What do you do when talk therapy isn’t enough?
Are you frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy?
Do you see that addressing both mind and body would have exponentially better results?
Are you passionate about working with your clients as a whole person but not sure how to do it?
Then it’s time to start working with their mind and body.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol are dangerous medical conditions. And often, they are conditions clients come to counseling with in addition to the emotional issues they are experiencing.
As a counselor, you want to help these clients to the best of your ability, but you are frustrated with the limitations of traditional psychotherapy and with the lack of education and training available to offer an approach that addresses the total self.
That’s where I was, too.
After studying extensively and relying solely on a more traditional approach to psychotherapy early in my career, I found that—even though those theories and techniques are indispensable—it still had insurmountable limitations.
My clients were routinely reporting they needed to modify their diets and lose significant amounts of weight to control dangerous medical conditions. Some of them were struggling with other physical limitations like chronic back, neck, and hip pain.
I’d end up referring them to a nutritionist or fitness professional, but the reality was that they had often already taken those measures and for whatever reason, they couldn’t maintain the new diet and exercise on their own.
That was when it hit me.
What if I could work with their minds and bodies simultaneously?!”
It was time to create the TotalSelf method.
The TotalSelf Method
An innovative method of therapy that combines psychotherapy, exercise, and nutrition, allowing practitioners to address multiple aspects of the client’s TotalSelf simultaneously.
In my experience, the TotalSelf method is far more effective than psychotherapy alone in helping clients create lasting mind-body health.
Why the TotalSelf Method
Rather than a cut-and-dry method that looks the same on every patient, by addressing your clients’ unique needs, you can create the kind of custom care plan they’ve been looking for. Starting with traditional psychotherapy as the foundation, and adding nutrition and exercise as needed, the TotalSelf method addresses the whole individual, offering practitioners an unprecedented opportunity to simultaneously address complex mind-body problems.
How This Works
I offer one-on-one coaching sessions with practitioners who are interested in the TotalSelf method. In these sessions, I will teach you how to work as a TotalSelf practitioner, incorporating psychotherapy, exercise and nutrition into your practice.
We begin by identifying where you are and where you’d like to go as a professional, then develop a customized plan to chart exactly the training you’ll need to develop an integrated practice using the TotalSelf method.
By learning the TotalSelf method, you’ll discover:
- What it takes for you, as a practitioner, to work this way
- How the method works in practice and why it’s so effective
- How to manage the common challenges practitioners face
- When and how to blend psychotherapy, exercise, and nutrition.
Through coaching with me, you’ll learn how to broaden and diversify the scope of your practice, increase your income, and improve patient outcomes. This will allow you to maintain a practice that’s deeply rooted in psychotherapy, but that branches out into fitness and nutrition in order to address all your clients needs.
How The Training Is Structured
Training Step One:
Assessment and Roadmap Session
- One 90-minute session to assess where you are/where you’d like to go
- An overview of the TotalSelf method
- A blueprint of what the rest of your training would involve
- Recommendations you can begin implementing right away
Before the call, you will receive a questionnaire so I know as much about you and your goals as possible in advance to help you decide if this method is right for you and what your next steps would involve.
Training Step Two:
Four Session TotalSelf Practitioner Training
Learn how to:
- Choose and transition between the relevant modalities
- Develop confidence in introducing the TotalSelf method to clients
- Assess whether the TotalSelf method is appropriate for a client
- Manage informed consent, ethical concerns, and boundary issues
- Select and make best use of office space and equipment, billing, and dealing with insurance
- Identify and prepare challenges you may face as a TotalSelf practitioner and suggestions on how to prepare to meet them
At the end of the four sessions, we will discuss whether to continue with a second set of sessions for additional mastery and/or move into case supervision directly.
By coaching with me, you’ll learn to help your clients overcome obstacles that they couldn’t before with traditional psychotherapy alone. With this additional education under your belt, you’ll be equipped to handle more of your clients’ problems more of the time.
TotalSelf Method Webinar
Watch this brief video to learn more about my webinar explaining the TotalSelf Method.
For access to the free TotalSelf Method webinar, please fill out this contact form and we’ll send you the link and password.
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New York, NY 10016
The Key to Safe and Effective Fitness Programming for 40-60 Year Olds (and everyone else!): Physical Literacy and Mindset
The number of options when deciding what to include in your exercise program can get overwhelming: functional movement, body weight exercises, strength training, cardio, yoga, pilates, crossfit… As a result, it can be challenging to devise a fitness program that’s safe, effective, and maintains your interest long-term.
In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Vincent Metzo, Dean of the Advanced Personal Training Program at the Swedish Institute, Director of Education of Kettlebell Concepts, and licensed massage therapist. As Vincent and Jeff discuss how to help build a healthy fitness program for 40-60 year-old “weekend warrior” types, they delve into the history of physical education programs in the US, what’s lacking in current fitness and exercise trends, and how important it is for people to have “physical literacy”. They encourage people to shift their mindset from “exercise” to a lifetime model of physical activity that includes locomotion skills, body management skills, and object manipulation skills.