What is Inclusive Integrative Mental Health?
Inclusive integrative mental health supports a whole body approach to mental health utilizing both conventional and alternative treatments. Inclusive integrative mental health aims to treat the mind, body and spirit using a multiple system, collaborative approach.
According to the Arizona Institute for Integrative Medicine, "The fundamental goal of an inclusive integrative approach to mental health is to find the most appropriate treatments (conventional and complementary) that safely and effectively address the symptoms of the individual, while taking into account personal preferences, cultural beliefs and financial constraints, an approach endorsed by the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association."
Deliver a Whole Body Approach
An inclusive integrative approach to therapy takes the entire human being into consideration- their life experiences, physical health, spirituality, environmental and social factors. While traditional counseling methods concentrate on the client's psychological symptoms and consequences (cognitive and behavioral), holistic therapy understands we are so much more than our thoughts or a diagnosis.
Advantages of Inclusive Integrative Mental Health
An inclusive integrative approach to therapy takes the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration in the assessment and treatment phases. While traditional counseling methods concentrate on the client's psychological symptoms and consequences (cognitive and behavioral), holistic therapy includes physical (nutrition, gut health, exercise etc.) and spiritual contexts as well as environmental factors (pollution, social supports, systemic and cultural context, etc.)
Discover Inclusive Integrative Mental Health
This list is a collection of various resources, including resources compiled by the Decolonizing Therapy Team with Dr. Jennifer Mullan and various other sources. Thank you to all the people who are compiling resources and sharing freely with others. This is what our vision of integrative mental health looks like; community based, accessible, conscious and empowering.
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"The notion of holistic therapy assumes that an individual's self-perception (or their consciousness) is not to be found in any one particular area but is an integration of the entire person, including their physical body, mind (as a function of the brain), feelings or emotions (as a function of the interaction between the brain [central nervous system] and the physical body), and spirit (the higher part of oneself that connects one to others and to an understanding of meaning). Holistic therapy attempts to have the individual gain awareness of these connections between the mind, body, and spirit using a number of different techniques. The goal is to help individuals to develop a much deeper understanding of themselves at all levels, which can often lead to improved self-esteem and self-awareness."