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Complementary Therapies

Maine Behavioral Healthcare offers our clients the traditional approaches for treating mental health issues – counseling, psychiatry and medication – and something more. We also offer a number of treatment methods that are recognized for their emphasis on the mind-body-spirit connection.

What are Complementary Therapies?

Complementary therapies are age-old healing practices used in cultures all over the world, past and present. They include massage, energy healing, and acupuncture and acupressure.

Our philosophy is that healing best happens when the entire person is addressed. This is confirmed by current research on traumatic life experiences. Complementary therapies can be effectively used to facilitate the body’s own healing powers and to enhance a person’s sense of well-being, which are vital to the recovery process.

Who do we serve, where does it take place, and who provides the services?

Complementary Therapies are available to adults and children engaged in other Maine Behavioral Healthcare services. The program has proven effective for clients who are recovering from traumatic life experiences, substance abuse, and those who are anxious and depressed. These therapies can also address physical illness, pain, and other health challenges. Complementary therapies are offered at several of our clinical locations, and complementary therapists see clients at their private practices. All complementary therapists are licensed and/or certified by their professional standard-setting organizations or, when applicable, licensed by the state.

The importance of self-care is emphasized in the program. Regular sessions end with suggestions and instructions on way to minister self-care and maintain the sense of peace achieved during therapy.

Treatments that emphasize the mind-body-spirit connection

Emotional distress and pain are stored in the body. Therapeutic massage safely and effectively reduces tension in the body, which activates the healing process. The body’s chemistry changes as it relaxes. Stress hormones significant decrease, and mood-enhancing hormones increase.

Trauma can negatively affect our body’s energy system. Energy healing focuses on healing the body’s energy system, which helps to heal the physical and emotional aspects of our body. Energy healing practitioners are trained to assess energy problems and then do non-invasive interventions to help balance and repair your energy system.
Developed in China at least 2,000 years ago, these healing methods involves the manipulation of the body’s chi, or energy, by stimulating specific anatomical points through touch (acupressure) or thin, metallic needles (acupuncture, for adults only).