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Words Really Are Medicine

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It is a statement that changes everything we thought we knew about healing and ourselves.

What this means for psychotherapy is this: matter is mind and mind is matter. What we hear determines what we think. What we think determines what we feel. And how we “feel” has been shown to impact every system in the body, including the immune system.

What we say to ourselves (and to others), then, matters just as much as the drugs we take, the food we eat, the exercise we do. One study at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine has shown that psychotherapy can change brain chemistry as much as psychotropic medication. Another study looking at the power of psychotherapy showed that journaling reduces an asthmatic’s need for an inhaler. In other words–the very process of psychotherapy and “getting it off your chest” can have literal, life-saving properties.

Most psychotherapists are committed to one modality or another. The therapist may be Adlerian or Rogerian or Freudian. Because of that philosophical approach the course of treatment is determined to some extent even before the patient walks into the office.

Holistic psychotherapy is different because it has no such bias. Its only commitment is to seeing the whole patient—spiritually, physically, emotionally. By truly seeing what hurts we can discern what needs to be healed and how.

Serving the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas, we offer:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral & Insight-oriented Psychotherapy
  • Crisis Intervention/Solution-focused Brief Therapy
  • Consultation in Classical Homeopathy.
  • Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
  • Intuition Development
  • Grief Resolution
  • Somatic Experiencing, EMDR
  • Consultations over the phone/skype for national clients or clients away from home
  • Spanish-speaking consults

Our Approach to Patients:

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It is not about being “sick” or “well”, “perfect” or “awful.” It is about being human, fully. And that means -
We have to see what hurts in order to find what heals.
We all need love. It is our highest purpose and is not a “dysfunction.”
Life gets messy. Almost everyone needs some support to cope and grow. It’s only human.
There is great nobility in being human–even with our shortcomings. We can be imperfect and still have joy.
We can change comfortably. In fact, we change all the time and simply forget to notice.