Cheryl M. Wenzel, M.A., CHT
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What is Holistic Therapy?
Holistic Therapy: The term “holistic" dates back to the time of Hippocrates, over 2,500 years ago. Believing it was insufficient to focus on just one aspect of a person, Hippocrates emphasized the importance of establishing equilibrium within individuals, viewing the person as a whole being made up of many parts working in concert with one another. Holistic therapy includes mind, body, and spirit and draws from multiple forms of therapy, such as:
A Holistic Therapist focuses on the person as a whole. If you come to me for anxiety, depression, weight loss, communication issues, pain management, etc., I will focus not only on your psychological situation and needs, but when needed, I will take your social, physical, environmental, and spiritual (transpersonal) situation and needs into account. No one lives in a cocoon. We all have our basic human needs that must be met in order to achieve happiness in our lives, as well as psychological and environmental needs. I take you as a whole person into account when assessing how to best help you achieve your goals. In addition, a holistic therapist uses a variety of tools to help change a person's situation, from traditional talk therapy to alternative methods, such as hypnosis, parts therapy, age regression, past-life regression, the rewind technique, visualization, etc.
Hypnosis: During hypnosis, the conscious mind recedes into the background and the subconscious mind is available. The subconscious mind is where all of our life experiences and beliefs reside, and this is the part of the mind where lasting change can occur. Only about 10% of the information we carry in our minds is conscious; the rest is subconscious. Within the subconscious mind is the answer to many of the problems we struggle with. Knowledge and understanding of the self are powerful experiences and sometimes just knowing why we have a particular problem is enough for it to resolve itself. At other times, certain specific tools or techniques are needed before a problem can be resolved, such as visualization, childhood regression, past life regression, "following the thread," etc.
We all go in and out of trances every day without realizing it. For example, when you arrive at a destination but weren't thinking about the drive, or when you're watching a movie and forget about everything else around you, or even when you're smoking a cigarette. A hypnotic trance is simply a state of complete relaxation and narrowed focus of attention. In Hypnotherapy, the Hypnotherapist helps you enter a hypnotic trance purposefully, in order to access the subconscious mind.
Transpersonal Therapy: Focuses on connection to the deeper self. The problems we experience in our lives are signposts guiding us to a more authentic experience of ourselves that can transform our lives not only on the personal level, such as our careers and relationships, but it can also connect us with the deeper parts of ourselves that give us meaning. Ironically, the more we run from experiencing our feelings, the further the divide between our authentic selves and our egoic worldly selves. It's our connection to our deeper selves that will make lasting changes in our experiences and our lives.
*House calls are available only after an initial session either in my office or on the phone, and are accepted with discretion. There is an additional $25/session fee for travel time and gas.