Does mental health have more to do with the body or the mind? Even though the entire discipline of psychiatry is devoted to the study and treatment of mental health conditions, there are still many ideas about how best to attend to mental health. Most researchers agree that mental health is a multifactorial condition, having to do with both physiological circumstances such as neurotransmitters as well as psychosocial events such as trauma or difficult life situations. There are just as many approaches to mental health treatment as there are ideas about the root causes of mental health conditions. Still, one of the most unique and comprehensive approaches is neurobiological integration (NBI). Developed by Dr. Krista Roybal for True Life Center in California, neurobiological integration views mental health as a condition best promoted by treating the patient as a whole person, not simply a collection of symptoms to be relieved.
What Is Neurobiological Integration?
Neurobiological integration is a clinical practice that intertwines neuroscience with psychotherapeutic and integrative body treatments. To understand the definition of neurobiological integration, it is essential to note that this treatment approach starts by considering the regulation of the patient’s nervous system. When the nervous system is dysregulated, symptoms of mental distress will be felt in the physical body as well as the mind. NBI is an innovative approach that works to restore the patient’s nervous system to a well-regulated state so that mental health treatments will be as effective as possible. True Life Center’s therapeutic model is based on the understanding that the mind and body are intertwined.
What Therapies Are Used in a Treatment Model Based on Neurobiological Integration?
Since the nervous system is how the mind and body communicate with one another, making sure that the lines of communication are operating smoothly is very important to an NBI treatment approach. At True Life Center, we use methods of therapy that may include the following:
- Humanistic, insight-oriented therapy and positive psychology
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
How Is Neurobiological Integration Achieved?
Each patient has a different set of conditions and circumstances, so when entering treatment at True Life Center, our staff will complete a detailed set of assessments. Based on those assessments, an individualized treatment plan will be developed and designed specifically to address the patient’s unique needs. Our program tends to look closely at how the mind and body are experiencing and responding to stress so that we can help our patients learn to be more aware of this process. When a patient becomes more aware of the way their body and mind respond to stress, they can then begin to rewire those responses in a way that is more effective and better supports their mental health.
True Life Center Can Help You Achieve Mental Health Through Neurobiological Integration
At our treatment center in San Diego, California, our patients receive treatment that is innovative and effective, based on a unique holistic approach to mental wellness not found anywhere else. True Life Center has outpatient programs that allow our patients to access intensive treatment while still being able to go home in the evenings. We believe that our multidisciplinary treatment model has the potential to change lives and heal our patients. If you or someone you love has been struggling with mental health, we want to help. Don’t wait–reach out to us today at 866.420.1792. Our caring, highly trained staff is here to let you know how we can help you and your family.