A Philosophy of Balance
Wes has found that therapy and coaching are most effective when they are Holistic, Integrative, Psychodynamic, and Trauma-Informed.
Holistic - Services should consider the client as a whole in addressing their concerns. The client's current challenges are viewed within the framework of their cultural influences, life experiences, familial relationships, lifestyle choices, interpersonal patterns, spiritual beliefs, and many other factors. The client experiences this as a tailored approach that respects their ethnic background, religious practices, and unique perspective. Holistic services also allow the client, if they desire, to increase the benefits of their sessions through the use of herbal teas, nutritional adjustments, and/or other holistic practices.
Integrative - Services should respect the past 130+ years of psychological and sociological research, including recent knowledge gained in trauma research, neuroscience, and somatic approaches. Services must identify and integrate the core factors that lead to mental and emotional wellness. This approach provides the client an effective, expedient, research-based approach, in which the therapist/client relationship is valued, and the client's worldview is paramount.
Psychodynamic - Services should help the client see themselves, their relationships, and their world with clarity. The psychodynamic approach allows the client to make connections between the past and present, while mindfully creating their future. With increased insight, the client can see generalized and repetitive patterns that may be affecting multiple areas of their life. This provides for long term benefits, instead of mere short-term bandaids.
Trauma-Informed - Services should recognize the impact that painful or frightening historical experiences can have on a client's wellbeing in the present. Past distressing experiences can lead to a variety of consequences, from subtle "body memories" (e.g. feelings of anxiety, restlessness, tension) to terrifying nightmares or intense PTSD flashbacks. Using the latest evidence-based approaches, including EMDR, Wes can help clients release stored memories in the body and mind. This can lead to dramatic and expedient decreases in symptoms, alongside profound improvements in overall quality of life.
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