I describe myself as an ‘Integrative Holistic Counsellor’, I’m pretty sure most people know what counselling is and what it involves but what does Holistic Counselling mean exactly?
Well, to answer that question I have to go back a bit… I trained predominately in Person-Centered Therapy (Carl Rogers) and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Counselling and Psychometric Testing. During my previous 4 years of learning, studying and working with clients, I also developed a great interest in some other areas of ‘classic’ psychology; ACT- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Psychotherapy (Freudian and Jungian), Existential Therapy (Viktor Frankl) and Narrative Therapy (Micheal White) to name but a few. After graduating, I have also been consistently seeking to expanded my practice (through regular workshops, training and seminars) to include many other types of therapeutic and healing techniques, many of which started to follow a more Holistic and Spiritual approach.
I found that Counselling alone just didn’t cover all the bases with the majority of clients, more and more I was turning to my ‘other’ less classic (but a LOT older) modalities I was trained in, as healing ‘tools’ such as Shamanism (a very ancient healing tradition based on Spiritual and Earth medicine techniques), Reiki (and other ‘hands-on energy healing methods), Meditation and Mindfulness, Crystal Healing, Dowsing, Hypnosis (Past Life Regression) and Energy Healing!
By combining all of the above techniques and looking at clients as WHOLE beings- mental, emotional, physical, spiritual as well as looking at their social and environmental situations I found that some really profound and life-changing healing could take place. But more importantly I think, it suited ME better and my own views of the world. By combining all of these techniques together along with my own life experience and hard-lessons it allowed me to develop into a more authentic Therapist. HOLISM (or whole-ism from Greek ὅλος holos “all, whole, entire” is the idea that systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not just as a collection of parts.) aligns itself to my personal belief systems and I am a very Spiritual person in that I believe we are always connected to Spirit in the form of our Guides and Helpers.
So… what is Holistic Counselling?
Holistic Counselling is an approach which helps clients to heal by taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration for treatment purposes. In other words, where traditional counselling methods consider only the psychological ramifications of issues and behaviors; Holistic Counselling assesses and treats from physical and spiritual contexts–as well as a psychological or mental ones.
It is important to note that there is a difference between a qualified Counsellor who takes a ‘Holistic approach’ and someone who “counsels” or “coaches” clients by using Holistic techniques.
The former is someone who has attended and graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a BA Degree in Counselling/Therapy and who has met all the clinical experience and accrediting requirements, including regular supervision. After which, they have then chosen to also incorporate treatment methods which are Holistic in nature. They can hold additional certifications and degrees in holistic areas, but they practice as fully qualified Counsellors.
The latter is a person who may or may not have attended college and who may or may not have achieved certification or earned specialised qualifications in the fields in which they offer assistance. Some use the title Holistic Therapist, Spiritual Counsellor, Life Coach etc.
Physical Aspects: Holistic Counsellors look at a client and evaluate how the physical body is involved and affected with the goal of facilitating a sense of physical well-being. Counsellors have a spectrum of areas in which they can be trained and specialise; for example: Reiki-based treatment, yoga instruction, energy healing, chiropractic techniques, massage therapies and applied acupuncture/acupressure—just to name a few. Many offer their clients assistance with dietary issues, weight management, vitamin and mineral supplementation, exercise and the development of proactive health measures.
Spiritual Components: The Holistic Counsellor acknowledges that the human spirit is intricately involved in the healing of the total person—mind, body and soul, and an increasing number choose to incorporate the spiritual aspect in a generalised way. Holistic Counselors should respect the client’s personal beliefs and always let the client assert and superimpose their own personal orientation onto the spiritual work that is done in the therapeutic environment.
Holistic Counselling approaches disorders and un-wellness as parts of a greater whole. Rather than treating just the symptoms, a Holistic Counsellor looks deeper and tries to uncover underlying causes, they look at the inter-connectedness of the body, mind and spirit to help facilitate wellness.
It is difficult to pinpoint specific techniques employed by all Holistic Counsellors, because they come from different backgrounds, have studied different therapeutic modalities and will change their methods according to their sense of a client’s needs.
These and many other techniques are employed, but the emphasis in holistic counselling is always on facilitating self discovery and self-healing. Holistic counsellors often say that they enter into a partnership with a client and assist them in accessing their own inner wisdom rather than imparting wisdom, knowledge or healing themselves.
How Holistic Counselling Can Be of Help to You
Holistic Counselling can help you achieve:
- Greater self-awareness and self acceptance.
- Greater respect for your body and how it works as a whole.
- Deep healing of the past and present relationships.
- A more peaceful, centered approach to life.
- Greater health and vitality.
- Emotional well-being.
- A deepened sense of spirituality.
- Finding and living your true life purpose.
- A greater ability to cope with traumas such as death, divorce and abuse.
- An enhanced feeling of optimism and self-esteem.
- And so much more!
Holistic counselling is a gentle and compassionate form of therapy that may help you help yourself when you feel the need for support or assistance. If you feel drawn to giving this a try, why not contact me (Anna, 085-9371879 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask about the services I provide. It will be the beginning of a remarkable journey of self discovery and deep healing!
Here’s what some of the clients I have been deeply privileged to work with are saying (names not included to protect confidentiality)-
‘Thank you Anna for an amazing healing….Anna is a gifted healer who uses many of her trained skills throughout her healing sessions…I would highly recommend any of her treatments/workshops/therapies’
‘I met Anna in a critical point in my life where I had decided I had suffered enough due to childhood emotional and sexual abuse. I wanted to be a good mother to my babies and in order to do that I had to face monsters from my past and terminate them, once and for all. I told myself I had nothing to lose, so I asked for help. Again. A different counsellor. Again. It was hard in the beginning, as I didn`t really see me able to trust another human being. But..I did. When Anna saw I was really dedicated to get better she introduced me to EFT. I didn`t realize it right then, but something amazing happened..I am now free. And I owe it to Anna as much as to myself. There were times in the past, when my life felt like a long dark tunnel. I KNEW there had to be a way out, because although we don`t see it we all feel deep inside that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE, always. Those times are gone, my scars are healed. And that`s all I have to say about that!’
‘Anna is amazing and very knowledgeable about SO MANY different areas; from EFT, Psychotherapy, Angels, Crystals, Meditation, Reiki. She is unbelievable! Never met anyone as amazing! Love the meditation classes and cannot wait to start Reiki classes with her.’
‘I would highly recommend Anna and the Counselling and Therapy Service she provides. Anna takes a professional yet endearing approach to her work environment and truly focuses on the client at hand. Her Shamanic Healing journey will truly get to a core issue, whether it’s an obvious or not so issue! It establishes a connection with the clients soul power, animal and spirit guides, and reinforces how to deal with said issue, providing a strengthened aura. Anna channels these energies so well, and is honest and open with the information she has received during the healing journey.
Her Reiki hands are very direct, strong energies flow through and you can feel blockages clearing, pain lifting and it allowed me within 24hrs to tackle a lawnmower when the day before I could barely move my head or walk without wincing.
I see the service as extremely client based throughout, reasonable and affordable fees, professional service in a down to earth comfortable environment created by Anna and her work.’
‘I was so lucky to have Anna to help me through a very difficult time in my life. She is not only an experienced and professional Counsellor but a kind and caring person which instantly made me feel like everything was going to be ok. She has a very special gift and was, for me, a beaming light at the end of a very dark tunnel. I now count her among my blessings of life.’
‘After my marriage breakup, life seemed to spiral out of control and I discovered confiding in family was sometimes counter-productive. I was quite cynical about counselling but knew I needed to talk to someone outside my usual circle. It took a few attempts before I found someone I clicked with, and that was Anna. She was positive and practical and I relaxed enough in her company to pour my heart out. She gave me the space to find my own answers and I’d definitely recommend her as a strong, realistic woman of our time.’
‘I initially saw Anna as my Counsellor. I had a lot of issues from my past that were preventing me from moving forward in my life. I felt very alone and was unsure if I could be helped as I had tried so many other avenues before. Thankfully Anna was different, she was not just a counsellor, and did not hmmm and raise eyebrows at my awkward bodily reactions to questions..instead she was warm and empathetic. .seemed genuinely interested and concerned with my life.
She had a number of tools we were able to utilise during the course of our sessions. One of these I found particularly invaluable, and still use today, this is EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques Therapy. It does exactly what it says on the tin! When I reached a stumbling block in therapy after unraveling so much trauma, EFT was the technique that removed the final memories of trauma from my cells. It was the perfect solution after talk therapy..this was a directed but free-flowing technique where I could remove the final layers of pain. It seemed too easy at first… just tapping and talking… but with Anna’s help it really worked wonders for me! Best of all I can now use it myself, which I do religiously. Anna’s teaching of EFT has given me the emotional freedom I thought I would never have…and the technique to remain free. I can’t recommend Anna and her counselling therapies highly enough.’