At some time in our lives, we will all reach a low point and we will struggle. Many seek professional help in the form of counseling to gain the experience and knowledge needed in order to cope and push through these difficult times. Professional treatment is often times the last resort for individuals. What many people do not know, is that individual therapy can help the beginning stages of disorders, addictions, depression, stress, anxiety, family issues, trauma, and so much more. Counseling can be used as both a preventative measure and as a corrective measure to assist those in need and to get them back on track to a healthy mental and physical state.
Holistic counseling and therapy have been on the rise. Holistic therapy takes the approach of treating the “whole” person, involving looking into their life experiences as well as spiritual, physical, and psychological aspects of the person, not just the issue they are struggling with. Be sure to find a licensed counselor who uses a holistic approach rather than who “coaches” using holistic methods. Holistic approaches and counseling involve treatment of the “entire” person, from the inside out. The goal of holistic counseling is for the client to achieve an improved mental, physical, and spiritual state.
Holistic therapy and exercises are catered towards the three main components of a person. Massage, yoga, and other bodywork techniques are used on the physical aspect of the person’s body in order to help relieve tension and promote a better awareness of trouble areas as they arise rather than suffering after an extended period of time have passed. These trouble areas are signs of repressed emotions and stress that the person is struggling with. The next set of exercises involves psychotherapy aspects to assist the individual with the emotions they are feeling as the tension is released from the body. Further education, as well as discussion of emotions and the stressors in the person’s life, will help them understand and be able to develop coping mechanisms as their awareness is heightened. The last part of holistic treatment is to identify with the spiritual aspects of the person. Both therapist and client will explore the deeper meanings of the individual’s life and of the world in order to help heal the soul and mind. Meditation is a favored form of therapy used to assist in addressing the soul as well as spiritual aspects of the person.
Holistic therapy is an excellent form or preventative therapy, also known as wellness therapy or practice. A balance is sought in holistic treatment of the body, spirit and mind. Holistic therapy has proved beneficial to many that have tried and used it, as it also helps educate the person to be more attuned to their needs as well as stress factors. By being able to identify negative emotions as well as cope with them, holistic treatment helps prevent further relapses and promote growth of a person’s well-being. Using holistic counseling will take more than a couple of sessions. The treatment is geared towards longevity and increasing the strength of positivity within a person.