Holistic Psychiatry Versus Spiritual Psychiatry: Which Defines the Concierge Psychiatry Practice Best?
In the world of concierge psychiatry, how does a spiritual psychiatrist differ from a holistic psychiatrist? Is it possible to get the best of both worlds?
The holistic psychiatrist, a practitioner of modern integrative psychiatry, focuses on the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Holistic medicine and integrative medicine do include attention to the spiritual component, but without necessarily having a spiritual-first approach. The integrative psychiatrist may also practice conventional psychiatry, but with an overall focus on wellness, including mental wellness and physical health.
Psychotropic medication prescribing and talk therapy are still used when necessary for mental illness and to treat a psychiatric disorder. Yet, where ever possible, if a mental health condition can be addressed with a mental health treatment that does not require medication, the holistic psychiatrist will lean towards non-medication solutions.
A concierge psychiatrist differs from the traditional psychiatrist in several ways. While the standard psychiatric provider may be adequate for many mental health needs, the concierge psychiatrist goes above and beyond the usual expectations.
When you visit a concierge psychiatric practice, in person or via telehealth, you will be surprised at the focused attention from your doctor. Imagine a doctor who listens carefully, giving you ample time and space to explore mental health problems and their causes, and to discover and discuss in-depth solutions.
A private concierge psychiatrist offers compassion, empathy, expertise, and availability.
Your private practice concierge psychiatrist is there for you to address mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety. They are available throughout the week and throughout the month, often for same-day or same-week appointments if the situation calls for it. Effective, quality mental health care works best when your concierge psychiatrist is available to work with you when you need them most.
The psychiatrist, who is established in concierge practice, providing expert concierge service, is adept at both psychotherapy and medication management. For example, your doctor may provide cognitive behavioral therapy and be versed in psychopharmacology.
Within the world of concierge psychiatry, there are specialists who focus on either spiritual health or holistic health. While there is overlap between these two types of clinical practices, the main difference is in the primary area focus.
What is spiritual psychiatry, and how is the spiritual experience important to the healing of mental health patients?
The spiritual psychiatrist first focuses on their patient’s spiritual belief framework, including spiritual and religious experiences, affiliations and practices. For example, it may not be ideal to approach a devout Catholic from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy.
The ultimate goal of spiritual psychotherapy is spiritual growth. Not everyone is going to have a life-altering spiritual or religious experience, but it is certainly possible to work towards ensuring that a patient’s spiritual needs are clearly articulated, adequately understood and, when possible, effectively met. In a similar vein, spirituality and spiritual struggles must be effectively addressed to best help the patient with complete mental health care, or whole person care.
Spiritually integrated psychotherapy can be augmented through a series of exercises given by the mental health professional in response to the needs of the patient. It is helpful when the psychiatrist has experience and training in various forms of psychotherapy and also transpersonal psychology.
The spiritual psychiatrist may also work in fields of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including energy healing and advanced medical intuition. Physicians with developed medical intuitive abilities may be able to focus their mind’s eye to create or augment a medical or mental health treatment plan where traditional medicine has failed. A physician or psychiatrist with medical intuitive abilities may offer unique insights into personalized, effective medical treatment solutions.
The spiritual psychiatrist will prescribe medications to their patient when it is medically appropriate and clinically indicated. They may also help patients taper off psychiatric medications in a safe and effective manner.
At this time, there is renewed interest in psychedelics or entheogenic substances as medications that not only offer novel pharmacological treatment for some common mental health conditions, but can also create subjective, self-transcendent, mystical experiences. A spiritual psychiatrist is able to offer psychedelic integration, which is psychotherapy during or after a psychedelic experience to help the patient or client make sense of the experience and integrate newly gained perspectives.
Spiritual vs Holistic: How does the holistic psychiatrist treat their patient differently than the spiritual psychiatrist?
There is, understandably, some confusion about the difference between the spiritual and the holistic practitioner. Both focus on whole person treatment rather than simply on the diagnosis or the pathology. Additionally, both include a spiritual evaluation as part of their routine therapy. However, the holistic psychiatrist places emphasis on the entire patient, in terms of physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.
A holistic psychiatrist may focus first on diet, nutrition, sleep and exercise to address the physical aspects of one’s life. They may then focus on the patient’s relationships, social supports, coping skills and home living situation to address the emotional, mental and social aspects of their life.
The holistic practitioner will still address spirituality and offer spiritual resources in most cases, but only after the whole patient has been evaluated from multiple perspectives. The approach of the holistic psychiatrist focuses on lifestyle factors like diet, nutrition, gut health, exercise, stress management and sleep to provide useful directions and assignments for patients to reach their goals and improve their mental health.
Like the spiritual psychiatrist, the holistic psychiatrist is able to prescribe medication when medically indicated and clinically appropriate. There are clearly patients who will prefer a spiritual psychiatrist, and other patients who will prefer a holistic psychiatrist. However, in some cases, a person may feel as if they would benefit from both a holistic and a spiritual psychiatrist.
Can a concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist help a patient to both improve their overall health and fulfill their spiritual needs?
Imagine having the best of all worlds? Is there such a thing as a concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist?
While there may be very few practicing concierge spiritual holistic psychiatrists in the United States, the good news is that these mental healthcare professionals are usually licensed in multiple states and are often available via telehealth.
How does this concierge psychiatrist treat their patients? What happens during concierge telemedicine visit with a holistic spiritual psychiatrist?
When you first meet with this unique mental healthcare professional, you will find that spirituality is one of the initial focuses, and it remains at the forefront of the doctor’s approach. Yet, the holistic health view is also a major part of the concierge care provided to the patient.
The spiritual holistic physician brings together the spiritual aspects of one’s being along with the holistic health approach, so the patient is able to connect deeply with their spirituality and their overall health and wellbeing. The concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist brings the best of all worlds together for their patients and clients.
Who will benefit most from the services of a concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist?
What happens when you have achieved some of life’s most respected goals? Many people believe that when they reach milestones in life where they have accumulated enough money, reached a certain social status, achieved some level of fame, or merit a grand achievement, they will finally be able to relax and be happy.
Unfortunately, many highly successful entrepreneurs and business executives have achieved this status, and they have learned that money, fame, achievement and prestige do not make a person happy. When they stand at the apex of what society has told us is the American dream, they realize that there is an emptiness that cannot be filled by wealth, power, fame or achievement.
This is the reason why so many highly successful people end up falling into depression and various forms of addiction. They are looking for a way to soothe their inner pain, restlessness, and boredom.
In fact, many successful professionals and executives report that their favorite moments in life occurred before they were wealthy. They have fond memories of living during a period of struggle, when they would take a moment here and there to smell the roses and appreciate life.
The concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist is in a position to greatly improve the outlook for people who find themselves in this predicament. Many patients who benefit from holistic spiritual therapy are people who are on a path of success, even if they have not yet achieved their worldly goals.
Holistic spiritual therapy can help a person to stay on track and achieve life goals more effectively.
Staying healthy and spiritually grounded is an excellent way to move smoothly along the path to success. And, when life goals are reached, the person will be prepared to integrate spirituality with holistic health into a life of freedom and fulfillment.
The integrative psychiatrist who approaches their client with a spiritual focus on complementary therapy may be able to solve issues that previously may have seemed hopeless. In these cases, the traditional approach of Western medicine and academic psychiatry can be combined with alternative modalities of healing, including energy work, meditation, mindfulness, yogic practices, spiritual healing, and attention to the body’s energy centers (often referred to as chakras) and specific energy (often referred to as qi or chi) pathways.
The integrative psychiatrist who incorporates evidence-based energy medicine modalities may recommend referrals to practitioners practicing other forms of evidence-based alternative healing. This includes everything from massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure and emotional freedom technique (EFT), to biofield therapies, polarity therapy, Reiki, and healing/therapeutic touch. While some of these modalities have a high degree of scientific evidence supporting their efficacy and efficacy, others are newer and/or more experimental.
As an integrative psychiatrist, holistic psychiatrist or spiritual psychiatrist, it is vital to be informed of the up-to-date scientific literature discussing the effectiveness and efficacy of the aforementioned treatments from a medical standpoint. It is important to present this information accurately and with full transparency to patients interested in exploring these alternative forms of healing.
Remote shamanic healing, or distance shamanic healing, is another energy healing modality used by the spiritually focused integrative psychiatrist.
Within a sacred space, intuitive guidance is provided by the shamanic practitioner, as well as shamanic energy healing that comes from a connection with the spirit world. The shamans who conduct such healings are often born and raised in indigenous communities around the world. They are identified by their communities at an early age as having a healing gift, which they are taught to cultivate through rites of passage and apprenticeships with the shamanic elders of their respective communities.
Many clients have benefited from distance healing, including long distance healing, from a shamanic healer experienced in ancestral healing and connecting with universal life energy. A distance healing session using distance energy healing techniques is an effective tool often used in the shamanic healing session and energy healing session.
Shamanic healing is especially helpful in the context of psychedelic experiences. Wellness centers and religious centers around the world that offer ayahuasca experiences as part of their sacred healing rituals and traditions often work closely with spiritual psychiatrists experienced with integrative shamanic healing techniques.
Is the holistic spiritual psychiatrist able to help with any neuropsychiatric disorder?
It is important to note that an integrative psychiatrist with a spiritual focus is still a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry as recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. This highly specialized psychiatrist is still able to use prescription medication when clinically appropriate and medically indicated to treat a depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, conversion disorder, and any other mood, anxiety or psychotic disorder.
Whether a psychiatrist works in the fields of functional medicine, shamanic medicine, or holistic, integrative medicine, they are still a psychiatrist, with extensive knowledge of psychiatric disorders and how medications that affect various organs and systems in the body relate to brain health and optimal brain function.
The concierge holistic spiritual psychiatrist works in a field that is essentially psychiatry redefined. When a psychiatric condition, or life discomfort and existential worry, leads a person to seek help, it is possible to have the best of all worlds.
While there are not many psychiatrists with the depth and breadth of knowledge to offer diagnosis and treatment options through the realms of intuitive medicine, energy medicine, as well as holistic, integrative, and spiritual medicine, they do exist, and they are available to provide healing therapy in person, or remotely, via telehealth and telemedicine visits.
If you are interested in learning more about the healing power available to you through the unique field of concierge holistic spiritual psychiatry, please contact us today. We would be happy to provide information on how you can gain access to the therapies and modalities discussed in this article.