Cheryl M. Wenzel, M.A., CHT
Copyright 2015 Cheryl M. Wenzel, M.A., CHT. All Rights Reserved.
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 when assessing how to best help you achieve your goals.
As a holistic therapist, I use a variety of methods to help a person change their situation, from traditional talk therapy that engages the Conscious Mind, to alternative methods that engage the Subconscious Mind, such as hypnosis, parts therapy, age regression, Brainspotting, EMDR, past-life regression, rewind, visualization, etc. to engage the Subconscious Mind. As a Certified Hypnotherapist, I have learned the valuable contribution the Subconscious Mind makes to our feelings, our problems, and our lives and I use that valuable resource in my sessions wherever I can.
Each situation and person is unique and I have found that different techniques can be applied at different times to enlighten a client's perspective of themselves and uncover some of the beliefs and experiences that may have contributed to the situation they have found themselves in. My goal is to help you have a clearer understanding of what may have brought you to this situation and, even MORE importantly, how to change and/or manage it in order to achieve the goals you have set for yourself and experience the happiness you are meant to live.
Hypnosis: 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. During the sessions, I will use hypnosis techniques if I think they would be of benefit.
In a hypnosis session (commonly referred to as a "trance"), the Conscious Mind recedes into the background and the Subconscious Mind becomes available to both use as a resource, and take the opportunity to implement changes. 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.