What is Soul-Centered Therapy, how does it work with psychotherapy, and most importantly does it work? These are questions I receive all of the time, and it comes from clients and other mental health professionals. We as humans are multifaceted. Very rarely is there one problem or one thing that directly impacts our lives. Usually it is one thing that effects multiple parts of us. I feel that Soul Centered Therapy provides a space to examine how these multiple parts effect each person uniquely.
Let's begin by giving humans some depth. We are made up of at least 3 parts: mind, body, and spirit. I believe that when it comes to mental health, we are effected in all three areas and each manifests symptoms differently. This is important to understand, because treating the right part will result in quicker and more effective results.
Therapy is a field that is currently growing by leaps and bounds. It is not your old school traditional therapy like back in the Freudian days. People are learning newer and more effective ways to treat symptoms everyday! It is a very exciting time for this field. With that being said, I have found that I spend a lot of time with clients identifying the source of their symptoms and helping them connect with the service that will help address that source.
Here are some simple examples of how the 3 parts manifest symptoms differently. I'll use some symptoms of anxiety as an example.
Mind- symptoms could be racing thoughts, thoughts of doom, and gloom or excessive worrying to name a few. There are interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), or Narrative Therapy that can be effective in treating these symptoms.
Body- symptoms could include feeling like you're crawling out of your skin, nausea, headaches, or symptoms of a panic attack. Interventions such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) are effective in addressing physiological symptoms.
Spirit- symptoms could include feelings of doing something wrong, no matter what you do it is not good enough, second guessing yourself, or excessive fear and worrying. Soul-centered techniques include Mind-Body Connection, Inner Child Exploration, Hypnosis, and other strategies.
I have been trained in several of the techniques above, and have a knack for helping differentiate the source of the problem. This helps my clients receive the most appropriate and effective services to meet their needs. I personally prefer to work from a soul centered approach, as I have found there is a greater need for these services, and it allows my clients to gain a deeper sense of empowerment in their lives. They tend to be more informed on how their thoughts, behaviors, and actions impact the world they live in, as well as provides easy ways to change things they are wanting to change.
Although Soul-Centered Therapy can sound intimidating, I can assure you it isn't. Most of the work is in just recognizing the pattern or problem, and then many times, with a little chuckle, clients are able to instantly make the change needed. Most of the work comes after as clients work to maintain the change and not fall back into old patterns. Most clients are able to identify the pattern or problem in 2-3 sessions.
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