonda Forsyth, Licensed Professional Counselor in WOODLAND PARK, CO

A holistic approach means seeing a person as a whole being and recognizing the interconnectedness of one’s mind, body, and spirit in defining one’s overall wellness. Holistic balance utilizes a self-inventory of one’s mental (psychological), physical, emotional (i.e. expression of emotions), and spiritual (i.e. values, beliefs, sense of purpose) health to identify imbalances and work towards optimal wellness by strengthening weakened areas.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I provide Holistic Therapy for client sessions where we address emotional health needs first and additionally address physical health and nutritional health to increase mental health recovery outcomes. I'm licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and also certified as a Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, and Master Level Hypnotherapist.

— Brandi Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A persons overall health is linked to their body, mind, and soul, as such if one is out of balance the rest will also be out of balance.

— Jenna Hawton-Calingasan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fairfield, CA

I approach the work I do integrating somatic psychology techniques, yoga therapy, body movement and psychedelic integration. A holistic approach allows for the opportunity to drop down from the head (intellect) and move into the body to discover and recover the deep wisdom available there.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist

I believe that mind and body are connected on every level and that mental health issues often manifest in part due to lifestyle choices and how we are treating our bodies. I am being trained in using different nutritional and integrative approaches to help clients understand ways they can change habits associated with eating, sleeping , exercising etc to improve their mental and physical health.

— Heidi Schnakenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

There are two types of holistic therapy. One is horizontally holistic, and the other is vertically holistic. Horizontally holistic therapy attempts to incorporate all physical realities, such as the physical body, emotion, lower mind, and culture. On the other hand, vertically holistic therapy incorporates not only the physical realities but also the realities beyond the physical level, such as the higher mind and the spirit. The holistic counseling I offer is the latter.

— Hideko Ota, Counselor in Berkeley, CA

For me, interconnectedness is key. I understand our inner and outer landscapes to be complex. Holistic therapy is about centering wholeness. It is considering a wider view of our experiences and challenging perceived separateness.

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I believe we are wired to be in symphony with nature, natural products, the rhythms and cycles of nature in our lives. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness all help us reduce inflammation, the cause of pain an disease, (dis-ease). Chemicals are man made and our bodies do not know how to process them. We do have the capacity to utilize effectively organic foods for healthy living and thinking. I encourage, (offer courage) to clients to think about their life processes holistically.

— Linda Cash, Counselor in Greensboro, NC

In addition to Master's and Doctoral level degrees in Clinical Psychology, I also have a Master's degree in Holistic Health Education. I have been focused on Holistic Studies for over thirty years and run Consortium for Holistic Studies which focuses on intersections of the individual and the environment. Having this training helps me look at not only the individual components of mind, body, and spirit but also how you are integrated into your various environments.

— Marjorie Cohn, Clinical Psychologist

As a practitioner of holistic therapy, I see you as an entity comprised of many parts. I tend to think of you not in terms of symptoms but as an integrated being of mind, body, and spirit. I believe that when any aspect of ourself is damaged or ignored, we do not have optimal overall functioning. Working with you, I will seek to understand you as a complex being with a multitude of interpersonal, cultural, familial, and universal experiences. And I will walk with you toward healing.

— Alicia A. Williams, Ed.D., Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

Holistic psychotherapy aligns the mind, body, and spirit. I am here to help: -Tackle negative thoughts and beliefs -Increase awareness and usefulness of the mind-body connection -Identify meaning and purpose in your life to promote the utmost sustainable positive change Holistic psychotherapy is also mindful of environmental and systemic factors contributing to your presenting concerns, including gender identity, race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, etc.

— Kaitlin Boyd, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

My approach is centered on growth and healing. I treat mental health symptoms as inseparable from the full breadth of your personality and your lived experiences. I offer therapy as a space where you can return to yourself, week to week. A reliable place where you can slow down, really meet your inner world, and learn to relate to what you discover there.

— Elaina Barulic, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

At Lesley University, I specialized in Holistic Theories, which essentially means I pick and choose from many styles of therapy to create an eclectic approach that is tailored to you and you alone. I integrate practices from humanistic, relational, psychodynamic, existential, and creative arts as it makes sense. Are you finding that meditation is helpful? Writing song lyrics to express your emotions? Everything is welcome, if it brings meaning and solace to your experience.

— Laura Knudsen, Counselor in Newton, MA

As a holistic psychotherapist, I view all of my clients as being intrinsically whole. Though, as humans, we often have emotional and mental suffering and pain, I'm also very aware that we all have within us a deep inner wisdom that knows what we need to heal. My goal as your therapist is to help you become more in touch with that inner wisdom, or intuition. I am non-pathologizing in my approach and focus on the big picture. I am very aware of the mind-body-spirit connection in my work.

— Jennifer Twardowski, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

A holistic approach considers the person as mind/body/spirit. Physical symptoms are associated with emotional/mental symptoms and vice versa. Evidence shows that stress is the underlying cause of most chronic health conditions. It makes sense, then, to treat the person holistically.

— Sue McRee, Therapist in Pinellas Park, FL

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— Richelle Vawter, Licensed Professional Counselor in SEATTLE, WA

As a psychotherapist, I utilize various modalities to inspire the development of productive and beneficial belief systems in areas of confidence, self-worth, and Significance that results in an increased ability to naturally form cohesive relationships (Belonging). The paramount goal of therapy is to release destructive self-directed beliefs and behaviors and to replace them with tools that will allow you to become Confident and Empowered.

— Alice Amos, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

I believe that psychotherapy isn't only about exploring the mind, but also exploring other aspects of life including our bodies, relationships, activities, spirituality, and more. My training and own personal experience has taught me that growth and healing is most possible when the WHOLE person is taken into account.

— Cyla Fisk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Utilizing this therapy allows us to see a big picture of what is happening in ones life. I utilize the mind-body connection to find where the disconnect in life is coming from. We truly have the ability to heal ourselves and find ways to create the life we were meant to live. I use a variety of approaches to help my clients connect with themselves in a way that feels comfortable and genuine.

— Crystal Deichert, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Aurora, CO

I treat my clients as a whole person rather then a diagnosis. I see the importance of addressing all areas of a person's health and wellbeing, including their mental and emotional health but also social, physical, spiritual, and occupational health as well. All of these life areas interact and impact on another, so I find the counseling experience to be most effective when all areas are in a state of growth.

— Rebecca Haney, Counselor

This type of work involves seeing the person as a whole. I view holistic therapy as anything outside of the traditional "talk" therapy. It is the interconnection of mind, body and spirit. By using strategies from yoga, mindfulness and other grounding techniques this allows you get to into the body and out of your mental chatter. While Western medicine is important to our culture this type of therapy is an expansion of honoring all worldly healing practices that work best for you.

— Molly Zive, Psychotherapist in San Diego, CA

I use several different approaches in therapy but they all have one thing in common, they are holistic. This is important in order to experience growth and healing in the mind, emotions and body. Therapy approaches that only focus on part of the person, will only experience part of the healing. I believe it is important to address the entire person because our mind, emotions and body are all connected.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

My focus is on the whole individual in treatment, mind, body & spirit. I teach clients how to relax their bodies and minds through yoga, meditation and mindfulness in session. I also assist clients in improving their sleep which impacts mood, energy and overall functioning. I am also available to discuss spiritual issues if clients are open to that and help guide them to see how helpful any kind of spiritual path can be a helpful part of treatment.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

I offer holistic care support that is molded to fit your personal needs as an individual. WIth 10 years background in holistic healthcare, I have witnessed and experienced the power of helping individuals from the inside out, working with the person as a whole. Therefore, i identify the importance of acknowledging each aspect of a person and working to hold up the areas that need extra care and attention in order to establish stability, longevity and wellness in their life.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR