At NHT, both Functional Medicine (FM) and integrative approaches are used. The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) defines FM as, "The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes." Thus, at NHT, we will look at multiple aspects of your life and decipher what aspects of your life may need modified in order to help optimize your feelings of wellness and overall well-being. A FM approach will not just give you a prescription and send you on your way. FM is about not repeating the same patterns and being a health detective in order to find out what is causing chronic conditions such as ongoing anxiety. Finding the root cause may include lab analysis, detailed health questionnaires, a detailed intake session, and potentially referrals to FM MDs who can aid in managing any current medications or predetermined diagnoses.
Integrative Solutions is simply the idea of integrating interventions and techniques from multiple modalities. Therefore, at NHT, therapeutic interventions such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are utilized in conjunction with nutrient therapies in order to address the whole body for genuine holistic treatment.
The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) (EMDRIA) define EMDR as:
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy [initially created] for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
A number of benefits are available from participating in a functional integrative therapy approach. First, therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as anxiety, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Also, many people also find therapists to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. With proper nutrition, specific therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle adjustments, you will have accelerated progress in therapy when addressing more difficult issues. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Some of the benefits available from Functional Integrative Therapy may include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values and how to achieve your goals
- Developing skills for improving your quality of life and relationships with others
- Finding root causes to your issues that led you to seek functional integrative therapy
- Improved overall health and a greater sense of energy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety with a better understanding of what is aggravating your anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, and other emotional pressures with both self-soothing skills and specific nutrient/dietary strategies
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones that serve you better at this point in your life
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence in living the healthy wholehearted life you deserve
NHT is for those who:
...are sick and tired of feeling miserable, overwhelmed, and hopeless. You don't have to suffer any longer!
...are serious about making changes to improve their lives and are open to learning new ideas.
... believe that our minds, bodies, and spirits are greatly interconnected and to be truly WELL and free of Dis-EASE, we need to take multiple approaches to healing.
...want to find new ways to manage the difficulties of life or to find ways to be consistent with the strategies you may already use.
...understand active participation in the program is the only way the program will bring the results you are seeking. If you are willing to dig deep and work on your goals by practicing strategies at home and in your everyday life (journaling, breathing exercises, implementing meal plans, reading relevant material related to your issues, checking in via email, etc.), you will most likely reap the benefits of your effort.
...are excited to find a greater purpose and zest for life.
...are not looking for a one size fits all approach.
...believe that you have within you the ability to live a life of boundless energy, freedom, healthy connections, and inner peace.
NHT is FOR YOU if you answered yes to the statements above. Are you ready to take the leap to wellness? CONTACT me to set up your FREE 15 minute discovery phone call.
Who should NOT participate in programs at NHT?
NHT is NOT for those who:
- ... are looking for a magic bullet to fix your problems in a week or even a month. Life long issues are rarely resolved in programs that tout amazing results in 21 day or less. We spend many years developing habits and patterns as a means of coping and attempting to meet our unmet needs. To rewire these patterns takes time and effort. However, the wait and effort will certainly pay off for you to no longer feel shackled to the chains of addiction and anxiety.
- ...believe medication is the one and only way to manage your symptoms and to stop your addictive behaviors. You are certainly entitled to this belief, but this program will not be a good fit for you if this is your belief.
- ...prefer to go to a therapy session once a week and and to be a passive observer of the therapeutic process while not doing any type of take action steps in between sessions.
If you answered YES to 1 or more of the above statements, NHT is probably not the place for you. There are a multitude of other treatment options you can consider and I truly wish the best for you as you find the right fit for your personal needs.
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It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. While medication can often offer temporary relief, it never fully addresses the entire issue. The well-known side effects and contraindications associated with most psychotropic medications do not make them a viable choice for long-term use for most people. Instead of just treating the symptom, NHT's functional integrative therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
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Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations where I am a mandated reporter:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
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