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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.



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.


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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.


Sexuality and Gender Awareness

The event:

How do I work with clients who identify as LGBTQ+? What difficulties might members of the LGBTQ+ community have faced? What’s the key information I need to know about working with these groups?

If these are questions you ask yourself this workshop is for you. An opportunity to top up your training on an important and underdiscussed topic.

After decades of laws and stigmas that prevented people from being their true selves’ people are now able to embrace their true identities. However, there is still a lot of confusion and stigma in society and within the therapy room about people and their differences. It’s now more important than ever for professionals to keep up to date with changing trends, terminology and general knowledge. This CPD workshop will be ideal for Counsellors, Therapists, professionals and business owners looking to expand their knowledge on this complex and important topic.

What’s included?

• Detailed explanation on different genders and sexualities.

• Sexuality around the world.

• Working with LGBTQIA+ clients.

• LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

• Key things for Therapists to consider: Shame, Rage, Internalised phobias

• Group discussion.

This is a two hour CPD workshop and will include interactive group work.

The trainer:

Tom Smithson is the founder and managing director of New Horizon Counselling™ Ltd. Tom has a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy practice along with a diploma in therapeutic Counselling. He also teaches counselling skills alongside his private practice and corporate workshops. Tom works with adults online, specialising in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

With qualifications in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Media and Business Administration Tom has combined his knowledge to provide trainee and qualified Counsellors, Therapists and Psychotherapists with a fun yet serious workshop that will support your practice.


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.


Integrating Body, Breath & Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using Trauma Sensitive Yoga- a 2 day - 8 hour, CPD event on ZOOM

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

Each day runs 10am-2pm for both Saturday and Sunday

About this event

A 2-day online workshop for health professionals, mental health workers, yoga teachers and coaches with a keen interest in making their current practice more trauma informed and embodied.

Gain confidence and tools to integrate the body, breath and movement within your current practice, working in person and online with trauma, anxiety & depression.

- On completion of this 2-day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement within your therapeutic relationships, focussing on treatment tools for trauma, anxiety & depression.

- You will gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice, in person and online, 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 your work including Neuroscience, Autonomic Nervous System & Vagus Nerve.

During this 2-day workshop we will explore:

-The competing forces of Mind & Body in Science & Therapy

Key aspects of historical psychoanalytic conflict between Mind Body and awareness of the still competing forces within the clinical and political post pandemic environment of 2021.

“Every muscular rigidity contains the history and meaning of its origin... the spasm of the muscle is a somatic side of the process of repression” Wilhelm Reich

Exploring the work and research of Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Laura & Fritz Pearls (founders of Gestalt therapy), Bessel van der Kolk, Patruska Clarkson, Babette Rothschild, Eric Berne, Pat Ogden,Stephen Porges, Allison Priestman, Nick Totton, Peter Levine, Daniel Stern, Danielle Siegel.

-The Power of the breath & movement in healing

The science behind the “WHY” yoga makes us feel good

Energy in the body and how Trauma, Anxiety & Depression manifest as “numbness” “deadness” “frozen” “stuck”...

“The single most important issues for traumatized people is to find a sense of safety in their own bodies” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Autonomic Nervous System & Heart Rate Variability: How movement, the breath and yoga help us return to our window of tolerance

Why the Vagus Nerve has startling implications for the treatment of trauma, anxiety & depression

- Befriending the Body: Learn Trauma Informed Yoga tools to work with clients online and in person

Empowering language and the theoretical underpinnings of trauma sensitive yoga including trauma theory, attachment theory, hatha yoga, neuroscience, ethics & safety implications and the future for working with Body, Breath and Movement in our therapy rooms as healing tools

- Magical connective tissue and our potential for growth

Fascia - What is it and why it matters

Explore the wisdom of the body moving

- Countertransference & non verbal phenomena within our therapeutic relationships

Two bodies in the room.

“It is a very remarkable thing that the unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another, without passing through the conscious” Freud

“One patient evoked wildcat sensations in my own body, a wildcat countertransference & an unfamiliar body experience”

Susie Orbach

- Is somebody missing? Where did Spirit go?

As contemporary clinicians we must acknowledge the overlap between psychological and spiritual dimensions, as all beings have a yearning for something higher.

Learning outcomes for attendees:

• An understanding of the scientific and clinical research findings supporting working with the body, breath, movement. Specifically, benefits for trauma, anxiety & depression, positive mental health and self-care

• Accessible resources: Reading list, Audio and Online practices for many trauma informed methods

Physical Practise

Attendees will have extensive opportunity to experience and practise trauma informed tools working with the body, breath and movement, including Trauma Sensitive Yoga, to “get it in the muscle” and integrate these new tools within their practice.

Equipment & Experience

No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in mind body connection. On the day of the workshop do wear comfortable clothing and have a space where you can sit on the floor. You have a choice to practise movement seated or on the floor, adjustments are always given.


This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be a trauma informed or sensitive yoga teacher, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, mindfulness instructor, psychotherapist, counsellor or trauma therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills within your existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.

Safety note

The material in this workshop awakens many sensations, emotions, experiences and thoughts within our own bodies. It is very important that you already have some clinical awareness and knowledge of this subject.

About Lorna Evans, Psychotherapist & Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher

Lorna Evans is an Integrative Psychotherapist accredited with UKCP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy.

Lorna now proudly integrates psychotherapy and the body with a focus on Breath & Movement as healing tools for trauma, anxiety and depression. Recently working on documentaries, projects and books with Psychologies Magazine, MTV, The Discovery Channel, BBC, SKY, Samaritans as well as other press for UKCP, Medium, BBC and BACP Magazines promoting her work. Lorna is currently working on several books to be published in 2022.

Lorna’s YouTube Channel, The Mind Movement, encourages people to find a therapist and she shares positive psycho education about staying well by raising awareness of the body, breath and movement.

Lorna’s workshops focus on Neuroscience, the Autonomic Nervous System and the Vagus Nerve to simply explain the benefits of working with the Body, Breath and Movement in therapy. Lorna is proud to have collaborated with Wimbledon Guild of Psychotherapy, Metanoia & Physis to deliver CPD workshops as well as working online training hundreds of therapists and yoga teachers from around the world who have an interest in working with the Body, Breath, Movement and Yoga for treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression, maintaining positive mental health and wellness.

Alongside her clinical practise, Lorna is very proud to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga and learn from the students of the NHS Recovery College, Mind and many other trauma survivor groups and charities across the UK.


BACP Article: The Power of Trauma Sensitive Yoga,1554664121938)/

Trauma Thrivers Podcast: How to stimulate your vagus nerve and promote healing

Medium Article - Yoga & Psychotherapy


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.


Working with loss of desire in couple relationships

The event

Desire or drive in a relationship is an important motivational state which is linked with physical and emotional intimacy. Losing desire may lead to guilt and fear of damaging the couple bond. Desire and arousal are closely connected on a sexual level for both women and men although there are gender differences in processing arousal sensations. Absence of desire and sexual withdrawal has numerous meanings however and can be associated with organic difficulties, couple tensions, or underlying anxiety and depression. These aspects of desire issues will be explored, with suggestions of how an integrated treatment approach can be used to help troubled relationships.

The trainer

Janice Hiller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and initially worked in adult mental health, before setting up and heading an NHS Relationship and Psychosexual Service at Goodmayes Hospital in North East London. She left the NHS in 2012 to take up the post of Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships, and is now Visiting Academic Tutor at TR. Since specialising in couple therapy and sexology Janice has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad, run many seminars and training courses, and was honorary lecturer and tutor for the Doctoral degree course at UCL. Her journal and book publications cover a range of topics including psychosexual development, coital pain, arousal and desire difficulties, neurobiology, gender differences in sexual motivation and ethical issues. Janice was joint editor and contributor to Hiller, Wood and Bolton (2006)” Sex Mind and Emotion” and co-wrote a chapter “Psychodynamic aspects of Psychosexual Therapy” (2013) for the syllabus of clinical sexology published by the European Society of Sexual Medicine. She has a private practice in North London and is especially interested in biopsychosocial factors in sexual and gender development, and the role of neuroscience in understanding sexual behaviour.


Working with the Menopause

A 3 hour ZOOM CPD event with Sue Brayne Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

The Event

This three-hour workshop for counsellors, social workers and other health professionals focuses on how to ‘bring the menopause into the room’ when working with older women.

It provides the chance to talk about difficult issues such as loss of libido, fear of aging and difficulties in relationships. Yet the menopause can also trigger a deep desire for spiritual freedom, finding personal meaning and being of service to the community.

Therefore, the menopause is far more complex than its medical definition, which says it is complete after menstruation has ceased for twelve months. In fact, it can take years for a woman to process what is happening to her physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Trainer:

Sue Brayne worked for many years as a BACP accredited psychotherapist and is the author of Sex, Meaning and the Menopause. The Daily Mail featured her article Will Your Marriage Survive the Menopause? as a frontpage headline banner and the BACP’s magazine, Therapy Today, published her piece on Menopause: How women suffer in silence. In addition to other publications, Sue has written about menopause in the workplace for the business journal HR Director. Sue is also podcast host of Embracing Your Mortality and is the author of several books about death, dying and mortality.


Reflections on the Pandemic, Covid 19 and Trauma

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Conference 2022 a 6 hour Zoom CPD event with Lorna Evans, Dr Aileen Alleyne and Professor Brett Kahr

Online conference held over the ZOOM platform

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

All tickets are £70 +booking fees - sales end 8am on Saturday 12th March or when sold out

This conference for counsellors, social workers and other health professionals

About this event:

Chair: Lorna Evans

Speakers: Lorna Evans, Dr Aileen Alleyne, Professor Brett Kahr


10am welcome from the chair

10.10am- 11.10am

Dr Aileen Alleyne - Unheeded Dimensions of Covid-19 Pandemic: Trauma impact on an island people

including 10mins Q&A

11.10-11.20am- break

11.20- 12:20pm-Lorna Evans – – including 10mins Q&A

12:20- 1pm- lunch break 1pm-2pm

Professor Brett Kahr- Unmuzzling experts while curing “covidiots” how psychotherapists can prevent the next pandemic

including 10mins Q&A

2pm-2.10pm break

2.10pm-3pm plenary

The presentations

Lorna Evans: How are you healing? Exploring the Mind Body conflict in 2022

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you
everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
E.E Cummings

Trauma occurs when choice is taken away from us. As humans we need choice to self regulate, feel safe, create coping strategies and thrive. Self regulation is essential for our sense of agency, positive self esteem and wellbeing. We find equilibrium through the gentle rhythms of eye contact, smiling, crying, talking, hearing, laughing, hugging and unconsciously regulating the breath.

At the time of our conference, it will be two years since the Coronavirus pandemic arrived. These choices were taken away from us and the Mind & Body conflict returned front and centre. Our bodies were reduced to simple data and morbid statistics while new laws were being passed based on weak science and bad strategy. It was all about how best to manage the political risk of the data.

The impact and risk to our minds and mental health was removed from the headlines with little effort made to communicate the potential risks these decisions would have. Driven by a narrative of fear; history has proven that if you scare people enough they will do whatever you say with no questions asked, and by isolating, splitting and silencing people, that is what happened.

Our bodies, once a subject of private and intimate conversation we chose to disclose with a trusted few, became fodder for public consumption. Commonplace conversations such as talking about the weather were replaced with talk of vaccines, who had had one, which one did they have and how did it make them feel. Previously, it would have been unthinkable to question someone about what contraceptives they were taking for example, but the boundaries had been removed. Our bodies and what we choose to do with them are no longer private.

The speaker feels that as a result of this tension between the Mind & Body, we’re now waiting for the next pandemic to arrive. We know it is coming, a tsunami of mental and physical illness across all generations; children, young people, the elderly, caused by the dysregulation of a human race who had a primal need to feel safe.

Our community is playing a front line role in this healing wave. However, as the world changed. We have changed. The speaker will encourage you to pause, breathe and reflect on who you are now? How have you changed? What do you need to positively regulate and heal? How do you now integrate choice into your work, to comfortably sit with your authentic self? Rather than colluding with what a therapist “should” look or be like.

We are now addressing the lack of diversity within our profession. When using the term diversity, at the time of writing, the speaker is referring to people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, different genders, sexual orientations, ages and those with a hidden or physical disability. In doing so our community is starting to address the social issues raised by the movements Me Too, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ and the systemic misuse of power, privilege and rank in society. My hope is that we become more interesting, vibrant and relevant to people seeking therapy.

Dr Aileen Alleyne - Unheeded Dimensions of Covid-19 Pandemic: Trauma impact on an island people

Winston Churchill’s famous and most memorable English quote has kept alive a British sense of pride in being invincible and unbeatable in character. Churchill’s quote is regularly revisited to reignite the good old bulldog spirit for a preparedness to meet any perceived threat to Britain‘s unique sense of its own greatness. The stirring quote protects this island’s literal and psychological borders.

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”.

The unannounced arrival of the Coronavirus in April 2020, with its ferocious and infectious nature, sneaked across this island borders with the ease of an invisible potent intruder. Britain, like the rest of the world, was caught completely off guard by the stealth of this silent danger. The enormous magnitude of its destruction was like the power of no other invader. The big disease with a little name (Covid) remains the apparent enemy no volume of Churchillian bombast can defeat. Re-grouping from the last year’s devastating impact remains our most obvious and pervasive challenge. However, the speaker feels there is an unheeded dimension to the island phenomenon that has been overlooked within the Covid discourse. Aileen will share her perceived sense of a distinctive collective trauma that has impacted the British psyche – one that is propped up by historical and Imperial internalisations of being an unbeatable and indestructible power. Perhaps a tale of David and Goliath..., aka David [Covid] versus The World? In this presentation the speaker will address areas of psychic rupture and psychological injury occurring within the quieter realms of an invincible collective unconscious and highlight some unique trauma responses acted out in response to, and the re-emergence from dislocation.

Professor Brett Kahr- Unmuzzling experts while curing “covidiots” how psychotherapists can prevent the next pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the most extraordinary range of human behaviours from those of cautious and thoughtful people who have treated this global emergency in a serious fashion to those, by contrast – including many world leaders – who have become overwhelmed with denial and, often, dissociation, comporting themselves like ostriches with heads in the sand.

Most psychotherapists will have encountered a similarly broad palate of behaviours among our clients, many of whom cared for themselves and for their loved ones with vigilance, while others – often those with traumatic histories – would endanger themselves through acts of self-destruction and violence. Having battled this virus for nearly two years, those of us who work in the mental health profession have now accumulated a great deal of experience and knowledge which we can mobilise in order to help minimise unconsciously behaviourally-driven causes of future pandemics.

In this presentation, Professor Brett Kahr will explore the ways in which psychotherapists have often comported themselves far too quietly – indeed passively – and have failed over the decades to collaborate more fully with governments and with the media to share our insights from the consulting room. Had we done so more vocally, we might well have helped to alert public health professionals and government leaders about the true extent to which unconscious death wishes and other violent tendencies really do exist and can contribute to such devastation.

During the American presidential campaign in 2020, Joe Biden spoke of the importance of unmuzzling public health officials. Following Biden’s advice, we must now begin to think about how we – as mental health workers – can unmuzzle the century of insights from the psychological community even more fully in order to ensure our safety in decades to come.


In Conversation with Susie Orbach

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training presents a very special event In Conversation with Susie Orbach - psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre in London (1976) and The WTCI in New York (1981).

About Susie Orbach:

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre in London (1976) and The WTCI in New York (1981).

She is the author of many books. Her most recent In Therapy: The Unfolding Story is an expanded edition of In Therapy (an annotated version of the BBC series listened to live by 2 million people). Her first book Fat is a Feminist Issue has been continuously in print since 1978. Bodies (which won the APA Psychology of Women’s Book Prize in 2009) was updated in 2019.

She is the recipient of the Inaugural British Psychoanalytic Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) in 2019.

She continues to help many individuals and couples from her practice in London.


Orthodox Masculinity and the Therapeutic Encounter - Working affirmatively with male clients

The event:

Every part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, is touched by gender identity and the cultural and contextual meanings made of it. Over the last century, and in the last fifty years in particular, we have seen traditional gender roles gradually being challenged and dismantled in Western cultures as successive feminist and LGBTQ+ campaigns for rights, equality and liberation have questioned and troubled taken-for-granted patriarchal social structures.

In these turbulent times for gender politics in general and masculinities in particular, this 3-part seminar looks at the ways in which gender, and the unequal distribution of power and privilege connected with it, intersect in the therapeutic encounter. We unpack contemporary cultural and psychological dilemmas for men and how they may inform the therapeutic process and content with the aim of building an affirmative practice for those working with men and with those touched by the issues that affect the men in their lives.

Seminar Outline

The seminar will comprise a mixture of presentation of relevant theory and research as well as clinical case vignettes. Importantly, there will also be plenty of time put aside for q&a and discussion as we move through the three main topic areas:

Gender, power and privilege

We start by briefly unpacking gender relations and masculinity in particular from an historical perspective. We examine the ways in which gendered inequalities have been produced, and the power relations and discourses that drive them and sustain them. Although pervasive stereotypes are gradually being dismantled, normative reference points remain in popular culture and appear resistant to wholesale change.

The psychology of men and masculinities

We look at current theory and research on how men come to understand their gender identity, the norms they have to follow to be considered ‘real men’ and how this can create masculine gender role stress. We investigate the idea of an orthodox masculine gender identity and how this impacts on presenting issues and the therapeutic relationship. In particular, we see how these dynamics are often used as a means of disconnecting from others and consider the ways these stereotypical behaviours can lead to particular kinds of male unhappiness, poor mental health and suicide.

Key issues in working with men

There’s never been a more important time to support men and boys in improving the quality of their mental health. But orthodox ways of being masculine can often get in the way of men seeking help and being open to the kind of emotional reflexivity and vulnerability that therapy can require. The final part of this seminar explores some of the principle process issues that men are likely to present with in counselling as a result of struggling with orthodox masculine scripts and suggests ways in which practitioners can work effectively with them.

The trainer:

Dr Michael Beattie is a HCPC Registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a research interest in the psychology of men and masculinities. In addition, he has worked in the field of sexuality, sexual identity and sexual health as well as with issues of gender identity and gender dysphoria. His book Counselling Skills for Working with Gender Identity & Gender Dysphoria was published with colleagues by Jessica Kingsley in 2018. He currently works as a Counselling Psychologist in private practice. Prior to entering the field of counselling psychology Michael worked in marketing communications, facilitating strategic planning and training sessions for clients across the world.


Understanding and Working with the Internal Environments of People with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Understanding and Working with the Internal Environments of People with Dissociative Identity Disorder

The event:

In this talk Mark will present some of his long-term psychotherapeutic work with a person with a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). He will apply the Una McCluskey model of attachment-based systems (Careseeking, Caregiving, Self-Defence, Interest-Sharing, Sexuality, Internal Environment and External Environment) to explore a way of representing and approaching the key issues in the person's internal environment, and demonstrate how this has helped with the therapeutic work. 


There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

The Trainer:

Mark Linington is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with The Bowlby Centre and the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London UK.

From 2013-2018 he was Chair of the Executive Committee at The Bowlby Centre, where he continues to work as as a training therapist, clinical supervisor and teacher.

He worked for 12 years in the NHS as a psychotherapist with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, who experienced complex trauma and abuse. He also worked as a psychotherapist for several years at a secondary school in London for young people with special needs, including autism, ADHD and other intellectual disabilities. He has written a number of papers and book chapters about his clinical work and presented papers on attachment theory in clinical practice at a number of conferences, including in South Korea, Hong Kong and Paris.

He is currently Clinical Director and CEO at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, where he is also a specialist consultant psychotherapist working with people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) and clinical supervisor. He works in private practice working with children, adults and families, providing supervision to individuals and groups and training to organisations.


An Introduction to Person Centred Creative Arts in Therapy

A 2.5 hour ZOOM CPD event with Ani de la Prida Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

The event:

Art is a powerful medium that promotes self-expression, creativity, and mental health. Simply engaging in creative arts has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. When the person-centred approach is brought together with the use of art in therapy, it becomes a powerful and yet gentle approach which can help clients to process experiences and feelings and can promote a deeper authentic connection.

This experiential workshop will:

• Describe a person-centred approach to creative arts

• Highlight the importance of non-directivity in avoiding harm when working with creative arts

• Share real-life case examples to illustrate this amazing approach.

Participants will :

• Have the opportunity to engage in an experiential reflective arts-based exercise

• Take away a simple but powerful creative arts exercise that you can use with clients online or face-to-face.

Art skills are not required, but please bring some basic art materials (paper, pencils, pastels, paints) if possible, or alternatively you can use a digital art app.

This workshop is suitable for suitable for counsellors and other helping professionals such as care coordinators, keyworkers, social workers, support workers and nurses

The trainer:

Ani de la Prida is a psychotherapist, creative arts counsellor, lecturer, supervisor, and author. She has 20 years’ experience working with groups, adults, children and young people in a range of settings. She currently has a small private practice and is on the Private Practice Executive Committee at the BACP. Ani is the founder and course director of the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts. Ani also teaches on the pluralistic counselling programme at the University of East London, where she did her master’s degree research on the use of digital media in therapy.

Recent publications include;

Smith,K. de la Prida,A. (2021 The Pluralistic Therapy Primer. PCCS Books: Monmouth

What Works in Counselling and Psychotherapy Relationships (BACP, 2020)

De la Prida, A. (2020) Bread and Jam and Sparkling Wine? Can I be Person-Centred and Pluralistic? Pluralistic Practice