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WPF Therapy

Based at London Bridge, WPF Therapy sees more than 500 clients each week in our modern, purpose designed centre. We also provide training for about 1000 people each year.

We are a well-established charity, proud of our reputation for high standards and with active membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Our clinical service is accredited by BACP and our graduates are registered with BPC, UKCP or BACP.

We provide:

  • professional trainings and CPD in psychotherapy
  • training in counselling skills for people who work with people
  • a positive commitment to equalities and diversity
  • high-quality, affordable counselling and psychotherapy
  • a variety of therapies, short and long term, because people have different needs
  • support for mental wellbeing in the workplace.

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Open Days

Openday

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 28th November 2020 & 5th of December 2020

Workshop Part 1: 28/11/2020

Workshop Part 2: 05/12/2020

Time 10am – 1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Openday

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 6th March 2021 & 13th March 2021

Workshop Part 1: 06/03/2021

Workshop Part 2: 13/03/2021

Time 10am – 1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-21 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein's first psychoanalytic publication, 'The development of a child', in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children's questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

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Languages Of Loss – Finding Creative Ways To Express Grief - Online Workshop

Grief is universal and unavoidable, yet we live our lives as though it won’t happen to us. Losing a loved one may be your biggest fear, or you may be engulfed and silenced by the pain of it having already happened to you. Either way most of us tend to avoid talking about it, which generally only makes an intolerable situation even more painful. This may be your own experience, or you may be finding this to be true amongst your clients. If, as psychotherapists, we ourselves find grief hard to talk about, how can we help our grieving clients open up about one of the most tumultuous and life changing events they may ever experience?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will: 

  1. Explore how grief – our own and that of our clients - can be borne, both within and outside a therapy room and discuss resourcing, in the widest possible sense.
  2. Ground our experience within the context of the various grief theories: Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages, Worden’s 4 tasks, and the more recent Dual Process and Continuing Bonds theories, examining their usefulness, or otherwise. Can theory really help navigate all the ways we attempt to bear the unbearable, express the inexpressible and give voice to the unverbalizable?


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Let’s talk about… Online Therapy - Online Event

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Why do this workshop? 

We’ve all had to move online. Zoom has changed the face of therapy today. Have we just don’t this because of Covid, or is it something that we are going to continue with post-pandemic. Is online therapy here to stay? Is it something you enjoy, want to learn more about, or is it something you want to drop as soon as possible. 

This workshop offers an opportunity to learn, share and explore some of the dilemmas, difficulties, opportunities and surprises around working online for both clinician and patient with fellow psychotherapists and counsellors. 

This workshop will be a discussion around working online psychodynamically – working with unconscious processes including interpretation, transference dynamics, fantasy, enactments and containment in the presence of the ‘machine’ and the physical absence of the body.  

Workshop Aims

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. Consideration of issues around working therapeutically online. 
  2. An exploration of some off the issues, dilemmas and opportunities of providing psychotherapy and counselling online. 
  3. A shared range of experiences of providing psychotherapy and counselling online. 
  4. Increased confidence and competence in working without the physical framework of a physical consulting room. 

 Outline

This workshop will start with a short intro, then following with two presentations from the tutors. All the participants will then move into separate discussions, ending with group discussions facilitated by the tutors. 

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail Training Administration events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

 

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Eco Anxiety and Grief in Psychotherapy with Caroline Hickman - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

This workshop is part of WPF Therapy’s 2020-2021 CPD Programme themed around ‘The World We Live In.’

We are seeing increased psychological distress such as eco-anxiety, depression, and grief as we become more aware of environmental problems. How do we work with this in the consulting room? During this workshop we will explore these emergent problems in our psychotherapy practice. We will look at this both theoretically and practically through a climate crisis lens; and develop practical ideas of how to work imaginally with these concerns through art and stories.

Children and young people are increasingly anxious about the state of the world we are living in, they need help to navigate this, and their parents need support in knowing how to parent their children through these changing and difficult times. We will also explore how these crises are having an increased impact on couples and families and how to navigate this in practice as well as how to support people engaged in direct work or campaigning in these fields such as climate activists, conservationists and climate scientists.

We will also make space to examine the connection between climate or eco-anxiety and the distress caused by the COVID virus. This is increasingly important and we will explore the interrelationship between these and examine how to address both in psychotherapy practice.


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Introduction to the Clinical Lacan with Anne Worthington - Online workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online over 2 days, 2.5h each day.

Workshop session 1: 24/10/2020

Workshop session 2: 31/10/2020

Time:10-1 pm

Whereas Lacan has been popular in universities, critical theory, art theory etc in UK and USA for many years, his work has more recently been seen as important/useful in the psychoanalytic clinic.  The workshop will introduce some key Lacanian concepts from a clinical perspective by way of a reading of published clinical material – classical and contemporary.  This introduction may appeal to the ‘mildy curious’ or those struggling with a particular clinical issue and who would welcome another perspective along with a chance to discuss Lacanian concepts and clinical practice with colleagues. 

Workshop Aims

This workshop will help you to: 

  1. Contextualise Lacan’s contribution to psychoanalysis  
  2. Explore some key concepts that inform Lacanian psychoanalytic clinical practice 
  3. Explore some key concepts that inform Lacanian psychoanalytic clinical practice 
  4. Consider future learning in the Lacanian field 


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Shame, Race and Identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

How do we work with the ubiquitous emotion of shame? Can we recognize and think about its specific manifestations in the context of race? Would you like to deepen your confidence and competence in meeting shame presentations in your clinical work?  

Workshop Aims

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  1. To have a deeper understanding of working with shame and black identity wounding. 
  2. To understand how shame is inextricably linked to untreated trauma from racial oppression.   
  3. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 
  4. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 

Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant.  In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race.  Highlighting the concept of ‘the internal oppressor’, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the workplace. She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

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Developing And Maintaining Therapeutic Relationship Online

Most clinicians have made the move to online therapy suddenly. For many, it has worked well. Others may be struggling. Now is the time to consolidate the work and think about how we deepen our work with clients using this medium.  

  1. Do you want to develop your work online?
  2. Are you working online with your clients?
  3. What are the challenges and opportunities of online therapy? 
  4. How can we develop a way of maintaining a therapeutic presence in online work?
  5. What are the challenges of imaginative and creative interaction with clients during live video sessions? 
  6. What strategies can we use to overcome psychological barriers in working online?

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

  • To develop understanding of potential difficulties of working online and to explore various ways of managing those. 
  • To explore individual emotional responses to on screen counselling through experiential activities and discussion  
  • To re-examine familiar concepts such as analytic attitude, holding environment, containment and reverie in the absence of physical "container" of the traditional therapy room. 
  • To learn a cross-modal communication channel between the human senses. 
  • To embrace therapeutic uses of technology as the integral "third". 


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Freud an Introduction to his work and key ideas with Sophia Ploumaki - Online Workshop

Freud’s ideas have permeated our everyday lives. We find him referenced on TV, in movies, in literature. But who was he and what did he really say? Are his ideas relevant to us now or have we moved on? 

During this workshop we will explore the basic key psychoanalytic theory of unconscious, theory of dreams and sexuality, think about the theory of errors and try to understand Freud’s contribution to human inter-relational conduct in society. 

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will have: 

  1. Gained in depth understanding of the psychic mechanisms of forgetfulness. 
  2. Some insight relating to working with trauma in clinical settings. 
  3. Developed some understanding of the theory of neurosis.
  4. Be able to think about the connection between trauma, birth and personality.  

Sophia Ploumaki is a group psychotherapist and organisational consultant workings within NHS complex systems of care. She is a UKCP and ISPSO clinical registrar and she has been a seminar leader on the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills. Sophia currently works as a senior operational leader within the NHS and as a clinical director in cases of historical child abuse. She is an experienced organisational consultant who uses systems psychodynamic approaches to understand human systems of coupled integrated clinical pathways. 

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Desire and Technology - The Impact of Digital Media on Psychotherapy with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

Many therapists were forced into moving online as a response to the pandemic and lockdown. Now we are moving out of the crisis and looking for more sustained ways of relating online. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how technology is affecting our relationships, including the therapeutic one. It will explore the potential of this expansion of how we relate to one another. It will also highlight the dangers of dehumanising the other inherent in disembodied relating.  

  1. Would you like to explore the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship? 
  2. Would you like to have a clearer understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of computer mediated therapeutic work? It could lead to more opportunities to connect as well as a potential denial of more embodied states.  
  3. Do you need ideas on how to facilitate the creative use of technology in enhancing rather than frustrating psychic change? 

By the end of this workshop you will have: 

  • A better understanding of the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship. The workshop will look at how to think about the use of technology clinically. 
  • A clearer understanding of how important tolerating frustration is in forming the self and how technology affects this process. It will focus on how therapy can rehumanise and expand possibilities for connection rather than limit and dehumanise the other. 
  • Have more knowledge about how to promote the use of technology as a transitional object, as a bridge towards feeling more connected rather than a psychic retreat. 
  •  An opportunity to think about how therapy can help when the use of technology has become addictive or perverse, using clinical examples. 


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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 5th June 2021 & 12th June 2021

Workshop Part 1: 05/06/2021

Workshop Part 2: 12/06/2021

Time 10am – 1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.