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Why (and how) I integrate holistic therapies for the mind, body, heart and soul (AICTP Journal, November 2014)

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Aka how I went from self-loathing to feeling (more) whole and how it (feeling rubbish) all helps in terms of supporting clients…  Bit of a personal piece. You can read the full feature by clicking the link below.

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Metta,

Eve

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More on integrating coaching and therapy

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I’ve been asked to join BACP’s (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Coaching Executive as Specialist for Communications.

I had a really interesting time in Rugby (such a beautiful part of the country – the hotel was set amidst its own gorgeous woodland) last week. I began getting to know the rest of the team and learning more about the role and feel that exciting times are ahead (for myself and the industry).

I’d joined BACP Coaching as a trainee counsellor and as, later, with AICTP, always leave their meetings feeling energised, inspired and grateful to be doing this work.

I love that we live in a time of so much knowledge and wisdom from around the world. It’s wonderful getting to know colleagues who are also integrating therapeutic practices ethically, safely and effectively.

I’m continuing as Co-ordinator for AICTP‘s London group and feel really excited about how integration is taking off.

If you’re interested, you can find out more about my coach-therapy services in Witham, Essex and everywhere via telephone and Skype.


Metta x

Image (c) Eve Menezes Cunningham 2014

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Are you an integrative coach/counsellor/therapist? In London and surrounding areas? Do you want to join us?

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I’m happy to say that I’ve been asked to take over facilitating the London AICTP* (Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals) group and have accepted.

Just like BACP Coaching, I’ve always found AICTP meetings inspirational (I’m an eclectic soul and it’s energising and refreshing to join others who are working ethically while blending coaching and therapy to best support clients by bringing more of themselves to sessions as appropriate).

Where does coaching end and therapy begin (and visa versa)? I love the discussions that continually emerge as we explore this from different angles.

As well as hearing from fab speakers, I’ve met some delightful coaches, psychotherapists and counsellors (many have proved reliable and interesting expert sources for psychology related features (often working to exceedingly tight deadlines) as well as sparking endless potential feature ideas).

The London group is next meeting on Tuesday, 19th November near Liverpool Street Station. The evening’s theme will be Coaching and Trauma and judging from the emails, messages and conversations so far, will be a pretty interesting and lively debate.

I’m excited to get to know people better and to encourage more like-minded souls to join us for a meeting and, if they like what we’re about, join us (just £25 a year).

So if you’re an integrative coach-therapist within easy enough reach of London, please email me (eve@feelbettereveryday.co.uk) for further details about this group.

Please share this post to help get the message out if you have any integrative coach/therapist friends.

And wherever you’re based, you can also ‘like’ our Facebook page, ‘follow’ us on Twitter and join our LinkedIn Group for interesting discussions and links as well as updates on the various groups.

Hoping to meet some of y’all soon.

Metta x

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Integrating mindfulness into EVERYthing

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I always enjoy BACP Coaching and AICTP meetings – there’s something about integrating different models (coaching and counselling) that makes me (with all the hats I wear) Very Happy.

And tonight this went even further. I arrived early and a couple of friendly looking strangers asked if I was there for the mindfulness meeting. I said, no but that it sounded very interesting and asked more. Turned out that WAS the meeting I was there for. The lovely Liz Hall was talking about coming out of the meditation closet and her new book Mindful Coaching.

I’d had a sporadic mindfulness practice for over a decade. My psychosynthesis counselling training had incorporated some mindfulness elements and my yoga therapy for mental health training had mindfulness as a key component.

But it was only after hearing Jon Kabat Zinn (click here to read my blog) in March that it has really stuck as a daily practice.

Some days it’s 5 minutes, other days 20. Sometimes in between. On occasion, longer. Sometimes, the 5 minutes brings a sense of peace and wellbeing. Other times, even 20 minutes doesn’t give me that ‘hit’ of wellbeing but I have learned to be OK with that, too. Other times it’s in between.

I usually do more than my first thing in the morning practice by taking moments throughout the day to be more consciously present. But it still amazes me that my morning meditation has become even more essential to my wellbeing than brushing my teeth (don’t worry – I still do that too).

Mindfulness is a big part of my yoga therapy work and of my counselling (psychosynthesis is very holistic). But mindfulness (when not called something different like sensory acuity in NLP) as a key component of coaching?

Liz’s Mindfulness in Coaching survey (2012) showed the benefits of mindfulness going beyond self-awareness (70%) and stress reduction (59%). 61% of respondents said, ‘In being more reflective, our clients are better able to identify what they really want.’

Using mindful awareness (of our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and whatever is arising in a given moment) enriches everything. It was a gorgeous evening and I cannot wait to read Liz’s book.

Whether you’re a coach/therapist looking to integrate more mindfulness into your practice or you’re contemplating having coaching and like the sound of this approach, you may want to check Mindful Coaching out.

And if you’re interested in exploring mindfulness techniques to boost your emotional intelligence, encourage neuroplasticity, reduce stress, help you feel more present and focused no matter what’s going on in your life, work or relationships, let me know.

Metta x

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