Below find some answers to commonly asked questions about Integrative Psychiatry. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Rhoda R. Berger for more information.
What is integrative psychiatry?
It is an approach to mental health care that embraces conventional as well as complementary practices such as taking herbal medicines, eating medical foods, practicing mindfulness meditation, breath work, EMDR and many others. Over and above the interventions utilized, however, it is a mindset about how to engage with clients and how to view mental health.
How do alternatives such as deep breathing and meditation work to promote mental wellness?
Research has shown that by slowing the rate of your respirations, you stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system triggering a relaxation response. It dampens the production of harmful stress hormones. Meditation shifts brain activity from the stress-prone right frontal cortex to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild anxiety and depression. It also reduces activity in the Amygdala.
How does an integrative practitioner work with clients?
The quality of the relationship between the client and the practitioner is viewed as an essential component of the healing process. Each client is treated with caring and respect in an atmosphere that encourages autonomy and honors individual values and insights.
Why is open communication an essential component of mental and physical wellness?
Psychologists have learned through research that talking or even writing about emotions can boost immune functioning, autonomic system activity and physical health. Furthermore, learning to communicate effectively enhances feelings of connection in relationships. Emotional expression is thus an important part of overall well-being.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a method of treatment that helps a person process difficult memories and their associated visual images, emotions, body sensations and beliefs, while the therapist initiates a technique which stimulates both hemispheres of the brain. During an EMDR session, the client is helped to access their own acquired wisdom while processing painful memories.