"Knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom." - Aristotle

Spiritually-based, client-centered modalities of care including education and support in the following areas:
- Dis/Connections that cause Spiritual pain
- The art of forgiveness and understanding -- Healing through an understanding of previous theological harm
- Mind, body, and spirit connections - understanding the impact of spiritual pain on the body and mental and physical health
- The many faces of moral conflict -- Psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual pain
- How self-understanding is discovered through understanding personal core beliefs and values
- Writing/Re-writing your Spiritual Autobiography as a means of healing and transformation
- Spiritual solutions and nature-based remedies to reconcile spiritual discomfort and confusion
- Recreating spiritual connections
- Compassionate self-care as a way of life
- How to rebuild spiritual connection by learning to release and let go of a need to control
- Breaking through personal barriers, limitations, and expectations to heal the mind, body, and spirit

Fears, assumptions, and social stigmas around mental health care (Psychotherapy)
There was indeed a time when mental health care was negatively perceived and rightfully so. The early stages of psychological theory development involved extremely unethical practices and brought harm to many. However, times have changed and this is no longer true. Ethical and standards of care are now in place to protect the public. Now, however, there remains the residue of social stigmas around mental health care. Mental health care, all too often, implies that you are not strong enough, can not handle it, are weak, have something severely wrong with your ability to function, or you are just outright incompetent. Fortunately, mental health care has come a long way over the past century. Unfortunately, the residue of some of those socialized stigmas and impaired judgments continue to linger around a need or a desire to obtain mental health care, whether it be as a preventative measure or on an “as needed” basis. For the well-being of our communities, shifting these social narratives is vital. There are many reasons why someone might seek out mental health care.

Mental health care as a preventative measure – Self Care
Supplementing your daily functions with additional support through a mental health professional is truly no different than reaching out to a friend to talk about your day, family, work, concerns, or just to talk or vent. The primary difference (and my personal favorite) is that a specialist is non bias, they can offer non-bias insight to your perspective and help you think through some sticky situations in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. This is especially true for self-work.

Another reason for seeking out a mental health professional could be a personal desire to learn more about “self”, in search of a happier and more fulfilled life with meaning. This is often when day-to-day functioning is no longer fulfilling or satisfactory or when one is ready to address the mind, body, and spirit connections for healthier living. Healthy living is much deeper than eating right and exercise.

Mental health care “as needed”
Mental health care “as needed” can result from many, many situations. Sometimes, there can be a clinical reason, such as substance use disorders, survivors of abuse or violence, trauma, severe depression, overwhelming loneliness and despair, etc. When this is the case, compassionate nurturing is key to healing and a mental health professional is better equipped to support such a need.

In either case, seeking out companionship through a mental health professional is a form of self-care. Contemporary times and advancements encourage us to break down these boundaries of assumptions and misunderstood ideas of mental health care.

 

Embrace(D) for Life