The New Age of Mental Health: What Is Holistic Mental Wellness?
As we approach a better understanding of how intricately the emotional, physical, and spiritual are connected, it becomes increasingly important to discover and integrate the various interventions necessary for optimal wellness and inner growth. As people are becoming more educated about the side effects and concerns related to psychotropic medicine, there has been a massive rise in the seeking of alternative choices for dealing with the biochemical challenges related to stress, anxiety, mood disturbances, and a plethora of other mental health conditions.
Dr. Niloo Dardashti, a clinical psychologist and board certified holistic health practitioner in New York City, addresses such issues through what she considers to be the “new age of mental health”- where you cannot look at one aspect of a person without considering another. Believing all is connected and influential upon each other, she refers to BEETS- Biochemistry, Emotions, Environment, Thoughts, and Soul Purpose.
With use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, she integrates neutraceuticals (vitamins and minerals) and targeted amino acid therapy - important pre-cursers to the neurotransmitters in our brains. There are various reasons why someone may have low levels of all these substances but through a comprehensive evaluation, which often includes biochemical testing, Dr. D works to detect what the underlying issues are – both physiological and psycho-emotional. Neurophysiology and emotions are not two separate things, but a parallel process that needs to be addressed as a whole. Dr. D strives to do just this with the hundreds of clients she has successfully treated throughout the years.
Niloo Dardashti, PsyD, HHP is an Integrative Therapy, Coaching & Holistic Health on the Upper West Side an can be reached at www.DrNilooDardashti.com.