Document Type

Academic Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-5-218


Introduction: Old models of sustainability tend to consider only environmental factors and ignore a radial holistic perspective. Certainly, we must consider a more dynamic point of view. As we understand that not only personality, but relationships exit on a continuum we must also consider that this continuum is not linear, but that it rotates in a radial fashion with many facets connecting, and integrating.

Overall Arching Concepts: Humans and all living beings do not exist in isolation; they intersect and relate in many ways and on multiple levels. Some elements maintain a consistent connection while others may experience a momentary or fleeting connection. Whether the connection is fleeting or consistent, there is a lasting impression or trace element that creates a chemical memory of the event or in some cases a deeper connection that becomes a conduit that forms a neural network. Each experience influences our being and becomes a part of who we are and what we become. It is the relational connection between these experiences, acceptance of self, and ability to adapt and maintain health and well-being that promotes sustainability. A formula for an integrative approach to developing sustainability in counseling is provided with the acknowledgment for other models that contribute to this integrative approach. This model primarily consists of the development of conscious choice, emotional intelligence, synchronous-self, and life balance in counseling.


Integrated healthcare is growing and is now being offered in more settings. Wellness psychology has long been at the forefront of this movement. We have long understood the significance of resilience to overall health and well-being, but we must consider ways in which we can sustain adaptive change. As health care aligns with global efforts, more than ever in the past we will need to develop, and create models that support a worldwide view, and integrate psychology that promotes client and patient choice and empowerment.