Many non-physical factors impact wellness, including our thoughts, beliefs, emotional experiences, stressors, and spirituality. PsychoSpiritual techniques and therapies such as Psychotherapy, Shamanism, Counseling, and Coaching, among others, incorporate psychological, sociological and/or spiritual approaches to health. When addressing whole body healing, we must consider the mind and spirit in addition to the physical body to affect wellness “holistically”.
Art therapy is the practice of using art making materials and processes to express your thoughts, feelings and experiences to better understand yourself and the impact of your experiences past and present. It can be particularly helpful when someone is unable to find the words to talk about what is troubling them. Art therapy is effective alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety and in recovering from loss and trauma. Art therapy can be used with children, adolescents and adults, and with individuals, groups and families. Many therapists integrate art therapy activities into talk therapy sessions.
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Counseling is the practice of talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a trained professional to better understand your concerns and learn new ways of coping with life’s struggles. The focus of counseling is on the present day without much attention to the past or the underlying roots of any given problem. Counseling is effective in relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety and helping people cope with the many stressors of daily life. Counseling helps people learn to cope with illness, loss and other stress.
Life and Health Coaching
As defined by the Coaches Training Institute: A powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance the life long process of human learning, effectiveness and fulfillment. This one – one relationship allows the client to re-orient themselves with the support and deep inquiry offered by the coach. People choose to engage a life coach for personal reasons ranging from a specific short term goals to support through longer life transitions. Some specific goals might be health choices (food and or exercise), a creative project, preparation for a move, or accountability for academic performance. Longer term support might be for life style changes, learning strategies, an outside of work/personal relationships context to think out loud about how to improve one’s performance.
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. The Health Coach recognizes and integrates body-mind-spirit principles and modalities, guiding the client in small integrative steps toward living a healthy lifestyle and reaching personal wellness goals.
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Shamanism involves a practitioner venturing into altered states of consciousness to interpret and communicate with the Spirit world, channeling these energies into the Earth realm. The practice of shamanism involves journeying, ceremony, sacred dance, and pilgrimages. A Shaman lives between the Earth realm and Spirit world and help celebrate family, community, and creation.
Psychotherapy is the practice of talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a trained professional to better understand yourself; to express your concerns and learn new ways of coping with life’s struggles. Psychotherapy helps people understand the many factors that contribute to their feeling stuck so that they can move beyond their current state of dissatisfaction.
This can mean exploring the connection between past feelings, experiences and losses and what is happening in the present moment. The goal is to understand the past to be able to improve the present and future. Psychotherapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety and in recovering from loss and trauma. Psychotherapy is also helpful in understanding and improving one’s relationships and overall life satisfaction, and learning to cope with illness.