WHAT IS HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Holistic Psychotherapy is concerned with expanding one’s capacity to live and enjoy life to the full. Just as holistic medicine encourages people to take responsibility for their health and well-being, holistic psychotherapy encourages people to take responsibility for their thoughts and feelings, and provides them with the resources to do so. This involves training the mind to focus on desired outcomes; taking positive action towards solutions, including goal setting; taking charge of their own inner dialogue(self-talk). Part of the therapy is to draw out and reinforce one’s existing store of positive thoughts and memories, often called remembered wellness. This can make one feel more resourceful and allows one to release more of one’s potential, rather than focusing on problems.
THE HOLISTIC PRINCIPLE
The holistic approach recognises the existence of the authentic self. This real self is seen as spiritual in nature, always moving towards perfection and emits an energy or vital force that is healing and life-transforming. Foremost proponents of psychotherapy such as Carl Rogers and Fritz Perls also point to this authentic self as positive and always moving towards perfection . In most people, this self hides under a layer of stress, conditioning, and the various “masks” that we have learned to wear to gain social approval. Holistic psychotherapy aims to loosen and dissolve this “mental strait-jacket” so we can experience what it is really like to be ourselves, and to live life to the full.
RELAXATION IS KEY
Reaching a state of deep relaxation is key to the unfolding of the real self. This is achieved through relaxation, practical mind-exercises, meditation and mindfulness techniques, and especially by personal contact with the holistic psychotherapist who is familiar with this experience.