Now more than ever counseling address the whole person - mind, body and spirit. In taking more of a holistic approach, much more healing can be done, recognizing that each of these parts of a person operate cohesively rather than separately.
Many times in counseling an individual may enter to address a mental health issue such as depression, but after discussion, we may uncover poor eating/sleeping/work habits. Discussing how these habits affect the body, which also affect the mind, will help to reducing the depression.
At the same time, spiritual issues may play a large role in counseling. Questions about faith, God, forgiveness, love, etc., may affect a person's outlook on themselves and others. Acknowledging these questions and how they affect the way we think and the way we treat ourselves can be healing and insightful throughout the therapy process.
Counseling continues to grow, and tomorrow we'll discuss how scientific research plays a part.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.