INTEGRATIVE MENTAL HEALTH

INTEGRATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that makes us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Brene Brown

INTEGRATION: A KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH

Life is hard, and at some point everyone experiences difficulties. Yet, so many people find themselves struggling to recover from difficult experiences, or stuck in persistent depression or anxiety without really understanding why. Some eventually lose hope that life can get better. 

The feeling of being stuck and unsure of how to move forward more positively in life is often the result of a lack of integration, or disconnection in different areas of life and functioning. Problems with integration can show up in many different ways.


  • ​​​​​​​​​​If you have been through a profoundly stressful or traumatic experience, it may seem impossible to incorporate that event into the story of your life – but when all of your life experiences are not connected in a coherent story that makes sense to you and has meaning for you, then panic, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and unhealthy coping behaviors can all be common.

  • Extremely stressful experiences, prolonged anxiety, and ongoing depression can actually change the way that your brain and nervous system work, causing them to become out of balance. Different areas of your brain work together to create memories, form perceptions, and regulate emotions – but certain experiences and emotions create chaos in normal brain functioning, causing some areas of the brain to work overtime and others to shut down, resulting in a variety of symptoms. Anxiety, depression, relational issues, and other emotional struggles are very often the result of brain imbalances that can be corrected. Research shows that your brain can change throughout your lifespan, and that the process of therapy can actually help to rewire your brain and restore balance.​​​

  • ​​Your mind, body, and spirit are all closely connected, and problems in one area of functioning can impact every area. Mental health is about more than just feelings, mental and emotional functioning are also linked to: 
    • ​physical health and wellness
    • brain and nervous system imbalances
    • ​spiritual beliefs and experiences
    • negative patterns of thinking
    • developmental and personal history
An integrative approach to therapy aims to help you find relief from symptoms quickly, while also recognizing that long-term solutions to difficulties take time.

A BALANCED APPROACH TO THERAPY

Hard times in life are normal and help is available, but it can be a challenge to find the help that you need. 

Mental health care often seems to exist at two extremes. At one extreme, there is an emphasis on treating symptoms with medication or very brief approaches to therapy that never really identify the underlying cause of the symptoms so that they can be cured instead of just managed. This approach means that you keep living with the same problem and just coping with it better, but never really healing at a deeper level in the way that is truly possible.

At the other extreme, therapy can feel like an endless stream of just talking about what feels bad and rehashing a past from which you hope to move on, without ever reducing your symptoms so that you can simply feel better and struggle less.   

An integrative approach to therapy seeks to find a balance between these two extremes, recognizing that it is equally important to both relieve symptoms so that life is more enjoyable, and also heal the underlying cause of those symptoms so that life is more hopeful and less of a struggle over time. 

Integrative mental health care looks at the whole person, and views wellness as being influenced by many interrelated factors that can all impact mental and emotional health:

  • ​physical health
  • brain functioning
  • genetics
  • personal history
  • environmental influences
  • life experiences
  • spirituality
  • relationship patterns
  • sense of identity

A whole-person approach to healing puts all of these puzzle pieces together to formulate individualized treatment plans that alleviate symptoms and heal what is causing those symptoms. Integrative mental health care relies on medical evidence and neuroscience, uses a wide range of therapeutic techniques depending on what is most appropriate for each client’s individual goals, and views symptoms as arising from multiple causes that may require a variety of approaches to assessment and treatment. 

Personalized therapy plans 

that offer results-oriented solutions 

to provide relief and restore your hope


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