Holistic Therapy | Mind-Body-Spirit Healing | Trauma Recovery
You, I, all of us are Whole people, and by that I mean we are not just bodies, and we are not just minds, and we are not just spirits. Holistic therapy speaks to the complexity of being human and having more than one ‘operating system’.
In fact, they are like separate operating systems, and each of those parts experiences pain and healing differently.
The body holds onto trauma, in its tissues and muscles, cells and nervous system.
It is the part of us that can suffer mood disorders, chronic pain and disease, muscle tightness, and which can lead us into addiction, toxic relationships and poverty. Yes, all that can be held directly in the body, even if the mind cannot see it or ‘remember’ it.
Talk therapy alone rarely helps to release emotion from the body, but a holistic therapist will understand somatic approaches, or do bodywork for emotional healing, or refer out.
In my work, I have helped clients release grief from the sternum (heart area) and betrayal through the hips using gentle pressure. I have seen with certain kinds of light touch that waves of peace can wash off years of pain. I have helped clients feel where their anger is in their bodies, or locate fear, in order to transform it.
The body is, in my experience, very often neglected in therapy but very often it is THE missing piece. Working directly with the body is especially powerful when your trauma is from a very young age or the mind doesn’t wish to ‘go there’ because remembering is too traumatic.
The mind creates ‘stories’ about meaning, and creates rules about self-worth, abilities, potential, and blame.
It is the part that must be shown how to reimagine itself; to rewire pain stories and create new ones which encourage growth.
Holistic therapy for this kind of pain is often known as ‘changework’. It’s not just about listening, validating, or helping the client experience clarity or make decisions. Rather, changework uses processes and practices that work with the mind’s innate nature in order to rewire certain pathways away from habitual patterns of relation that cause pain.
These approaches can grow self-worth and promote a growth mindset where belief in one’s potential is the guiding belief! In my work, I use hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, and combine this with certain body practices to create new habits and new mindsets.
The spirit is that part of us that remains Whole and untouched, pure, innocent.
It is the part that reminds us we are part of Nature, or God, part of the world, and connected to everything. Our Wholeness or spirit is the part which, when we deeply align with it, can give us the lived experience of BEING peace.
For me, mindfulness is the most powerful way to connect to one’s true nature. Even better, in nature, which can restore the nervous system to a parasympathetic state (calm state). Mindfulness is not meditation and requires no training, simply some guidance and advice as to how to practice it. You can go outside now and just sit and become aware of your environment using all of your senses. There – being present and noticing your world – that is mindfulness!
A holistic therapist is one who is able to work with different aspects of a Whole human, and dive deeply into change from a broad and informed worldview.
So in fact, when I talk about holistic therapy, which is what I do, I am really speaking about honouring the Whole person and all the different operating systems which if working collaboratively, can create positive and lasting change.
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