What Is Psychotherapy?

I see adults for the following presenting problems:

Depression
Anxiety and/or Panic

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Believe it or not, what’s happening in our minds, bodies and spirits is the result of our childhood experiences.  We all experience trauma in one form or another, to a larger or lesser extent.

Why does this matter to adults?

Panic, anxiety, depression, IBS, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, you name it, it starts with our coping skills as children.

According to some theorists, there are “orchid people” – those who show the most physical deterioration from stress, and “dandelion people” – those who are more resilient and show less severe body damage.

So what?

People have reversed their condition, that’s what.

How did they do it?

Using a body-spirit-mind program.  Lifespan Integration (LI) clears all this up. I used to use a complicated treatment plan, but LI streamlines it all into the therapy setting.

This is my prior treatment philosophy and protocol. The mind is attended to through psychotherapy and sometimes medication when needed.  The spirit is attended to through mindfulness meditation and “being” in nature.  The body is attended to through yoga, acupuncture and nutrition.

“They” say … all three work together – body, mind, spirit.

Here’s the story of one woman’s journey to health: The Last Best Cure, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.  Her story is inspirational, informative, educational and just plain GREAT!

So here’s a typical treatment plan if not using LI:

  1. Psychotherapy – once a week 
  2. Walking if you are able, a mile every other day
  3. Yoga – there’s (gentle) restorative yoga at the health food store next to the bakery in downtown North Bend (WA), every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m., $5
  4. Mindfulness meditation every day, and add Compassion Meditation and maybe Laughing Meditation at some point
  5. Read The Last Best Cure (see above), either The Feeling Good Handbook or When Panic Attacks, both by David D. burns, MD
  6. Acupuncture (usually covered by insurance)
  7. As your doctor about adding vitamins D & B12
  8. Get your pH up to 7.0 or above – litmus strips can be purchased at health food stores or online (I use pHydrion vivid 5.5 to 8.0) – every morning swallow twice and take the reading, then record the result in the journal you’ll be keeping
  9. Take an 8-week online (free) course: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course: www.palousemindfulness.com
  10. Spend time in nature – get out the door
  11. Journal your journey for one year
  12. Stop watching the news and watching violent movies and t.v. programs

It’s a lot up front, especially when you’re worn out and tired. Front loading is tiring, but it’s temporary and before you know it, you’ll feel better. 

Now I use only LI.

For more about therapy, on the following pages you will find:

What is a therapist?
What can therapy do for me?
What about medication?

Types of therapy