My Holistic Approach to Therapy
Natalie Moore, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist is a holistic psychotherapist in Pasadena & Los Angeles, CA who specializes in empowering creative millennials with lofty goals who don't want to be held back by fear and self-doubt. Learn more about her somatic (mind/body/spirit) approach.
What is holistic psychotherapy?
Good question! I've always felt that Western psychology explained how the brain worked and how trauma, loss and our early relationships greatly influence our current lives. But it seemed to be missing a few key ingredients for healing – such as connecting to one's spirituality, understanding the impacts of diet and exercise on mental health and attending to the physical experience of the body. That's why it only seemed natural for me to integrate these aspects of total health into my therapy practice.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, behaviors and body sensations that influence one another and ultimately determine the outcome of your life and your ability to enjoy it. My approach to therapy blends mindfulness and manifestation — spiritual practices that work together to help you release resistance and accept the present (mindfulness) and envision and create what you desire for your future (manifestation.)
Holistic psychotherapy is distinct from traditional psychotherapy in that the field of mental health is built upon a foundation of assessing, diagnosing and treating mental illness, whereas the intent of holistic psychotherapy is to empower individuals to make positive changes to optimize their lives.
Is a holistic approach right for me?
Well, let me ask you a few questions. Are you naturally drawn to or curious about healthy lifestyle choices such as eating well and exercising regularly? Are you interested in cultivating a greater spiritual connection? Do you see the value in living in the moment and practicing centering activities such as yoga and meditation? Are you more likely to seek a natural alternative as opposed to using medicines? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a holistic approach may be a great fit for you.
What does this type of therapy look like?
A holistic approach manifests in sessions in various ways. Sometimes I ask clients how they are feeling in their body and guide them through exploring body sensations associated with their emotional experience. Other times it looks like guiding a client through a short meditation or visualization. Often, it's asking how clients can incorporate more self-care into their routine – such as increasing their levels of exercise, improving their intake of healthy foods or spending more time in nature.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, in short, is the practice of bringing a non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. This meditative tradition stems from Buddhism and was brought to the West by Zen teachers Philip Kapleau and Thich Nhat Hanh. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a student of Kapleu’s, was the first to scientifically study and prove the myriad health benefits of mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn is often credited for secularizing the practices and making them more accessible for Westerners.
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class or played a guided meditation wherein you were encouraged to focus on your breath without changing it, feel the sensations on your skin and bring awareness to tension in your body, you’ve practiced mindfulness.
What is manifestation?
Manifestation is the practice of visualizing and emotionally inhabiting the state of already having what you desire, as a way of attracting more of that energy and that outcome into your life. The concept grew out of the New Thought movement and the teachings of Phineas Quimby, though most world spiritual traditions speak in one way or another of one’s thoughts and feelings creating their reality.
My approach to guiding others is not rooted in any one spiritual tradition, as I see spirituality as being deeply personal, however I’ve found great benefit in practicing these techniques in my own life and enjoy teaching others, as well.
Manifestation involves identifying and updating limiting beliefs that hinder one’s sense of worthiness, potential and ability to grow wealth.
This approach sounds great!
If you're totally resonating, I'd love for you to give me a call or send me a note via email. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation that you can take advantage of to see if we'd be a good fit for working together before scheduling a session. I hope to hear from you soon.
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