Holistic Therapy

It is clear that holistic, evidenced based approaches to mental health treatment are being utilized by more and more people to reduce anxiety, depression and increase an overall sense of wellbeing. The philosophy of holistic medicine is characterized by the belief that all parts of a human being are interconnected. Treatment can only be successful by addressing the WHOLE person, including, but not limited to nutrition, health concerns, neurobiology, social/ emotional and environmental factors. At TRUST YOUR HEART ~A PLACE FOR HEALING, our practitioners address the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental, social, physical, spiritual factors, rather than just the symptoms of a presenting problems. We ensure you have a comprehensive plan and referrals, if needed, that will lead you to the health and happiness you seek.

The acceptance of holistic medicine is evidenced by the growth of Integrative Medical Centers in major hospitals across the country.

Integrative therapy, or integrative counseling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.

At TRUST YOUR HEART~ A PLACE FOR HEALING, we offer an array of holistic therapies that aim to create a fuller integration of mind, body and spirit. Learning to make one’s mind useful to heal and create one’s reality is key to this approach.

Holistic approaches alone or in combination with traditional methods are found to be effective in treating many of the following issues:

~ Depression
~ Anxiety and stress
~ Psychological and emotional trauma(s)
~ Grief and loss
~ Insomnia
~ Irritability
~ General dissatisfaction and unhappiness
~ Transitional life experiences
~ Addictions
Pain management
~ Smoking cessation
~ Weight loss

Holistic psychotherapy utilizes traditional talk therapies and non-traditional therapies such as hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy, breath therapy, guided imagery, progressive relaxation skills, mindfulness, meditation, massage therapy, energy medicine, Reiki, sound healing, yoga, bibliotherapy, creative art and expressive therapies such as dance.

Most of these therapies integrate a strong spiritual component that use different levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness that have meaning for the client, such as those philosophies and practices found in Christian, Jewish and Buddhist traditions.

Holistic Therapies

    Hypnosis

    An intervention that induces the client into a trance state similar to the relaxation experience that occurs naturally in every person just before he/she enters into the sleep state. The therapist then provides post-hypnotic suggestions to achieve desired goals. In hypnosis, an individual is never unconscious, but completely conscious and aware at all times.

    Heart-Centered Hypnosis

    A form of regression therapy. The client is placed in a hypnotic state where they are able to identify the source and beginning of their unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. The therapist facilitates the release of the emotional energy contained in experiences, allowing the client to reframe their unhealthy patterns. This modality provides for a deep sense of healing due to the high level of insight attained. It is a therapeutic approach where the client is in charge of his/her “work” and healing process.

    Breath Therapy

    Teaches and utilizes specific breathing techniques to clear physical, mental and emotional blocks that lead to imbalance. The theory of breath work uses the metaphor that how we breathe is the way we live our lives. Clients may experience deep physical relaxation, release of repressed thoughts and emotions, psychological understanding, and expanded spiritual awareness.

    Guided Imagery

    A method of actively guiding a client to a deep place of relaxations and use of imagination to create images, places, situations and experiences of healing and well-being.

    Progressive Relaxation

    Different mental and physical techniques for relaxation.

    Mindfulness Practices

    The psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. In Buddhist teachings, mindfulness is utilized to develop self-knowledge and wisdom that gradually lead to complete freedom from suffering. The recent popularity of mindfulness in the West is generally considered to have been initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. Studies have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.

    Meditation

    A tool used to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence. There are many different types of meditation. Scientific research shows when you participate in a regular meditation practice your breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, stress hormone levels fall and the immune system strengthens.

    Massage Therapy

    Can alleviate anxiety, depression and stress, and promote overall well-being. Our therapist offers a variety of treatments such as relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, prenatal massage and children’s massage.

    Energy Medicine/ Reiki

    Our "subtle body" is our energetic body. This body is where our life force energy exists, commonly referred to as Qi, Chi or prana. In Chinese medicine, meridian points are used to pinpoint areas that have restricted energetic flow to our physical and subtle bodies. The body is known to have thousands of these meridian lines that are mapped out through the body, in the same way we've mapped out the latitude and longitude of the earth.

    The subtle body holds imbalances and traumas that can eventually manifest in our physical bodies, which is why it's important to look at healing and balance not only from a physical perspective, but as a complete holistic experience that includes mind, body and spirit. Practices such as Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, EFT and Reiki are several practices that are taught to shift one’s energy to a place of balance.

    Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

    The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

    A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

    Sound Healing

    Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance. Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur). A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.

    Bibliotherapy

    The use of selected reading materials as therapeutic adjuvants in psychotherapy and medicine to educate and gain knowledge of constructs and exercises to release emotional and physical dis-ease. This therapy can be individual or group oriented.

    Creative Art and Expressive Therapy

    Uses visual art and written expression to focus on symbolic meaning, facilitating emotional expression. Media may include drawing, painting, collage art, journaling, poetry, metaphorical storytelling and writing.

    Yoga

    Comprised of a wide range of mind/body practices from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these practices to the health needs of an individual, helping to promote positive health, restore balance, increase vitality and can also assist with particular medical conditions. It adapts yoga techniques and practices to help with whatever is causing stress in the mind and/or body. This modality is taught by a specially trained yoga therapist. Specializing in adaptive chair yoga, yoga nidra practice and Child Light Yoga.

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“Kate is incredibly knowledgeable on a wide variety of behavioral and mental health topics. This, in combination with her warmth and professionalism, makes her a highly effective therapist.”

                                                                                                          ~ Rachel Meffe, LISW
                                         Past President of the Ohio School Social Work Association 
                                  School Social Worker at Cuyahoga Heights, OH School District

“Kate has a talent for bringing bright and passionate people together for a good cause.  She is a forward thinker who has an amazing work ethic. She is knowledgeable about her field and is always looking to expand her expertise to be able to provide services to all in need of mental health.”

                                                                                                          ~ Nicole Stacey, LISW
                                            Ohio Department of Education Credential Review Board

“Kathleen is an extraordinary individual with the finest skills as a social worker I have ever seen. She is professional, compassionate, and highly competent with people of all ages. She has become a responsible and respected manager and leader, grant writer and service provider.
It would be an honor to work with her again if that opportunity would arise.”
                                                                          ~ Janice J. Montgomery, B.S, M.Ed, HCH
                                Director of Student Services at Verde Valley Montessori School

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