Whole Health & Wellness

          When working with you I want you to be successful with therapy. I cannot promise a cure via the following therapeutic support methods. The goal is for you to be able to go out in to the world and be a productive individual. Now there are many therapeutic methods available, but what happens when your therapist is unavailable or leaves their practice? You need to have some things to fall back on during the rough times. I have found that everyone finds their release in different ways. I use exercise daily, sing, color, spin fiber and journal. I no longer can physically run and singing, umm nope. However, I still color / paint, write in a journal and do many fiber activities (knitting, crocheting, and spinning). My newest thing to help my family (started in July 2016) is essential oils, I will explain a little bit more about that later. So, let me provide you some information about how these can help.
         
          First, I think talking “talk therapy” is a very successful therapeutic method of helping individuals clarify there concerns, situations or issues. When speaking to an unbiased individual it provides two things: first, we think in words; and secondly, our brains tend to filter our thoughts – making it difficult for us truly to understand our own thoughts (Duffy, 2010). “Thoughts and feelings disentangle themselves as they pass through the lips or the fingertips” (Unknown author), recognizes the difficulty we have in accurately “translating” our own thoughts and feelings (Duffy, 2010). Talk therapy provides individuals an opportunity to examine and challenge their own assumptions, values, and behaviors in a non-judgmental safe environment. Therapy allows a person to hear her own words, journaling enables the person to see her words on paper (or electronically) (Duffy, 2010). Clarity can be achieved when we engaged in that internal dispute, questioning the appropriateness of our words, our feelings, and our behaviors (Duffy, 2010). In this technological world if you don’t write/draw with pen and paper, you can type or draw on a computer. You can even email between sessions so that you don’t have to remember ever detail of your week and yet we can still discuss what was bothering you (just remember email is unsecure).

          You will notice during our session that I seem concerned about your health and wellness often. If you are not taking care of your health, it will affect your wellness. Everything is connected. We will review your medical and nutrition for your overall health needs to also be known for safety concerns. If you have back pain or knee issues, I won’t recommend you go for walks daily or for a run. If interested in exercise or you find exercise relaxing, I can refer you to a local gym, we can even find you a personal trainer. If you are not eating and only drinking your nutrition, we will discuss this and I will refer you to a nutritious. I want to make sure you are taking care of all of you and not just the psychological part.
If you express yourself creatively with music (singing, playing an instrument) or art (painting, drawing, coloring) or with fiber (knitting, crocheting, rugging, spinning fiber), we can work with that as well. You may have noticed over the past few years the adult coloring book being everywhere. Many individuals who color state they do so for stress relief. That they are not creative enough to come up with their own patterns but with coloring these elaborate patterns is calming (Rose, 2015). Being creative in any form helps to keep the mind alert and increases brain function. You use many different parts of your brain when being creative. It’s like individuals who do cross word puzzles, they use multiple areas of the brain at the same time. What I like about being creative you can do this as a family. You can color before dinner with the family (Rose, 2015). Help your family become calm and relaxed before dinner. All the art and fiber provide something tangible in the end, you can hold it in your hands and say I did this, I created this. With music, the accomplishment of playing a piece of music is an accomplishment.

          When I recommend any of the above I will provide more detailed information and will provide recommendations or assistance with any or all the above. It will be discussed until you say “no” or you feel comfortable trying the recommendation. The above will require a little patience in the beginning, like anything new.

References:
Barcan, R. (2014). Aromatherapy oils: Commodities, materials, essences. Cultural Studies Review, 20(2), 141-171. doi:10.5130/csr.v20i2.3615

Colori, S. (2015). Journaling as therapy. Schizophrenia Bulletin, doi:10.1093/schbul/sbv066

Coffee, E. A. R. (2016). Utilizing art therapy journaling to decrease insomnia and promote sleep hygiene

Clemens, K. K. (2006). Healing the hurt: Using journaling and art as therapy to recover from parental divorce

Duffy, B. (2010). The road to clarity: Talk therapy and journaling help clients make sense of their thoughts Vendome Group LLC.

Duffy, K. (2007). Knitting through recovery one stitch at a time: Knitting as an experiential teaching method for affect management in group therapy. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 2(1), 67-83. doi:10.1300/J384v02n01_04

Hibben, J., & ProQuest Ebooks. (1999;2014;). Inside music therapy: Client experiences. Gilsum: Barcelona Publishers.

Knitting is 'fibre therapy' for many. (2010). Daily Gleaner

Konje, J. I. (2015). Journaling and healing

La Torre, M. A. (2003). Aromatherapy and the use of scents in psychotherapy. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 39(1), 35.

Pearsall, R., Smith, D. J., Pelosi, A., & Geddes, J. (2014). Exercise therapy in adults with serious mental illness: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 117-117. doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-117

Rose, R. (2015). New coloring book therapy proves to be a real stress reliever. TCA Regional News
  
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