What is Holistic Behavioral Healthcare?
Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Have you heard the term holistic care or integrated care and wondered to yourself “what it is exactly?!?” There are a lot of words used within the healthcare industry, but many of these words lack definition or understanding behind their meaning. It becomes even more muddled when you look at the mental health world, in which you can see how different it can be from your physical healthcare treatment approach.
Holistic care broadly refers to the concept of treating the whole person, regardless of why they may be receiving care. For instance, it is not only managing symptoms of depression or anxiety, but also looking at other areas of your life that could be impacted by those symptoms. Integrated treatment teams consist of professionals from various backgrounds such as therapists, nurses, doctors, dieticians, health coaches and psychologists and these multi-specialty care teams focus on the big picture of a patient. This means that your care professionals talk to each other about your goals and work together to develop a plan that best meets your needs. It might include encouraging healthier food choices to decrease symptoms, moving your body more, engaging in yoga or meditation practices, or trying medication. All of these non-traditional life recommendations can play a significant role in improving an individual’s overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
But what does integrated care really look like in real life? At The Collective, it looks like each client being treated by a staff of collaborative professionals to determine what might help them overcome their challenges and achieve optimal health. Each client will be treated as an individual who experiences mental health symptoms, but also has a much larger life picture that includes personal goals, career, family, relationships, trauma healing, physical health and hobbies. In order to help clients live fully into their best selves, it is imperative to understand what makes them unique, beyond their mental health symptoms. In this way, holistic care and an integrated approach to treatment will provide an exceptional client experience built around each individual’s needs and goals.
For more information about what The Collective offers, visit collectivebh.com or call 720-262-2644 to speak to someone on the team today!
Kimberly Garrison, PsyD
Clinical Director | The Collective
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