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Mental Health Practitioner: Tyler Woods, Ph.D

Cathy Sivak, Contributing Writer

Frustration with her work in social services was the impetus that led to Tyler Woods to return to college at age 34. She structured her curriculum at Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., to design a bachelor’s of arts program in holistic psychology. She then went on to earn a master’s in counseling psychology, again with a holistic emphasis, and then to complete her Ph.D. in holistic health. “I knew that traditional psychology and drugging people for depression was not the answer people neither needed nor wanted,” Dr. Woods says.

Dr. Woods is a member of and board certified with The American Alternative Medicine Association as well as a member of Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and the American Holistic Health Association. “These groups offer a great deal of support, information, research and networking,” she notes.

With her freshly-minted Ph.D. in hand, Dr. Woods began to work as a psychotherapist for clinics as well as in a private practice. “I realized that clinics’ treat and street approach pushed one thing, drugs! Traditional counseling did not explore alternatives for mental health issues. It refused to believe that mental health is about not just the mind, but the body and soul,” she says. “Holistic health is about listening to the clients’ needs, asking questions and allowing them to participate in their healing.”

As a result of the collision of her beliefs with the traditional medical establishment, in 2004, Dr. Woods retired as a psychotherapist to focus on holistic mental health. Her practice, Mindhance Wellness, aims to help people heal from mental health issues like depression, anxiety and insomnia while learning how to change their lives through positive healthy living habits. In addition, Dr. Woods uses her holistic approach to facilitate the Southern Arizona Survivors of Suicide group. Her practice focuses on examination of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic dimensions of individuals to help them work towards an optimum balance of health and wellness.

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