Holistic Psychology focuses on creating mental wellbeing and building resilience.
Psychological wellbeing is seen as arising from wellness in five key areas of life:
In recent years there has been an explosion of research into the effects of nutrition on mental health. It is increasingly being recognised that the nutrients we consume not only have a critical role in our physical health, they also help our brain to function as it needs to- affecting our moods, energy, concentration, anxiety and resilience to stress.
Spirituality can be deeply unique or shared with others. Spirituality relates to our mental wellbeing through how our understanding of life makes us feel, whether we feel a sense of purpose in our lives, and for some, connection with a universal essence of life. Addressing any difficulties and enhancing existing strengths in the spiritual area of life is important for our wellbeing.
Understanding the nature of thought and emotion has an important impact on our overall wellbeing. Learning how to navigate painful feelings and thoughts can change our whole perception of suffering, and teach us how to empower ourselves from within.
Humans were not designed to live in isolation, and we thrive more when we are part of positive social relationships. Overcoming any barriers we have to developing positive healthy relationships, and learning how to manage interactions with people who negatively affect us helps us to optimise our social life.
Regular direct contact with nature has been an essential part of human life since the beginning of time. Technological advances and lifestyle changes have meant that our day to day survival no longer depends on being out in nature regularly. More and more scientific studies show that time spent in natural environments has a positive effect on our mental wellbeing, and can result in lower stress and anxiety levels.
Based on Mason Durie’s Whare Tapa Wha Model (1982)
Crystal’s mental wellbeing programmes focus on increasing wellness in each of these areas. Her work draws from local and international psychological wellbeing research, clinical experience of what works for clients, and her own personal skills including many years of mindfulness practice.