How TRUE holistic counselling can change your life
The word "holistic" gets thrown around a lot in the health and natural therapy world.
Ideally, it should clarify that the approach being used by a practitioner is one that takes into account all aspects of an individual's current life, and meets them where they are at, remembering that everything is connected and a part of the whole.
However, when looking into holistic counselling courses and certifications, I came to realise that the approach being taught often misses the mark of what we consider here to be truly holistic.
Consider the following definitions of the word "holistic":
Characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
True holistic counselling, being TRULY holistic, takes into account the whole picture, EVERYTHING—mind, body, spirit, nature, environment, food, lifestyle—and works towards the client gaining a profoundly deep understanding of life that results in lasting peace and happiness.
True holistic counselling is both active and passive. It not only allows a safe and welcoming space for the client to openly express themselves, but also works actively to get to the root of the problem through deep discussion and education. This differs greatly from the typical “Uh-huh, yes, hmmm” kind of counselling we see in movies and TV shows. Instead, the counsellor adopts a teacher role as well as a listener role, and shares wisdom and insight with the client.
True holistic counselling also has more of an emphasis on understanding nature and life itself, rather than trying to control it. The wise counsellor understands that true lasting happiness comes from one's perspective rather than their circumstances. If a client's happiness is always hinged on the achievement of this or that, it remains fragile, delicate, tending to fall apart the moment life doesn’t go as planned. The holistic counsellor knows that for the client to be okay, no matter what, they need to understand life on a profoundly deep level. This can take some time depending on where the client is at. Ultimately though, through education, inquiry and self-investigation, the client can get there. They can come to understand reality, what’s really going on, right here, right now.
True holistic counselling, when successful, via the process of seeing through the mind's erroneous activity, conditioning and beliefs, leads to an understanding of life that I can only describe as “whole” or “non-dual”. The client (or now likely friend), reaches a level of wisdom at which they begin to sense the big picture more. They start to see the oneness and divinity of everything in life. This now leads to the “non-dual” path, or what I see as the second step towards the absolute truth. You could call this “awakening” or “enlightenment”.
Here, if the counsellor has woken up themselves and embodied the understanding in their own direct experience, they may assist the client in deepening their understanding. It’s also possible that the journey may end here for some, the counsellor knowing well where the client is at and keeping in mind what’s best for them. When the fruit is ripe, however, the counsellor will proceed, guiding the client into the blissful journey towards ultimate truth.
This is the potential of TRUE holistic counselling. It can take someone from a place of complete anxiety or depression to an unshakable sense of peace and contentment, no matter what is going on in life. This is such a gift. Life becomes a beautiful play. This is what we offer and lovingly share at The Art of Life.
We are currently offering a free 30-minute consultation for your first holistic counselling session at our studio or via Skype. Visit theartoflife.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about us and how we can help guide you towards lasting peace and happiness.