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Holistic Counseling

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What is holistic counseling?

Holistic Counseling is an approach which takes the entire being of clients and their life experiences into consideration for assessment and treatment.  Holistic Counseling assesses and treats from a combination of physical, spiritual, and psychological methods.

5 Tenets of Holistic Counseling


Mental wellness assesses and improves mental flexibility (problem solving, seeing different perspectives, facing challenging situations) and stress management. Mental wellness is what allows us to have the confidence and self-worth to set boundaries, make healthy choices and generally advocate for ourselves.


Emotional wellness includes thoughts, emotions and our ability to navigate them in the face of life's challenges.  Emotional wellness allows us to accept and openly share our inner world with others.  There are five phases to complete emotional wellness or emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, and social skills.


Physical wellness is everything concerning the physical body.  Physical wellness includes the quality and prioritization of fitness levels, diet and nutrition, weight, sleep, and medical illnesses. This tenet of Holistic Healing is the most well-known and attended to. Physical wellness allows us to physically perform and be active in day-to-day life, it is our sense of energy, functionality, efficiency, and endurance.


Spiritual wellness involves the ability to experience life with more meaning and purpose. This factor can be one of the most powerful sources of inner strength, inspiration, and motivation on the path to healing. Spiritual health is often extremely personal and can have different meaning to different people. But it is necessary to have the capacity to access ourselves from within, look into our soul which can help us become more spiritually competent. This tenet of Holistic Counseling helps lessen anxiety, reduce stress, and overcome episodes of depression with more positivity and clarity in your daily life.


Social wellness incorporates inclusion and belonging in our social environments. This is worked on by being connected and in line with the society or world you live in. Social wellness can be linked to values, traditions, and lifestyle of any culture, gender, and race. This pillar helps to look at how the social aspect can help to support a greater overall well-being. Your family, friends, colleagues, community, the groups you are part of your culture, religion, place of education or place of work. This is why the feeling of belonging to certain groups can be very helpful in our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Tenets of holistic healing
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