Are you caring for your mind the way you care for your body?

Posted by Dr. Payson Flattery on Wednesday, April 1, 2015


By Payson Flattery


Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, but sometimes it’s easier to overlook. We’re used to seeking care for illness, pain and injury, but when it comes to emotional discomfort, we tend to dismiss symptoms.

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The Center for Integrative Medicine recently added a licensed marriage and family therapist to provide psychotherapy services. Romina King has been providing mental health care services for more than 15 years. Born in Italy and living abroad for many years, she developed a multicultural sensitivity that she incorporates into her practice. We are delighted to have her on board.


Why psychotherapy?


The fundamental belief in naturopathic medicine is that the mind and body are so powerfully connected that they cannot be separated — each profoundly affecting the other. Our bodies respond to the way we think and feel. Anxiety, depression and stress can weaken our immune system, making us more prone to colds and other infections. It also works the other way around as chronic illness and pain can lead to depression.


Poor emotional health can also cause other problems like neck and back pain, headache, insomnia, high blood pressure, digestive issues and weight gain or loss. So it’s imperative that we take care of our minds as well as our bodies.


Romina’s approach is to create a therapeutic experience that promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. She helps patients resolve their interpersonal issues and develop tools for coping with stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse, low self-esteem, addictions and compulsions.


Many of us suffer from at least one of these issues which can impact our overall wellbeing. So don’t forget that taking care of your emotional health as well as your physical health is a crucial step to leading the healthiest life possible.


If you would like to make an appointment with Romina King, call the Center for Integrative Medicine in Redmond (541) 504-0250 or Bend (541) 323-3358.





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