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Integrative psychiatry

The focus of integrative psychiatry is to blend traditional and non-traditional treatments in the healing process. In integrative psychiatry clients are assessed and treated holistically. All aspects are taken into consideration: from diet to exercise, symptoms and disease processes as well as the spiritual aspects of a person’s life. Traditional medicine often teaches treatment of disease processes as singular entities. Integrative medicine seeks to treat the client with the understanding that all things are inter-related. Treatments can be found in therapeutic approaches as well as teaching proper nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and self-healing.  Tulaya Wellness is a clinic that strives to reconnect people to themselves and to teach them that with the proper tools and treatments they can find healing and enrichment in their lives.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES OFFERED

Traditional Psychotherapy

This is considered “talk therapy” by many.  There are many different approaches one can utilize in this interaction. Dr. Negrette will tailor her approach to the individual client’s needs and capabilities. Talk therapy is more intensive and demanding than it sounds. It requires a patient to be fully engaged in their healing process. Oftentimes when engaging in therapy a person can experience an increase in their symptoms.  It is important for the client and the therapist to have a trusting/safe relationship where the client is able to openly discuss these symptoms and emotions that come up.  It is important that the client feels comfortable with the therapist as it needs to be “the right fit.”

 

Conducted by: Dr. Negrette

Walk and Talk Therapy

This is exactly how it sounds.  This is literally walking while doing psychotherapy.  It has been proven that exercise can improve mood and overall health.  For many people it is difficult to open up when confined to a room sitting across from a therapist. The mind naturally builds protective walls which can cause great anxiety when attempting to discuss issues/concerns that are emotionally challenging.  By walking or doing some movement while doing therapy it can alleviate some of that anxiety and overcome some of the walls limiting therapy.  This is also one way to add movement and improve overall physical health in a person’s day.**

 

Conducted by: Dr. Negrette

Creative Arts/Therapies

Dr. Negrette has trained in utilizing creative modalities to aid in expression and processing of thoughts and emotions.  There are numerous ways to engage in creative therapy including painting, writing, drawing, zentangles, journaling, music, etc.  Dr. Negrette is hoping that clients would be open to utilizing these modalities individually as well as in group settings.

 

Conducted by: Dr. Gina Negrette 

Nutrition and Supplements

In the integrative approach a client’s daily habits are very important aspects to the healing process. Exercise as well as nutrition are imperative components to living an optimal life. Clients should expect to have a thorough history of diet as well as possible laboratory testing to determine if essential nutrients or vitamins are deficient.  If the client is interested in more intensive nutrient and supplemental inquiry and treatment Dr. Negrette or Kelly Theodore will make referrals to specialists that can engage the patient in homeopathic remedies as well as naturopathic processes.

 

Conducted by: Dr. Gina Negrette and Kelly Theodore PMHNP

Medication Therapy

In some instances, when talk therapy, exercise and supplementation is not enough, medications are indicated to aid in the treatment and management of a client’s symptoms and treatment.  In these cases, Dr. Negrette or Kelly Theodore will discuss with the client the risks, benefits and side effects of these medications that she feels are indicated and will only prescribe if both she and the client are in agreement.  Tulaya Wellness has a strict policy against prescribing opiates as these are not indicated in psychiatric and mental health concerns.  In the case that other narcotic level medications are prescribed, a strict contractual agreement will be entered by provider and client.

 

Conducted by: Dr. Gina Negrette and Kelly Theodore PMHNP

**Dr. Negrette is very aware that “Walk and Talk” therapy will be done in public places (parks, lake path/shore, malls, etc) and that confidentiality may be a concern of the patient. These concerns will be discussed more fully and further consent will be obtained prior to engaging in these sessions.  By engaging in walk and talk therapy the patient will hopefully find enjoyment not only in the therapeutic process but also in connecting to nature and learning how to heal through this relationship.