Sometimes we need to think about how we do things both individually and collectively as a society. We don't need to reinvent the wheel but it can be helpful to shake things up, think outside of the box, and be creative especially when helping each other live with and work with mental health symptoms. Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, to name a few, can be very debilitating and challenging issues that many people deal with at points in their lives. Psychotherapy for adults, play therapy and bibliotherapy for children are powerful tools but is there more that can be done? In my professional experience yes, there is.
Here are 4 alternatives that go beyond therapy and the walls of the therapy office that can help reduce symptoms and enhance one's life
1) Neurofeedback Training
Neurofeedback training is a non-invasive holistic form of brain training that helps regulates your central nervous system. The feedback is experienced through listening to a song and sessions are usually 45 mins long. Neurofeedback is safe for adults, children of all ages, and it's a wonderful tool to bring bring into your home to train the whole family.
To read more about different types of neurofeedback see here and to learn a bit more about NeurOptimal, the dynamic neurofeedback system we use for our in-office sessions and home rentals check out this short fun video.
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2) Group Therapy
Group therapy is a place where people with shared life experiences can come together to mutually support one another, learn and grow within the safety of a therapist lead environment. Groups can be more short-term solution focused, more relational in nature, more more long term depending on what therapist and clients need and want. Group therapy is a wonderful modality for adults, children, and teens.
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3) Buddhist Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Meditation
More and more people are becoming familiar with Buddhist teachings and philosophy these days. Mindfulness meditation as well can be read about in books, listened to on podcasts, and explored on apps like Headspace and Budhify; however, many of these teachings and practices are best explored one on one between people who are working to understand themselves for the benefit of others. Click here for more information about our NYC Buddhist Psychotherapy Private Practice.
[ See also: Does Mindfulness Meditation Work for Anxiety? ]
4) Nature Therapy
Psychotherapy tends to be a verbal exchange that take place between a therapist and client in the safty and comfort of an office. Like you might imagine, nature therapy pushed beyond that model and places client, therapist, and nature to mix together in the healing process. Nature therapy sessions take place outside in unique settings like a clients back yard, a community garden, a cemetery, or beach to name a few. Nature therapy is not for everyone but can be a powerful tool for those hoping to heal in non-traditional ways outside of the therapy office. Nature therapy is great for creative adults, teens, or young children.
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*More information about upcoming Spring 2018 Nature Therapy Groups co-facilitated by Alison Pepper, LCSW and Romarique Timmerman, LCSW coming soon!
Written by Alison Pepper, LCSW & NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Trainer
Alison Pepper is a NYC Therapist and a Neurofeedback Trainer working with families and children dealing with mental health issues; with an emphasis on trauma informed work. She's a bilingual therapist for over five years (fluent in both English and Spanish), SIFI certified, and a meditation teacher. She recently became a Certified NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Trainer at Neurofeedback Training Co. in New York City.
“I believe all people have the tools to heal ourselves; grow, learn, and reach our full potential. No matter what your age or life circumstances therapy is a safe space to do that work.”