Counseling

5 PILLAR LIFESTYLE  COUNSELING

5 pillar lifestyle counseling works with individuals, groups and/or organizations who want to invest in a vision to become healthier, in large part by making lifestyle changes that optimize health, wellness and wellbeing. Great Health and Wellness Counseling partners with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being.

 

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NutritionExerciseSleepStressHomeopathic RemediesPreventative MedicinehormonesMenopause


Nutrition

Lots of people can benefit from working on their nutrition, for many different reasons. Whether you need a complete diet overhaul, are looking to manage a medical condition, want to fine-tune your food choices, or get inspiration for new, healthy recipes. It’s best to book a consultation and get a one-on-one counseling treatment service. That can help inform whether you have any specific conditions that can be addressed with nutrition, such as elevated blood sugar or cholesterol, or blood pressure issues. While some clients come in for a nutrition consultation to learn more about how their food choices affect their health, others end up in my office at their doctor’s suggestion. The following are just a few of the conditions that can benefit specifically from dietary interventions: One on One counseling appointments are available.

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Celiac disease
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Pregnancy

Exercise:

Physical inactivity leads to at least 250,000 deaths annually in the United States, and more than one half of Americans fail to meet recommended physical activity levels. Regular physical activity decreases total mortality rates as well as the incidence and mortality of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Physical activity improves mental health and control of diabetes, hypertension, and lipid levels; prevents osteoporosis; and, especially in older patients, sustains mobility, reduces disability, and decreases the risk of falls.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Sports Medicine, U.S. Surgeon General, and American College of Preventive Medicine recommend that adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity exercise a week.


Sleep:

Some sleep disorders are attributable to a medical condition, while others may have psychological roots. A person might experience some level of trouble sleeping during a difficult transition in one’s life or as the result of anxiety or depression, and without treatment, the condition may often worsen. Regardless of what has caused a sleep disturbance, therapy is often beneficial as one works through the effects and cause, when the cause is known.

Therapy for sleep-wake disorders generally focuses on changing behaviors, setting and achieving goals, becoming more self-aware, and learning relaxation skills. Once the root cause of a sleeping disorder has been uncovered, mental health professionals can often help those in therapy develop skills to modify unwanted sleep patterns.


Stress:

Stress is not always caused by a negative event. Some positive life experiences can be just as stress-inducing as negative ones. The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory indexes common stressful events and uses a numerical value to rank them. It uses these values to determine a person’s potential for becoming ill as a result of stress. Some common stressors in life, many of which appear on the stress inventory, include:

Losing a job or starting a new job

Getting divorced or going through a breakup

Getting married

Being discriminated against

Experiencing a change in financial status

Following the news or politics

Having a child

Moving

Beginning or ending school

Experiencing a loss

Being diagnosed with a serious illness

For many people, these events are normal parts of life. Not everyone experiences a divorce, marriage, or having a child. But many will experience discrimination, lose a job, go through a breakup, or experience another major or minor event.  For most people, stress is a part of life that is not going anywhere. But it may be easier to manage in smaller amounts, especially when other factors help mitigate it. A marriage, for example, is generally considered to be a happy event. Though it can be stressful to plan and prepare for the ceremony, the excitement experienced by the couple may help reduce the physical and mental effects of their stress.


Homeopathic remedies:

Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick.  Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. Homeopathy is natural because its remedies are produced according to the U.S. FDA-recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States from natural sources, whether vegetable, mineral, or animal in nature.


Preventative medicine:

Remember the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This can be especially true when it comes to preventive Medicine.

Maintaining or improving your health with regular preventive care, can help you stay healthy. Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom free. Preventive care allows you to obtain early diagnosis and treatment, to help avoid more serious health problems. Even if you’re in the best shape of your life, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk. Through a preventive exam and routine health screenings, your doctor can determine your current health status and detect early warning signs of more serious problems. Your preventive care services may include immunizations, physical exams, lab work and x-rays. During your preventive visit your doctor will determine what tests or health screenings are right for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current health condition.

 


Bio identical hormone replacement:

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline in hormone production tied to aging. Certain hormone treatments are called “bioidentical” or sometimes “natural” because the types of hormones used are chemically identical (according to molecular studies) to those produced by the human body.

Specific hormones that BHRT aims to increase or balance include those tied to reproduction and youth, such as estrogen (in the form of estrone or estradiol), progesterone, and sometimes testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and adrenal hormones. (2) During the years leading up to menopause, and then through this transition, a woman’s body produces less of these hormones (especially estrogen), which may lead to symptoms like fatigue, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness and thinning bones.


Andropause:

Men after the age of 40 also experience a decrease in free testosterone.  This can lead to sexual dysfunction, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, mood changes, and central obesity.