My counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching service located in Nuthall, Nottingham adopts a holistic, integrative, and relational approach.
This approach merges different theories and practices to enhance your well-being through a therapeutic relationship.
Our well-being can be impacted by the relationships we have throughout our lives, both positive and negative. The integrative therapies and techniques I use include:
- Person Centred
- Transactional Analysis
- Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Holistic Health
- Walk and Talk Therapy
- Compassion Focussed Therapy
- Relaxation Therapy
- Life Coaching
- Time Line Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Spiritual Development
Further details about some of these approaches are given below.
The humanistic approach values each individual and recognizes that everyone has the capability to achieve their full potential with the right conditions, environment, and relationships.
This approach emphasizes personal responsibility in adulthood, acknowledging that we are accountable for our own choices and actions.
Furthermore, the humanistic approach takes a holistic perspective, considering all aspects of you as a person, including your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, family, work, childhood experiences, and relationships, in order to promote growth and well-being.
Person Centred Approach
The client-centred approach places emphasis on what is most important to the individual seeking therapy. The therapy process is driven by you, with me serving as a guide and collaborator.
This approach recognizes that the I do not have all the answers and that I should not dictate the direction of therapy.
Instead, I provide active support and engage with you in exploring your experiences, working together to identify the changes you desire and how they can be achieved.
The Gestalt approach views healthy functioning as based on a natural cycle of fulfilling needs, where satisfying one need can lead to the emergence of others that can also be met.
This cycle can be disrupted by defense mechanisms, resulting in unmet needs. The Gestalt approach provides “here and now” support, aimed at enhancing self-awareness of how your needs are being met or not met.
Transactional Analysis explores the concept of ego states (Adult, Parent, and Child) and how they can impact our behaviour, emotions, and thoughts.
The approach also considers the roles we play in relationships, such as victim, rescuer, or persecutor.
By examining relational dynamics, the goal of transactional analysis is to increase self-awareness and provide you with greater choice in addressing relational, emotional, cognitive, and behavioural challenges.
The psychodynamic approach explores the impact of childhood experiences and past relationships, such as those with parents, caregivers, teachers, and significant others, on your current beliefs, experiences, self-perception, and relationships.
This approach seeks to identify unconscious patterns and unresolved experiences from the past that may still be affecting the present. By gaining insight into unconscious processes, the goal is to increase self-awareness and self-understanding.
The therapeutic relationship is also considered a crucial aspect of psychodynamic therapy, allowing for the examination and resolution of unmet needs and attachment and relational issues.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, goal-oriented approach that focuses on addressing specific problems and achieving desired outcomes.
CBT seeks to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, values, fears, and other negative emotions that may contribute to problematic behaviours.
The focus is on recognizing negative thought patterns, such as automatic or irrational thoughts, and evaluating and modifying these beliefs to help change feelings and behaviours.
CBT also encourages facing fears and establishing new, healthy associations.
Meridian Psychotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Meridian Psychotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines the benefits of traditional talking therapy with energy re-balancing techniques to address negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, traumatic memories, emotional states, and more.
The approach aims to deactivate negative associations with stress and desensitize negative thoughts, feelings, and events, resulting in a calming effect on the brain.
This combination of therapy and energy work has been clinically proven to be effective in providing prompt relief for psychological, emotional, and physical problems. The therapeutic effects of EFT can be remarkable and efficient.
The practice of mindfulness involves being fully present and attentive to the current moment, without judgment or reactiveness towards one’s thoughts and feelings.
It involves developing the ability to observe and acknowledge experiences, rather than being overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness can be cultivated through focusing on the breath, body, and senses, which serves as an anchor for shifting from a “doing” to a “being” mode.
With consistent practice, the mind learns to be more relaxed, calm and quiet, providing a source of relaxation at any time. Over time, mindfulness can increase one’s choice and control over their thoughts and feelings.
Relaxation therapy is an approach that focuses on self-care and promotes relaxation as an integral part of managing stress and tension. It involves paying attention to our daily habits, routines and lifestyles to identify any sources of stress and taking steps to reduce it.
The therapy considers how stress affects both the mind and body and recognizes the importance of maintaining a relaxed state to achieve physical and mental balance.
A range of activities such as sports, stretching, walking, yoga, meditation, music, aromatherapy, mindfulness and personal development can be explored to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
The therapy aims to provide you with the tools and strategies to help you achieve a more relaxed and balanced state in all areas of your life.
Psychodynamic therapy involves exploring the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that are influenced by past experiences, particularly those from childhood.
The idea is that we may have developed rigid beliefs and ways of being as a coping mechanism from these past experiences. This type of therapy helps to increase self-awareness and understanding by exploring the influence of early relationships, emotions, psychological concepts and processes.
This can help you better understand your choices and behaviours, and make positive changes towards reaching their full potential.
Some common topics explored in psychodynamic therapy include grief and loss, anxiety, guilt, shame, personality traits, defence mechanisms, anger and rage, breathing styles, fight or flight responses, trauma, and body language.
Coaching is a process that is focused on helping you achieve your goals and improve your overall well-being. It involves working with an someone who is motivated and committed to personal growth, problem-solving, and healing past experiences.
The goal of coaching is to increase positivity, peace of mind, self-awareness, and a sense of achievement. The process involves addressing negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviours. The approach is a blend of mindset-management, psychoeducation, coaching, CBT, Emotional Freedom Technique, and mindfulness practices.
There is also a fast-track program available which is a more intense approach that combines EFT and coaching, and it can be completed in 75-100 minutes per session, increasing its effectiveness.
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