Holistic Psychotherapy

The treatment of emotional and psychological pain that manifests itself in the form of anxiety, depression, physical pain, and other physiological disorders. It is an approach that specifically focuses on the use of traditional psychotherapy combined with alternative medical and treatment modalities such as acupuncture, massage, herbology, and nutritional counseling in order to achieve harmony between the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of our clients. Unlike western based methods of treatment, this method uses both physical and mental therapies to explore and address the root of your symptoms. Initially we determine what the client defines as distress and then establish how this distress is manifesting itself. For example, many forms of disharmony can result in symptoms such as interpersonal conflict (fighting), irritability, depression, lethargy, pain, or other disorders. We then work towards finding the root cause of the disharmony and establish a multidisciplinary treatment plan towards healing. This approach to the treatment is especially useful in treating distress caused by severe traumatic experiences such as rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, war, combat and various crimes. It is also very effective in less severe instances such as divorce, change in lifestyle (e.g. loss of job), or life transitions ( e.g. loss of loved one). Whatever the source, holistic psychotherapy works to restore the balance between mind, spirit and body. It is a blending of ancient eastern methodologies with modern western psychotherapies that reaches into your inner self and helps you experience a better life with less pain, disharmony and stress. At HarmonyUS, we are devoted to helping you restore strength and balance to where you can begin to engage life again on a level to where you will feel enriched. We work to help you release the negativity around you and focus on positive aspects and behaviors designed to enrich your life. Our goal is simply to help you experience more joy and well-being in your everyday living.

Animal Assisted Therapy

A therapist who is Kink Aware recognizes that BDSM, Polyamory, Swinging and other alternative sexual and lifestyle practices are part of the normal sexual spectrum, and is able to distinguish healthy sexual play from non-consensual abuse. Kink Aware Therapists (KAT) have additional post graduate training about alternative sexual expression via, books, articles, continuing education, seminars, websites, etc. KATs are aware what constitutes safe and unsafe play (acknowledging of course that different people have different standards for that). KATs are aware of the roles and role expectations of those who participate in alternative sexual expression lifestyles. Patsy Evans has been an active advocate and Kink Aware Professional for the alternative lifestyle communities for more than a decade. She is also a public speaker and activist for the sexual positive culture and freedom movement.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development.

Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session..

According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behavior in order to work through their interior obfuscations and anxieties. In this way, play therapy can be used as a self-help mechanism, as long as children are allowed time for “free play” or “unstructured play.” Normal play is an essential component of healthy child development.

One approach to treatment is for play therapists to use a type of desensitization or relearning therapy to change disturbing behavior, either systematically or in less formal social settings. These processes are normally used with children, but are also applied with other pre-verbal, non-verbal, or verbally-impaired persons, such as slow-learners, or brain-injured or drug-affected persons.