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• Marriage Counselling • Yoga therapy Stress Management
     
• Wellness and lifestyle management • Mental Health and Psychotherapy Candle Light Therapy
     
• OCD Counselling & Treatment Mental Illness Treatment Drama Therapy
     
Child & Adolescent Counselling Colour Therapy Music Therapy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marriage Counselling :

Communication problems, sex, anger, even illness can contribute to problems in a marriage or relationship. To manage conflicts and stress, couples sometimes turn to marriage counseling or couples counseling to help heal the relationship.

Your partner comes home from work, makes a beeline for the liquor cabinet and then sulks off silently. You haven't had a real conversation for weeks. A few arguments over money or late nights out, sure, but no heart-to-hearts.


What is marriage counseling?

Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Marriage counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

Marriage counseling is generally provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists provide the same mental health services as other therapists, but with a specific focus — a couple's relationship.

Marriage counseling is often short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis. Or you may need marriage counseling for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. As with individual psychotherapy, you typically see a marriage counselor once a week.

Who can benefit from marriage counseling?

Most marriages and other relationships aren't perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don't always match their partner's. Those differences don't necessarily mean your relationship is bound for conflict. To the contrary, differences can be complementary — you know the saying about opposites attracting. These differences can also help people understand, respect and accept opposing views and cultures.

But relationships can be tested. Differences or habits that you once found endearing may grate on your nerves after time together. Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship. Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.

No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own. But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression. A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.

Here are typical issues that marriage counseling can help you and a spouse or partner cope with:

  • Infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Substance abuse
  • Physical or mental conditions
  • Same-sex relationship issues
  • Cultural clashes
  • Finances
  • Unemployment
  • Blended families
  • Communication problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts about child rearing
  • Infertility
  • Anger
  • Changing roles, such as retirement

Domestic violence

Marriage counseling may also be of help in cases of domestic violence or abuse. However, if the abuse or violence has escalated to the point that you fear for your safety or that of your children, consider contacting the police or a local shelter or crisis center. Don't rely on marriage counseling alone to resolve these problems.

Strengthening bonds

You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy. Marriage counseling can also help couples who simply want to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other. Marriage counseling can also help couples who plan to get married. This pre-marriage counseling can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before a union is sealed.

How does marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions. The counselor or therapist helps couples pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them. You and your partner will analyze both the good and bad parts of your relationship.

Marriage counseling can help you learn skills to solidify your relationship. These skills may include communicating openly, problem solving together and discussing differences rationally. In some cases, such as mental illness or substance abuse, your marriage counselor may work with your other health care professionals to provide a complete spectrum of treatment.

Talking about your problems with a marriage counselor may not be easy. Sessions may pass in silence as you and your partner seethe over perceived wrongs. Or you may bring your fights with you, yelling and arguing during sessions. Both are OK. Your therapist can act as mediator or referee and help you cope with the emotions and turmoil. Your marriage counselor shouldn't take sides in these disputes.

You may find your relationship improving after just a few sessions. On the other hand, you may ultimately discover that your differences truly are irreconcilable and that it's best to end your relationship.

 
Yoga therapy :
 
Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Modern yoga therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy.

Issues Treated by Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a growing field and scientific evidence has begun to emphasize its efficacy. It is used to treat existing mental and physical health issues, but can also be used as a self-care strategy for prevention and maintenance.

Yoga therapy is well established as a treatment for depression and anxiety. A meta-analysis cited in the Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders found that yoga therapy also shows promise for the treatment of posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and schizophrenia. Additionally, yoga therapists have begun to develop treatment modalities to suit children with autism. The book Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs, written in 2013 by yoga teacher Louise Goldberg, is already considered a critical text for novice and experienced yoga therapists alike.

According to a 2012 article in Social Work Today magazine, yoga therapy is also emerging as an effective treatment for substance abuse issues. Mental health professionals point out the way yoga positively impacts the parts of the mind and body susceptible to addiction. Studies have shown that yoga boosts the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is important because GABA levels are statistically low in people who experience substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.

Because of its concentration on mind and body integration, yoga therapy is also used to address many physical health issues. It has been effectively used to treat back pain, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, and side effects of chemotherapy.

Practice and Benefits of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is practiced in a wide range of formats. Physical therapists, for example, often implement yoga techniques in their delivery of massage and other treatments. Yoga therapy practice can resemble physical therapy, rehabilitative therapy, and/or psychotherapy. Unlike a standard yoga class, yoga therapy sessions are typically conducted in one-on-one or small group settings. Yoga therapy can be provided as an adjunct therapy to complement other forms of treatment, or it can be used to directly treat a specific issue. Yoga techniques range from simple to advanced, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Potential benefits from yoga therapy include stress reduction, psychological well-being, improved diet, and efficient functioning of bodily systems. A 2011 qualitative study from Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences examined the effects of yoga therapy on anxiety. The findings not only indicated that yoga therapy effectively reduced subjects' anxiety, but improvement across several dimensions of physical and mental health including physicality, relaxation, and mindfulness.

What to Expect from Yoga Therapy

When a person decides to initiate yoga therapy, the therapist will first conduct an initial assessment. This assessment is designed to do the following:
  • Identify health problems
  • Assess lifestyle and physical capability
  • Discuss reasons for seeking therapy
  • Create a course of treatment

Once the treatment plan is established in this first consultation, the frequency of sessions is agreed upon and sessions are scheduled. From this point, therapy sessions will most likely include the following components:

  • Breathing Exercises (Prayanama): The therapist will guide the person in therapy through a series of breathing exercises ranging from energizing breaths to balancing breaths.
  • Physical Postures (Asana): The therapist will teach the person in treatment appropriate yoga poses that address problem areas. For example, the “Legs Up the Wall” pose is used to treat things like anxiety and insomnia. In this pose, the person lays on his or her back with legs positioned up against the wall.
  • Meditation: Relaxation and mindfulness are the focus of meditation when it is combined with yoga poses.
  • Guided Imagery: The yoga therapist attempts to calm the body and mind by providing a guided visualization intended to bring inner peace.
  • Homework: An important element for any yoga practice is to find a way to incorporate it into daily life. Yoga therapists provide instructions on how to use what has been learned in treatment at home.
 
Wellness and lifestyle management :
 
The term lifestyle management refers to the outsourcing of personal tasks to commercial firms and individuals. Lifestyle managers or personal assistants act as an intermediary between suppliers of commercial services and consumers who are unwilling or unable to carry out a given task for themselves.

Corporate wellness programs are designed to nurture wellness in workers, regardless of the work environment. Corporate Wellness programs could be found in factories, corporate offices, large corporations, and small corporations alike.

The idea for these Corporate Wellness programs stemmed from several different experiences, decades ago. Not only did companies want to reduce healthcare expenses they were compensating for employees, but many forward thinking companies wanted to make the work space a more inviting and relaxing environment for their employees as well.

Corporate Wellness programs have evolved from offering exercise equipment on site for staff members to utilize, to offering heart healthy choices in the cafeteria, to even having available, a real individuals to talk with about healthcare needs.

None of these things are a substitute for routine medical checkups, but Corporate Wellness programs are designed to make medical treatment and medication for employees less needed.

Types of Corporate Wellness Program

There are different levels of Corporate Wellness programs. One level is offering basic services and referrals online. the Internet permits access to major sources of information, but many people are confused about what information is reliable and where to find specific information resources.

Online Corporate Wellness programs can be set up to allow employees access to certain types of pre-screened information that is reliable and easy to find.

In addition to internet based tools, many Corporate Wellness programs can tailor resources and data to each employee. Treating each employee and their concerns sensitively and in a timely manner, can help them see the importance of their health issues as well.

Just because an individual has diabetes does not mean they have all the most up-to-date information on how to best live with diabetes. Oftentimes, diet and exercise alone can control diabetes and eliminate the need for medication or more invasive treatments.

Corporate Wellness programs are most successful when the business and workers are fully engaged in the program with good health in mind. A successful workplace isn’t about the bottom line alone. It also means creating a safe and healthy workplace for each individual.

 
OCD Counselling & Treatment :
 

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition where people have obsessional thoughts followed by compulsives urges. These obsessions can be intense, and typically the only way a person can relieve these intrusive thoughts is to repeat an action until they are quelled.

This anxiety-related illness affects around 1.2% of the UK’s population, and approximately 740,000 people are thought to suffer with OCD at any one time. Research suggests 50% of sufferers endure severe OCD symptoms, while 25% only experience mild symptoms.

A common perception of OCD is that sufferers feel compelled to excessively wash their hands or constantly check that doors and windows are locked. In reality, OCD is a far more complex illness and can make day-to-day living very difficult for the sufferer and those close to them. One of the biggest challenges for family and friends is understanding the illness, but it can also take a toll on relationships. It is possible, however, for people with OCD to learn ways to better manage the condition.

On this page the illness will be explored in more depth, including OCD symptoms, what obsessions and compulsions are, and effective treatment options.

OCD symptoms

Obsessive compulsive disorder isn’t a one-size-fits-all illness; it affects every individual differently. There are however consistent patterns of behaviour and thoughts that are caused by OCD. These are outlined below to help you understand the core symptoms and to help you determine whether or not you (or someone close to you) may have the condition.

The four key behaviours that contribute to OCD are:

  1. Obsession – An intrusive, persistent and uncontrollable thought that enters your mind.
  2. Anxiety – You start feeling stressed and anxious due to the obsession.
  3. Compulsion – You find a compulsive need to exercise repetitive acts or behaviours because of the stress or anxiety that the obsession has caused.
  4. Temporary relief – A temporary relief from the stress or anxiety is gained from the compulsive behaviour. This cycle repeats when the obsession returns, usually soon after.

If you relate to these symptoms and are worried you may be suffering from OCD, you are advised to visit your doctor for a formal diagnosis.

Causes of OCD

The overall cause of this anxiety disorder is unknown, but there are multiple related factors that might increase the chances of obsessive compulsive disorder developing.

Stress – Stressful situations and traumatic life events can cause OCD. Approximately one in three cases are caused by stress.

Genes – In some cases OCD is inherited; passed down from one generation to the next.

Life changing scenarios – OCD tendencies can occur when increased responsibility gets too much. A birth of a child, a death of a loved one or a new job are the kind of scenarios that change one’s life enough to develop obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms.

Personality – For meticulously organised people who are already methodically cataloguing their life possessions, symptoms of OCD might go unnoticed. These symptoms can get out of hand - if it goes too far, they can develop the full anxiety disorder and should seek help.

Biological changes – Small changes to the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin might play a role in triggering OCD. This is one of the reasons why medication is thought to help sufferers better manage their condition.

Ways of thinking – Depending on the individual’s moral outlook on life, thoughts like ‘what would happen if I stepped in front of that train?’ or ‘I might harm my partner’ are usually quickly dismissed. But if someone has an extremely high sense of responsibility and morality, they might feel that it’s their fault these involuntary thoughts come into their head, which makes the thoughts more likely to return.

OCD treatment

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a treatable medical condition, and counselling in particular has proven useful for helping sufferers to take back some control over their OCD symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is often deemed the most helpful form of therapy in this circumstance.

CBT for OCD

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that aims to help overcome problems by recognising and changing the way an individual thinks and behaves.

The therapy looks to teach the person that it isn’t the thoughts that are the major problem; it’s what the individual makes of those thoughts and how they act on them. This is the key to recovering from OCD.

There are two types of CBT for OCD – cognitive therapy and exposure response therapy.

Cognitive therapy (CT)

Cognitive therapy is a psychological therapy that tries to change your response to your thoughts, rather than trying to get rid of them. This can be helpful if you have worrying, intrusive thoughts, but do not perform any actions or rituals to neutralise them.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP)

Exposure and response prevention is a way to stop anxieties and behaviours from getting stronger. The longer you are exposed to your fear, or stressful situation, over time you become used to the setting and the need to perform compulsive actions is naturally neutralised.

Medication

Even if you are not depressed, antidepressants can help moderate obsessions and compulsions. According to research, over half of people with OCD improve after taking medication. Unfortunately, if you stop taking medication, there is around a 50% chance of OCD symptoms returning. However, if you combine medication with CBT for OCD, it is much less likely to return.

 
Stress Management :
 
What happens when you are stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.

How do you measure your stress level?

Sometimes it is clear where stress is coming from. You can count on stress during a major life change such as the death of a loved one, getting married, or having a baby. But other times it may not be so clear why you feel stressed.

It's important to figure out what causes stress for you. Everyone feels and responds to stress differently. Tracking your stress may help. Get a notebook, and write down when something makes you feel stressed. Then write how you reacted and what you did to deal with the stress. Tracking your stress can help you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress or handle it better.

How can you avoid stress?

Stress is a fact of life for most people. You may not be able to get rid of stress, but you can look for ways to lower it.

You might try some of these ideas:

  • Learn better ways to manage your time. You may get more done with less stress if you make a schedule. Think about which things are most important, and do those first.
  • Find better ways to cope. Look at how you have been dealing with stress. Be honest about what works and what does not. Think about other things that might work better.
  • Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Don't smoke. Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Try out new ways of thinking. When you find yourself starting to worry, try to stop the thoughts. Or write down your worries and work on letting go of things you cannot change. Learn to say "no."
  • Speak up. Not being able to talk about your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse. Assertive communication can help you express how you feel in a thoughtful, tactful way.
  • Ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.

Sometimes stress is just too much to handle alone. Talking to a friend or family member may help, but you may also want to see a counselor.

How can you relieve stress?

You will feel better if you can find ways to get stress out of your system. The best ways to relieve stress are different for each person. Try some of these ideas to see which ones work for you:

  • Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a great way to get started.
  • Write. It can help to write about the things that are bothering you.
  • Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to with someone you trust.
  • Do something you enjoy. A hobby can help you relax. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a great stress reliever.
  • Learn ways to relax your body. This can include breathing exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, or relaxing exercises like tai chi and qi gong.
  • Focus on the present. Try meditation, imagery exercises, or self-hypnosis. Listen to relaxing music. Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.
 
Mental Health and Psychotherapy :
 

How Does Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder to:

  • Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learn how to modify them
  • Understand and identify the life problems or events -- like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce -- that contribute to his or her illness and help him/her understand which aspects of those problems he/she may be able to solve or improve
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
  • Learn healthy coping techniques and problem-solving skills

Types of Therapy

Therapy can be given in a variety of formats, including:

  • Individual: This therapy involves only the patient and the therapist.
  • Group: Two or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way and have had the same experiences.
  • Marital/couples: This type of therapy helps spouses and partners understand why their loved one has a mental disorder, what changes in communication and behaviors can help, and what they can do to cope. This type of therapy can also be used to help a couple that is struggling with aspects of their relationship.
  • Family: Because family is a key part of the team that helps people with mental illness get better, it is sometimes helpful for family members to understand what their loved one is going through, how they themselves can cope, and what they can do to help.

Therapy Tips

Therapy works best when you attend all scheduled appointments. The effectiveness of therapy depends on your active participation. It requires time, effort, and regularity.

As you begin therapy, establish some goals with your therapist. Then spend time periodically reviewing your progress with your therapist. If you don't like the therapist's approach or if you don't think the therapist is helping you, talk to him or her about it and seek a second opinion if both agree, but don't discontinue therapy abruptly.

Tips for Starting Therapy

Here are some tips to use when starting therapy for the first time:

  • Identify sources of stress: Try keeping a journal and note stressful as well as positive events.
  • Restructure priorities: Emphasize positive, effective behavior.
  • Make time for recreational and pleasurable activities.
  • Communicate: Explain and assert your needs to someone you trust; write in a journal to express your feelings.
  • Try to focus on positive outcomes and finding methods for reducing and managing stress.

Remember, therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviors, identifying stresses that contribute to your condition, and working to modify both. People who actively participate in therapy recover more quickly and have fewer relapses.

Also, keep in mind, therapy is treatment that addresses specific causes of mental illness; it is not a "quick fix." It takes longer to begin to work than medication, but there is evidence to suggest that its effects last longer. Medication may be needed immediately in cases of severe mental illness, but the combination of therapy and medicine is very effective.

 
Child & Adolescent Counselling :
 
Bring your child or adolescent to discuss and explore any area of your child’s life with a counsellor over weekly sessions of 60 mins each. The number of sessions depends on the area your child addresses and his/her goals.

What is child & adolescent counselling?

Is your child struggling in school? Feeling stressed out? Facing difficulties with friends? Causing tension at home? Unsure of what to do after high school? A trained child & adolescent counsellor helps children by providing individual counseling in the following domains:

  • Personal/Social development
  • Academic development
  • Career development

The primary goal of child & adolescent counselling is to reduce barriers to your child’s academic performance. Barriers to academic success come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it is reducing anxiety, working on study skills, developing healthy friendships, facing problems in the home, setting goals or addressing bulling (to name a few), counselling provides a safe and confidential environment for your child to speak with a caring, professional counsellor who can support his or her development.

How can a child & adolescent counsellor help my child?

Through one-on-one counselling, children have the opportunity to explore their feelings, aspirations, and personal development in the following areas:

Personal & Social:

Children will develop strong foundations for personal and social growth.

Examples:

  • Stress management
  • Acquire self-knowledge (values, attitudes, beliefs)
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Learn how to make and keep friends
  • Communication skills (with parents, adults, peers)
  • Coping with peer pressure
Academic:

Children will learn to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize their ability to learn.

Examples:

  • Goal setting
  • Improve academic self-concept
  • Acquire study skills for improved learning
  • Motivation techniques to achieve individual potential
  • Learn to balance studies, extra-curricular activities, leisure, family, etc.
Career:

Children will develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enable them to make a successful transition from school to the world or work, and from job to job across the lifespan.

Examples:

  • Develop career awareness
  • Employment-readiness skills (resume, interview skills, etc)
  • Acquire career information
  • Identify career goals
  • Better understand personal interests and abilities
Similar to adult counselling, child & adolescent counselling allows your child to feel heard, understood, and accepted in a safe, non-threatening, objective, and confidential environment.
 
Mental Illness Treatment :
 
Mental illness is any disease or condition that influences the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings. Although the symptoms of mental illness can range from mild to severe and are different depending on the type of mental illness, a person with an untreated mental illness often is unable to cope with life's daily routines and demands.

What Causes Mental Illness?

Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors -- not personal weakness or a character defect -- and recovery from a mental illness is not simply a matter of will and self-discipline.

Heredity (genetics): Many mental illnesses run in families, suggesting they may be passed on from parents to children through genes. Genes contain instructions for the function of each cell in the body and are responsible for how we look, act, think, etc. However, just because your mother or father may have or had a mental illness doesn't mean you will have one. Hereditary just means that you are more likely to get the condition than if you didn't have an affected family member. Experts believe that many mental conditions are linked to problems in multiple genes -- not just one, as with many diseases -- which is why a person inherits a susceptibility to a mental disorder but doesn't always develop the condition. The disorder itself occurs from the interaction of these genes and other factors -- such as psychological trauma and environmental stressors -- which can influence, or trigger, the illness in a person who has inherited a susceptibility to it.

Biology: Some mental illnesses have been linked to an abnormal balance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other. If these chemicals are out of balance or are not working properly, messages may not make it through the brain correctly, leading to symptoms of mental illness. In addition, defects in or injury to certain areas of the brain also have been linked to some mental conditions.

Psychological trauma: Some mental illnesses may be triggered by psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as severe emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; a significant early loss, such as the loss of a parent; and neglect.

Environmental stressors: Certain stressors -- such as a death or divorce, a dysfunctional family life, changing jobs or schools, and substance abuse -- can trigger a disorder in a person who may be at risk for developing a mental illness.

How Is Mental Illness Treated?

A mental illness, like many chronic illnesses, requires ongoing treatment. Fortunately, much progress has been made in the last two decades in treating mental illnesses. Asa result, many mental conditions can be effectively treated withone or a combination of the following therapies:

  • Medication.
  • Psychotherapy.
  • Group therapy.
  • Day treatment or partial hospital treatment.
  • Specific therapies, such as cognitive-behavior therapy and behavior modification.

Other treatments available include:

  • Alternative therapies, such as water therapy, massage, and biofeedback.
  • Creative therapies, such as art therapy, music therapy, or play therapy.
  • Hypnotherapy.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a newer therapy.
 
 
Colour Therapy :
 

Colour Therapy is a complementary therapy for which there is evidence dating back thousands of years to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy.

The energy relating to each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the body. If you can imagine the chakras as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog/wheel needs to move smoothly for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus good health and wellbeing is achieved by a balance of all these energies.  Balance of the energy in each of the body’s chakras is very important for health and wellbeing. Colour therapy can help to re-balance and/or stimulate these energies by applying the appropriate colour to the body and therefore re-balance our chakras.

Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.

Colour is absorbed by the eyes, skin, skull our ‘magnetic energy field’ or aura and the energy of colour affects us on all levels, that is to say, physical, spiritual and emotional. Every cell in the body needs light energy - thus colour energy has widespread effects on the whole body. There are many different ways of giving colour, including; Solarized Water, Light boxes/lamps with colour filters, colour silks and hands on healing using colour.

Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level, which is perhaps easier to quantify, however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Our wellbeing is not, of course, purely a physical issue. Fortunately, many more practitioners, both orthodox and complementary are now treating patients in an holistic manner. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy can be so helpful since colour addresses all levels of our being.

Using colour to balance the Chakras of the body

Each of the spectrum colours is simply light of varying wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular energy.

The energy relating to each of these spectrum colours resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras of the body.

If you can imagine the chakras/energy centres as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog /wheel needs to move smoothly and at a similar speed for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance of all these energies (or the smooth running of the cogs/wheels).

Colour therapy can help to re-balance these 'wheels' by applying the appropriate colour to the body and therefore re-balance our chakras. Listed below is each of the spectrum colours and the chakra which it relates to. Violet has the shortest wavelength and red the longest wavelength.

How Does Color Therapy Work?

The method of color therapy is based on the law of resonant colors interacting, conterminous to frequency characteristics of body.

There is a resonant interaction within zones of hands and feet (chakras energy points, acupuncture points of meridians and waves surrounding them) to a similar frequency of a color source (artificial or natural). The set of frequencies related to musical notes is an example of how colors works. If you place two properly tuned guitars in the same room and pluck the A string on one guitar, the A string on the second guitar will also ring. This is because the sound frequency of the A note traveled across the room causing the resonant frequency of the A string on the second guitar to sound. Likewise, the body’s organs have their own resonant frequencies related to the chakras and meridians. Hence, we can “tune ” our bodies for optimal wellness through color therapy by exposing our chakras and meridians to the specific color needed. The light beam is a language of the organism’s cells which communicate with each other, and they do so via photons and microwaves. The color scale promotes restoration of the energy balance broken by illness. Different colors give off different wavelength frequencies and these different frequencies have different effects on physical and psychological functions and consequently different disorders.

 
 
Candle Light Therapy :
 
The candle's flame has always been a metaphor for the soul! It possesses a tranquil and almost hypnotic atmosphere
to those who allow its power to take them to a very special place.
A candle acts as a “self-object”. A self-object is an object that is a reflection of our self, a reflection upon which we can act. The candle reflects the spiritual and ethical changes we would like to bring about in ourselves. It burns as a reminder and symbol of our desires.
Sometimes we have to hand our dreams over to a force more powerful than we are.
There are many ways to utilize the power of Candle Therapy. On other pages, you will find complementary systems of aromatherapy, energy medicine and meditation and can and do overlap within the healing process to create a positive and powerful approach to finding the balanced system. These complementary systems with candle therapy are all configured and intertwined within the practice of its theory and application. 

Working with Candle Energy

When working with candles, you can be as simplistic or as complicated as you would like to make it.
We suggest that you always charge your candle before lighting it.
Sit in a quiet place hold the candle in your hands at heart level and visualize the area in your life you want charged (changed). This will personalize your connections with the candle and allow the needed energy to come to you in a more direct way. Begin by using a positive affirmation
(our candles come with one), then expand on it based on your specific situation.
You get as much out of a candle (or anything) as you put into it. You must create your own reality through the use of your energy, emotions and visualizations. What you wish to create may come immediately or it may take some time. Experience shows that results are only realized
at the appropriate time (the Universal time, not your own)! This allows us a great lesson.

1. Any time you light a candle, always state your true intention and end with a positive affirmation.
2. Burn a candle based on the color  you need.
3. Use the seven colors of the Chakra and light these small candles to release the color into the room.
The rainbow colors have an amazing healing power when lit all together.
4. Burn a candle for meditation. Sit in front of the candle and concentrate on the light.
5. Burn a candle that is made from herbs and essential oils. The power of herbs and scent are blended with the power of light to manifest a positive action.
6. Burn a candle to bring about clear change and affirmative thought. Consider our Empowerment Kits to transform your intentions into reality.
7. Place them on a table or alter to burn or place them on the floor or in your meditation space and sit inside the configuration.
8. Zodiac candles can be burned. You can use the appropriate attributes of the chosen zodiac sign to represent a person or yourself.
9. Mandala candles are intention-specific candles designed for your sacred candle therapy.
10.  Candles can create any mood based on color and good intention. Utilize the power of light and wax!
11. A candle can be lit for a season ritual. Consider celebrating the start of each new transition,
such as winter, spring, summer and fall, the new or full moon or even your birthday.
12. Use a candle to help clear negative energy from your home, office or your surroundings.

Candle Safety Tips

1. Please observe the following safety tips whenever you use candles.
2. Always keep a burning candle within sight.
3. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
4. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
5. Always extinguish all candles before leaving the house.
6. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
7. Trim wicks to 1/4 inch prior to each use unless the instructions tell you to do otherwise. This helps regulate the flame height and can reduce smoking.
8. Always use an appropriate candleholder place on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
9. Keep burning candles away from drafts. This can alter the candles performance, burn time and keeps the wax burning evenly.
10. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container, typically when 1 - 2 inches of wax remains for most candles and 1/2 inch for container or jar candles. 

 
 
Drama Therapy :
 

Drama therapy is a type of therapy that allows you to explore emotional difficulties through the medium of drama. This could involve a variety of activities including writing and learning scripts, improvisation exercises, or activities using puppets and masks.

Drama therapy is often used within a group environment, however it can be used in one to one sessions too. A drama therapist will use different techniques and may help you create a fictional story to portray. Usually the fictitious story will be your own story re-told through different characters. Creating this space between yourself and the emotional concerns being explored can offer clarity and a sense of relief or catharsis.

The aims of drama therapy include:

  • to solve a problem
  • to achieve catharsis
  • to understand yourself better
  • to explore and overcome unhealthy behaviour
  • to improve social skills.

The nature of drama therapy makes it ideal for people who are struggling to come to terms with the emotions or problems they're facing, as it addresses them in a more indirect way.

Drama therapy activities

For the main activity drama therapists can use a range of different techniques and activities including the following:

Role-play

One of the most common activities used in drama therapy is role-play. This is when you act the part of a certain character in a certain situation. An example of this would be to act the part of a child or parent and to explore any emotions this brings to the surface.

Improvisation

To improvise in acting is to make up a scenario and dialogue on the spot. This technique may require you to work with others and makes you think on your feet.

Mime

Miming is essentially acting without the use of speech. This means that you will need to rely on your body language alone to portray a certain emotion or scenario. This can cause you to think in different ways and may tap into feelings you've not experienced before.

Speech

Using speech in drama therapy could involve speaking in ways you don't normally (for example if you have low self-confidence, your therapist may ask you to shout rather than whisper) or it may involve using language to describe the way a character is feeling.

Movement

Similarly to mime, movement therapy requires you to express emotions through your body rather than through speaking. You may find yourself dancing to do this, or indicating a state of mind through an action.

Acting out

In some cases your drama therapist may ask you to re-enact behaviours or situations that have caused you problems in the past. This can be a difficult task to undertake as it can cause you to remember and re-experience difficult emotions. The idea behind doing this is to help you learn how you can do things differently in the future or simply understand why what happened affected you the way it did.

Use of props and masks

Sometimes using props and masks during a drama therapy activity can help you to take on different roles. These can be especially important when working with young children to help them identify with the character they are portraying or simply to help them express emotions.

What can drama therapies help with?

Drama therapy and psychodrama do not require any previous acting experience, making it accessible to a wide variety of people. Ranging from young children to the elderly, this form of therapy can be helpful for many issues including the following :

Addiction

Those with an addiction may find drama therapy a useful tool as it offers a safe environment to express emotion. It can be hard for some to do this in a normal counselling session, so drama therapies can provide an alternative.

In drama therapies people dealing with addiction can explore a drug-free future and practice new skills, such as saying no when offered drugs/alcohol. They can also act out more negative behaviours in order to consider their harmful impact in a more tangible way. Exploring issues in this way can offer enough distance so that their addiction and related issues do not overwhelm.

Anxiety

Having an anxiety disorder can make some everyday tasks difficult. Through drama therapies, these tasks can be 'rehearsed' and explored in a safe environment. An example of this would be someone with agoraphobia pretending to be in a large crowd of people. During this scene the actor can analyse the way they feel and learn new coping mechanisms without feeling any real danger.

Socialising with other people in group drama therapy sessions is also a great way to build confidence and improve social skills.

Depression

The communicative and social nature of drama therapies can be especially helpful for those with depression. Talking to and interacting with others can help to ease symptoms of depression, while acting out certain scenarios can help to develop coping mechanisms.

Some people with depression find it hard to feel emotion and may feel 'numb'. Drama therapies can help individuals to name their feelings and express them in a safe environment through drama.

Eating disorders

The very nature of an eating disorder makes the relationship between the sufferer and their body a particularly fraught one. As drama therapy focuses a lot on the body and movement, this is one way to try and improve this relationship. Having a better awareness of the body in particular can help those with a distorted view see themselves in a more realistic and positive light.

Eating disorders are normally symptomatic of deeper issues which are being dealt with unhealthily. Drama therapies can help sufferers to explore these issues in a safe way that is not too overwhelming. These types of therapies can also offer a new way of coping with negative feelings, rather than the sufferer relying on the disorder.

Low self-confidence

Drama therapies utilise the art of pretend and can almost act like a practice ground for those with low self-confidence. Providing a safe and secure environment, drama therapy allows individuals to act out the way they would like to be (in this case more confident) helping them to learn skills they can put into practice in real life.

On top of this, drama therapy can help those with low self-confidence to explore any underlying reasons for their lack of confidence. This way they can address any issues in a safe environment.

Relationship difficulties

Those who have difficulty communicating or trusting may well benefit from drama therapy. As drama therapy tends to be a group-based therapy, it requires teamwork and communication. This alone can help to develop such skills, while any underlying issues can be explored in a safe and therapeutic environment.  

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that involves a variety of symptoms including hallucinations, disordered thinking and paranoia. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends creative therapies such as art, music and drama therapies as a form of treatment. These kinds of therapies help to harness the creative side of those with schizophrenia and can offer a form of release and expression.Self-harming

Self-harming is usually a physical act that is used as a way of dealing with distressing emotions. Drama therapies can help the individual face these problems in a healthier way through acting. As this therapy tends to take an indirect approach, those who self-harm feel safe and not overwhelmed.

Alternatives to self-harm can be explored through drama therapy, giving participants useful skills to take out of the workspace. 

Traumatic experiences

Experiences of abuse, bullying or other forms of trauma can all be explored within a drama therapy session. The drama therapist may ask you to improvise similar scenarios to help you understand why the trauma affected you the way it did. This kind of work is often cathartic and helps to build self-confidence.

 
 
Music Therapy :
 
What is Music Therapy?
 

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

 

How Does Music Therapy Work?

 

Music therapy research and clinical practice have proven to be effective with people of all ages and abilities. Whether a person’s challenges are physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological, music therapy can address a person’s needs.

At its core, music therapy is the interaction between a therapist, a client (or clients) and the use of music. A music therapist assesses the client(s) and creates a clinical plan for treatment in conjunction with team and client goals, which in turn determines the course of clinical sessions. A music therapist works within a client-centered, goal-directed framework.

Follow the links below for more detailed information about various client populations that music therapists work with:

 
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Childbirth and Neonatal Care
  • Children with Emotional Disorders
  • Community Mental Health
  • Dementia Care
  • Developmental Delay
  • Geriatrics
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Mental Health
  • Mentally Challenged
  • Pain
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Voice
 

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

 

Music Therapy can benefit the following populations and conditions: children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.

Music Therapy Connections specializes in the treatment of children with a wide range of diagnoses and/or special needs. With children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills. Music therapy enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a qualified therapist and child; between one child and another; between child and family; and between the music and the participants. These relationships are structured and adapted through the elements of music to create a positive environment and set the occasion for successful growth.

 

Advantage of music therapy :

Listening to good and soulful music will help you attain self improvement and have a better quality of life. You can do your household chores after turning on some good music and you will never feel the strain. Also you can use music for motivation. Music can definitely change your state of mind and make you more relaxed and happy. By listening to stimulating music you tend to become more relaxed.

You can also use music for intelligence. In this case music stimulates creativity by creating channels of neurons in the brain. Research has proved that music tunes the brain to higher planes of thinking. Music therapy is an emerging arena of health care in which music is used to heal patients fighting cancer, children with reading/writing problems and others. Many health care facilities also make use of music to help patients fight depression, cope with pain and ease muscle tension. There are plenty of other advantages associated with music therapy as music impacts the mind and body in many ways that are powerful. Given below are some of the advantages of listening to soulful music which helps to reiterate the importance of music therapy.

With respect to brain waves, studies have shown that music with strong beats can help bring alert thinking and better concentration there by promoting calm and a meditative state. Also music can bring changes in brain activity levels which will enable it to shift speeds very easily on its own. This in turn can lead to a healthy state of mind. Music can also alter the heart rate and breathing functions and there by improve the relaxation response by causing slower and relaxed breathing. This is the reason why music therapy is largely used to counteract the damages caused by chronic stress and thereby leads to promotion of all-round health. Music helps to create a positive bent of mind and helps to stay away from depression. This can lead to better levels of optimism and creativity and a lot of other benefits. Because of all these advantages and positive effects physically, many view music as a crucial factor which helps the body to fight diseases and to stay healthy.

Disadvantage of music therapy :

A major disadvantage of music in today's society is that a large majority of popular musicians are making and selling their music for no reason other than to make money. I'll define "popular" more clearly- almost anything on a top hits chart, a lot of music played on commercial radio, bands that have their name on walmart t-shirts, etc. There are of course always exceptions to this, but most of these bands and musicians don't make music because its a way of expressing yourself and communicating with others; they present themselves and their music because they want to make money. Giant record labels aren't signing bands because they think they're really talented and make great music, they're signing bands that will be easily marketed to an audience; bands that will sell the most Cd's downloads, t-shirts, and concert tickets.

Luckily, for those of us who can not stand the top 40 hits that get played over and over and over on the radio, there exists independent musicians, bands, labels, radio stations, etc.

 
 
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