Holistic Treatment in Mental Health

A Handbook of Practitioners' Perspectives

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About the Book

The first of its kind, this guidebook provides an overview of clinical holistic interventions for mental-health practitioners. Submissions from 21 contributors examine the validity of different methods and provide information on credentialed training and licensure requirements necessary for legal and ethical practice. Chapters covering a range of healing modalities describe the populations and disorders for which the intervention is most effective, as well as the risks involved, and present research on the effectiveness of treatment, with step-by-step sample clinical sessions.

About the Author(s)

Cheryl L. Fracasso, Ph.D., LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor, certified clinical trauma intervention specialist, and owner of ShangriLa Wellness Center, a holistic healthcare center. She served on the faculty at the University of Phoenix for over 9 years teaching undergraduate psychology classes.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., former director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, is a professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science.

Harris L. Friedman, Ph.D. is an associated distinguished consulting professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, an associated professor at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He retired as a research professor of psychology at the University of Florida.

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at She lives in Sedalia, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Cheryl L. Fracasso, Stanley Krippner and Harris L. Friedman

Series Editor Elaine A. Moore
Foreword by Kirwan Rockefeller

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 312
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6993-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4005-1
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Kirwan Rockefeller 1

Cheryl L. Fracasso, Stanley Krippner and Harris L. Friedman 5

Part 1. Psychotherapeutic Interventions

The Vigorous, Compassionate and Holistic Approach of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Honoring the Work of Albert Ellis
Debbie Joffe Ellis 11

Time Perspective Therapy: An Evolutionary Therapy for PTSD
Rosemary Sword and Philip Zimbardo 22

Transpersonal Psychotherapies
Harris L. Friedman 35

Part 2. Creative and Expressive Arts Interventions

Natalie Rogers’s Person- Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
Sue Ann Herron 49

Dance/Movement as a Holistic Treatment: Using Creative, Imaginal and Embodied Expression in Healing, Growth and Therapy
Ilene A. Serlin and J. Ryan Kennedy 61

Drama Therapy: Integral Healing Through Imagination and Action
Gary Raucher, Renée Emunah and Doug Ronning 76

Music Therapy as a Holistic Treatment for Mental Health
Lillian Eyre 90

Art Therapy: An Existential Perspective
Joseph Madigan 105

Part 3. Mind/Body and Energy Medicine Interventions

Holistic Benefits of Clinical Hypnosis
Marina A. Smirnova 119

Holotropic Breathwork in a Clinical Setting
Marina A. Smirnova 127

Emotional Freedom Techniques for Psychological Symptoms and Disorders  Peta Stapleton 136

Re-Enter and Re-Imagine: A Client- Led Dreamworking Method
Christopher Sowton 152

Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy
Michael Mayer 164

Holistic Coaching for Mental Health
Susan Turner Gabrielle 182

The Role of Massage Therapy in Psychological Services: Evidence and Implications for Mental Health Practitioners
Grant J. Rich 195

Yoga Nidra: The Art of Deep Relaxation
Nick Atlas 209

Mindfulness Meditation: Principles and Applications for Holistic Healing
Nitin Anand, Mahendra Prakash Sharma, Amanpreet Kaur and Priya Kayastha Anand 222

Presence in Place: Exploring Well- Being Through Mindfulness and Spirituality at Grand Canyon National Park and Other Natural Settings
David S.B. Mitchell, Kanika A.M. Magee, Christopher N. Cross, Jules P. Harrell and Fatimah L.C. Jackson 244

Grounding and Communication as an Integrative Therapy
Caifang Zhu 259

Part 4. Multicultural and Indigenous Interventions

Medicinal Drumming and Holistic Healing
Sal Núñez 273

Practicing Medicine Wheel for Holistic Healing
Kathryn LaFevers Evans, Three Eagles 285

About the Contributors 299

Index 303