Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Below you will find a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you still have questions after reading what's below, please feel free to reach out and contact Kerri directly!
A: Unfortunately, I cannot accept insurance as a Holistic services provider
I provide my services from a Holistic Model; which allows me to completely tailor my work to each individual client, and address the "whole picture" of their life rather than only their presenting symptom(s).
As a Holistic provider, I would love for insurances to cover what I do... but we are currently still working towards acceptance within the "Traditional" medical community.
I am eager for this change in our communities; to help ALL who desire this type of care for themselves. At some point in the future when the option is there, I would be happy to evaluate what's available to us with insurance coverage.
#1 Q: Do you accept insurance?
#2 Q: What exactly does "Holistic" mean?
A: Holistic is defined in the medical terms as:
"Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease."
In my business, I help people to learn how their mind, body, and spirit (soul), are all connected. Individually, we all have different family upbringings, personal experiences, and ways of thinking. My job is to help you learn the language of your own life, and guide you to creating the "life-style" that honors your beautifully unique soul!
#3 Q: What does a Holistic therapist do?
A: I cannot speak to what other therapists do, but I can share with you what I do in my services.
My Holistic certification allows me the freedom to combine my clinical training and experiences with a comprehensive look and assessment of my client's life from a mind-body-spirit integration.
First, I focus on identifying the challenges my clients would like to improve upon, but also equally as important, the strengths my clients have used to survive and thrive in the world up to now. After that, my clients are in the driver's seat with what they want to focus on first, what type of service they would like to explore, and how often they would like to meet to feel better Now!
In addition to the expected counseling skills, my favorite part of my work is when I have clients that are thirsty for knowledge on New Age healing tools such as healing stones and intuitive cards. These simple "tool box" items are a great and easy to apply compliment to the work we are already doing together, and often help clients to deepen their connection with themselves. Healing and growing can be Fun, Creative, and Whimsical... and this is where you will see me shine!
#4 Q: What's the difference between the "Holistic" and "Medical" model (a.k.a "Traditional" or "Orthodox" model) of therapy?
A: Below you will find a breakdown of the difference that I have found based on my own experiences as well as a variety of educational resources.
Please also visit the websites linked on this page for more in-depth information.
The Holistic Model for therapeutic treatment falls under the scope of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); more commonly known today as "Integrative Medicine."
Treating the "whole person"; mind-body-spirit approach to improve functioning, symptom management, and quality of life.
This philosophy has a belief that when all parts of a person's life are manageable and/or in good standing, they will experience wellness, and also feel empowered to do self-care for long-term maintenance of their health and well-being.
In addition to "Holistic" treatment being beneficial for assisting to regain "balance" during life's challenges, it also may also recognize and encourage regular, integrative, preventative care for long-term wellness and disease prevention.
The "Medical Model" became most popular in Western Medicine (a.k.a. Allopathic medicine) in the late 1800's. This model is one in which the physician focuses on the defect, or dysfunction, within the patient, using a problem-solving approach.
The medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests provide the basis for the identification and treatment of a specific illness. The medical model is thus focused on the physical and biological aspects of specific diseases and conditions.
To learn more of the comparison between the two types of therapeutic approaches, visit this link: Allopathic vs. Alternative Medicine
The images here are from this article (originally published 17 years ago), and the author did a follow up at the 14 year anniversary of their company to find out how things have changed. Sadly, they discovered that we have made very little progress in the goal of becoming an integrated model in that time. The article also discusses how other countries are making more progress on curing/ treating diseases such as cancer because they HAVE adopted an integrated model in their care of patients.
"National surveys show nearly 69% of Americans use at least one form of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) treatment in any given year." ~ PrimaryPsychiatry.com
To contact Kerri with additional questions, call (978) 255-7893 and leave a message on our confidential voicemail.