Keep an open mind

ONE of the great things about practicing natural therapies is the sheer variety of people you meet.

You can be elated by them, and even occasionally frustrated-but you can never be bored.

While the symptoms they present may often be the same-insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc. What is fascinating is that the cause behind these symptoms varies such a lot.

You can have five insomniacs showing up, and when you start to investigate, each has a different story, a different cause, and requires a unique method of treatment.

One will be too emotionally controlled-she won’t know how to connect with or express their feelings.

Another will lack control-they’ll be overly phobic or angry, and unable to keep their emotions in check.

A third may be too caught up in ego-and unable to distinguish between their real self and social personality.

A fourth person will lack a sense of purpose or direction in life.

And so on.

• Winston Churchill famously suffered from depression, which he described as the “The black dog”, and used painting as a form of therapy.

An holistic practitioner treats the whole person, and deals with the cause of the problem.

Once the cause has been addressed and treated, the symptoms will generally clear up by themselves.

As my teacher used to say “We don’t treat the illness, but the person who has this illness”.

When this understanding is shared by both client and practitioner, great things can happen.

I’ve seen people return to wellbeing in months rather than years.

These outcomes are always rewarding for both parties.

Things don’t always go so smoothly, however.

Research has shown that the outcome of therapy depends largely on how motivated the client is to get better.

Not long ago I had a couple coming to see me.

They both had more or less the same symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The woman was keen to learn and to do whatever it took to get better.

Her progress was remarkably swift.

Her partner however, was reluctant to look at his issues.

I got the impression that he was there because of her, rather than through his own choice.

As a result, his progress was minimal.

From the holistic perspective, each person needs to take responsibility for the issues they are dealing with, and be actively involved in the treatment.

As a practitioner, you can give guidance and support, but in the end the outcome is not in your hands.

It is a team effort, depending on both of you working together.

When this happens, the outcome is always positive.

by FRANK VILAASA
Anahata Wellness Centre

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