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There is no question that we experience anxiety, sadness, anger, and other difficult feelings in our bodies as well as our minds. Emotional stress can be a cause of or be caused by physiological factors, and an integrative approach to therapy supports all facets of a client's wellbeing in order to promote resilience, healing and change.
Elements of an Integrative Approach:
An integrative approach to healing is, above all, a collaboration. Each child, adult, and family's development and experience is completely unique; there is no "formula". The therapist's responsibility is to respond to strengths, preferences, and needs in order for clients to feel empowered and in charge of their own wellbeing.
Therapy provides a safe, supportive environment to sort through and process thoughts and emotions, gain insight, and learn new coping skills.
Mindfulness and Calming
Therapy also provides the opportunity for children and adults alike to learn and practice mindfulness and self-calming strategies such as yoga, breathwork, and guided relaxation . These can help de-activate the stress response, increase attention, decrease problematic behaviors, and build relationships.
Physical Wellbeing
An integrative approach also pays careful attention to physical wellbeing, including such issues as sleep, nutrition, movement, and medical concerns. If appropriate, the therapist can recommend additional resources to medical and holistic providers in order to provide clients with a team that supports all dimensions of health.

To learn more, please contact me at: Marit Appeldoorn, LICSW
                                                                       4749 Chicago Avenue South Suite 1A
                                                                        Minneapolis, MN 55407
                                                                       (612) 412-1159
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