Some practitioners of holistic medicine use alternative medicine exclusively, though sometimes holistic treatment can mean simply that a physician takes account of all a person's circumstances in giving treatment. Sometimes when alternative medicine is mixed with mainstream medicine the result is called "holistic" medicine, though this is more commonly termed integrative medicine.
According to the American Holistic Medical Association it is believed that the spiritual element should also be taken into account when assessing a person's overall well-being.”
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I have been interested in alternative and holistic medicine for the last 15 years and have also adopted spiritual practices in my personal life. The reason is that when I was getting my Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, I was also dealing with some of my personal challenges in my life and started meditating and learning about alternative approaches and techniques. I also got trainings in clinical hypnosis/guided meditation and I noticed great success with my clients who suffered from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma. I have studied Zen and other forms of meditation and started teaching my clients simple breathing success.
At the same time, I have been struggling from depression and anxiety all my life which was partially genetic, and partially due to abuse and trauma that I suffered ever since I was 15 years old until I was almost 25 years old in my own family, which unfortunately also occurred in my intimate relationships with men because traditional therapy even though helpful, it has limitations. I am happy to report that I finally had a break-through after I started using alternative approaches in addition to seeing a psychotherapist.
I have become determined to find ways how to help myself and my clients without the need to rely on medication. Medication can be life saving in some instances, such as in the case of bi-polar disorder, or during the initial course of treatment, however often times clients are given prescriptions by their primary care physicians who don’t have in-depth knowledge about psychiatric disorders and there are always some type of side effects, including having trouble reaching an orgasm. I always encourage my clients to get properly evaluated by a psychiatrist. It is also recommended that clients see a psychotherapist such as licensed marriage and family therapist like myself, licensed mental health counselor, or licensed clinical social worker, as medication just alleviates the symptoms, but it doesn’t deal with the root causes of depression or anxiety.
My company Holistic Coaching International, & NaturalStressManagement.com AKA "Stress to Bliss" Guide, focus on the whole person in terms of mind, body, emotion, and spirit for identifying both issues and solutions naturally. For example, when I see a client who is suffering from anxiety and being stressed out or overwhelmed, I assess their lifestyle in general, including several areas of their life such as their nutrition, exercise, social support, family life, career, and finances.
Research shows that many chronic medical illnesses, such as diabetes, and high blood pressure are linked to experiencing chronic stress which many times is a result of lacking coping skills and not being aware that health is more than just a physical health. In other words, it is not enough just to have regular check-up and take necessary supplements, it is equally important to have emotional and mental health and have tools and coping skills to deal with life stressors in the environment.
When I work with clients, we explore the root causes for anxiety or depression, utilizing traditional psychotherapy, such as exploring their family-of-origin dynamics, as well as their belief system and their values. We also discuss their lifestyle and recommendations are done based on their individual experiences and symptoms. Sometimes we discuss alternative approaches, such as going to a yoga class, getting a massage, or going to a meditation class. I utilize several alternative and complimentary medicine approaches in my work with clients, including clinical hypnosis/guided meditation, emotional freedom technique (“tapping), and neuro-linguistic programming. I also collaborate with other holistic practitioners, such as fitness experts, health coaches, massage therapists, which is in client's best interest.
For more information about my holistic and integrative services please visit my website www.NaturalStressManagement.com or schedule a 15 min complimentary consultation by calling 561-299-1028, email mateja@HolisticCoachingInternational.com.