Alternative Therapy: Helping Clients Through Eastern Medicine

NNEDLearn 2013 Participant: Communities In Schools of Forsyth County

Description: The Alternative Therapy program is dedicated to providing quality clinical services to members seeking outpatient mental health consultation and/or treatment. Person-centered and recovery model approaches to counseling are used to develop individualized, viable service and/or treatment plans to restore appropriate emotional, mental and social development. Treatment programs are offered to adults and adolescents and therapy differs depending on the client. The program addresses substance abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities.

The agencies wanted to address the behavioral health needs of minority populations and decided to explore Eastern medicine and traditional healing practices. Alternative Therapies evolved through education, research and practice in Eastern medicine. Examples of treatment include:

Acudetox: Physically auricular acupuncture relaxes and reduces stress, decreases pain and increases energy and immunity, also normalizes sleep. The practice helps clients feel clear, alert, calm and focused.

Reiki: A non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy.

Reflexology: Involves the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.

Population of focus: Adolescents, adults and families

Setting: Schools, Community center

Level of focus: Individual, family

Background: The program was developed by a partnership between Communities In Schools of Forsyth County, Sims Consulting & Clinical Services, and Winston-Salem State University. The program was first implemented in January 2013.


Arlana Sims
Sims Consulting & Clinical Services
119 West Avenue
Kannapolis, NC 28081