What is Holistic Counseling?

Holistic counseling is a therapeutic approach that considers the body, mind, and spirit as an integrated whole. Rather than focusing only on thoughts and feelings as in traditional psychotherapy, a holistic approach recognizes that psychological difficulties are not only experienced in the mind but are also felt "in the body," predominantly the nervous system.

Ancients of all philosophies recognized the power of the breath in effectively connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Developments in the field of neuroscience have allowed scientists to study the positive effects of focused breath, meditation and yoga postures on the nervous system and specific parts of the brain. By paying attention to the sensations of the body, and adding mind-body modalities to traditional psychotherapy, healing potential can be enhanced.

Somatic (body) symptoms typically experienced in psychological issues:

  • DEPRESSION ~ sleeplessness, fatigue, and achiness
  • ANXIETY ~ racing heart, chest pain, nausea, or shortness of breath
  • TRAUMA ~ body stuck in "fight or flight" resulting in muscle tension, sleep difficulty, flashbacks
  • GRIEF ~ fatigue, heaviness, loss of appetite, headaches