After the death of my adopted daughter about 25 years ago, I found myself unable to function. I went to the doctor and found out I had autoimmune disease. After a couple of years on oral chemotherapy (which was doing a great deal of damage as it was helping me), I decided to start what turned out to be my first in a long line of holistic approaches to healing. And heal I did!
Holistic healing is something everyone can do for themselves and with experienced practitioners. It is also something that we can help our clients do. Holistic healing tends to the needs of a person’s mind, emotions, body, and soul … to start. It means treating all interconnected parts of the whole person, not just a few here and there, and not just symptoms of something undesirable or unhealthy. Holistic healing focuses on helping our minds, feelings, bodies, and souls do what they were meant to do … flourish and live in a state of health and happiness.
Whether you are looking for help within yourself, or treating clients with mental health disorders – including substance use – there are several avenues you can explore. Remember that one size does not fit all, all the time, so learn and try out those approaches which appeal to you. You may or may not experience quick results, and sometimes we require different approaches at different times. Stay open-minded and do not give up! Here are a few:
Try it – you might like it!
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.