Relational, Strength based and Trauma informed

What does this mean?


The relational approach is a way of understanding and engaging with individuals, groups, or communities that emphasizes the significance of relationships in shaping human behaviour, development, and well-being.

This approach recognizes that humans are inherently social beings and that their interactions with others greatly influence their thoughts, emotions, and actions. In a relational framework, the focus is on fostering healthy, respectful, and empathetic relationships to support personal growth, healing, and positive change.

This approach is commonly used in therapy, education, and various social service settings.


A strength-based approach is cantered around identifying and leveraging an individual’s or a group’s existing strengths, talents, skills, and resources to address challenges and achieve goals. Rather than focusing primarily on problems or deficits, this approach emphasizes the positive attributes and capabilities that individuals possess.

By recognizing and building upon these strengths, people are empowered to overcome obstacles and improve their quality of life.

This approach is widely used in counselling, coaching, education, and organizational development, as it promotes resilience, self-efficacy, and a sense of accomplishment.


A trauma-informed approach involves understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and creating an environment that takes into account the potential prevalence of trauma in people’s lives. This approach is sensitive to the fact that many individuals may have experienced traumatic events, and these experiences can have profound effects on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

A trauma-informed approach seeks to create a safe, supportive, and validating environment that avoids re-traumatization and fosters healing.

This often involves practices such as providing choices, promoting empowerment, prioritising safety, and avoiding triggers that could exacerbate trauma-related distress.