Complements to Psychotherapy

Complementary therapies are used to treat and heal the whole person - body, mind, and soul.

Art Therapy is one. It uses art media, images, and the creative process to impress upon or reflect concerns or conflicts. It’s usually helpful to children and those with traumatic memories.

Another is Meditation. Here is self-directed body and mind relaxation to reduce stress, among other life’s concerns.

Related to it is Guided Imagery, where imagination is used to visualize improved health. This complement has a positive effect on physiological responses.

There are other complementary therapies, such as: humor therapy, prayer therapy, acupressure, massage therapy, biofeedback, chess therapy, dance therapy etc

Chess therapy is one of the complements I use in my psychotherapy work.

“I saw your post doc so I thought of seeing you while I’m in a visit here,” said a young man from Italy who came to the hospital where he joined my group session.

Then afterwards, I put him in an online chess session via where we got to play chess together and do psychological analysis of his life’s concerns.

His interest in chess proved to be a strong facilitator to his deeper process of self reconstruction and growth.