ABOUT WHOLE HOUSE
THE WHOLE HOUSE CONCEPT
An Integrative Approach to Healing
Whole House is founded on the principle that all of the rooms of our individual “houses” get to be accessed and maintained to create holistic wellness. Applying emerging research around neuropsychology, physiology, and the biobehavioral, Whole House takes behavioral health to the next level. Combining interventions such as mindfulness, integrative body therapies, evidence based interventions and psychoeducation, Whole House increases a client’s overall experience by providing more impactful services, creating more tangible results. These same interventions and research are the driving force behind the philosophy that make our trainings distinct and forward-thinking.
If we truly are, as individuals, a "house with four rooms," then if there is scarcity in one room, it impacts the others. Traditional Chinese Medicine is built on the concept of Ying and Yang; that ailments are the result of an imbalance; an underproduction in one area of our lives results in an overproduction in another area. So finding time in our lives to "air every room out," to visit each room, each day, is the first step on the journey of creating the wellness we all crave.
We are designed for movement and built for survival. Understanding and including our bodies into our mental health protocol is essential to overall wellness. The dichotomization of our bodies into physical and mental health has allowed us to move away from recognizing the interconnectedness of our physical selves and our emotional well-being. As animals with a core survival instinct, recognizing that we are built for trauma recovery in each system of our body, allows us to have hope for healing.
We are designed to experience a full spectrum of emotions. Without labeling "good" or "bad," we embrace the feelings, and understand they serve a purpose. There are times that our feelings are appropriate for the situation. And other times, they are out of balance and we work to shift to a more productive emotion. We work to decrease avoidance behaviors of emotions and look to strengthen our ability to address these emotions with either acceptance or change.
Our cognitive response to experiences is built on previous experiences, beliefs and perception. When we are mindful of our thoughts and thought patterns, we can see how we've created more suffering and how we can free ourselves. Recognizing that many of our cognitive distortions are based in self-protection and beliefs mislabeled as Truths, we gently challenge those thoughts to create a new perspective.
Understanding that we are connected to the universe, and are part of something much larger than ourselves supports us in putting our experiences in perspective. The universality of spirituality extends across creed and culture. At the same time, spirituality is very much personal and unique to each of us. While this is different than religion, for some, they overlap. Spirituality allows us to connect to ourselves and others. It involves the ways in which people fulfill what they hold to be the purpose of their lives, a search for the meaning of life and a sense of connectedness to the universe.