The Butterfly Approach

Palm Desert Psychiatry's approach to Psychiatry is guided by the concept of achieving balance in our client's lives, focusing on the interdependence of four primary influences:

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Achieving balance is the key to successful and healthy living, and at Palm Desert Psychiatry we believe that all human beings begin life with the elegance of intelligent design; and have the capacity to live successfully, overcome adversity, and meet life's challenges by achieving balance of the four cornerstones of human life. These are: the MIND, the BRAIN, SPIRITUALITY and the ENVIRONMENT.

Reminded of our ties to nature, these concepts are easily visualized in a metaphor which flows logically into the balance offered in all of Nature. We call this the Butterfly approach. Humans exist at the intersection of two planes-the physical and the metaphysical. See yourself as the "body" of a butterfly.

The four strategic levels on which we focus to promote health and wellness are: Biological, Psychological, Social/Environmental and Spiritual. All four influences must be carefully understood. Whatever the cause of your imbalance or health problem, we will help you identify and choose options which let you overcome the problem. This model takes into account interactions of the Mind, the Brain, Spirituality, and your Environment.

Envision yourself as a butterfly. Your top two wings represent Spirituality and Mind. The lower two wings symbolize your Brain and your personal environment. Just as the butterfly needs four wings to fly, we as human beings need all component influences to function properly, to feel centered, to perform at our peak, and achieve well-being. We call this visualization the Butterfly Approach. We invite you to come share your challenges.

Frequently asked questions

Why are we called Reflecting Together?

We believe that all knowledge is shared. We each have our specializations and unique points of view, but knowledge is in everyone. From the time we were conceived, our development has been in concert with those around us, influenced by our shared past, both cultural and evolutionary. We do not learn in a vacuum; we learn with others and in relationship with them, building our collective knowledge. We all shape one another’s reality. As a result, knowledge does not belong to us alone. The path to increased wisdom and understanding is through shared reflection on our common experience. Reflecting Together is a way to share Information, Knowledge and Experience.

What is the Butterfly Approach?

The butterfly needs four wings to fly. Just like the butterfly, we human beings need four levels – biology, mind, environment, and spirituality – to achieve a state of well-being. The Butterfly Approach is a method of achieving well-being through awareness of all four of those areas. This approach does not put emphasis on one single way to achieve well-being. Instead, it considers many methods and practices in order to fit each unique person. It offers diverse ways of gaining and using information, knowledge, and experience so that we may choose the best possible path in life. Continuing the analogy with the butterfly, we change in life, like a butterfly going through a metamorphosis, from birth to death. We go through the life circle in a path that is constantly changing.

What else does the butterfly symbolize?

The colors on the butterfly’s wings represent four key Chakras, or sources of energy and connection. Yellow represents Body & Brain: Yellow is the color of new beginnings, birth and re-birth. The energy of yellow is vibrant and optimistic.
Blue represents Mind: Blue is the color of peace and tranquility. In Buddhist philosophy, blue is the color of pure mind— the mind that is uncluttered by thought.
Red represents Environment: Red is the color of life force and represents our connection with the Earth. Red is the color of action, dynamic and outgoing.
Purple represents Spirituality: Purple is the color of the unconscious and the divine. Purple offers the inner sense of wholeness.

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