What is Integrative Mental Health?
For two decades, I have used more than traditional psychotherapy methods to to stay consistent in the mindset of balance and healthy response. The mind-body connection and integration of neuroscience to understand our thoughts, behaviors and actions is not a new phenomena. In recent years it has become more mainstream and available, which brings me delight as I’ve found many moments in life to be supported and depends through breath practices, hypnotherapy and brain hacking.
I invite you to explore with me more of these tools as we work together in clinical settings. We may even discuss referrals to a network of integrative mental health practitioners I have cultivated locally.
Guided Meditations –
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) –
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.
What does EMDR help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Orders
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
The services we provide in-house are only a portion of the vast and supportive world of integrative mental health. Fortunately, we have a network of providers we can refer to for additional work, depending on your needs and goals.
Therapeutic Breathwork –
Neural Feedback –