At the Sachs Center, we provide a holistic approach that ranges from our testing to your treatment. What does holistic mean?
The Patient is a person (not a disorder.) Each human being is believed to be multi-dimensional. Holistic healthcare is characterized as the treatment of the whole person (body, mind, spirit) and it means we take into account additional factors rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. Practitioners often explore the mental and emotional reasons as to why the “dis-ease” exists. Many forms of treatment are considered including, but not limited to, medication.
The core belief of holistic healing is that a balance of life factors needs to exist to allow for optimal functioning. Treatment focuses on getting to the root of the problem instead of just attending to or alleviating symptoms.
And all holistic practices involve treating the whole person in many ways include medicine, diet, mindfulness, sleep and
other lifestyle factors. It’s patient-centered care on your terms.
Listening to the Body
As Gestalt psychology states, “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Some holistic practices involve exploring the body’s ability to self-heal. Since illness is described as an expression of an imbalance between the body and its surroundings, treatment is aimed at the mind and emotions as well as the body, thus as the mind heals, the body follows.
For example, in the case with chronic illness, depression, anger and other self-destructive emotions are inquired about. Like the Gestalt theory states, the entire body is interconnected and our thoughts and emotions can impact any area of the body, adding stress and sometimes illness. On the flip side, helping to increase positive emotions is one way to increase the body’s inclination to heal itself. But, the entire being is treated –mind, body, spirit.
Remember, holistic healing involves you and your holistic provider, so make sure you feel comfortable with the practitioner you choose. Our approach to therapy centers on the belief that we need connection in order to heal. There is a lot of potential good advice out there (self-help books, other blogs and websites, etc.), but in the absence of a supportive and caring connection, most of it is useless.
The relationship between the client and doctor IS the healing piece. From that connection, you will feel safe and empowered. Then, exploring your problems seems manageable and finding solutions becomes possible.
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George Sachs, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in Manhattan and founder of the Sachs Center. He specializes in the testing and treatment of ADHD and Autism in children and adults. He uses a holistic approach for treatment, which includes therapy, diet, exercise, medication if needed, and neurofeedback training. Dr. Sachs has appeared on NBC, CBS, and Vice TV. He is the author of three books, most recently, Helping Your Husband with ADHD, co-authored with Tim Norman, LCSW.