How Finding the Root Cause Leads to Emotional Healing

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

Defining Health: The freedom to live your life freely and fully.

Defining Disease: Un-tunement of your body’s natural order resulting in dis-ease or a lack of ease in functioning. This results in symptoms that provide clues as to what needs restoration.

How do I see my role as a health care provider, as it pertains to a patient’s condition?

My role is a teacher, guide, and advocate in your personal journey toward wholeness and health.

What is the root cause?

By following the treads of our experiences, we are often able to identify the roots of symptoms and disease. My area of focus is mental health and have often found that difficult and traumatic experiences are the root of both physical and emotional health issues.

How do you know when you have found the root cause?

It can be an “ah-ha” moment by the client, a lifting of suffering, an intervention targeting a hypothesized root cause resulting in transformation in well-being and any other myriad of things. I think discovery of the root cause(s) is different in experience, timing, and endurance for each person.

What role does symptom management play in your practice?

Symptoms are canaries telling us what needs healing, however symptoms can also become so strong or debilitating that the healing process becomes stagnated or regresses.

Let’s talk about emotional healing and how it relates to the root cause

What are the stages of emotional healing?

After over a decade of studying mental health, anxiety in particular, from the perspective of clinical psychology and integrative medicine, I have come to find that healing can be broken down into 3 stages:

  1. Stage 1 is all about acknowledging your feelings. Acknowledge what needs to be healed. Remember, we can’t solve a problem we are not willing to have.
  2. The second stage is to identify the Cast of Characters that have contributed or are still contributing to emotional suffering. Those cast of characters include your social characters which refers to the people around you, culture, family, society. There are the psychological characters, which refer to the parts of yourself that need healing. The third character is called your Biological Characters. Sometimes emotional distress comes from imbalances in our bodies and getting to the root cause of healing the body is an important part of emotional healing.
  3. The last stage is Transformation. This is where we use tools that are individualized for our needs and our story, to write a new chapter. This is where we transform you from your prologue, a story of emotional suffering, to the next chapter where you are living a life of joy and freedom.

What emotions relate to anxiety?

There are many different emotions that can cause anxiety. There are many emotions that can lead to anxiety, like: Feeling helpless, overwhelmed, inadequate, excluded, insecure, exposed, persecuted, vulnerable. Check out the Feelings Diamond on my page to read more about this.

How does emotional distress affect anxiety?

Oftentimes emotions can affect anxiety in pretty profound ways. Here is an example of a pattern you might see: Susy has a presentation and is feeling insecure her brain stem starts to release stress hormones which cause her heart rate to increase, her palms to sweat, and her thoughts start to race Susy starts to doubt herself even more, analyzing her notes and she’s having a hard time focusing Susy’s emotional brain starts to amp up the insecurity and now she’s feeling outright anxious. And this cycle continues until Susy has a panic attack and has to reschedule her presentation.

Can emotional healing also heal anxiety?

One of the wonderful side effects of emotional healing is that anxiety heals too. Anxiety is not a problem, but rather an invitation to a solution. Think about it this way. Let’s say that someone fell and broke their foot, the body produces pain signals that go to your brain and tell your brain: “If you walk on this broken foot it will hurt!” The pain signals are not the problem, they are actually protecting you by telling you that something is wrong and in need of your attention. Similarly, anxiety is a message from your body that you are in need of healing.

How do I start emotional healing?

Simply starting by acknowledging that there is emotional healing to be done is one of the most powerful and important steps. My favorite way to acknowledge is journaling. Write down what you are feeling, your thoughts, emotions, struggles, insecurities… whatever comes up. Simply look your feelings straight on and say: I see you, I hear you, what do you need me to do for you? And then listen.

How do you heal emotional pain?

A: The healing journey is different for everyone, because we all have different prologues, which is the beginning of our stories. But everyone can heal and transform. Healing is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather an art that involves listening, respecting, honoring, and being in the moment as the body and mind unwind and unpack and repair wounds and heal.

Why is emotional healing important?

The body cries tears that the eyes can not. Every single being deserves respect, life and freedom. Emotional healing is important not just for you, for the person suffering right now. But it is important for your family, your community, and society at large. Sometimes it feels like “I’m just one small person,” but you’re more than that. Just like planting one tree at a time has transformed the ecosystem along the African Green Belt, you are transforming your life and doing the emotional healing work is profoundly important not only for the people in this world today, but for future generations as well.

This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first.

Dr. Nicole Cain is an advocate for empowering people around the world to help themselves via her educational free resources, online courses, and membership group. You can receive the tools you need to find the root cause of your symptoms and feel healthy again.