Anxiety & Mental Health

The Integrative Approach to Mental Health

The integrative approach to treating anxiety and mental health combines multiple therapeutic modalities from psychology, functional medicine and complementary therapies, such as nutritional supports, yoga, acupuncture and even sleep. The emphasis is on understanding the individual’s unique experiences and symptomatology.

A collaborative patient-clinical team relationship is essential to ensure a personalised, effective and adaptable treatment protocol is established. The goal is to provide comprehensive care, addressing not only immediate symptoms but also underlying factors contributing to anxiety and mental health challenges.
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Psychology & Mental Health

An integrative approach to psychological treatment aims to harmoniously combine different therapeutic techniques to suit an individual’s unique needs. This model allows psychologists to be flexible and holistic in their interventions, effectively addressing complex psychological issues.

Techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, polyvagal theory, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy) may be utilised as part of this integrative approach.

The integrative approach utilised by our team of Psychologists, considers all aspects of the person, including their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, physical wellbeing, social environment, and past experiences. The individualised nature of this approach can lead to more effective therapeutic outcomes and a stronger therapeutic alliance, thereby enhancing overall patient satisfaction with therapy.

Occupational Therapy & Mental Health

An integrative approach to OT involves deepening our understanding of the intricate connection between our nervous system and the lifestyle factors influencing our overall well-being.

Hayley Bowers, our occupational therapist, embodies a whole person approach by supporting clients to build practical skills. This includes incorporating mind-body interventions for self-regulation, sensory modulation techniques, and implementing lifestyle interventions related to exercise, nutrition, sleep hygiene, energy conservation, habits, routines and organisation.

Hayley’s expertise extends to trauma-informed yoga training and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), bringing a unique set of skills to her therapeutic approach.

Craniosacral Therapy & Mental Health

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The fundamental belief of CST is that blockages or imbalances in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid can cause a variety of health issues, including anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Our Osteopathic practitioners use light touch to detect these blockages or imbalances and help correct them, thereby reducing stress and enhancing health. Proponents of CST suggest that the calming and relaxing nature of the therapy can help to soothe the nervous system, relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress-related conditions.

Craniosacral Therapy is a wonderful complementary treatment that can be used in a holistic treatment protocol, alongside psychology and other mental health treatments.

Acupuncture & Mental Health

Acupuncture has gained recognition as a complementary approach in treating anxiety and various mental health disorders. Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, or “Qi”, and restore balance. Traditional Chinese belief is that disease or discomfort in the body, including mental health issues, is a result of disrupted Qi. Acupuncture is thought to rebalance this energy, promoting physical and mental wellness.

Modern research suggests that acupuncture may positively affect the nervous system, regulating neurotransmitters and hormones, which could play a role in mitigating anxiety and depression. Additionally, acupuncture may stimulate the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, enhancing feelings of well-being.

Our Acupuncturists work collaboratively with mental health practitioners to create a holistic approach to care.

Osteopathy & Mental Health

Osteopathy emphasises the interconnection of the body’s structure and function and whilst traditionally used for musculoskeletal issues, it is increasingly recognised for its potential benefits in treating anxiety and other mental health disorders.

The osteopathic philosophy posits that mental health conditions could stem from or be aggravated by physical discomfort or imbalance. Thus, osteopaths utilise manipulative techniques to restore structural balance, enhancing the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Techniques may include soft tissue manipulation, joint articulation, and cranial osteopathy, aiming to improve circulation, reduce muscular tension, and enhance nervous system function.

Though not a standalone treatment for mental health disorders, osteopathy can complement conventional treatments, providing a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of the patient’s wellbeing.

Our integrative Osteopaths are an effective element of the integrative approach to Mental Health.

Vagus Nerve Therapy & Mental Health

Naturopathy and vagal nerve stimulation offer potential avenues for treating anxiety, including through the modulation of the brain-gut axis. Naturopathy emphasises a holistic approach, employing natural remedies, lifestyle modifications, and dietary changes to address underlying imbalances in the body. By focusing on optimising gut health, which plays a crucial role in emotional well-being, naturopathy aims to alleviate anxiety symptoms.

The vagus nerve, a major component of the parasympathetic nervous system, connects the brain and the gut. Vagal nerve stimulation techniques, vagal nerve stimulation, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and specific devices, can activate the vagus nerve and promote relaxation, reducing anxiety. These approaches recognise the interconnectedness of the brain and the gut and seek to restore balance for improved mental health.

Our Naturopath and Vagus Nerve Therapist, Luke Szabo, works together with the team at The Health Lodge to apply this therapy in a holistic treatment protocol.

Naturopathy & Mental Health

In the realm of integrative naturopathy and mental health, an emerging area of focus lies in understanding the role of the gut microbiome and its impact on serotonin production. The gut microbiome refers to the complex community of microorganisms that reside in our digestive tract, playing a crucial role in various bodily functions, including digestion, immune system modulation, and even mental health.

Serotonin, often referred to as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, is primarily known for its role in regulating mood, sleep, and appetite. Interestingly, a significant portion of serotonin is synthesised in the gut, highlighting the intricate connection between the gut and the brain. The microbiome is directly involved in the production and regulation of serotonin, influencing our emotional well-being and mental health.

Moreover, unidentified food allergies or intolerances can have a profound impact on mood and mental health. When the body experiences adverse reactions to certain foods, it triggers an immune response, leading to inflammation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This inflammation can have a negative effect on brain function, altering neurotransmitter levels and contributing to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and mood swings.

By incorporating personalised dietary interventions, integrative naturopaths address potential food allergies or sensitivities that may be affecting mood. They work closely with individuals to identify and eliminate problematic foods from their diet, helping to reduce inflammation and promote a healthier gut environment. This approach aims to optimise the gut-brain axis and create a favourable balance within the microbiome, ultimately supporting improved mental well-being and mood stability.

Bioresonance & Mental Health

As a holistic therapy, Bioresonance aims to treat anxiety and mental health distress by addressing the energetic imbalances within the body. It is based on the belief that every living organism emits electromagnetic waves, and when these waves are disrupted or unbalanced, it can lead to physical and emotional issues, including anxiety.

Bioresonance devices are used to detect and analyse these electromagnetic frequencies, identifying areas of disharmony. By applying corrective frequencies, bioresonance therapy aims to restore balance and harmony to the body’s energy fields. Proponents of this therapy suggest that rebalancing the energetic frequencies can help reduce anxiety symptoms, promote relaxation, and support overall emotional well-being.

Our Bioresonance Practitioners work with our team of Mental Health Professionals to support patients.

Learn With Us!

Our Education Portal provides you with the opportunity to learn from our exceptional team of integrative practitioners.

Explore articles, informative videos and resources created by our team to inform, educate and assist you in cultivating health and well-being in your daily life:

Anxiety Series

  • 1: Understanding and Treating Anxiety from an Integrative Perspective – watch here
  • 2: Anxiety and the Brain Gut Connection – watch here
  • 3: The Nervous System: Theory and Therapy – watch here
  • 4: The Vagus Nerve and Key Therapeutics – watch here
  • 5: Osteopathy in an Integrative Approach to Treating Anxiety – watch here

Polyvagal Theory in Everyday Life – watch here

What is EMDR – watch here

SAMe and Mental Health: A Natural Boost for Emotional Well-Bring – read here

An Approach to treating Mental Health using Acupuncture – read here

Blood Sugar and Mental Health – read here

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Integrative Treatment and Coordinated Care

At The Health Lodge, we understand that navigating ill-health can be challenging and we are here to support you in your health journey. Our integrative health professionals recognise that through combining modalities we can create more opportunities for healing. 

We offer customised coordinated care programs, integrating the best modalities and treatment protocols to address your health needs.

Book a free 15min call back from one of our team to discuss how a coordinated care or day patient program may suit your needs.