Holistic Healing

The Vital Marriage of Mind and Body Wellness

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By Craig Canfield, LP, LCC Psychotherapist In the past, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, has proved a Muse to inspire my articles because the place screams of health: the grace of Nature’s canopy of good air descending on the parkers, exuberant dogs with their owners in winded tow celebrating early morning release from their penned up circumstances, people of all kinds and ages circling around and around the 3+ mile circumference of the park.  Whether biking, running,  jogging, race walking, just walking or in wheel chairs, deep breathing yoga practitioners out in the great lawn under the sun or...

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The Marriage of Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health

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Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 1-2 Talk therapy has been proven to be effective. Having a space where one can be assured of confidentiality and empathy allows one to initiate a process, a movement in the psyche towards cure. People however, often enter therapy...

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Medication and Counseling

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General: The use of psychotropic medication (that which acts on the brain) as an adjunct to “talk therapy” is a complex and often controversial issue. Most people seeking therapeutic treatment are uninformed about the psychotropics. There are three major classifications of psychotropics: antidepressants, antianxiety and antipsychotics. The most frequently prescribed antidepressants are the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) which make available increased amounts of serotonin, a major mood regulator in the brain. Other brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that affect mood are...

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Mind Over Body

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Over the past 20 years, mind-body medicine has provided evidence that psychological factors can play a major role in physical and mental functioning, improve quality of life, and may help to ease symptoms of disease. A mind/body approach to wellbeing suggests that the mind and body work in concert to produce a current state of health, called the “mind/body connection”. According to the National Institute of Health, emotional, mental, social, and behavioral factors can directly affect our health. Many things that occur in our lives can disrupt our emotional health and lead to strong feelings...

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