Our Approach

Holistic treatment at The Calyx Institute can take several different forms. As the only functional or integrative mental health practice in Albuquerque, we combine conventional psychotherapy with other therapies, including lifestyle/nutritional suggestions, hypnotherapeutic journeying, ecotherapy and botanical therapies through our sister apothecary, C.I. Botanicals.

What we never do is tell you that you’re crazy, or just need to think better thoughts to feel better. We recognize that we’re all living in complex times. Emotional health is similarly complex, & made up of much more than simply positive or negative thoughts.

Robust emotional health includes the mind, yes, but also the body, soul or spirit & place in both the sociocultural & living natural worlds.

What is Functional or Integrative Mental Health?

Functional mental health is an emerging paradigm that goes well beyond conventional treatment. Conventional mental health – whether psychiatric or psychotherapeutic – focuses on symptoms, generally prescribing either drugs or coping skills, respectively, to reduce these symptoms. This approach closely models our allopathic medical system, which similarly prescribes drugs or surgery (& very occasionally adjunctive lifestyle practices, such as exercising more) to reduce symptoms.

Functional practitioners instead seek to understand and heal the root causes beneath the symptoms. As a functional mental health practice, we explore the psychological, historical, social, cultural, economic, biological, environmental, epigenetic, habitual and spiritual factors unique to each individual.

In short: We use functional mental health as the guiding approach for our unique blend of holistic treatment, combining the latest mental health research with ancient wisdom.

Our specialties include:

  • LGBTQ+-related issues
  • Women-centered therapies
  • Trauma & abuse
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Attention-related issues/ADHD
  • Healing from addiction
  • Herbs and flower essences for emotional health
  • Nature connection for emotional resiliency
  • Support for reducing or coming off of psychiatric medications
  • How diet affects mood
  • Chronic illness (especially autoimmune/thyroid disease)
  • Physical conditions that produce psychosocial/emotional symptoms
  • Psychosocial/emotional conditions that produce physical symptoms
  • Ecocultural trauma/loss of meaning
  • Intergenerational trauma/ancestral & lineage concerns
  • Dreamwork

In times like these, what we need isn’t more therapy, chemical or otherwise: it’s deeper therapy.

Explore our short- and medium-term therapy programs below: