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“There are two sides to every story, without both the true story cannot be told”

Amanda (Mand) Holland, Dip.Psych., Adv.Cert. Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip.CBT, Dip. Creative Therapy, visiting therapist, works with any sex couples who are struggling with relationship problems.

All too often a couple have tried standard therapy or ‘Marriage Guidance Counselling’ with one or both partners left feeling unheard, isolated or hopeless.

Mand brings a new and revolutionary style to Couple’s Therapy that has proved to be immensely constructive and produces positive change in troubled relationships. Previously only available in the UK, Mand joins the Nova Vida team to provide this opportunity in the Algarve. A combination of CBT, Experiential Therapy and addressing any addiction or substance misuse within the relationship is key.

Mand’s new and revolutionary style of Couple’s Therapy:

  • Each partner is seen individually before attending therapy as a couple. This allows the individual to speak freely and confidentially about ‘their side of the story’.
  • Each partner’s confidentiality is always maintained, but with the knowledge of each individual’s true story, Mand is able to build a therapy plan that allows constructive change and explore possibilities previously ignored.
  • Sometimes the required change is actually separation, in this situation couples need professional support to understand, manage and move forward with their lives.
  • Ongoing weekly support is available to the couple and/or each partner via Skype/Facetime with monthly face to face sessions at Nova Vida.

About Mand

Mand began her Psychotherapy training at Life Force, Colchester in 2002, completing her Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Cambridge with honours by 2007. Mand joined the Priory Hospital, Chelmsford, where she spent 2 years as an Addiction Counsellor.

Mand then also completed a 2 year Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and went on to work in a private rehabilitation unit for PTSD sufferers from the British Forces.

Since 2010 Mand has worked in private practice and, though never moving far from her addiction therapy roots, has also specialised in obsessive compulsive disorders, bulimia, adolescents and couples therapy. Mand has attended numerous accredited courses to ensure she can deliver the most beneficial treatments to her patients. She holds certification in Inner Child Therapy, Rebuilding Trust in Relationships, Adolescents & Alcohol, Loss, Grief & Grieving and Experiential Therapy. Today Mand is a champion of Art Therapy as a helpful and healing tool in her work. She is a great advocate of the power of creative expression in many patient issues. She is a UK Certified Interpreter of Therapeutic Expression in Art.

Mand uses a proactive, integrative approach in her work to quickly build trust and open, honest communication with her patients. She is a leading Therapist in Cambridge and works on the Cambridge Mental Health Crisis Team. Mand joins the Nova Vida team on a regular basis as well as providing outpatient Couples and Adolescents Therapy. Mand is able to offer ongoing support via Facetime/Skype.

Nova Vida Recovery Centre offer a range of counselling and therapy services including 1:1 therapy and intensive outpatient programmes

“People do not come into therapy to
change their past
but to change their future”
Milton Erikson

Nova Vida Recovery Centre offer a range of counselling and therapy services including 1:1 therapy and intensive outpatient programmes

Take the next step on the ongoing road to wellness and freedom from anxiety, stress, burn-out, persistent low mood or depression, phobia, fear of places/things, relationship issues and abuse of alcohol, drugs and prescribed medication.


Nova Vida Recovery Centre
Algarve, Portugal
  (+351) 919357186

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