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Today, holistic approaches to mental health treatment are becoming more and more acceptable. At The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake, we offer an array of holistic therapies that aim to create a fuller integration of mind and body. The theory is that the mind is not separate from the body, but rather “it is the mind that dominates the body, that acts as chooser, controller and governor…your state of awareness plays a huge part in how your cells function” (Deepak Chopra).

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

Holistic psychotherapy utilizes traditional talk therapies and non-traditional therapies such as hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy, breath therapy, guided imagery, progressive relaxation skills, creative art and expressive therapies. Most of these therapies provide a strong spiritual component that use different levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness.

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 hypnotherapy

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’s imagination to create tangible images and experiences of healing and well-being.

Progressive relaxation

Teaches a client different mental and physical techniques for relaxation.

Creative art and expressive therapies

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.

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.

Yoga Therapy

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. It is taught by a specially trained yoga therapist.

Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR)

A mind-body technique. It allows for easy access to past memories and the release and resolution of the painful emotions associated with these events, without having to relive them. Guided visualization creates a self-healing process, with the client directing the healing at all times and choosing what he or she would like to address and resolve such as physical issues, obsessive thoughts, recurring troublesome emotions and patterns of behavior.