Clients are best served with treatment that is integrated, holistic, and collaborative. Symptoms, disorders, and treatments interact with each other. So, for you to receive complete wellness, a holistic approach is necessary because its focuses on treating you as a whole person. To authentically live healthy and happy, we must be balanced physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and mentally. If one aspect of a person’s life is compromised, it’s most likely going to influence other areas.
Research repeatedly shows a strong correlation between our mental, emotional, and physical health. Think of how stress affects our immune system. Or consider how being physically exhausted affects our emotional state. Sometimes clients can work extensively in sessions, but because of a chemical imbalance, they struggle to achieve emotional stability. As a therapist, I strive to consider all aspects of your life to help you reach true balance.
Some clients respond to some treatments better than other treatments. Exploration and collaboration in therapy are used to gain insight into what you are most responsive to. For treatment to be effective, it needs to be tailored to you. There is no one-size-fits-all in good therapy. The treatment models and techniques I choose to use are going to be dependent on your goals, so collaboration and integration are essential to you achieving your desired therapeutic changes.
If only the symptoms are treated, the whole system will not achieve comprehensive wellness. I am going to encourage you to get curious and face the root of your problem, so you can get complete relief. However, sometimes, for various reasons, my clients aren’t ready to work with the root of their problem. I respect their choice and do my best to provide them with the skills they need to cope.