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Holistic Integrative Psychology

Holistic integrative psychology expands upon the principles of integrative psychology by emphasizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of mental health and well-being. Unlike traditional therapy, which may focus primarily on addressing psychological symptoms or distress, holistic integrative psychology acknowledges the influence of physical health, lifestyle factors, and spiritual beliefs on an individual's overall psychological functioning.

One of the key features of holistic integrative psychology is its recognition of the importance of lifestyle factors in promoting mental health. Therapists working within this framework may explore aspects such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management as integral components of the therapeutic process. By addressing these lifestyle factors, therapists aim to optimize the client's overall well-being and resilience, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of psychological interventions.

Furthermore, holistic integrative psychology emphasizes the role of spirituality and existential concerns in shaping an individual's sense of purpose, meaning, and identity. Therapists may incorporate spiritual practices, mindfulness techniques, or existential exploration into the therapeutic process to help clients connect with their inner values and beliefs, fostering a greater sense of fulfillment and alignment with their life's purpose.

Another distinguishing aspect of holistic integrative psychology is its emphasis on environmental influences and social determinants of health. Therapists may explore the impact of social relationships, cultural background, and environmental factors on the client's psychological well-being, recognizing that these external factors can profoundly shape an individual's internal experiences and coping strategies.

By integrating these holistic principles into the therapeutic process, holistic integrative psychology seeks to provide a more comprehensive and balanced approach to mental health care. Rather than viewing clients as isolated individuals with discrete problems, therapists working within this framework recognize the interconnectedness of all aspects of a person's life and strive to address their needs in a holistic and integrated manner. This approach not only promotes healing and growth at the individual level but also fosters greater harmony and well-being within the broader context of the client's life and community.

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Monty Baker PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Monty Baker, Ph.D. (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Ret.) received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Malcom Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base Maryland, which included specialty rotations in primary care, military psychology, behavioral medicine, and time-limited psychotherapies.

He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Florida and has served in the Air Force as a Military Psychologist for 20 years. He has provided a range of services to diverse populations including children, retirees, family members, and Active-Duty service members. He has held an adjunct appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas-Health Science Center at San Antonio since 2007 and has over 180 academic presentations and publications. He is an Associate Investigator on several research projects and has previously served as Principal Investigator for multiple Department of Defense grants. 

In addition to currently working as a Licensed Psychologist/Behavioral Health Consultant at Aven Clinic, Dr. Baker is a part-time contract Psychologist for U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations Unit and Adjunct Professor/Senior Advisor to the Military Psychology Group at Nova Southeastern University.

Privately, Dr. Baker likes to spend his free time with his family, going to the beach, jogging, reading, and watching any sports team from his home state of Minnesota.

Professional Interests:

  • Functional & Integrative Medicine

  • Holistic Integrative Psychology

  • Substance Abuse Counseling

  • Behavioral Health in Family Medicine

  • ADHD & Autism Spectrum Health

  • Transgender / Gender Affirming Care

 

Licensure & Certifications: ​​​

  • PhD Clinical Psychology

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