Holistic & Integrative Counselling
Holistic and Integrative counselling is an approach that brings all parts of the client into consideration, and explores various modalities that are client centred. Holistic counselling acknowledges that there are many parts of us that make up the whole of us. Some parts include your mind, your body, your emotions, and your spirit. Integrative counselling pulls on various modalities to weave them together in a session depending on what you are presenting as a client. In Integrative counselling it is very important to stay client centred, meaning focusing on truly supporting the client. In integrative counselling, the counsellor makes sure that the various modalities are complimentary, and that the client finds them to actually be beneficial. The benefit of a holistic and integrative approach allows the counsellor to really explore various options that will best suit the client. Which means in terms of duration, the therapetuic dynamic can be more long term and exploratory.
Is holistic & integrative counselling for you?
If you are someone who feels like they want a therapist who is opening to supporting you to explore your mind, your body, your emotions, and your spirit, and to use client centred various modalities, holistic and integrative counselling may be beneficial for you.
In my practice I always take a holistic and integrative approach with my clients. Curious about how this may support you? You can book a free intro call with me below.
Summer time can be filled with adventure, play, and exploration. Even though the days are filled with ample amounts of sun, it's still important to practice your self care practices.
Make sure to take time to recharge after lots of social exchanges. Because summer is related to the element of fire, and things move quicker in the summer, take some time to connect with slow moments & cooling foods. Connecting with nature, and spending time outside is a beautiful way to expand into summer.
Mental health can be challenged in the summer from lots of social interaction and from the shifts in the environment. Here in BC, we are experiencing very intense wild fires that are causing road closures, food shortages, and complications for rural areas. Because of this feelings of isolation, depression, anger despair, fear, confusion, frustration, etc can arise. All these feelings are absolutely normal.
Be sure to connect with your community and support networks if you are navigating intense feelings about climate change during the summer months.
And as always take deep care of yourself.
I am excited to announce I am moving my in person practice to beautiful Victoria BC:
I will be offering:
Counselling & Somatic Therapy
Stay tuned for some amazing in person events that will be unfolding
Working intentionally with plant medicine as a way to connect with your body can be a powerful tool for healing.
Since doing macro doses and large journeys can be quite a process and commitment. Working with plant medicine on a more subtle level is potentially a more sustainable way.
Microdosing can be done with your medicine of choice, and you can play around with dosage to find one that works right for you. Remember, each day your body is different, and sometimes it can react in a different way even with the same dose.
A beautiful way of working with plant medicine is really connecting initially with the spirit of the plant you are working with, and asking it to support you on your healing journey. By having an intention with the plant, you fortify your connection, and thus potentially amplify your healing.
Plant medicine has a magical way of bringing up sensations in the body that otherwise we may ignore or numb out. Using plant medicine as an ally to help you connect deeper with your body can be a powerful tool.
The holidays can bring up a lot of emotions & activations. Especially if you are visiting with family.
Some reminders for you this holiday season:
It's okay to say no.
It's okay to rest.
It's okay to set boundaries with your family and friends.
It's okay to not want to socialize.
It's okay to have different view points than your family.
It's okay to be discerning with your energy.
Take time to do breathwork, meditate, journey & connect with nature.
Connect & have conversations with people who you feel safe with.
Reach out for help if you need it.
You got this!
As the days get darker, the pull to rest & go inward can get stronger. It's natural to want to sleep more, eat more, spend more time alone & have deeper emotions come up. The more you can listen to your body and move with the seasons, the more natural your winter may feel. Nurture your nature and move with nature.
Some ideas for the colder months:
Drink warm beverages
Get more sleep
Create a routine
Eat nourishing meals with seasonal vegetables
Make sure to make time to connect with friends
Enjoy daylight hours when you can
Find hobbies that don't involve as much screen use
Be patient with yourself
Make sure to continue to connect with nature
Plant seeds for what you want to blossom in the spring time
Somatic Therapy is a profound tool to help you connect deeper with your body. The process involves slowing down into body time, and checking in to see what areas of your body are pulling on your attention. Once your attention moves to a specific area, you're able to explore different sensations, images, behaviours, feelings, and meanings.
Working with a somatic therapist enables you to start to connect deeper with your body, and release unprocessed occurrences from your past.
It is a profound tool in trauma healing, and helps to promote great change in the being.
Somatic therapy is an amazing tool for transformation and healing.
The body holds many stories, are you ready to listen?