By: Martha Digby, BSc (Hons)
In this day and age, Holistic Psychotherapy is becoming an accepted weekly workout for personal growth. It’s now commonplace for friends, family and colleagues to divulge: “I feel better since seeing my therapist…”,“My therapist helped me understand…”and “I learned the most interesting thing from my therapist…”. Working on ourselves is becoming the new norm. We no longer think of therapy as an outlet for those with mental illness; rather, we recognize that it works to improve everyone’s mental health!
Indeed, most people who initiate a psychotherapeutic practice do not have a serious mental illness; they may simply be at a point in their lives where they’re experiencing life challenges or life-cycle transitions, both of which may be affecting their ability to cope, and need to talk through their emotional reactions to these experiences with a professional.
Life challenges may include: Chronic career issues, financial problems, family conflicts and/or life purpose issues. Life-cycle transitions may include: The death of a family member or friend, the ending of a romantic relationship, getting married or divorced, and/or caregiving for a loved one due to disability or illness..
While Holistic Psychotherapy addresses all of the above, it differs from other traditional types of psychotherapy in incorporating the soul into the healing process. The soul is our essence; our true, authentic self; our “gut feel.” Our soul needs to be heard, needs to be nurtured, needs to be allowed to flourish.
Holistic Psychotherapy recognizes that we are both human and spiritual beings, interconnected through body, mind, heart and soul. Working with a Holistic Psychotherapist can help you uncover original pains or wounds, which may be the source of our problems and issues, which may be driving our behaviours. The work deepens when we learn to access and operate from deeper within ourselves (through our soul), which may help with feeling a lack of purpose and a need to feel connected.
Working on ourselves should be a goal in everyone’s life. The simple act of sharing in a trusted, non-judgemental Holistic Psychotherapeutic process can bring us to greater self-awareness, self-empowerment and self-transformation, allowing us to live the life we’re supposed to live. And this can help everyone!
ABOUT MARTHA DIGBY: Martha is a Holistic Psychotherapist, couples’ therapist; counsellor, speaker, writer and educator who specializes in personal awareness and growth; life crisis and transition; family, relationship and coworker issues; stress; anxiety; depression; grief; loss; and, trauma.Leave a reply →