A Functional Health Approach
Since the inception of MBHA, we’ve said mental health is directly connected to our physicality. One does not drive the other, but rather it’s a mutual relationship between our brains and our bodies. One speaks, the other responds. Often in our practice we hold appointments centered on the mind, with some conversation related to how we might feel the effects of our mental state in our bodily experience.
Beginning in January, Mind Body Health Associates will offer a clinical approach to examining the condition of our body and exploring changes available that are proven to have positive effects on our mental health.
Therapist Landon Dunn, LISW, LICDC, completed his year-long training with the Institute of Functional Medicine will now offer an individualized approach to working with you toward healing the body of chronic conditions which often create psychosomatic barriers to alleviating stress and experiencing a sense of well-being.
Functional Medicine is a systems-based approach to health, which takes into consideration the behavioral patterns that are reflected in familiar measurements of blood pressure, insulin or hormonal levels, and hours of sleep. Rather than trying to alleviate the symptoms, a functional health approach aims to get at the root cause of ill-ness and make appropriate changes.
Landon, working with your doctor (or a trusted referral), will begin with assessments to better understand your current situation. While dietary and exercise recommendations are often a part of the plan, this is not a “diet” but rather a fundamental way of listening to the needs of your body and mind and learning how to respond. With a deeper understanding of how your mind and body communicate, you will unlock new pathways to healing.