Perspectives Center for Holistic Therapy fosters growth and healing by addressing the synergistic relationship between all the ways we experience ourselves and the world—thinking, feeling, doing, and sensing. Perspectives serves as a psychotherapy center and a training institute. Holistic psychotherapists work in partnership with the client using integrative treatment methods that support the healthy interaction between the processes of the mind, body, and spirit to bring growth and healing. As with all psychotherapy, our primary focus is the treatment of psychological stressors,emotional pain, and behavioral challenges that create imbalance in the clientʼs world. We also provide therapy for individuals who may have no speciﬁc complaints, but just feel ready for their next level of personal growth.
Holistic Therapists do not see the client as deﬁned by the challenges being addressed, but as a whole, integrated person. For example, Holistic psychotherapy recognizes that depression is a symptom. Depression might feel like the problem but it is really the messenger that tells us we are suffering an imbalance somewhere in the self. Pain is the red light that signals us to stop. Just as you would not continue driving a car with the engine light blinking without risking breakdown– so ignoring depression risks a physical and emotional breakdown. A holistic psychotherapist has state of the art tools and methods honed by years of practice and ongoing training to help individuals, couples, and families address distressing emotions and/or behaviors. Holistic Psychotherapy is a conscious, skillful organic blending of various methods of healing that safely support you to engage all your ways of experiencing-thinking, feeling, sensing, doing-so that you relate to yourself with understanding, respect, appreciation, and joy. Holistic Psychotherapy recognizes that you have all the answers and its function is to help you access those answers with competence, responsible action, and a felt sensation of healthy control.
To help clients be more informed about various treatment approaches we offer, the following alphabetically organized overview of our most frequently used treatment options is provided. Based on client need and input, these are some of the methods that may be implemented in the development of individualized treatment plans. Just as every person is unique, so is each treatment plan. We work in partnership with each client to offer the best ﬁt for optimal healing and growth.
Behavioral Therapy is a psychological method based on the premise that speciﬁc, observable, maladaptive, or self-destructive behaviors can be modiﬁed through the use of behavior modiﬁcation techniques that enable the individual to learn new, healthier behaviors. It is particularly effective with children and in addressing problematic speciﬁed behavioral patterns in adults.
Biofeedback using the HeartMath System. Our techniques are comprised of tools and technology that have been developed and validated through rigorous scientific research. The non-profit research organization the Institute of HeartMath, is a recognized global leader in emotional physiology and stress-management research. Their studies using HeartMath techniques and technology have been published in many peer reviewed journals including; The American Journal of Cardiology, Harvard Business Review and Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Additional studies are currently taking place in many institutions such as Arizona State University and University of Northampton, Northampton, England.
The research supporting biofeedback is focused on psychophysiology, neurocardiology and biophysics research, as well as clinical, workplace and organizational intervention and treatment outcome studies. Many of these studies have been done in collaboration with universities, research centers and healthcare system partners. This research has significantly advanced the understanding of heart-brain interactions, heart-rate-variability analysis, emotional physiology and the physiology of optimal learning and performance and provides the foundation of the HeartMath System. To learn more visit: http://www.heartmath.com.
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with bilateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing. Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological tool to support the clinical healing relationship. There is no replacement for a mature, nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage another suffering human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood. Brainspotting gives us a tool, within this clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity. Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences.
Cognitive Therapy refers to a number of therapeutic approaches that seek to address emotional, psychological and/or behavioral challenges individuals may experience by helping clients evaluate and process distorted or unhealthy thought patterns. In this manner clients are empowered to develop new ways of thinking and behaving that better serve them and which provide a richer life experience. This approach is used predominantly with adults, but can be utilized with older children and adolescents if they have reached a developmental level appropriate for this type of inner work.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment that focuses on patterns of thinking that are maladaptive and the beliefs that underlie such thinking. Behavioral patterns are evaluated and addressed in light of these thought patterns. Studies of CBT have demonstrated its usefulness for a wide variety of problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders. Because CBT has excellent empirical support, it has achieved wide popularity both for therapists and consumers. It is useful in working with adults adolescents, and older children. It can also be integrated into play therapy techniques with younger children.
Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is a structural approach to issues surrounding couples or partners. The framework is simple but profound. Based on years of studying human and animal behavior, many professionals have concluded that we have an inborn need to connect one with another. Unfortunately, experiences and events occur that thwart our automatic mission to attach. EFT draws back these interruptions and reframes the relationship in order for couples to see the good intention and wish of each involved.
Executive Function Support- Executive functions serve as the CEO of the brain. They can be taught and learned. Executive functions are important for making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When individuals have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking can be challenging or overwhelming. Support is offered through individualized or group training and opportunities or practice. Executive function support can be provided as a stand-alone service or integrated with psychotherapy.
Experiential Therapy is any of a group of techniques of psychotherapy that focus on emotional release, inner growth, and self-actualization. Experiential approaches may include using art, music, drama, and movement. Experiential therapy can facilitate the awareness and expression of emotions and promote healing and growth.
Hypnotherapy utilizes hypnosis as part of the psychotherapy process. According to the American Psychological Association (APA)ʼs Division of Psychological Hypnosis, hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional or researcher suggests while treating someone that he or she experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. Although some hypnosis is used to make people more alert, most hypnosis includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included during hypnosis. People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Most people describe the experience as pleasant.. Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain; depression; anxiety and phobias; stress; habit disorders; gastrointestinal disorders; skin conditions; post-surgical recovery; relief from nausea and vomiting; childbirth; weight loss, smoking cessation, treatment of hemophilia; and many other conditions. It may be used effectively with adults, adolescents, and children.
Mindfulness in modern psychotherapy refers to a practice of bringing oneʼs complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It may involve paying attention in a particular way–on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement. it can be used in psychotherapy to help individuals learn about their habitual patterns of mind and how many thoughts, behaviors, and emotions emerge unconsciously. With this increased awareness individuals can learn to make conscious choices that bring about positive profound change. Mindfulness can be effective for children, adolescents, and adults. It is helpful in addressing a wide range of challenges but may be best known for its effectiveness in treating stress.
Nature-Based Psychotherapy (Ecotherapy) integrates traditional talk therapy and experiential therapies with the natural world. This treatment modality is based on the importance of the connection between humans and nature. Its effectiveness is supported by current research including a recent study done by The University of Essex in the UK which concluded that connecting with nature was as powerful as antidepressant medication in cases of mild to moderate depression. At Perspectives, Ecotherapy sessions are held in a natural setting, typically at a nearby national or state park. This modality is effective for adults, adolescents, and children.
Neurofeedback is a computer-aided training method in which selected parameters of the person´s own brain activity, which can normally not be perceived, are made visible to the person. Via visual and auditory displays the brain is shown what it is doing at the moment (feedback). Through this feedback, the individual learns to better self-regulate brain activity. Many illnesses, disorders or unwanted behavior patterns can be attributed to dysregulation of brain activity. With Neurofeedback individuals can learn to better compensate for these dysregulations and to achieve more functionality.
Parenting Support- Parenting skills do not naturally appear just because we have children. Parenting approaches are usually modeled on what our parents did or did not do when raising us. Often parents turn to self-help literature and advice from friends and family. For parents who choose to parent in a healthy and conscious manner and who desire additional support beyond these resources, we offer researched-based support through non-judgmental parenting coaching and/ or family therapy. We work with parents to help develop and implement plans to support your family's specific needs.
Pediatric Psychotherapy is the systematic use of a theoretical model that therapeutically engages the power of play to communicate with and help children, to engender optimal integration and individuation. It is helpful in addressing many issues including anxiety, depression, impulsivity, trauma, the development of overall coping skills, and behavioral challenges stemming from emotional causes. It allows children to process their internal experiences in a developmentally appropriate manner, improving emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being.
Psychodynamic Therapy is an approach in therapy that looks into a client’s personal story as it unfolded from early childhood until the present. Great emphasis is placed on the attachment bonds formulated between children and significant others during those early stages of development. Psychodynamic therapy is used to better understand one current emotional, psychological, and relational responses and reactions. Other forms of therapy can be introduced during this exploration that enhances the client’s healing process.
Psychoenergetic Therapy is a progressive therapeutic approach that integrates standard psychological practice with subtle energy work. This approach is supported by current research in psychoenergetic science, physics, and psychology. With a focused and deliberate integration of western and eastern approaches to wellness, it is one of the most holistic and comprehensive approaches utilized in psychotherapy today. Psychoenergetic therapy can be used to address a number of emotional and behavioral challenges including trauma responses, anxiety, depression, grief, limiting thought patterns, self- defeating behaviors, and existential issues. Psychoenergetic Therapy can be used effectively with adults, adolescents and most children.
Yoga Therapy is based on the concept that emotional experiences are held in the body as well as the brain. It integrates traditional psychotherapy with ancient yogic practices including yoga poses and breathing techniques. It may be done in a chair or on a yoga mat depending on the clientʼs needs and preferences. Current research ﬁndings indicate it is particularly effective in treating stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma in adults, adolescents, and children.