Business offers holistic approach to health

The Lift Institute (Lovell Individual and Family Therapy) opened it doors on Jan. 27, unveiling a beautifully remodeled facility and offering a holistic approach or “positive psychology” that takes into account both the physical and mental health of its clients. The institute offers a combination of counseling and fitness programs to achieve this goal.

The LIFT Institute has a staff of three counselors, including Michele Croft, MSW, LCSW, Jessica Rapp, PPC and Erin Sims, LPC. Patti Carpenter photo

“All aspects of an individual’s life, physical healing, mental health, wellness, emotional well-being, spiritual beliefs and values, are considered,” explains the program’s brochure. “Holistic mental health may indeed include traditional psychological approaches to therapy, specialized therapy modalities, such as play therapy and equine therapy.”

The program also looks beyond traditional psychological approaches and offers programs that focus on diet, nutrition, fitness and changes in lifestyle to achieve optimal psychological functioning. To that end, the MPower fitness center is also included under the same roof, where exercise classes like Zumba Fitness, Turbo Kick, Yoga and Pilates are made available to clients.

The center boasts a staff of three, including Michele Croft, MSW, LCSW, Jessica Rapp, PPC and Erin Sims, LPC. According to Croft, all of the counselors at the center take a “Christian-based” approach in their practice.

Croft embraces a holistic approach to mental health. She works with clients to examine various issues in their lives including spiritual (meaning of life and inner direction), physical (environment and self care), mental (mind, will and emotions) and social (healthy boundaries, bonding and intimate relationships). She is also an avid exercise and health enthusiast and teaches approximately eight fitness classes per week. She has specialized training in equine therapy, play therapy for traumatized young clients, suicide prevention and attachment disorders, and she works with victims of physical and emotional abuse.

Rapp provides play therapy services at the center and helped develop the state-of-the art play therapy room at the facility. She is certified in Equine Assisted therapy and Learning therapy and has a professional degree in counseling.

Sims specializes in stress and anxiety management, depression and substance abuse disorders. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and offers nutrition and health coaching to her clients.

In her work as a counselor Sims likes to focus on “the whole person, mind, body and spirit” as a way to help her clients achieve balance in their lives. She is a certified Turbo Kickboxing instructor and teaches other classes at the center including Zumba and Pilates.

The Lift Institute and MPower Fitness Center are located at 440 Nevada Avenue in Lovell. For more information call 272-7588.
By Patti Carpenter