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Nadura Functional Epigenetic & Biochemical Screen (F.E.B.S) & Integrative Psychotherapy

Nadura Functional Epigenetic & Biochemical Screen (F.E.B.S) & Integrative Psychotherapy; An effective combination strategy in the support and treatment of trauma and mood disorders.

Have you ever considered why traumatic experiences effect individuals differently? Why talk therapies are so successful for some and not for others, even if the experience is similar and the treatment type and duration were almost identical. This can often be explained by the individuals unique genetic, biochemical, hormonal, and digestive systems.

We see it as paramount to first understand function/imbalance at the level of the genetic SNPs and biochemistry through our FEBS programme. In turn the biochemical imbalance and genetic glitches may be identified and naturally supported. Therefore, the system is better placed to benefit from therapies such as Integrative Psychotherapy, CBT & for trauma EMDR.

For the past ten years our specialist services in “biochemical individuality” and “advanced nutrient therapy” has been used with clients from all-over the globe in our Clinics and for the last five years at the exclusive five-star Rosglas recovery, the absolute the highest level in private practice.

The key to the success of the FEBS programme at The Nadura Clinic is both the accurate identification and interpretation of these functional lab tests and the professional collaboration with other leading professionals who specialise in psychotherapy-based practices. Many of our F.E.B.S clients move on to, or combine talk therapies post testing for best results, equally if they have biochemical imbalance, it may impede the success of talk therapy alone. From our experience this combination therapy approach really lends to successful outcomes for our mutual clients.

Trauma & Biochemistry Are Interconnected

Trauma and biochemistry are interconnected on several levels. Trauma will be felt deeply resulting in a dysregulated nervous system, setting an individual up for a pathway of stress/anxiety/easily triggered and continuing the dysfunctional nervous system into the future. With our FEBS programme we are looking at an individual’s biochemistry, genetic influences, digestive & hormonal health and this can help in many ways. 


Let’s say for instance a child is born to parents who have biochemical issues (scientifically we test these through genetics including SNPS like MTHFR, COMT, MAOA etc but also the NET output via histamine in blood etc). This may mean that this particular child genetically speaking may be predisposed to anxiety/depression/overwhelming responses etc, however it may never impact. Let’s say this child’s parents are very aware, connected to themselves and each other and work to create a nourishing and connected home for this child then the chances are this child may never be affected by their genes.

On the other hand, however, and extremely common in our FEBS clinic is the following scenario:

This child’s parents are unaware or connected to themselves, have grown up in a disordered family environments and never felt or received unconditional love (very common in many households up until the last decade in Ireland), they may naturally biochemically be unable to produce enough serotonin and dopamine so coupled with this environment may create the scenario of a child who is anxious and/or depressed. We can go down this rabbit hole as deep as you want with regards to the knock on effect of this on the child’s mental and physical health. But in a nutshell the more dysregulated the nervous system becomes the more a specific enzyme called COMT can be overwhelmed (this is very interesting as genetically this child may have no issues with the COMT enzymes (but what we do know is that we need this enzyme to effectively break down adrenaline and noradrenaline) so this is where epigenetics can really be seen. Now of course you can see genetically slower COMT enzymes which means this is where the effects can be really pronounced. This continues a cascade of nervous system dysregulation as adrenaline and noradrenaline are retained in the body at higher amounts and that can greatly impact the entire digestive tract and reducing numbers of our beneficial bacteria that in fact should be creating neurotransmitters and also B vitamins to run these enzymes. These enzymes are also involved in other biological pathways (COMT is involved with oestrogen metabolism so it’s common to see this being overwhelmed and also seeing oestrogen dominance symptoms in women who present in clinic). 

We could give many examples like these involving other pathways etc but this is a common theme in our FEBS clinic.

If the biochemistry is balanced and corrected, then this particular child/adult now can have a different perception on their past/trauma/childhood as their brain neurotransmitters are in balance and their outlook can be very different. Equally when a child has imbalanced biochemistry it can predispose them to feel excessively nervous/anxious/stressed so too can impact the outcome and experience of a traumatic event.  To work with stored trauma in the physical body, the nervous system has to feel safe and relaxed so the importance of how we create neurotransmitters and adrenaline etc and also how we metabolise these is vital to allow this process to work.

Professional Collaboration & Recommendation by The Nadura Clinic

We have asked Amy Hill (Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist) to outline a brief overview of her service. We have worked with mutual clients who have seen a massive improvement in our combined service. We understand that to recommend a therapist we require two things at The Nadura Clinic. The first for us is how our clients respond to the therapeutic relationship and how comfortable they are to trust the therapist as there is no progression without this initial step. The second is quite simply “results” for our clients. The feedback from our clients at The Nadura Clinic more than justifies this recommendation. 

(We must outline that we have no affiliation, remuneration or vested interest for this recommendation, just the best possible support of our clients from the very best collaborators).

About Amy Hill

Amy Hill B.A./M.A./MIACP – Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

If you want a dedicated therapist, someone who is genuine, and truly has an interest in your well-being, then work with me, Amy Hill. I have a passion for my work, and I endeavour to continually educate myself in the most current effective forms of therapy available. I regard my clients as teammates. We work together in pursuit of their personal goals. It is paramount that my clients feel in control of their therapeutic journey. To ensure this, we will begin with a full assessment of the client’s history and presenting issues. We then collaborate to identify the specific goals of the therapy before agreeing upon a treatment plan. I schedule regular reviews to oversee the work that we do and that my client feels they are getting the best value for their time and money.

What are the benefits of Psychotherapy?

To effect real change in your life you must integrate psychological and emotional changes, not just physical. My role as a Psychotherapist is to look at how you came to be the person you are today, to help you identify the things that impede upon your quality of life, and work towards making the changes that will bring you happiness and personal strength. The benefits of therapy will not only positively impact the way you experience life, it will strengthen your relationships, and equip you to help others that need you. It will unlock your potential, build your self belief, and develop a mental strength you didn’t know you possessed. It will be the best investment you ever made in you.

My Approach

As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I have ten years of training in multiple models of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. With a strong foundation in Developmental Psychology, I take the approach of studying each client as the unique individual they are. I understand that one modality of therapy does not fit all, it is my responsibility to find the form of therapy that best suits you.

In addition to this, I have specialised training in the areas of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for behavioural changes and EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). EMDR is a highly effective treatment of trauma. It can also be used to treat chronic anxiety and depression, with outstanding results. 

Qualifications and Accreditation

I am a fully qualified and IACP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, based in Clonmel, County Tipperary. I hold a BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Cork Institute of Technology and an MA in Creative Arts Therapy and Psychotherapy from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In addition to this I have special training in Group Psychotherapy, Couples’ Therapy, Adolescent Psychotherapy, and a qualification in EMDR trauma therapy. I have extensive experience treating issues such as:

Contact Info

Amy Hill B.A./M.A./MIACP

Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Phone: 087 7601377

Talk To Us At The Nadura Clinic

For more information on our professional services or tests at The Nadura Clinic please call our practice manager Lisa Tobin-Leech on 087 3492991 or email

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What Makes Us The Nadura Clinic 

Here at The Nadura Clinic we thrive in an environment of challenge and problem solving. Your health is our priority. We listen to you and tailor every visit to your individualised health goals, needs & budget. 

The Nadura Clinic has for the last ten years been striving to redefine the nutritional & functional testing market by not only expanding our experience across our specialist programme’s but increasing our professional collaboration with the worlds leading medical minds and partnering with the globes leading labs. Bridging the gap between natural & main stream medicine.