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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

For over 20 years The Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training has offered counsellors of every level the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in training.

We choose high quality speakers and frequently look for topics that have cross-modality appeal. We have an enduring interest in attachment-based counselling models and, in addition to a CPD programme, we are currently offering the first attachment-based counselling training in Great Britain.

Our courses are accessible to those that work or have other commitments and are most often offered on the weekend.



Integrating Body, Breath & Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using Trauma Sensitive Yoga

A 2-day workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with a keen interest in making their current clinical practice more trauma informed whilst gaining confidence and practical skills to take back to their practise to integrate the body, breath and movement when working with anxiety, depression & trauma.

• On completion of this 2-day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement in therapy, focusing on treatment for anxiety, depression & trauma.

• You will gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice focusing on the body, breath and movement. These tools are trauma informed, including, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offering effective healing and symptom reduction, it is a clinically validated method of yoga researched by Bessel van der Kolk in the USA. Trauma sensitive yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, breathing and movement.

• You will leave with a deep understanding of the importance of Science in relation to bringing the body, breath & movement into therapy including Neuroscience , the Autonomic Nervous System & Poly Vagal Theory

Lorna Evans is an Integrative Psychotherapist registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy and PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy. Lorna now proudly integrates Psychotherapy and Yoga with a focus on the Body, Breath & Movement for treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. Recently working on documentaries and projects with The Discovery Channel, BBC, SKY as well as other press for Medium, BBC and BACP Magazines promoting her work.


The Therapist’s Own Attachments- with Linda Cundy a 2 day CPD event

This 2-day event will help participants reflect on their own attachment history, personal and professional.

Please note spaces are strictly limited for this event and once sold out no further tickets will be released

Two day workshop cost: £255 + booking fees Early bird until 4th September 2021 or sold out £216.24 + booking fees (please note once early birds are sold out no further will be released)

Each day will run from 10am to 4pm

The workshop:

This 2-day event will help participants reflect on their own attachment history, personal and professional, and how that has shaped the person they are now. It will be highly experiential and make use of creative approaches including use of art.

Further details to follow

The trainer:

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and independent trainer who has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild. She has written and edited three books to date (Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era; Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working With Preoccupied Attachment; and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy:

Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame) as well as a number of articles published in professional journals. She has a private psychotherapy practice in North London.



When the therapist says ‘Goodbye’- Using attachment theory to explore endings imposed by the therapist

The Workshop:

A day for counsellors, therapists and supervisors who want to consider the impact of these forced endings.

• retirement

• maternity leave

• moving house

• sabbatical

• illness in the therapist or her family

We are likely to face one or more of these challenges in our working life and taking time to reflect on the ethical and clinical implications can help us when we face sensitive choices. For therapists who are approaching ‘peri-retirement’ the day could provide a space to reflect on the ambivalence about ending and perhaps to clarify the choices about timetabling closure and informing clients. The Covid-19 pandemic will have coloured or even precipitated some of these experiences and we will hold that in our reflections.

The imposition of a forced ending could be on the one hand a rich opportunity for deeper engagement, and on the other an intrusion of the therapist’s own needs and an irreparable break in the frame which compromises the work. How can we work in a way which minimises the harmful impact of this abandonment and maximises the opportunity? The emphasis will be on planned endings imposed by the therapist but we will give some thought to emergency endings and referral on.

This one day seminar aims to help therapists:

• Identify our assumptions about a good enough ending and how we can facilitate that.

• Recognise the meaning to a client of a forced ending and the ways this may impact on the remaining months of work.

• Reflect on the therapist’s ambivalence about imposing an ending – for whatever cause.

• Recognise how attachment patterns influence the way both client and therapist experience an imposed ending.

• Identify the practical implications of closing a practice.

• Identify ethical dilemmas arising from this intrusion of the therapist’s own agenda.

• Consider the supervisor’s role in supporting the clinical challenge of a imposed ending.

• Consider the supervisor’s own retirement and closure.

Learning will be through presentation, questions, discussion, experiential exercises and sharing.

The trainer:

Anne Power has qualifications from The Bowlby Centre, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Tavistock Relationships and Relate. She has taught on supervision and therapy trainings at The Bowlby Centre, WPF and at Regents University London and has a private practice in central London for both couples and individuals. Her book, Forced Endings in Psychotherapy, explores the process of closing a practice for retirement or other reasons. Her published papers explore attachment meaning in the consulting room and in the supervision relationship. She is currently researching and writing about logic versus magic in partner choice: random romance, arranged marriage, and dating sites – what’s the difference?


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‘Normalised Neglect & Privileged Abandonment’ with Nick Duffell

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

ticket price: £40 + booking fees

About this event:​

Any therapist’s daily practice includes early deprivation and family of origin work, so the client with attachment problems will be familiar. But what is rarely understood is the sophistication of the ex-boarder’s “survival self” and the widespread devastation it brings to individuals, couples and families over generations.

Despite frequent references in English popular literature to the agonies experienced by children at boarding schools, the long-term psychological effects of a boarding education have, until very recently, remained unnoticed by the medical and psychological professions. In Britain, boarding education carries high social status, is considered a privilege, and is rife with parental expectation, and yet can lead to unacknowledged, deeply buried and emotionally damaging consequences.

Ex-boarders are amongst the most difficult clients. This is due to both the social dimension of the syndrome and the strength of the secret internalised shame. The self in distress is frequently masked by a very competent, if brittle, socially rewarded exterior. For these reasons, even experienced analysts and therapists may unwittingly struggle to skilfully address the needs and tactics of this client group. This one-day workshop will provide a mix of didactic teaching and practical learning, and we will also be showing clips from the BBC film The Making of Them.

You will learn to:

• Detect boarding issues underlying present problems

• Understand the Strategic Survival Personality

• Break through the silence, shame and denial

• Loosen double-binds about privilege and envy

• Understand the institutionalised dimension of hierarchies, bullying and abuse

• Identify and work with specific transference dynamics

• Learn to work with traumatic dissociation

• Learn to work with acute projections of incompetence and vulnerability

• Understand the ex-boarder’s tactics for intimacy avoidance and how this affects loved ones and partners

The trainer:

Nick Duffell is best known as the author who asserts that elite boarding schools represent a trauma for children and a socio-political handicap for nations. Having practised psychotherapy for 30 years, he now trains therapists and is a psychohistorian, bridging the gap between psychological and political thinking and an Honorary Research Associate at UCL. He promotes a depth-psychology perspective of issues that deeply affect public life, such as identity and emotions, fear and vulnerability, but which are not properly addressed in political commentary. Nick’s books include The Making of Them: the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System, 2000, Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion - a Psychohistory, 2014, Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege: A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors, with Thurstine Basset, 2016 and The Simpol Solution: A New Way to Think about Solving the World’s Biggest Problems, with John Bunzl. He contributed chapters to The Political Self and Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends, Future Prospects.He contributed chapters to The Political Self and Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends, Future Prospects.

This event will be open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and healthcare professionals.


The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive. A 2 hour ZOOM workshop with Philip Stokoe

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

About the event

This 2 hour online workshop is based on his new book: The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking.

Stokoe will outline the work of Freud, Klein, and Bion to provide a firm foundation to his exploration of individual development and how it relates to groups and organisations.

He will discuss why so many organisations are dysfunctional, take an in-depth look at the problems unique to psychoanalytic institutions, and give clear insight into how groups function as a separate entity to the individuals involved.

He will also investigate curiosities shadow side, detailing the alternative processes needed when it becomes a problem. There will be time for Q&A.

The trainer:

Philip Stokoe is a Psychoanalyst (Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Training Analyst with the British Psychotherapy Foundation) in private practice working with adults and couples, and an Organisational Consultant, providing consultation to a wide range of organisations. He worked as a Consultant Social Worker and Senior Lecturer in the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust from 1994 to 2012 finishing as Clinical Director. He writes and teaches on a wide range of topics including Psychoanalytic understanding of society and politics.


Working with the adult child in therapy

The event

The term Adult-Child refers to those who have grown up in an environment of family dysfunction. This may include, but is not limited to, homes where a child is exposed to sexual, physical or emotional abuse, trauma, addiction, shame, neglect and abandonment. As defined by Pia Mellody (2003), abuse can include an experience where a child has received parenting from an adult, that is anything less than nurturing.

In families such as these, the dysfunction, or ‘secret’ is kept in-check by patterns of denial; an internalised code of conduct where members learn not to talk, not feel and do not trust anyone or anything outside of the family. Nowhere is safe. Siblings and other adults in the family become complicit and infected by these experiences.

Because of their trauma, Adult-Children might experience mild to complex PTSD in their adult lives. Most will dissociate from their bodies and minds, developing pseudo-feelings and survival traits to help them adapt, avoid or control their emotional distress. As adults, they experience unhealthy relationships, co-dependency and addiction to push down painful feelings. They might sense their lives are ‘out of control’, but because of their own pattern of denial, Adult Children find it difficult to ask for help. Untreated, they often go on to have dysfunctional families of their own, destined to repeat the same patterns. The next generation of Adult-Children are born. This cycle of dysfunction continues until an Adult-Child can finds the courage and strength to break-free and begin recovery.

In this experiential CPD workshop, you will be introduced to concept of the Adult-Child as a working model for recovery. With compassion and gentleness, you will be invited to understand the world through the Adult-Child’s eyes. You will learn about appropriate therapeutic models of recovery, including Trauma Reduction, Inner-Child Work and Dramatherapy. We will explore the journey of the Adult-Child as they move from hurting to healing, to re-parenting themselves with love and gentleness.

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This workshop will name themes around childhood trauma and abuse – although not in explicit details or content. The session is designed and focused to help you learn about the language, tools, resources and recovery models available for working with, and supporting clients who might identify as an Adult-Child. During the workshop, you will be invited to take part in a short and safe Inner-Child creative exercise. You will need some blank paper, coloured pens/crayons with you to take part. This simple exercise can be used in your clinical work. While safe and contained, please be aware that the exercise may bring up your own material. For this reason, you may choose not to take part in, and instead just observe.

The trainer

Simon Marks is a Dramatherapist and addictions counsellor at Mount Carmel rehab. As part of the team, he delivers their addiction treatment programme, Simon also runs a private practice in Central London, specialising Inner-Child work, LGBTQ+ mental health, addiction, chemsex, trauma and co-dependency. He offers both individual and group work. Simon delivers a full range of training programmes in these areas. Simon also runs the long-running gay men’s discussion group, A Change Of Scene, and is himself in long-term recovery since 2007.


The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds.

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training are very excited to be holding a very special webinar with Susan E. Schwartz Ph.D., Jungian analyst who will be joining us from Arizona USA , this will be our first event with an international speaker.

Susan will be basing her talk around her new book: The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds.

Which investigates the impact of absent – physically or emotionally – and inadequate fathers on the lives and psyches of their daughters through the perspective of Jungian analytical psychology.

Susan will illustrate the maladies and disappointments of daughters who lack a father figure and incorporate clinical examples describing how daughters can break out of idealizations, betrayals, abandonments and losses to move towards repair and renewal.

There will be time for Q&A built into the 1 hour webinar

The event will be of interest to for anyone seeking understanding of father and daughter relationships, father figures, analytical and depth psychologists, other therapy professionals and health care professionals, academics and students.

The speaker:

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst educated in Zurich, Switzerland and is a licensed clinical psychologist. For many years Susan has been giving workshops and presentations at numerous local, national, community and professional organizations, and lectures worldwide on various aspects of Jungian analytical psychology. She has written several journal articles and book chapters on daughters and fathers, Puella, Sylvia Plath and has co-authored a couple of books.

She is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology, New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts and the American Psychological Association. Susan maintains a private practice in Paradise Valley, Arizona serving people in the greater Phoenix area, Tuscon, Prescott and Cottonwood, West Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe.


Unshaming Disablity

A 1 hour ZOOM talk with Mel Halacre Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

About this Event

The event:

Understandably, disability and difference evoke complicated things for all of us, some of it visible, some of it hidden. As Brian Watermeyer says: “we all struggle with the cultural phenomenon of disability…This shouldn’t surprise us and is no cause for shame”.

Unique from many diversity groups, we can all become disabled at any point in our lives. For this very reason, I invite you to join me on this very short excursion into disability. In order to provide more affirming therapy and support to all our disabled clients, we need a non-judgemental space where we as therapists can explore and learn and grow. I would like to offer you this space. This training offers you the opportunity to both grow personally in your relationship to disability and difference, as well as in our professional lives improving the support we offer disabled clients and their families.

At the end of the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions as well as links to resources for further reading and development.

The trainer:

Since 2009, Mel Halacre has been clinical director, founder and therapist at Spokz People CIC, a non-profit organisation developing a disability affirmative therapy approach. Spokz People offers consultancy, supervision and training for therapists and self-help resources for clients in person, via media and social media.


Narcissistic Injuries, Neglect & Relational Trauma with Christiane Sanderson

The event:

As therapists, we have all come across clients who show characteristic narcissistic traits – a grandiose sense of self-importance, arrogance, compulsive narcissistic displays and a sense of entitlement and yet, in some instances they may exhibit an extremely famished sense of self and almost boundless hunger for mirroring that can only be assuaged or soothed through the attention and validation from others. Thanks to the contributions of Heinz Kohut, there is greater understanding that such manifestations are representative of narcissistic injuries – the development of narcissistic traits that co-existed with impaired attachment in childhood, leading to deficits in the structure of the self.

Narcissistic injuries are primarily attributable to unmet mirroring needs in childhood and lack of empathic attunement, or due to severe traumatisation, abuse or neglect. Such injuries can also occur as a result of relational trauma in which a child is excessively idealised and not seen or accepted for who they are; but seen as an extension of the primary caregiver. It’s It is imperative for therapists to fully comprehend the underlying dynamics of narcissistic injuries, so they can effectively interpret the apparently contradictory behaviours of such clients. We need a better understanding of the linkages between relational trauma, unmet mirroring needs and expressed narcissistic traits – so we can remain empathic when working with narcissism and provide a non-shaming therapeutic space.

This practical, online webinar which will be useful for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists across modalities, specifically discusses the following:

• Can relational trauma induce narcissism? What are the underlying dynamics that we need to comprehend?

• How can we conceptualise narcissism on a spectrum, ranging from domineering and extroverted to introverted and neurotic?

• The linkages between narcissism and narcissistic injuries to early childhood trauma, neglect and relational trauma (as explained through Kohut’s Self Psychology)

• The key distinctions between healthy narcissism and dysfunctional narcissism – including the traits we need to be able to identify

• The role of shame and dissociation in the development of narcissism and the implications this has for the therapeutic relationship

The trainer:

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with over 30 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, Towards Healing, Ireland. the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and Numbing the Pain: A pocket guide for professionals supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse and addiction for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.


Longing to Belong: Culture and Jungian analytical psychology

The event:

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training are very excited to be holding a very special webinar with Susan E. Schwartz Ph.D., Jungian analyst who will be joining us from Arizona USA .

The personal includes the political in Jungian analytical psychology with the concepts of the transference/countertransference, the shadow and healing from the transcendent function arising in the therapeutic process.

The question we are addressing is how othering processes undermine development and impede the formation of identity in personal, psychological and cultural aspects.

This presentation traces the reifying social conditions under which people lose their connections and become distanced.

There is a cost to modernity’s scripted shaping of compliant selves as seen in the story of a Hispanic man. His wanting acceptance clashes with the prejudice damaging his desire to freely express in both the mainstream and his inherited culture. He comes to therapy with depression and fears of family separation due to his wife’s possible deportation.

There will be time for Q&A built into the 1 hour webinar

The speaker:

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst educated in Zurich, Switzerland and is a licensed clinical psychologist. For many years Susan has been giving workshops and presentations at numerous local, national, community and professional organizations, and lectures worldwide on various aspects of Jungian analytical psychology. She has written several journal articles and book chapters on daughters and fathers, Puella, Sylvia Plath and has co-authored a couple of books.


The Dynamic Maturational Model with Adults

About this event:

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

While the focus of ‘classical’ attachment theory has been on attachment styles (behaviours) derived from infancy/early childhood, the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM), by seeking to understand the function of those behaviours and the needs they are endeavouring to meet, is a developmental model that extends throughout the lifespan.

The workshop will, by means of a slide presentation, offer an overview of the DMM and its contribution to clinical practice. The implications of the DMM in relation to serious mental health diagnoses and personality disorders will be explored and there will be opportunity for participants to reflect on, discuss and consider how a DMM-informed approach might be integrated into and assist participants’ own clinical practice.

The trainer:

Tamar Posner is a BACP and UKCP-registered integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice in London. She has a particular interest in life’s transitions and is also a trainer and an academic supervisor. Tamar trained at The Minster Centre where she was co-founder of the e-journal Contemporary Psychotherapy and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2019.


Understanding compulsive sexual behaviours

The event:

This 2-hour training will focus on how to assess compulsive sexual behaviours and how to help clients explore their sexual themes. There will be an opportunity for therapists’ self-reflection on their bias about sex and relationship. The training will address the various underlying causes of sexual compulsivity to help therapists make an appropriate formulation, and there will be an introduction to clinical interventions.

The trainer:

Silva Neves is a COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, a trauma psychotherapist and an EMDR therapist. He is a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate. Silva works in his Central London private practice and online. He sees individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues.

Silva specialises in working with sexual trauma and compulsive sexual behaviours. He works extensively with the LGBTQ community as well as the heterosexual population.

Silva is a COSRT-accredited clinical supervisor. He is a Course Director for CICS (Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology)

He is an accreditation assessor for COSRT and a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sex and Relationship Therapy.


Meeting the challenge of race in therapy practice

The event

Psychotherapy and counselling is essentially about addressing psychological wounds and meeting distress. We interpret and make sense of destructive, disconnected and dis-inhibited behaviours and this understanding supports our compassion, connection and responsiveness. When it comes to race hurt and race distress however, clear thinking and compassion often give way to fear and confusion. To meet the challenge of working with race in therapy practice, we need to understand our unconscious re-enactments from our generational past, but where do we begin?

In this workshop we will be exploring what happens in our minds and also importantly in our bodies in the midst of the race conversation; to explore how a mindful approach to our physiological responses might support us as therapists in staying at the contact boundary of our own and our clients’ experience – and find our voice.

The trainer:

Eugene Ellis is an activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality. He trained as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and has a special interest in body-orientated therapies and mindfulness. He is also the founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), a network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK.

Eugene has a particular interest in the impact of intergenerational and familial trauma in the context of race. His book, 'The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue', explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how to navigate oppressive patterns.