Holistic and Integrative Care
Holistic care considers the mind and body as a whole system that works together. In mental health, if the mind feels stressed, we explore the ways in which the physical body is affected.
Integrative care considers the unique needs of the individual and works in collaboration with the client to find approaches that are designed to fit them effectively.
There are many other considerations to explore in holistic and integrative therapy:
THE SYSTEMS WE LIVE IN
OUR HUMAN NATURE
MIND BODY INTEGRATION
ENERGY HEALING and NOETIC SCIENCES
UNIQUE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS
& CLIENT AUTONOMY
Following a systems theory is part of holistic therapy. When we consider how our families; communities; towns/cities; country; and world influence our internal experiences, we may start to uncover a more profound understanding of ourselves. As well, we realize that we are not alone.
It is not uncommon to invite family, friends and other loved ones into the therapeutic relationship with the goal of support for deeper understanding and interpersonal effectiveness. Moreover, we will consider cultural beliefs that may influence or aid in the therapeutic process.
Examples of activities used in a systems approach:
GENORGRAM (similar to family tree)
FAMILY LIFE CHRONOLOGY
(major events that influence family systems)
FAMILY MAPPING (roles and rules families establish)
Supporting individuals whose family members have Mental Health Diagnoses
A client-centered or humanistic approach allows a client and therapist to develop a genuine rapport and client's trust in the therapeutic process. When a client reveals profound emotional experiences and vulnerability the therapist holds a space of unconditional positive regard and acceptance. When such depth and richness are expressed, the therapist remains authentic with the client about countertransference in order to validate the client's experiences. As well, the therapist remains honest with feedback regarding transference. Such authenticity supports self-actualization and self acceptance.
Examples of activities used in a client-centered/Humanistic approach:
HEARTHMATH® EXPERIENCE SKILLS
HEART EXPLORATIONS AND IMAGERY