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Self-regulation - what is it, why do we need it, and how do we get it? - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Recent research suggests that caring for others can impact on health - your own, and that of your clients. This workshop will explore the science behind this claim, whilst also offering opportunities to experience the counterbalancing effects of self-care. 

Self-care can be an alien concept to those whose empathic temperaments have led them to a career in which they prioritise others at the expense of themselves. Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, emotional contagion, or burnout can result and lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, and physical illness. As a therapist, it can feel shameful, and might even suggest that we can no longer do our jobs. We often ignore our own needs, and feel guilty at saying no to others and yes to ourselves. Neuroscience, polyvagal theory, right brain to right brain communication, and much of the current research is showing that our body-minds and nervous systems non-verbally communicate our lack of self-care to our clients, affecting their ability to experience us as a safe, holding, regulated presence. 

By attending this workshop you should have gained some: 

  • Time to think about and discuss the somatic consequences of your self-care choices on your clients.
  • Exploration of the impact on your own health, happiness and career longevity. 
  • Engagement in experiential exercises to look at how effective your current self-care might be and what might be preventing you from prioritising it.


There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also, work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play, some writing exercises, and experiential movement including yoga, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises – all proven methods of self-regulation and designed to influence your nervous system, improve polyvagal tone, and help you to ground yourself.  

Target Audience

This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 

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Qualified Practitioners: £80 Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70 WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55
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