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What is Integrative Psychiatry? It is the field of medicine that combines the best of conventional and holistic modalities to offer patients better mental health care. We evaluate the whole person/child: body-mind-spirit. We incorporate safe, effective treatments that most psychiatrists have not been trained in: nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, mind-body approaches, meditation, supplements, spirituality etc. As pioneers in this field, our psychiatrists use medications in a more cautious manner, trying to maximize benefit and safety. We are firm believers in family centered care and a collaborative model that puts you at the center of all treatment decisions. In addition, both of our psychiatrists are trained as general psychiatrists and as child/adolescent psychiatrists. You may also collaborate with a psychiatric nurse specialist, who is trained in integrative psychiatry and is also able to prescribe psychiatric medications.
Medication groups represent another new option at Wholeness Center. In these sessions you meet with your psychiatrist together with a small group of people dealing with similar issues. These sessions focus on answering questions, education and support. Concerns around medication management and the use of helpful supplements are addressed in detail. This approach helps to reduce stigma, isolation and cost. The charge for these sessions is a small fraction of seeing a psychiatrist in the more traditional one on one model.
Family and Pediatric Health Care
The naturopathic doctors of Wholeness Center are highly trained in integrative medicine. They treat people not disease, based on the philosophy that the body has its own ability to heal itself given the right environment. By using safe and effective treatments, our patients are given the best possibly healthcare with the least possible side effects. Working along with the Wholeness Center team, our naturopathic doctors are able to minimize need for medication and uncover the imbalances which we call disease. We offer many evidence based options including IV therapy, botanical medicine, ayurvedic therapies, nutritional medicine, to name a few. In addition, we also provide biomedical therapies for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Through the harmony of conventional and natural medicine our aim is to restore hope and long-term health.
We function as preventative care specialist as well as acute and chronic disease management for adults and children including well-child care with vaccine education. In addition we provide educational courses in group settings to reduce costs and encourage community collaboration.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles in areas of the body known as “acupoints” to stimulate “Chi” or internal energy in order to affect a healing response. Surprisingly gentle, this natural healthcare modality has been used for centuries in Asia to effectively treat a wide variety of healthcare problems. At the Wholeness Center, acupuncture will be employed alongside other therapies as a relatively non-invasive approach that holistically addresses the mind, body and spirit.
Massage and Craniosacral Therapy
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness. Craniosacral therapy (CST) uses very light touch to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. CST calms the nervous system and is very gentle and relaxing.
In community acupuncture four needles are placed in each ear while you sit in a relaxing group setting. This approach is a wonderful way to reduce stress, anxiety and pain. The charge is quite minimal.
Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese. Reiki healing promotes overall balance to help you feel better and function better. This non-invasive practice is safe, and supports any medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your doctor.
A healthy relationship with food is a crucial step to ensure life long health. Food nourishes our bodies, mind and soul and it is important to understand the relationship between how we feel and what we eat. Nutrition covers far more than what we put in our mouths. This encompasses everything from the essential vitamins and minerals to understanding that how we eat and when we eat affect our overall health status.
Biomedical Nutritional Assessments can determine if you or your child is getting the right proportions of the right kind of essential nutrients and help guide you in making more sound nutritional choices for your individual needs. Often specialty diets including gluten-free, gluten free- casein free, yeast free, specific carbohydrate diet and other dietary restrictions due to food allergies can make eating challenging. The Wholeness Center Nutrition Team is dedicated to helping make any dietary education or adjustments easier for the whole family. Our goal is to teach what you need to know about nutrition to help you achieve your health goals.
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, neurotherapy, or neurobiofeedback is a form of biofeedback that utilizes sophisticated computer equipment to measure brainwave activity while teaching the person to control his or her own brain activity. This non-invasive and completely painless therapy has been shown to be effective with many conditions over a series of sessions which are supervised here in our office by a BCIA-EEG certified doctor. Each highly personalized therapy session is guided by an EEG evaluation, commonly called “brain-maps” or QEEGs. This activity from the brain is then fed to a computer that converts this information into a game-like or video display that is controlled by the person’s brainwave activity. Over time, this training, much like exercise, produces lasting positive results in the symptoms that are controlled by brainwaves such as learning, language, social interaction, emotional regulation, and focus to name a few. Research has shown neurofeedback to be helpful with the symptoms of several disorders including epilepsy, attention deficit disorders, anxiety, learning disorders, stroke, addictions, cerebral palsy, depression, OCD, tourrette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism, among others applications including peak performance training for athletes.
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Biofeedback is a form of therapy that painlessly monitors physiological information from a person’s body and teaches them to use signals from their body to control those activities. In that sense biofeedback is less of a treatment and more of an educational process in self-regulation. Sophisticated biofeedback instrumentation may be used to measure a number of physiological activities. This non-invasive measurement is then fed to a computer that analyzes the activity and produces a graphical image, game or video that a person can control by measurably adjusting their physiological activity in their body. Muscle tension may be measured in a patient with tension headaches, blood flow in a person with frequent cold hands, breathing rate in a person with anxiety, and temperature in a person with chronic stress to give a few examples. Through practice, we can learn to recognize physiological activities and control them in various situations such as under stress. “Biofeedback is performed by a BCIA board certified biofeedback therapist.
Biomedical research driven interventions are aimed at recovery from childhood developmental disorders including autism and similar disorders. They are based on the concept that neurological symptoms can worsened or even be the direct result of physical illness. When physical ailments are properly identified and treated, the neurological symptoms will improve. These therapies can involve dietary, nutritional, behavioral and medical interventions working synergistically to support and restore normal body functions. No single therapy will serve a magic bullet to recovery, but rather a methodical and systematic approach based on experience, research, laboratory testing, and highly individualization of protocols. Although biomedical therapies are commonly thought of in relation to autism, when the principals are applied properly, they can help many neurological and developmental conditions to improve dramatically. Today 1 in 6 children suffers with a developmental disorder. We hold firm to the belief that biomedical therapies provide answers to complex questions, relief from pain that so many of our children suffer from, but most of all they provide hope that there is a cure and a bright future ahead.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is simply defined as the medical use of oxygen at a pressure higher than that of atmospheric pressure. Initially, this therapy was used to treat decompression sickness for divers and also for pilots. Much new research is now showing promising effects for many other conditions. HBOT is thought to have several mechanisms of action but the main principal of the therapy is that the increased pressure of oxygen is able to infuse tissues at a much greater level than normal room pressure as well as increased ability to carry oxygen in the bloodstream to the body organs. Soft chamber HBOT is now used worldwide for many conditions both acute and chronic. HBOT was recently brought to the medical attention when a clinical trial was done on a group of autistic children showing promising results. The therapy consists of a series of sessions or “dives” over the course of a month typically, each lasting about 1 hour. When used appropriately, HBOT can have great results for many conditions including stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, autism, mitochondrial dysfunction, brain injury and disorders involving muscle spasticity.
Psychological Evaluations/ Testing
The Wholeness Center offers a full spectrum of psychological evaluations including cognitive, developmental, academic, social-emotional and behavioral assessment. Through consultation and analysis, our practitioners can provide information and recommendations that will result in positive decision-making for the child/adolescent and the family. The targeted outcome of a psychological evaluation is to help inform educational planning and therapeutic strategies that take into account all aspects of a child/adolescent’s life.
We pride ourselves on a collaborative and integrative model that helps the whole child/adolescent develop in an emotionally, socially, and academically healthy manner. This approach considers your beliefs, values, diet and lifestyle in the individualized treatment planning of supplements and therapies. In addition to biochemical support, we provide psychosocial support which gives you lifelong skills and positive coping strategies known to reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance happiness, peace, calm, and well-being.
Dialectic Behavior Training Skills Class
Dialectical Behavior Training for Adolescents & Adults at Wholeness Center, Fort Collins, CO
Core mindfulness will help you experience more fully the present moment while focusing less on painful experiences from the past or frightening possibilities in the future. Mindfulness will also give you tools to overcome habitual, negative judgments about yourself and others.
Interpersonal effectiveness gives you new tools to express your beliefs and needs, set limits, and negotiate solutions to problems – all while protecting your relationships and treating others with respect.
Emotion regulation skills help you to recognize more clearly what you feel and then to observe each emotion without getting overwhelmed by it. The goal is to modulate your feelings without behaving in reactive, destructive ways.
Distress tolerance will help you cope better with painful events by building up your resiliency and giving you new ways to soften the effects of upsetting circumstances.
With the preponderance of attention and behavior concerns in school children, stress and depression in teens, and trauma in returning military, our mindbody therapies provide positive outlets for emotional expression and somatoemotional release, train emotional regulation and attention, and replace sympathetic overdrive with relaxation response which balances the nervous system. These therapies include expressive art, music, guided imagery, meditation and yoga.
Meditation and Stress Reduction Classes
There are many forms and styles of meditation, so if you are interested, it is likely you will find one that you like. The practice of meditation has been a part of people’s lives and traditions across the history of the world. A variety of classes will be offered at Wholeness Center.
The heart of the stress reduction course is mindfulness meditation, but many strategies and techniques to prevent, manage, and reduce stress in your life are covered. Every parent may worry, but it is extra stressful if there is something amiss in the health or well-being of your child. This course gives you the ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, increases your ability to relax, reduces anxiety, and gives you greater energy and enthusiasm for life. We aim to support you in caring for yourself as you care for your child.
When addressing family issues, our therapist is a strong supporter of working together in order to be united and on the same page. Instead of splitting into different rooms and talking behind each other’s back, we come together and create ways to share what’s going on and figure out unity in confronting these issues. Children and adolescents are no longer blamed, parents are not the ‘bad guys’, and we all figure out ways to get along better! By learning and utilizing The Nurtured Heart Approach, both adults and children can learn to feel better about themselves, have more positive interactions with others, and be better able to see the greatness in their lives. Once communication and mutual respect between family members improve, families are better able to function as a whole, as each member is more invested in supporting others and benefiting the family.
Our group therapy sessions create positive peer settings, which are directly linked with safer behaviors and a more positive self image. By using techniques such as The Nurtured Heart Approach, Adventure Base Counseling, mindfulness exercises, and stress management, group members learn new social skills, build up confidence, and find ways to better manage life transitions such as adolescence, grief and loss, divorce, and changes in relationships.
Parenting Classes- Level I
Parenting after a divorce or separation poses many challenges. To address this, we have created a unique curriculum for our Level I class called “Parenting After Divorce/Separation.” In this three-hour educational course, we provide you with up-to-date, practical information as well as useful exercises that help you to continue to grow as a parent.
Parenting Classes- Level II
Conflict is a normal part of the divorce process; however, some parents find themselves in continuous conflict regarding “co-parenting” issues. To help these families, we offer a Level II Parent Education class led by our experienced mental health professionals. With a much smaller instructor to student ratio than our Level I class, we are able to provide a more therapeutic approach in Level II. The handouts and exercises in the class were designed to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles. The Level II class meets six times with each session lasting ninety minutes. The sixth meeting of every session is entirely geared towards problem solving, application of skills, discussion and dialogue and any alumni from previous classes will be welcome to attend these sessions free of charge.
On- Site Laboratory
Anybody who has had lab work done knows that procedures can vary from a minor to a major inconvenience especially when it involves children and travel. In our state of the art facility, our doctors and staff are specifically trained to perform lab work on children with special needs as well as healthy adults. We make any and all necessary accommodations including videos to watch during procedures, numbing cream to avoid painful pokes, and comfortable chairs. In addition we use the smallest possible instrumentation available to avoid pain and multiple draws. We encourage patients to utilize our laboratory services not only because of the drastically reduced cost, which can help patients without insurance, but also because of our experience and expertise saving you additional trips.
On-Site Pharmacy and Medical Apothecary
At Wholeness Center, we decided early on that developing a medical home where patients could have all of their health care needs meet was our priority. Therefore, we have set up an on-site pharmacy and medical apothecary where our patients can get common medications and physician grade supplements on the same day as their office visits. As a result, our patients are able to start the healing process the very day they visit our office. In addition, we do not contract with any single company or distributor. Therefore, we have no biases of opinion, only that we provide our patients with the best possible products without the guesswork and time of shopping around. At Wholeness Center, we deal in large volumes so we are able to keep our costs down and provide you with the best possible medicine at a reduced cost. We only choose the products that are of the highest quality and most effective, without unnecessary fillers, allergens or colorings. In addition we provide several prescription medications that can be filled right in our office.
Online Patient Portal
Our state of the art electronic health records has valuable tools that can be utilized not only by your care team, but also by you! From the comfort of your home, you will be given an access code that allows you to review such things as treatment plans, informational handouts given during your visit, educational material, lab records, and other useful information without having to wait days or weeks to get copies. This information will be available to you as long as you are a patient at Wholeness Center, 24 hours a day, at no additional cost. In addition, this powerful tool will allow you and your care team to track symptoms and treatment outcomes while leaving the guesswork behind.