Integrative therapy in Virginia

HCA Virginia includes some of the few facilities in the U.S. to offer holistic treatment options to inpatient and outpatient adults, adolescents, and children impacted by trauma and mental health disorders. With this approach, we lead the Virginia region in providing access to creative solutions to health and wellness problems. Patients find this helpful because integrative therapies decrease stress and anxiety, reduce heart rates, encourage participation in treatment and improve the overall outlook.

As members of our multidisciplinary treatment teams, our expert, integrative therapists collaborate in developing treatment plans. They work closely with physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric technicians, educators, dietitians, and other clinical staff. Together, they identify and deliver the most appropriate care in the least restrictive environment possible.

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Benefits of integrative therapy

As mental health care incorporates a greater sensitivity to the long-term effects of trauma, integrative therapies provide powerful support to patients. These therapies help patients learn to calm themselves, build skills, realize they can start and finish an activity and begin the steps to mastery.

Other benefits of integrative therapy include:

  • Adults may explore new, more productive, and positive ways to spend their leisure time that can help alleviate depression or anxiety.
  • Adolescents may have better ways to express the feelings they are struggling with and telling their stories.
  • Children may find avenues to productively channel and regulate their energy, voice their feelings, and connect to themselves and others.
  • Most integrative therapies incorporate a verbal component in each session. This helps patients reflect on what they were able to express and experience and identify how this applies to their specific situation.
  • The therapist provides feedback to appropriate treatment team members if the integrative therapies uncover troubling or safety issues, so individuals can receive the attention they need.

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Types of integrative therapy

Integrative therapy is available through our behavioral health programs. These programs are designed to help patients of all ages get through a crisis and acquire new tools for coping while getting back to their lives. Some of the integrative therapies we provide include:

Creative arts therapy

Creative Arts Therapy also referred to as Expressive Arts Therapy, is an umbrella heading that includes Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, and Poetry Therapy. Creative arts therapists are board-certified and/or licensed human service professionals who use distinct arts-based methods and innovative processes to ameliorate disability and illness and optimize health and wellness. Creative arts therapy taps into our innate senses and offers creative outlets to help redirect intense feelings in more productive ways. With these new skills, you can feel less alone in the world, less inclined toward anger, depression, or self-harming behavior, and more capable of expressing feelings that may be hard to share with others when using words alone.

Art therapy

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals and community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions as well as foster self-esteem and self-awareness.

Dance/movement therapy

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote the individual's emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration. Dance/movement therapy takes a unique approach to healing. It is based on the empirically supported assertion that mind, body, and spirit are inseparable and interconnected; therefore, changes in the body reflect changes in the mind and vice versa.

Drama therapy

According to the NADTA, Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is an embodied practice that is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals, solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored, and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced.

Music therapy

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used therapeutically to address individuals' physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the music therapist provides a treatment that includes creating, singing, moving to, and listening to music.

Poetry therapy

Poetry therapy uses language, symbols, and stories in therapeutic, education, growth, and community-building capacities. It relies upon poems, stories, song lyrics, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate personal growth, healing, and greater self-awareness. Bibliotherapy, narrative, journal writing, metaphor, storytelling, and ritual are all within the realm of poetry therapy.

Pet therapy

Sometimes the best "medicine" is the comfort of a furry friend. Our pet therapy program offers well-trained therapy dogs who provide this comfort and affection as patients recover. The dogs may sit or lie quietly for hours on the bed next to the patient while being petted.

At our participating hospitals, therapy dogs are only a phone call away. If you would like one of our four-legged friends to spend time with you, all you have to do is ask your nurse to make the arrangements.

Recreational therapy

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, recreational therapy is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activities as a therapeutic intervention. It addresses the needs of individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions, helping to re-establish psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being.

Therapeutic yoga

Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures to aid in the treatment of health conditions. It involves yoga instruction to prevent, reduce, or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional, and spiritual pain and suffering or limitations.