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Integrative psychotherapy is an approach to healing and easing life’s problems by increasing one’s resilience and personal resources. It incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional psychotherapy and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels: emotional physical, mental and spiritual. Integrative psychotherapy aims to create a healthy alliance between mind and body to enable patients to manage stress and create a healthy lifestyle. In addition to counseling services, some of the tools available at our Center include meditation and visual imagery.
We know that our minds can quickly jump to worst-case scenarios, worry and self-defeating behaviors. We can feel overwhelmed, lose direction, and lose our center. These patterns of thought contribute to illness, stuck relationships, and loss of self esteem. At the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, our therapists work with patients to develop and strengthen their mental and emotional health. We help increase the strengths that exist in each patient, discover new ways of managing current stressors, and create strategies to assist their movement onto a positive future.
People who enter into integrative psychotherapy are choosing a path of self-exploration that can yield many benefits. Therapy can help identify the causes of current concerns, help to identify factors that perpetuate problems, and also help patients become aware of fears or hurts that limit their psychological freedom. As patients come to understand what triggers their pain, anxiousness, or moodiness, the old patterns lose their hold. With the help of a therapist, patients can set goals and practice new, healthy behaviors, enabling changes to occur as they feel the courage and support to move beyond prior limitations of thought and attitude.
In this culture we often believe we should “do it on our own,” and if that fails, then “just give me the pill to fix it.” Seeking psychotherapy is a positive step towards a more sustained sense of well-being. We encourage patients to bring to therapy the intention of reaching your goals to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life. We will help patients do the work that will enable them to achieve their goals.
The psychotherapists at our center are licensed in their fields of expertise and also bring additional resources to the counseling setting. They bring high professional standards to insure that each client is treated with respect and that the work is confidential. These practitioners’ services are sometimes insurance reimbursable. Patients are advised to check with their insurance company to see what their coverage allows.