What Is a Holistic Psychiatrist?

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Published:  December 5, 2022

The term “holistic psychiatrist” may be unfamiliar to you, but the concept is probably not. A holistic psychiatrist is someone who takes into account all aspects of a person’s life when diagnosing and treating mental illness. This includes looking at physical health, emotional state, social interactions, and spiritual beliefs, as well as considering any medications or therapies that might be beneficial.

Holistic psychiatry can look different depending on your condition and provider, but there are a few key components that help distinguish a holistic psychiatrist from a traditional mental healthcare provider. Keep reading to learn more, or get in touch with the team at P.S. Psychiatry to find out more about our holistic approach to mental health.

Personalized Care

A holistic psychiatrist looks at the whole person, rather than just a single symptom or disorder. By considering all aspects of an individual’s life, they can develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to their patient’s specific needs and goals.

A personalized care plan may include:

  • A thorough family history to determine any markers for hereditary conditions
  • Genetic testing to identify the best medications for your DNA type
  • Comprehensive lifestyle and diet analysis
  • Examining social relationships, living environment, stress levels, and emotional well-being
  • Assessing any co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorders or coinciding mental health conditions

It’s important that your doctor doesn’t look at you as just another patient. A psychiatrist with a holistic approach to mental health will look at the bigger picture to create a treatment plan that is entirely customized to your needs.

Integrative Approach

A holistic psychiatrist works to combine traditional medical approaches with evidence-based alternative therapies. This integrative approach allows for a more comprehensive, individualized treatment that may be able to address both the physical and psychological symptoms of mental illness.

An integrative psychiatric approach might include:

  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy and counseling
  • Nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Exercise and movement therapies
  • Herbal remedies or supplements
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Consideration of spiritual beliefs

Holistic psychiatry is about taking a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment. As a patient, it’s important to be an active participant in your own care and to work with your provider to find the best plan for you.

Focus on Wellness

A holistic psychiatrist focuses on overall wellness rather than just treating symptoms. By doing so, the hope is to create a personalized treatment plan that helps the person achieve their optimal mental health.

While medication might be a part of your treatment plan, your holistic psychiatric care will include much more than just a prescription. Your psychiatrist will work with you to understand and address the physiological and emotional aspects of your life to help you thrive.

If you’re looking for a psychiatrist who can provide holistic care and support, reach out to P.S. Psychiatry today. We offer personalized mental health care plans designed to meet each patient’s individual needs. Contact us now to learn more about our unique concierge approach to mental health services.