In a land, not long ago or far away, I creatively edited an essay with scissors. I cut out bad parts, reorganized sections, and taped the good parts together again. Needless to say, computers and other elements of business tech stretch my patience. So, I found and took an on-line class for help. During this […]
Larkin Oates Counseling Nashville, TN
Holistic Therapy with Larkin Oates
When we go to therapy feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed, it is often because something in the mind/body/spirit system needs rebalancing. When we go to therapy feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed, it is often because something in the mind/body/spirit system needs rebalancing.
In Holistic Therapy, you are seen as a whole person, and your symptoms are clues of system distress, or dis-ease.
It is common for many in the U.S. to disconnect from these signs of our body’s upset. For instance, imagine someone inundated, and trying to manage work and home life. For stress headaches, they take Aspirin, which eats the gut, so they eat antacids like candy. By treating only symptoms, they ignore the stomach and head’s signals of dis-ease, causing more problems.
In holistic therapy, that same person may notice their new coping skills to manage the stress and negative symptoms, also increase mental clarity for insight into empowering life choices.
When you come into counseling with me, we work together. I am your guide and provide a compassionate and safe place for you to do your work. We will look at how your mind, body, and spirit systems interact, and consider what techniques will ease system distress.
As you grow and find success on this journey, with your new coping techniques you will experience increased self-empowerment and sense of wellbeing.
You will notice:
- Your distress is not “all in your head”
- Your basic human needs are important
- Your inner truth is valid
- You do not have to sacrifice your human needs for another functioning adult
- It takes a village
- Trust your gut
- Access and celebrate your gifts
- Manage stress
- Identify your needs
- Ask for help, instead of doing everything alone
- Notice choices
- Set healthy boundaries
- Find supportive and empathetic community
Benefits over time:
- Increased sense of wellbeing
- Amplified awareness of mind/body health
- Improved self-esteem and self-trust
- Enhanced functioning of immune system
- Improved self empowerment skills
- Increased ability to find joy and happiness
Recently, a fly on the wall witnessed me cut and tape blank documents together. My digital versions were lost in a computer crash and my scanner was dead, so I cobbled together new forms. Armed with liquid paper, I felt like I was in an ADD 1980’s flashback, as I managed these linear aspects of my […]
One night in Taos, NM, while boiling pasta, a friend and I threw wet noodles on a wall to test their readiness. Enjoying the quirky shapes formed, we soon drew the imagined faces of the characters outlined. Only later, while painting this wall to get my rental deposit back, did I realize that ink bleeds through […]