Holistic Health — a nurturing of the Mind, Body and Spirit — is a means to persevere through adversity and strengthen resiliency both as an individual and as a family. The Holistic Approach has long been demonstrated as a successful way to enhance your life through healthier living and taking an active role in your own health. It becomes even more critical when difficult, stressful times arise and it is Dr. Garlington’s very successful approach to helping people move beyond the pain and find joy again.
DR. GARLINGTON'S APPROACH
Healthy couples and families are functional and lovingly help each other grow and improve. There is no perfect family or perfect relationship. The key to wellness is how you handle problems and support one another. There will inevitably be times when stress, adversity or trauma negatively affects your sense of well being. During these difficult times, it is healthy to seek support and guidance.
Dr. Garlington treats every patient with unconditional positive regard, respect and genuine concern. Her approach is non-judgmental, compassionate and holistic. She assesses and focuses on the unique interaction between the mind, body and spirit. Treatment is individualized with mutually agreed upon and measurable goals. Feedback and specific guidance is part of the therapeutic process, which includes follow-up, progress evaluation and accountability. Psychological evaluations and testing are also available.
As individuals, we must focus on the integration of Body, Mind and Spirit in order to be balanced, strong, and to maintain our own good health. We need to perceive ourselves as an integrated system rather than as one or more separate parts (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional). Our body, mind and spirit are intertwined and cannot be separated. They are aspects of the whole, not separate entities. To affect one level, either positively or negatively, influences our entire being. Only when we are healthy and strong can we face adversity head-on and help lead our loved ones to empowerment and transformation.
HOLISTIC HEALTH WITH DR. GARLINGTON & HER CHILDREN
Building Resiliency • Anxiety • Depression • Self-Esteem • Assertiveness
PTSD • Post-Combat Stress • Re-Adjustment Following Military Deployment
Learning Disabilities • Bereavement • Trauma • Women's Empowerment • Couples Counseling
“to empower others to become more self-actualized and to lead fulfilling lives.”
Dr. Garlington provides supportive therapy for:
~ Individuals ~ Couples ~ Young Adults ~ Families ~
1. PASSIVE – Behavior includes speaking softly with limited eye contact, using submissive body language and allowing others to dominate.
• Doesn't speak up for oneself
• Internalizes feelings
2. AGGRESSIVE – Behavior includes defending oneself in a dominate and offensive, but frequently, inappropriate way.
• Fails to respect other's feelings & thoughts
3. PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE – Behavior includes being indirect in communication. There appears to be no outward issues with others, while anger and frustration are indirectly expressed.
• Resentment and opposition to the demands of other • Procrastination and intentional mistakes in response to
the demands of others
• Cynical, sullen or hostile attitude
• Frequent complaints about feeling underappreciated or
4. ASSERTIVE – Behavior includes stating thoughts and feelings in a clear and respectful manner. This is considered the preferred style.
• Direct / open
• Respectful of others
• Willing to compromise
BASICALLY, THERE ARE 4 STYLES OF COMMUNICATION:
MINDFULNESS refers to a psychological quality that involves
focusing on the present and being in the here and now on a moment to
Benefits of Mindfulness Include:
Increased emotional regulation
Increased social skills
Increased ability to orient attention
Increased planning and organization
Increased sense of calm and relaxation
Decreased hyperactivity and impulsivity
Decreased anxiety and depression
Fewer conduct and anger management problems
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different;
enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will);
being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
– James Baraz, Author
Research has shown that Mindfulness might benefit other areas of health such as:
Decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol
Lessening pain for people with certain chronic conditions
Lowering the risk of depression