Integrative Psychology combines the study of behavior and mental processes with a holistic approach to treatment. An integrative method includes multiple treatment approaches because no two people are the same and many people will benefit from a combination of treatment styles. Elements of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy are often utilized. Additionally, while traditional mental health practice does not emphasize the beneficial effects of nutrition, exercise, spending time outdoors (green therapy), and other lifestyle and natural therapies, integrative mental health treatments will include these approaches tailored to individual needs.
Stress, life changes, relationships, finances, grief, medical concerns, and other demanding life experiences can strain your mental health. A therapist can help cultivate good mental health and offer support, during or after such stressors. Through therapy, you can learn coping skills to help navigate life’s challenges. When you are healthy holistically—body, mind, and spirit—your relationships and careers are stronger, more successful, and more fulfilling, and you can be more resilient to stress.
Therapy works when the patient is open, engaged, and receptive to feedback. A psychologist will guide sessions using active listening, asking questions, using psychoeducation, or teaching breathing exercises. All tools used will encourage personal growth toward a therapeutic goal. A psychologist practicing integrative psychology will use a broader lens when evaluating mental health and may collaborate when needed with your health care providers.
If you’re experiencing stress, fatigue, irritability, loss of interest, mood swings, appetite changes, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, sleep disturbances, or fearful thoughts, therapy can help. Therapy can help with the implementation and adherence to a treatment plan that another provider has prescribed, especially those that include lifestyle and diet changes.