What is H.I.I. Therapy
What is H.I.I. Therapy
H.i.i.Therapy is an integrated, experiential-based therapy that combines active techniques and interventions from various therapeutic approaches.
This approach to mental health using movement and expression can include many things like art, music, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, building a dog house, or ANYTHING where I can observe and interact with a client through a clinical lens to employ real or perceived stressors. This lets me do “in the moment” processing and gather first-hand information and insight into my clients. Because of this I am able to customize each treatment plan based on the individual’s needs and preferences.
“H.i.i.Therapy” is a word play on the acronym “H.I.I.T” which in the sports and performance world stands for “High Intensity Interval Training”. When used correctly as part of a well rounded exercise program, HIIT has proven to be one of (if not THE) best overall styles of training for overall health and fitness.
The vast majority of my clients have prescribed exercise and workout programs as part of their treatment plans.
How am I able to do this?
My office is in a gym. Literally. My wife and I own a CrossFit gym here in St George, Utah. I am also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and currently ¾ way through a second Masters Degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance.
Physical Health and Mental Health are eternally connected, and I am bridging the ever increasing gap between the two. During the day when there are no group classes running, the gym becomes my playground for clinically prescribed strength and conditioning programs for improving mental and physical health. I also have an office with comfy chairs and pictures on the wall. Sometimes my clients prefer to just talk, and that’s perfectly fine as well.
What approach Do I Use?
Click on the (+) below to learn more about each approach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The base of all I do. CBT addresses dysfunctional thinking patterns that lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, emotions and behaviors.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Focuses on the here and now, and the future, rather than digging up and dressing the past.
Positive psychotherapy (PT)
Helps individuals view the struggles, issues, and setbacks in a positive way. It focuses on what the individual is capable of, life balance, storytelling and hope. See “A Hero’s Journey”
Similar to PT, this approach helps clients interpret their life and resulting experiences as stories and experiences that can guide their life and give it meaning. Heavy focus on identifying skills, values, and information/knowledge to live a happy & healthy life.
Focuses on the pursuit of meaning and purpose in one’s life. Developed by psychotherapist Victor Frankl who survived the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
*Victor Frankls book “Man’s search for meaning” is considered one of the top 10 most influential books of all time. It is personally in my top 3! I highly recommend picking up a copy and reading it.
Emphasis on personal responsibility and focus on the present. Also on the development of therapist-client relationship/alliance and the social context of the clients life, attitudes, feelings, and perceptions of reality.
Focusing on present issues and encouragement of client to change behaviors in their control that are likely preventing them from resolving issues. Operates with an understanding that mental health is negatively affected when clients are not meeting the five basic needs of power, love/belonging, freedom, fun, and survival.
This approach emphasizes the relationship between mind, body and spirit.