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The Holistic-Integrative Therapy ApproachThe simplest definition of holistic-integrative therapy is that it’s an approach to counseling that considers all aspects of your being (mind, body, spirit) and how they relate. Your thoughts and feelings impact your behaviors and influence how you’re able to interact with and connect to other people and the world around you. While traditional therapy focuses mainly on the mind, the holistic-integrative approach explores the entirety of who you are. As part of my holistic-integrative therapy approach, I often utilize mindfulness practices like meditation. Many clients tell me it works, but they don’t know why. Some are surprised to hear that the benefit of many mindfulness practices we use stems from a connection between psychology and Buddist teachings. Essentially, Buddhism teaches us that many of our mental, physical, and spiritual processes are entirely unconscious - we don’t ever think about them. They just happen. The more we reveal the unconscious, the better we understand ourselves, the more empathy and understanding we have for others, and the more purpose we find in daily life. When you feel like who you are and who you want to be are disconnected, Buddhism-Mindfulness practices can help you to unveil the unconscious and embrace the entirety of who you are.
Arriving at this page signals you’re on the right path to change your life. Most people struggle with anxiety for years before getting help. By the time you’ve found yourself here, you may feel overwhelmed with self-criticism, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, or fear. All of which can leave you feeling like giving up. Anxiety can feel overpowering. It can leave your self-esteem in the dust and keep you from reaching life goals or from forging deeper connections with friends and family. When we work through your inner thought patterns and learn how to use techniques, such as cognitive coping affirmations, to overcome limiting beliefs and mindsets, you can turn negative self-talk into self-love and kindness.
How to create a healthy self-image and self-compassion.
The causes of anxiety (internal and external).
The ways anxiety impacts your life.
How self-talk (the stories you tell about yourself and others) influences wellbeing.
Ways to better balance life.
The physical impact of anxiety and stress.
While the world is often not all about you, therapy sessions will be. I let the people I work with do most of the talking. You are the expert on yourself and your world experiences, so I need to hear from you. As we talk, I will encourage you to create healthy, positive relationships with your emotions. The anxiety or stress or sadness or worry that you feel are all telling you something about what you need to be happy and healthy. When you can look at your own feelings, thoughts, and behaviors from a positive, friendly viewpoint, you can start to build greater compassion for yourself and those around you. As we talk about and explore your experiences together, we’ll place a metaphorical magnifying glass over difficult or problematic patterns of thought, feeling, or action in your life, so we can get to the root of the matter and increase your self-awareness. I may incorporate a number of evidence-based and research-supported counseling techniques in each session, but the approach is always centered first on your needs and goals. My hope is that, through our therapy work together, you can transform difficult emotions and feelings of anxiety, depression, or helplessness into manageable emotions and positive feelings like freedom, strength, wholeness, and purpose. During sessions, we’ll discuss many different aspects of your life and how you feel during specific situations. As part of the holistic-integrative therapy approach, we may discuss your answers to questions like these: ● How do you feel in your body? At peace? Uncomfortable? On edge? ● Do you experience specific bodily sensations related to emotional experience? Tension? Pain? Cold? Heat? ● Are you incorporating movement into your life each day? Workouts? Walking more? Dancing?● Do you eat healthy and nutrient-rich foods? Feel full? Stay nourished? ● How are your friendships, romantic partnerships, and familial relationships? Supportive? Problematic? Unstable? ● Do you have a supportive community? Feel you have a place in the world? Have a purpose? ● Do you take time to explore creativity? Write a journal? Paint a picture? Sing a song?● How does spirituality influence who you are? Do you ascribe to a specific faith practice? Enjoy philosophical thought? Want to connect more closely with the world around you?
If you’re struggling with anxiety, I’m glad you’ve found me. I'm Erica Basso, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I specialize in treating anxiety, imposter syndrome, and perfectionism in professional women in California. I believe we all have the natural capacity to grow and flourish in a positive direction if we are given the support we need.
With a combination of mindfulness and self-compassion based techniques, I will support you in regaining the confidence to step into the best version of yourself. You will no longer feel controlled by limiting beliefs and fear and will be able to form deeper, satisfying connections with loved ones. Together we can find the tools, clarity, and self-acceptance you need to more skillfully feel confident in your strength and ability to overcome stressful situations and life events.
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