Integrative Mental Health
Creative, holistic support for your mind and heart.
The physical body affects the mind.
Our medical culture of 7 minute visits that focus on pills does us a huge disservice when it comes to mental health. (Among other things!)
There are often real, objective, and measurable causes to mood imbalances.
These can include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal issues, digestive ailments, microbial imbalances, allergic responses, and inflammatory reactions.
Screening for food intolerances, stealth infections, and heavy metals and other environmental exposures is further indicated in some cases.
Thankfully, many of these conditions can be detected and corrected if we listen carefully to the body.
Once these underlying dysfunctions are addressed, the mind can heal and sustainable happiness can be re-established.
I won’t tell you, “All moms feel like that,” or “Everyone is stressed.” I will listen to you carefully and investigate what your body, mind, and spirit may need to be in harmony.
When the drugs don’t work
Most people think that depression is caused by low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, but this theory of depression is just a theory. About 30% of people do not feel better when they take serotonin-altering medications.
Although psychiatric drugs work great for many people (and I myself prescribe them sometimes), they aren’t for everyone. As with any medication, antidepressants typically work best when used as a part of a comprehensive plan that includes good nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices, counseling or coaching, herbal remedies, and/or supplements.
Counseling to reclaim your inner wisdom
If you’d like to dig into your mental/emotional health a little deeper, I also offer counseling services.
That’s because I understand that no matter what our neurotransmitters are up to, we are bound to struggle if the deepest parts of us are unfulfilled or unloved.
It can be terrifying to turn and face our own shadows. That’s why I’m here, to be your witness and your support through the very important work of rediscovering and reclaiming your right to a satisfying life.
One way I do this is through a unique form of holistic counseling. Sessions are 60-90 minutes long, during which time I ask a series of both open-ended and directive questions to help unveil the patterns and negative messages swirling around in your subconscious. This allows your conscious mind to connect the dots between your mind, spirit, and physical body. During these sessions you will get the opportunity to share your hidden struggles, fears, weaknesses, and issues.
My training in body scanning, process work, emotional freedom technique (EFT), and other somatic-based approaches can help deepen the healing.
Most people come out of sessions feeling they have a better sense of themselves, and often their physical ailments “miraculously” improve slowly in the weeks and months that follow. Sometimes one session is all that’s needed, but more commonly people need a few to get to the various layers. We can space the sessions out to whatever timing feels right for the unfolding of the healthier, truer version of you. (One to two times per month is typical.)
Techniques I use
My approach to counseling is tailored to the unique needs of the client. Some of my inspirations (and heroes) include:
- Negative core belief work
- Polyvagal theory
- Window of tolerance
- Holistic counseling / Vis Dialogue
- ManKind Project & Woman Within clearing model and process work
- Trauma release movement
- Emotional freedom technique
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Naturopathic medical philosophy
- Homeopathic and Vitalist philosophies
- Mystical experience integration
- Entheogenic healing paradigms
- Exercises from The Artist’s Way
- Creative movement and drama therapy
Entheogenic (psychedelic) consultations
There are times in life where the straight-and-narrow approach is just what the doctor ordered. But at other times we find ourselves seeking opportunities to heal that go beyond the pale of what conventional medicine has to offer. If you’re considering healing with psychedelic medicine, it can be incredibly helpful to connect with a practitioner before, during, and after your ceremony or microdosing reigmen to help you make the experience(s) as meaningful as possible. Learn more about entheogenic support services.
It’s not all in your head.
There are real causes behind your mood imbalances.
Let’s nourish those parts of you.