Holistic Growth is a compassionate, community-based, integrative mental health service that offers evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues providing conventional treatments, as well as complementary and alternative therapies, life coaching and multicultural consulting. We offer integrative care while maintaining a culturally competent foundation.
At Holistic Growth we also offer integrative wellness and life coaching. Through these programs we empower people to create a life in alignment with their unique vision and purpose. Our broad-based programs address self-development, relationship, family, health, fitness, career, spirituality, and finances in a way that is customized specific to each person's individual needs. In addition, we offer multicultural competence consulting for individuals and organizations to foster multicultural sensitivity and diversity appreciation.
Nearly forty percent of the adult population in the United States alone uses some form of complementary or alternative medicine to improve their health and well-being. Holistic Growth offers conventional, complementary and alternative modalities all in a single location for mental health care. We utilize treatments that are safe and known for their effectiveness.
At Holistic Growth we welcome persons of every gender, age, race, nationality, socioeconomic status, faith background, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, marital standing and family structure.
Dr. Graciela Aires Rust PhD
Dr. Graciela Aires Rust Ph D., MS, LCMHC, CRC, YT, IWLC
Dr. Graciela Aires Rust is an Argentinean-born Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Doctor in Philosophy Specialized in Holistic Life Counseling, and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Additionally, she is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner, Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Multicultural Consultant. Graciela is the founder of Holistic Growth Integrative Counseling, PLLC.
Dr. Aires Rust completed her undergraduate studies at the Universidad Católica, Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires, Argentina where she graduated in Accounting and later earned a degree in Business Administration in 2002. She worked in the corporate field for over fifteen years before beginning her career in the mental health field and alternative therapies. Dr. Graciela Aires Rust completed her Master’s Degree in rehabilitation counseling and psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in dual track, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. She interned with the UNC Psychiatry Department, Women’s Mood Disorder Center. Dr. In 2017 she began her doctoral program as UM-US and in 2021, she obtained her degree of Doctor in Philosophy Specializing in Holistic Life Counseling.
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Graciela's heartfelt intention to serve and unwavering dedication to meeting her client's needs ensure that each receives individualized treatment. She is able to utilize the wisdom of Eastern mindfulness and alternative medicine with Western person-centered, evidence-based psychology. Her therapeutic approach is to help clients address personal life challenges and to provide support and practical feedback as they make positive changes in order to move beyond those issues. She has extensive training and experience working with individuals and families who are coping with the following: depression, acculturation stress, anger issues, anxiety, emotional disturbances, complex trauma, eating disorders, grief, loss, interpersonal issues, life transition, personal relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, perinatal depression, racial issues, ethnic and cultural identity, self-esteem, spirituality, trauma, and abuse.
Graciela is empathetic and understanding with each individual or family as they overcome their specific struggles. Graciela thoughtfully guides them to build upon their strengths and reach the level of personal growth they are committed to achieving. She does this in a way that links the interconnected mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of each person and family taking into consideration their exclusive needs and dynamics.
Besides being a competent clinical psychotherapist and complementary/alternative medicine practitioner, Graciela, is also a multicultural consultant with a personal passion for building more inclusive communities, schools and workplaces. She believes that every person deserves to feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. She develops customized strategies for individuals and organizations to develop sustainable, authentic and all-embracing multicultural capability.
As a proficient keynote speaker, Graciela has presented both nationally and internationally at professional conferences as well as to general audiences. Here are a few of her past presentations:
Dr. Graciela Aires Rust PhD, MS, LCMHC, CRC, RYT-200 is a Board Certified Licensed Mental Health Counselor Doctor in Holistic LIfe Counseling – Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – Multicultural Consultant – Usui Reiki Master Practitioner – Certified Archangelic Light Facilitator - Certified Yoga Instructor – Mentor – Motivational Speaker & Seminar Leader – Energy Healing Facilitator – Intuitive Spiritual Healer - Author.
Dr. Aires Rust is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in the English language. She is a member of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, The American Counseling Association, and Yoga Alliance.Graciela resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Christopher and their children Samiyah and Enok.
Healing Facilitator - Quantum Clearing
Shamanic Practitioner and Mesa Holder in the Incan Tradition
Crystal Energy Therapist - Reiki Master/Teacher
Archangelic Light - Theta Healer
“It is my pleasure to endorse Graciela Aires Rust and the services she provides. Graciela has the integrity and competence to assist those in need in a sensitive, responsive way which integrates all of the aspects (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) of an individual's concerns, Graciela LISTENS to people, never judges, and responds from a heart-centered, yet professional, constructive space. Graciela is gifted with great instincts and intuition to discern which may not always be obvious to others. I heartily endorse Graciela and Holistic Growth!”
Life Purpose Vocational Counselor
“If you are considering working with Graciela Aires Rust, I highly recommend you do so! She brings to her practice a vast array of tools from which to meet the needs of the whole person (mind, body and spirit). Her comprehensive approach includes healing modalities that have stood the test of time as well as those having more recently been proven scientifically effective. Her broad-based view of each client ensures that all aspects of that person's life will be addressed such that he/she might reach his/her highest potential.
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Dr. Thaw Sint MD
Board-Certified in Internal Medicine
Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
“I have known Graciela Rust for over a decade. I found her to be a very caring, intuitive, and discerning person with a wonderful creativity to combine modern principles of counseling with time-honored traditional practices to help individuals and families discover their fullest potential for harmony and happiness. “
Philip Young, PhD
Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC
“I have worked with Graciela for many years and can attest to her outstanding commitment to the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of those she works with in practice and interacts with in life. Highly intelligent, wise, compassionate, and devoted are just a few of the superlatives I would use to describe Graciela. She is a bright light and beacon for people in need of guidance, assistance, and nurturing. Whether working one-on-one or with an organization she always brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to her efforts.”
Rev. Joanne Delima
Visionary, Mystic, Reiki Master, Teacher
"Graciela is a very bright Light with a great counseling background and her many gifts to assist Humanity."
Rev. Bill Turner
Certified Relationship Coach
“I have known Graciela Aires Rust for over ten years. I have always been impressed with Graciela's intuition, intelligence and drive to help people and help them to transform their lives. She is gifted in both public speaking and sharing with individuals. Graciela is very perceptive, realistic as she works with individuals - she is able to see the uniqueness in every situation. I have witnessed her ease with others and know her to be a counselor who is easy to talk to, straight forward and honest and very good at helping people understand how they can improve their personal lives and relationships.
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