Therapeutic Approaches old

Integrative, Relational and Holistic

  • My counselling, psychotherapy and coaching service  in Nuthall, Nottingham offers an Integrative, Holistic and Relational approach.
  • The relational integrative approach combines different theories and practice to support the well being of the client on the basis of a therapeutic relationship.
  • Well-being can be influenced by the positive and negative relationships we experience during our childhood and adulthood. The integration of therapies and approaches I practice includes:
  • Humanistic,
  • Person Centred,
  • Gestalt
  • Transactional Analysis,
  • Psychodynamic
  • Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Psycho-education
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Holistic Health
  • Walk and Talk Therapy
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Life Coaching
  • NLP
  • Time Line Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Spiritual Development
  • Further details about some of  these approaches are given below.


  • Respecting everyone as an individual
  • Believing that we all have an ability to reach our best potential if we can experience the right conditions, environment and relationships to do so.
  • Believing that as adults we are responsible for our selves and our choices in life.
  • The humanistic approach considers the whole person, ie thoughts, feelings, sensations, behaviour, family, work, childhood, and relationships etc.

Person Centred

  • Focuses on what is important for the client,
  • Therapy is mainly led by the client.
  • I do not not believe I know what is best for you, although I may be able to offer ideas on what might be helpful to you.
  • Being alongside you in the exploration of your experiences
  • Active engagement to support you.
  • Together the therapist and client discover how the changes desired can be achieved.


  • Healthy functioning is believed to be founded on a natural cycle of meeting needs; as one need is met other needs can arise and also be met.
  • This cycle can get interrupted with defence mechanism causing loss of meeting needs
  • ‘here and now’ support in increasing your self awareness of how your needs are being met or missed

Transactional Analysis

  • How our ego Ego States: Adult, Parent and Child which can be positive and also problematic.
  • How we can play different roles of victim, rescuer or persecutor.
  • Exploration of  relational dynamics to increase awareness and choice to help address relational, emotional, cognitive and behavioural issues.


  • Considering how childhood experiences and past relationships eg with parents, caregivers, teachers and significant others in our lives can strongly influence us positively and negatively impact
  • Looking at how these experiences influence our current beliefs, experiences, sense of self and relationships
  • Identifying unfinished business and unconscious patterns of the past which are being played out in the present.
  • Working with the insight of unconscious processes, to increase self awareness, and self understanding
  • The experience of a therapeutic relationship to address unmet needs, and attachment and relational issues,

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Focussed and structured here and now approach on addressing specific problems and achieving goals.
  • Explores unhelpful thoughts, rules, values, fears and other difficult feelings which may be contributing to issues and problematic behaviours.
  • Identifies negative thoughts, unhelpful thoughts, automatic thoughts, irrational thoughts, limiting thoughts  etc,
  • Awareness of negative thought cycles
  • Re-evaluates and make changes to beliefs, feelings and behaviours
  • Facing fears and creating new healthy association
  • Meridian Psychotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
  • Combines psychological talking therapy, with an energy re-balancing technique known as EFT.
  • Addresses negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, difficult emotional states, upsetting events, difficult memories, and trauma etc
  • Deactivates negative associations to the stress response
  • Desensitises thoughts, feelings and events, and sends calming signals to the brain
  • An efficient way to provide treatment and prompt relief to psychological, emotional and physical problems
  • The therapeutic effects of EFT have been clinically proven effective, and can be remarkably quick


  • Working mindfully means that we are maintaining accepting attention to the present experience, in the here and now, in the being mode.
  • It is being able to access the calm and centred part of ourselves which we all possess and to notice the experiences we are having.
  • Developing mindfulness means that we can observe our thoughts and feelings without reacting to them, or being overwhelmed by them.
  • Increasing choice and control about what we can do with our thoughts and feelings.
  • Using our breath, body and senses as a source of an anchor we take a break from the doing mode to the being mode.
  • Experiencing a more calming and peaceful place which is a source of relaxation at any time or point in the day as needed.
  • Over a period of time the mind learns to be more relaxed, calm and quiet unless we chose otherwise

Relaxation Therapy

  • When working on ourselves, and addressing our difficulties it is always important to consider our self care
  • Paying conscious attention to our ability to relax within our lifestyles and routines.
  • Looking at all areas of our life to see how our choices and behaviour may be contributing to our stresses and tension
  • Exploring, what we can do differently to help reduce stress, and increase balance with relaxing activities.
  • Considering our involvement with friends, family, home, work, play, nutrition and exercise.
  • How stress and tension is related to the mind and body, a relaxed/stressed mind helps relax/stress the body and vice a versa.
  • Exploring relaxing activities which focus on the body, breathing, and the senses eg sport, stretching, walking, weights, yoga, visualisation, meditation, music, aromatherapy, taking breaks, mindfulness, and personal developments.


  • Sometimes we have rigid beliefs about how we should think, feel, behave and relate with ourselves and others.
  • These ways of being are normally learnt, or developed as a coping mechanism from our past experience
  • We may not always have been supported towards  our best potential.
  • Sometimes it is useful to have further regarding different topics eg: emotions, psychological concepts and processes eg grief and loss
  • anxiety ~ guilt ~ shame~ personality traits ~ defence mechanisms ~ anger and rage~ breathing ~ styles ~ fight and flight ~ trauma ~ body talk etc.
  • Understanding the influence of our early relationships can help us to increase awareness of ourselves, our choices and changes possible.

COACHING: Change, Healing and Growth

  • Focusses on achieving goals and improving emotional, mental and physical health.
  • Motivated and committed to develop self-awareness, personal growth, solve problems, and heal old wounds
  • Looking to increases positivity, peace of mind, self understanding, change and sense of achievement,
  • Willing to addressing negative and unhelpful thinking,  beliefs, emotions and behaviours
  • Working with mindset-management, psychoeducation, coaching, cbt, emotional freedom technique, and mindfulness
  • Fast-track Programme – more intense approach together with EFT can increase effectiveness, within a 75-100 min session.

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