In addition to conventional treatments, SoCal Mental Health offers Orange County treatment services that are a broad variety of complementary and alternative therapies. We want you to be at ease while you’re here, so we do all we can to make that happen. As a result, we’re able to create a treatment plan that matches your cultural, spiritual, and personal interests while also treating the mental health disorders as a whole. We meet you where you are right now in your recovery and help you go forward with compassion and a trauma-informed approach.
The goal of holistic care is to help you make positive changes in your life. We don’t only assist you in coping with just your symptoms; we treat you as a whole person. We look at the underlying issues that are causing your condition and provide you with strategies for recovering from the original trauma.
The variables that have contributed to mental health or co-occurring disorder development are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective. At SoCal Mental Health, you will experience deep, long-lasting changes that will offer you a new outlook on life and your mental health.
Choosing The Right Therapies
At SoCal Mental Health, each patient receives a customized treatment plan. After you’ve been admitted, you’ll work with our clinical staff and your case manager to determine which treatment modalities are best for you. You’ll decide on outcome objectives for your therapy, and we’ll make adjustments as needed to make sure we meet or exceed them.
We believe in the great benefits of holistic treatments in caring for psychological conditions. You can learn more about the holistic therapies we offer below.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn created the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) method in 1979. Despite its origins as a stress management tool, it’s now used to treat a wide range of health conditions. These include:
MBSR employs mindfulness meditation to alleviate suffering associated with physical, psychosomatic, and psychiatric disorders.
By using MBSR, you can learn to focus your attention in order to develop self-awareness, which will help you make better-informed choices in your daily activities. By incorporating mindfulness into your daily practice, you’ll become more present-oriented and aware of your surroundings.
By using these techniques, you’ll be able to stay away from negative thoughts about the past or the future. Instead of responding to stress, you can learn to adapt to it. Moreover, it is possible to alter your habits and reactions. MBSR also helps in reducing chronic pain.
Meditation consists of philosophies and methods that can help you concentrate your attention and achieve a sense of inner peace and awareness, such as listening to your breath, repeating a mantra, or separating yourself from your thoughts. Studies suggest that the relaxation and stress reduction that can be achieved via meditation can have preventive and therapeutic effects on one’s physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Meditation has long been promoted in complementary medicine and research shows that it has the potential to provide both physical and psychological benefits. Certain conditions may be alleviated in some individuals by meditating. Many proponents of meditation believe that one’s mental condition influences one’s physical health and that a calm mind can help one’s body recover from stress or trauma.
As such, meditation and other mindfulness methods are often used by therapists to treat a range of conditions. When recommending meditation, therapists may instruct their clients in basic deep-breathing exercises or urge them to engage in more specialized meditation methods like Zen yoga or the repetition of mantras.
Using the principles and practices of yoga, yoga therapy aims to empower people to enhance their health. Simply stated, yoga therapy is the use of yoga practices to relieve physical and mental health problems with the goal of fostering self-care and well-being as a whole. While the general practice of yoga does have therapeutic effects, yoga therapy uses particular yoga practices and their well-documented benefits to assist with the relief or treatment of mental and physical conditions.
According to yoga tradition and medical research, yoga practices have numerous therapeutic benefits. Yoga therapy aims to match the client’s specific health requirements with such practices. For example, a herniated disc can be relieved through certain yoga positions and postures, such as those designed to strengthen and support the lower back.
Yoga used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also has delicate, specialized methods for controlling the nervous system and encouraging a reconnection with the sensations in one’s body. Certain yoga poses can also help people with autism spectrum disorders by reducing excessive sensory stimulation and enhancing emotional control.
Using active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience, art therapy combines mental health with the expressive and healing power of creativity. These sessions, which are appropriate for individuals of all ages, are led by licensed experts with training in both therapy and art. Art therapy may be used in a variety of settings, including individual treatment, group therapy, and even family or relationship counseling.
In art therapy, artists and non-artists alike are engaged in a journey of self-discovery that provides a secure place for them to express their emotions. It also gives them a sense of empowerment over their circumstances. This creative process is rewarding in and of itself, but it is not the only thing that happens during an art therapy session. Some of the activities a person may perform in an art therapy session include:
- Finger painting
- Working with clay
- Doodling and scribbling
- Making collages
Aromatherapy is an alternative health method that makes use of essential oils derived from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees). Most essential oils are inhaled or used topically in a diluted manner to achieve their effects. Aromatherapy makes use of a wide range of essential oils, including those from plants like Roman chamomile, geranium, lavender, tea tree, lemon, ginger, and cedarwood.
Massage treatment can be combined with aromatherapy to treat a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis-related knee discomfort, pain, and anxiety. In a study comparing the effects of aromatherapy using two different smells (lemon and lavender) on individuals under stress, researchers discovered that although lemon improved mood, neither perfume had any impact on stress indicators, biochemical markers of immune system alterations, or pain management.