If you this is your first time trying holistic therapy, you probably have questions about how it feels and how it works. Here are some key principles of my holistic approaches.
Building the Relationship
Before beginning any major therapeutic work, it is important for us to build a supportive and trusting relationship. Safety and empathic understanding have to be in place for vulnerability, honesty, and positive change to happen. We may sometimes experience difficulties or conflict in therapy, but these are genuine opportunities for growth and deepened understanding. The process of rupture and solid repair builds a powerful and sincere therapeutic relationship.
A "Whole Person" Approach
It is important to consider how we live in our minds, bodies, spirits, emotions, and physical environment. Many people operate heavily in the "mind" space and feel less connected to their other areas of being. In therapy we can explore ways to help the mind find stillness, build awareness and trust in your body, get in touch with your emotions, raise spiritual consciousness, and bond with the natural world.
There are many helpful techniques we can use to gain insight and connect the whole self. These include:
Working with dreams, archetypes and symbols
Drawing, writing, and other creative exercises
Dream work, rituals, and visualization
Nature/elemental work and grounding exercises
Breath work, meditation, and somatic practices
Depth & Transpersonal Work
Some people discover meaning in seeking spiritually transcendent experiences or in working with the unconscious. In therapy, we can explore spiritual emergence, connection to higher states of awareness, and building intuition. We can build compassion for others, forgiveness, and gratitude. We can also work on hidden complexes, ego defenses, and the shadow self.