Holistic Psychotherapists are licensed therapists or psychologists that take an integrative approach grounded in psychosynthesis, utilizing traditional and non-traditional therapies of holistic healing with the purpose of creating an integration of the mind, body and spirit. Those pursuing holistic therapy may, with the support of a qualified mental health professional, become better attuned to their entire awareness, which can often promote greater acceptance of the self. Holistic psychotherapy combines a broad range of different holistic approaches to help the patient reach the deepest level of healing possible.
Holistic psychotherapy services include traditional talk psychotherapy and non-traditional therapies including hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy/regression therapy, breath therapy and guided imagery. Holistic therapists also encourage all clients to work on physical health and social relationships, and seek any kind of spirituality that might speak to them in order to create a well-rounded picture of health.
The first step in holistic therapy is always for the therapist to get to know the client. Depending on the client, trust may need to be built before the therapist is able to get honest answers as to what is troubling the individual. This typically involves psychotherapy, commonly referred to as talk therapy, where the therapist asks questions about the client’s childhood, past trauma, family members, past and current relationships, and anything else that might reveal clues about the person’s issues.
Holistic therapy theory holds that a person's consciousness is not housed in any one part of the person but is instead an integration of the mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners of holistic psychotherapy, who believe viewing each person as a whole being is an essential first step in providing care, typically collaborate with those in therapy to help them gain awareness of the connections between their emotions, thoughts, physical experiences, and spiritual understandings. Therapists can help individuals realize each of these components work together in harmony to support typical daily function. This deeper understanding of the whole self can often lend itself to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-acceptance.