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Opinion: The benefits of a holistic approach in the rehabilitation space


Treating mental health and providing the best rehabilitation options is complex and often requires more than just one type of care to receive quality support.

In fact, each person will have a different experience and a path to recovery that is influenced by a number of environmental factors. That’s why it’s beneficial to consider a holistic approach to support that looks at a person’s physical, emotional, and social well-being, it is about providing bio-psycho-social treatment options.

The Banyans Healthcare Group research reveals Australians have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol (15%), cigarettes (15%), prescription medication (5%) and illicit drugs (5%).

We saw evidence of this when the number of people receiving treatment at our residence in the first quarter of 2021 had increased by 56% from the previous December quarter, and almost doubled from the same quarter in 2020, which was impacted heavily by COVID-19. Substance dependency, mental health, and chronic stress remain the principal concerns for people seeking treatment.

In providing a coordinated approach to recovery at The Banyans Healthcare Group, we believe helping an individual with mental health and/or addiction concerns requires a holistic approach to care.

Tailored specifically to the individual, we match patients up with the psychology modalities they would benefit from most. Our allied health professionals are aligned to different disciplines such as cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy, compassion focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, with these paired with additional sessions such as nutrition, art, and music therapy or even yoga therapy.

This is what sets us apart, as we are able to provide a cohesive treatment model and look at what each team member is working on with the client to create an integrated approach to care.

The Banyans Healthcare Group is urging Aussies to consider a more holistic approach to their mental health care or dependency issues. For more information or to seek support, Australians can visit www.thebanyans.com.au.

About the Author:

Peter Hayton is the Chief Psychologist at The Banyans Healthcare Group. Peter has worked for over two decades as a psychologist in both private practice and clinical settings. He has also pioneered a variety of health initiatives across education, social enterprise, and corporate sectors.

Along with his experience in counselling and rehabilitation services, Peter has extensive experience in education, training, and staff development. He has provided valuable support with business management and program development, including the management, support and supervision of staff in a variety of employment and training environments. He continues to supervise various therapists, who appreciate his warm and unassuming approach.


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