Integrative Mental Health: Ancient Techniques and Tradition as a New Way of Modeling Psychotherapy

For centuries philosophers, scientists, medical doctors and psychologists have debated the interconnectivity between mind and body. Some see mind and body as unable to be separate and some view the systems as entirely separate functions. Recent western research has shown that, regardless of whether illness originates in mind or body, both systems are co-dependent and co-morbid. The modern practice of psychotherapy isolates practitioners and clients from the numerous benefits of ancient and integrative techniques. By applying techniques such as meditation, laughter therapy, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, mind-body interventions, integrative depression interventions, clinical hypnosis, and yoga practice, the model of healing is much more holistic and therefore more sustainable. Many of these techniques are accessible and cost-comparable to modern techniques. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of these techniques is that there are little to no side effects, contrary to unfavorable side effects of modern psychotropic medication. A holistic, integrative method to psychotherapy is ethically responsible, time-tested, and offers many treatment options currently absent from western models.

Carise Rotach-Beard
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