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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

Based 5 minutes from Wimbledon Station, we have been delivering innovative counselling training for over 16 years.

We run Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops, conferences and seminars, bringing first class facilitators and speakers to our programme of events. Speakers have included: Christiane Sanderson, Linda Cundy, Graham Music, Professor Brett Kahr, Ernesto Spinelli, Professor Jeremy Holmes , Meg-John Barker, Dr Aileen Alleyne and Susie Orbach. 

A local charity supporting people across Merton

We are a community charity in Merton providing a hand-up, not a hand-out. We want you to feel valued, respected and empowered to live life your way. Whether you need emotional, financial or practical support, you can turn to us for help getting back on track.  

Wimbledon Guild is more than just a place, it is a real community where everyone belongs. 

As the needs of our local community change, we will be ready to meet new and emerging needs. Our services aim to:

  • Reduce social isolation and loneliness 
  • Help people who are experiencing difficulties 
  • Enable older people to be active and healthy 

Last year Wimbledon Guild worked with over 2,000 individuals from across the borough. 

  • We provide free independent and professional advice services from an experienced team.  
  • We aim to make our Talking Therapies services affordable and subsidise them, charging a sliding scale of charitable rates.  
  • Families are key clients for our Small Grants Programme.
  • The over 50s can be as active as they wish with our clubs and classes programme and our Home Food Café welcomes diners each weekday. 
  • Our befrienders make regular visits to local people who are virtually housebound. 
  • Our premises are used by 27 groups and over 270 volunteers currently take part in our volunteering programme.

Read our Safeguarding policy statement 

Find out how we supported people across Merton during the pandemic in our latest Impact Report.


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Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Years

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 9th July 2022 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100

The workshop:

The start of the workshop includes the basics of Attachment Theory this workshop will act as a useful refresher for those familiar with the theory.

Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain- Exploration of current research into how the adolescent brain differs from the preadolescent brain, and the adult brain. From which to gain a greater understanding of issues that occur at this stage of development.

Attachment style in Adolescence -There will be time to consider how infant and child attachment style contributes to this stage in life that straddles care seeking behaviours and personal exploration in the adult world. We have space to explore peer relationships, and relationships with parents.

Managing Difficult Behaviours- Information about attachment style and the influence of how attachment style contributes to our understanding of behaviours such as alcohol misuse, drug taking, and self harm.

Exercises- although not essential it will be useful for participants to spend time in advance to consider their own client work and come ready to work with a particular client in order to complete exercises to practice these important new skills.

The workshop will offer an experience that enhances work with this challenging but very rewarding client group.

The trainer:

Working in clinical practice for more than 20 years Niki trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in the early 90’s and then as an Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre in London. Following on from being a member of the Bowlby Centre Ethics Committee Niki spent 3 years as a member of the UKCP Ethics Committee, and UKCP Professional Conduct Committee. And then became Chair of CPJA from 2018-19. Niki is a qualified Supervisor and Tutor, Niki has trained counsellors to diploma level. Niki has been ‘Head of Counselling’ at Southampton Counselling, and is now taking time to write, and run her private practice in Southampton where she works with therapists, individuals, couples and families. Her chapter “The use of telephone and Skype in psychotherapy: Reflections of an attachment therapist” can be found in the book “Love in the age of the internet” edited by Linda Cundy. Karnac 2014.


Working with couples and betrayal

About this event

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 11th July 2022 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100

The workshop:

This one-day training will focus on clinical skills working with couples after betrayal such as affairs, lies, and secrets. The rate of infidelity is high amongst couples. More and more couples seek therapy after the discovery of an affair, lies or significant secrets. Facing betrayal provokes enormous emotion upset which can be difficult for therapists to hold. This training will be interactive, offering both theories and time to practice with case studies.

On this training you will learn:

1- Essential knowledge on the psychological impact of betrayal on intimate relationships.

2- How to assess both the betrayer and betrayed.

3- Interventions to help couples move through betrayal.

4- Explore common ethical dilemmas

5- Therapist’s bias/ blind spots on the subjects of intimate relationships and betrayal.

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.

Please note all our counselling training events are paperless you will be emailed your certificate and handouts after the event.


‘Normalised Neglect & Privileged Abandonment’ An introduction to work with Boarding School Syndrome and Trauma

A 1 day live CPD event with Nick Duffel

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.

CPD certificates will be supplied


Attachment, Relational Trauma and Personality Disorders

The event:

Early experiences in childhood shape how we relate to others and how much we value ourselves in relationships. How parents and caregivers relate and respond to their child from infancy forms the basis, or template of later attachments in childhood and adulthood. Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences, relational trauma and early narcissistic injuries can render individuals vulnerable to developing personality disorders.

This training day looks at the factors that inhibit attachment such as lack of attunement and mentalisation, trauma, dissociation, shame, traumatic bonding, and fear of abandonment.. In presenting relevant elements of attachment theory and research, it will look at the role of attachment, the range of attachment styles, including disorganised attachment, and how these link to personality disorders, in particular Borderline Personality Disorder (aka Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder), Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Anti-social Personality. It will explore how personality disorders present in the therapeutic space and how they impact on the therapeutic relationship.

Emphasis will be placed on understanding personality disorders as adaptations to impaired attachments in childhood. This is supported by clinical formulations that reframe personality disorders as disorders of attachment and relational trauma rathe than a personality disorders. The focus will be on understanding ‘what happened to’ to the person rather than ‘what is the problem’ and what they had to do to survive including enduring changes in their sense of self and personality. This reformulation of personality disorders enables therapist to work in a more compassionate, non-judgemental and non-shaming way, and humanise those who have been labelled with a personality disorder and enable them to make contact and facilitate connection.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the link between attachment theory and range of attachment styles

• Identify the impact of relational trauma and traumatic bonding

• Examine the link between impaired attachment in childhood and vulnerability to developing personality disorders

• Identify the link between Borderline Personality Disorder (aka Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder), Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Anti-Social Personality and early attachment experiences

• Introduce the Power Threat Meaning Framework as an alternative to psychiatric diagnosis

• How to understand and reframe personality disorders as adaptations to relational threats and viewing them as enduring personality changes rather than a disorder

• Explore how to work with enduring personality changes in the therapeutic space with compassion rather than judgement

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.


Menopause - The facts v the fiction

A 1 Day in person CPD event with Trudy Hannington

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 25th December 2022 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100/Group bookings minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 £90 per ticket + booking fees

The event

What you need to know when working with clients and their partners who are struggling with menopause.

Menopause can have a huge detrimental effect on a person who menstruates mental and physical health, this workshop will help increase your knowledge by giving an overview of the menopause and the treatment options available.

It will also give practical ways in which to work with patients/clients and their partners.

The trainer

Trudy Hannington is the Senior Psychosexual Therapist who leads a team of 5 psychosexual therapists at the Leger clinic at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.

Trudy has worked in sexual health for over 25 years and specialised as a psychosexual therapist in 2002 after training at the Porterbrook Clinic at Sheffield.

Trudy’s specialist interest is combining medical treatments with sex therapy to optimise outcomes for patients.

She has a special interest in Menopause, in supporting women to access up to date and evidence-based information, so that they can make an informed choice on the best treatment options to suit them.

She also specialises in working with men with testosterone deficiency and sexual difficulties.

Senior Accredited member and Supervisor of COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapists) and Fellow of COSRT

A former Chair of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).

Committee member for the CPD & Conference team for COSRT

Won Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2004.

She is also a Committee Member for the British Society of Sexual Medicine.

Trudy was also the specialist psychosexual therapist in the Channel 4 documentary “The Week The Women Came”.

Highly qualified in this field Trudy Hannington’s team has NHS contracts with a number of NHS areas in the region and also sees patients on a private basis.

She has lectured nationally and internationally, on the Management of Sexual Dysfunction, most recently in Florida, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Leger Clinic is a flagship service, which offers a “one stop shop” for all areas of sexual difficulty, either medical or psychological.

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Please note all our counselling training events are paperless you will be emailed your certificate and handouts after the event.


A trauma-informed workshop: Working with traumatic stress held in the body

A Body-based trauma-informed workshop: Working with traumatic stress held in the body

Integrating Body, Breath & Movement to aid healing within our therapeutic relationships

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 15th January 2023 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100/Group bookings minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 £90 per ticket + booking fees

This workshop will illuminate the process of working with traumatic stress held in the body.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the unconscious and non verbal phenomena when working with traumatic stress held in the body. Plus the science beneath working with body, breath and movement, gaining confidence to notice moments where you can integrate these healing tools creatively into your current practice, both in-person and online.

This knowledge will support you to begin sharing the wisdom of neuroscience, the autonomic nervous systems and the vagus nerve with your clients. We have all read ‘The Body Keeps The Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk and love the potential healing power of the vagus nerve and autonomic nervous system with our clients. However, for most of us, working with mind-body was not in our training and as a community, we are now hungry for safe, trauma-informed practical tools to integrate into our work.

The trainer:

Lorna Evans | Founder The Mind Movement Psychotherapist & Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher

Lorna is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy. Lorna proudly integrates psychotherapy and the body with a focus on Breath & Movement as healing tools for trauma, anxiety and depression. 


Creative Approaches in Working with Trauma

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 29th January 2023 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100/ Group bookings minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 £90 per ticket + booking fees

The workshop:

The workshop will explore Practical and Experiential creative techniques used in individual therapy with clients who experienced sexual and physical violence. In relationship we can begin to be truly human. A focus on relationship within the therapy will be explored. The themes of the workshop will be explored through, discussion, case scenarios, engagement with creative techniques to explore your own creative way of being.

The trainer:

Vaughan Titheridge is a Dramatherapist with over sixteen years experience.

Previously he was a psychiatric nurse on an acute psychiatric day service that was psychodynamic and group work in approach.

As a Dramatherapist Vaughn has a wide range of experience and has worked in education, NHS, therapeutic communities, child and family services, charities and private sector.

He was a supervisor for Grenfell and currently runs a private practice.


Exploring the intersections of privilege and otherness in counselling and psychotherapy

A 1 day in person CPD event with Dr Dwight Turner

£128 + booking fees / Limited early-bird until 6th February 2023 or sold out £109 + booking fees /discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors and trainee counsellors £100/Group bookings minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 £90 per ticket + booking fees

The workshop:

Diversity, Equality, and Intersectionality

We live in a challenging age, with the death of George Floyd, the subsequent marches across the world against racism, the struggles of the #Metoo movement, campaigns for equal rights for the LGBTQ community, and the rise of Disability theorists. Yet, all these efforts towards equality in the face of varying types of oppression speak loudly of the voices of the others and their need to be heard and acknowledged.

Within our training though as counsellors and psychotherapists, issues around difference and diversity have been very slow in turning our considerable talents towards exploring and understanding the complexities of these overlapping issues and in particular, how privilege and otherness influence these discussions, often doing no more than to mirror the wider cycle of oppressions we all witness daily.

This one day workshop will therefore draw together how intersectional theory can help us understand that we each hold as aspect of privilege and otherness within ourselves, within our complex intersectional identities.

The second part of the day will involve us talking to difference and using the intersectional identities that we have all revealed in the first part of the day. What we will do is actually use skills common to couples’ work to help us to find a more comfortable way of talking to the other and listening to what the other says to us, without feeling a need to react based upon our own neurosis.

Throughout the day there will be periods where we will be able to reflect as a group and to gather ideas as to how we might take any ideas and realisations forward to therefore create or begin a process of systematic change. This will be concluded at the end of the day when we tie this together with a view to moving this forward considerably.

The trainer:

Dr Dwight Turner is Course Leader on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course at the University of Brighton, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy, Dr Turner can be contacted via his website and can be followed on Twitter at @dturner300 .

Please note all our counselling training events are paperless you will be emailed your certificate and handouts after the event.


Emotional Neglect and the Adult in Therapy

A 6 Hour in person CPD with Kathrin Stauffer

The event:

People who were emotionally neglected, or insufficiently attended to by a loving caregiver, early in life are often difficult therapy clients. The main difficulty tends to be that they appear to be resisting therapy very strongly and therefore the process becomes very slow or stops altogether. This one-day workshop will attempt to provide some background understanding of how people develop who have suffered early neglect, and also some possible answers to the difficulties that therapists may have.The workshop will be conducted as a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and case examples. There will be some space for client discussions from the participants.

The trainer:

Kathrin Stauffer PhD, UKCP Registered Body Psychotherapist, is the author of Emotional Neglect and the Adult in Therapy: Lifelong Consequences to a Lack of Early Attunement (W.W. Norton 2020). Born and educated in Switzerland as a research biochemist, she retrained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. She works in private practice in Cambridge as a Body and Humanistic Psychotherapist, Supervisor, EMDR Practitioner and Trainer. She has published one previous book, Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists: Connecting Body & Soul (W.W. Norton 2010).



Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Conference: Working with Neurodiversity in Therapy

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Conference an in person event with Suzy Rowland, and David Moat

The day's presentations:

Suzy Rowland (Chair and speaker)

Creativity & Individuality: Emotional Expressions of Neurodiversity

In this presentation, Suzy plans to explore some of the motives, drives, personal and emotional possibilities of life as a Neurodivergent person. Suzy will look at themes of self-advocacy, identification, creative expression as a route to self-actualisation and how therapeutic practice can support clients you are working with.

Third speaker TBC

David Moat

Neurodiversity and Relationships

Details TBC

Speaker biographies

Suzy Rowland is an author, Autism & ADHD Specialist, Adaptive Cognitive Behaviour Therapist & Speaker. She founded the #happyinschool project to provide creative and interactive training and consultancy, rooted in lived experience. She works directly with local authorities, families and young people, examining challenging issues and situations and building connections, that enable educators and families to work collaboratively, for successful educational outcomes. The project started off as a forum for autism & ADHD parent advocacy and quickly developed into detailed training programmes for mental health professionals, educators and complex organisations. Suzy is also a presenter for Women’s LIK UltravisionTV.

Qualifications & Experience: Suzy is PCBT (British Psychological Society approved) Scope & IPSEA trained, Safeguarding Certified, IAPT (Improving Access Psychological Therapy), trainer and holds a current DBS. Suzy has worked with: Universal Music, Express CIC, Fastminds, Richmond Borough Mind, ADHD Embrace, ADHD Foundation, A2nd Voice, Achieving for Children (AfC) and National Autistic Society as well as private clients. Suzy’s book S.E.N.D. in the Clowns ‘Essential Autism, ADHD Guide’ was a best seller in Amazon’s neurology listing; her next writing project is a children’s workbook for JKP about school avoidance. Suzy is widely published: Melan Magazine, My Baba, Special Needs Jungle, Kingston Chamber Magazine, Diversity Q, School Run, Your Autism Magazine, Open Access Government, Primary Times, “From Hurt to Hope” (JKP).

David Moat has a wealth of experience in counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Alongside his general practice, he works in the field of Neurodiversity (which includes people with autism spectrum conditions, AD(H)D, dyslexia and dyspraxia). He has written on Integrative Therapeutic Approaches to the Autism Spectrum, and has lectured across the UK and Eastern Europe. He is a founder member of CoSPPA (Coalition of Senior Professionals for People with Autism).

David works with individuals, couples and families, with clinics in Cambridge and Burwell (in East Cambs).

He is a keen actor within his local amateur dramatic scene, and can often be seen gigging around East Cambridgeshire with his ukulele band.

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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


The future of working with Trauma housed in the Body Magical Connective Tissue: Fascia, What it is and Why it Matters

The Event

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, your fascia is a continuous silver-white bodysuit that surrounds, separates, interpenetrates and envelopes all of your organs, including your brain, vagus nerve and every muscle, bone and blood vessel in your body.

It is slick and slippery like a fluid body, a spider web between and surrounding muscles, gliding and sliding across each other gracefully, unrestricted, providing an environment that enables all bodily systems to operate and communicate in an integrated manner.

When emotional stress and trauma take hold, this happy, slick, slippery spider web becomes gluey, forming tree trunks of restriction clamping down on our organs, muscles and nerves.

Fascia has been missing from the historical atlas of psychotherapy and the theory of working with the body in therapy. Something physical that we can put our finger on, more intelligent and interconnected than muscle memory. Therapists know they are missing something, and this is where the fascia has tremendous implications for our work in mental health.

Today both therapists and clients talk about emotional stress and trauma being stuck in the body, that "the body keeps score" and "the body remembers" “the body says No”. However, there isn’t much science to explain exactly where in the body emotions and trauma are manifesting.

People often speak about healing physical body trauma as if it were magical alchemy, constantly seeking a magical intervention, thinking it can be learned in a morning workshop that will quickly make the trauma disappear. But there is no quick fix. There is no magic potion because healing emotional and physical trauma involves many layers of work. It takes time.

Our clients need to be involved in this work and understand how their bodies hold and process emotional stress and trauma. When our clients are involved, they begin to notice what works for them and over time, they can navigate towards safety and make good choices for themselves in the here and now. They will feel it, somatically, in their body.

During the workshop, we will explore:

- Magical Connective Tissue: Fascia, what is it and why it matters

- Issues in the Tissues: How fascia houses Trauma in the Body

- Our most intelligent organ: Interception, Proprioception & Neuroception

- Fascia & The Vagus Nerve

- Fascia & our Organs - Heart and Gut

- Intergenerational Trauma, PTSD & Fascia

- Potential for Growth & Healing: Befriending the body. Learn Trauma-Informed Yoga tools

to work with clients online and in person.

- Practical tools and knowledge to share with clients

Equipment & Experience: No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in the 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’re welcome to bring your yoga mat or blanket. You have a choice to practise movement seated or on the floor; adjustments are always given.

Disclaimer: This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be trauma-informed 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 of therapists or yoga teachers within their 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.

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.

The trainer:

Lorna Evans | Founder The Mind Movement

Psychotherapist & Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher

Lorna is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy. Lorna proudly integrates psychotherapy and the body with a focus on Breath & Movement as healing tools for trauma, anxiety and depression.


Natural Self: developing an ecologically-informed therapeutic practice

The event:

This 1.5 hour training will introduce participants to the core teachings and benefits of nature-based therapy, provide an experiential taster (even via Zoom!) and explore ways to integrate these perspectives into therapy practice.

• Introduction to key concepts from the multidisciplinary field of ecopsychology

• Brief review of the health-boosting benefits of nature connection

• Facilitated Nature-based Mindfulness and nature connection experience

• Exploration of the benefits of an ecologically-informed therapeutic frame + practice

• Integrating these enriching perspectives into our every day work

• Q&A

The trainer:

Freddy Weaver biography:

I hold a Integrative Counselling and Ecotherapy practice in Devon and online, and occupy a psychotherapy role at the pioneering Rite To Freedom charity on Dartmoor. I have been counselling in individual and group settings for over fifteen years now, working in the private healthcare sector and charitable organisations alike.

As time has gone on I’ve become increasingly interested in the systemic issues at play in individual mental health, in particular our relationship with the natural world.

Most recently I have launched The Hearth Retreat in Devon, hosting transformational nature-based experiences in a beautiful natural setting to explore how our connection with the natural world can support and enhance addiction recovery, improve mental health, catalyse blossoming into our potential and foster wholeness.

The migration westwards from the south-east into wilder tracts of the countryside reflects a deepening interest in nature-based therapeutic practices. On arrival in Devon I undertook a year's study in Ecology, Indigenous Wisdom and Systemic Change at The Schumacher Institute, South Devon, fusing my interests in individual change with the wider societal issues facing us today. Since then I have trained at The Natural Academy - a Nature-based Therapy and Ecopsychology organisation in the South-West. I have also trained in the Work That Reconnects - a structure that enables us to address our personal relationship with large systemic and existential issues, such as the ecological crisis, and empower ourselves to authentically respond.




Working with adults estranged from family

The event

This training is for psychological therapists working with, or interested in working with, people experiencing family estrangement. The webinar will focus initially on research into the causes and impact of estrangement. The trainer will reflect on her own experience of working with people experiencing estrangement and we will then go onto consider a couple of case studies, both from individual therapy and from a group.

The Trainer

Helen Gilbert is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist who works in private practice as well as for the charity Stand Alone who support people estranged from family. She has worked with groups and individuals experiencing estrangement for the last six years. Helen trained at University of Roehampton in Existential-Analytic psychotherapy & counselling. She lives in Brighton although much of her work is now online.


Revisiting Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of Traumas and Sexual Abuse A 3 hour ZOOM CPD with Joy Schaverien

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

The event:

This talk will begin with discussion of the ABC-D of Boarding School Syndrome. This is the series of psychological traumas and sexual abuses that contribute to what, in 2011, I first classified as Boarding School Syndrome. The initials refer to the elements that constitute the multiple ordeals suffered by the children. They stand for: Abandonment,

Bereavement, Captivity and Disassociation. The premise is that going to boarding school at a young age may inflict emotional injuries with lasting psychological consequences. These early traumas leave children vulnerable to sexual advances from paedophile adults, school bullies and the confusing, sexually charged, solace found in dormitories with other children. This may have the long-term effect of distorting intimate relationships and adult sexuality. Research has led to an understanding of the enduring harm engendered by these events as presented in adult psychotherapy patients. It is hoped to engender lively exchange of ideas and experiences.

The trainer:

Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Jungian psychoanalyst, a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. She has published extensively on Boarding School Syndrome including two of her books: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (2020) and her best seller: Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child (2015). Her paper ‘Revisiting Boarding School Syndrome: The Anatomy of Psychological Traumas and Sexual Abuse’, on which this talk is based, was published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy in November 2021.


Managing your ‘self’: a workshop for therapists

The event:

In this workshop Linda Gask will explore what it means to experience to your own mental health problems when you are working as a therapist. How do we manage our ‘selves’ when working with the problems of others? What are the potential risks to the work we are doing with clients and patients and how do we mitigate these? What are the potential benefits, if any? When and how should we seek help? What should we reveal to clients and colleagues?

We will work together as a large group, and in smaller breakout groups for part of the time, sharing our own experiences, and drawing broader lessons about ways of coping with our own difficulties whilst at the same time trying to help others.

The trainer:

Linda Gask is Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and a retired consultant psychiatrist. She has worked extensively across the field of mental health, from psychological therapy and addiction services to general psychiatry, latterly supervising in an IAPT service and setting up a bereavement support team, whilst continuing to experience episodes of depression throughout her working life. She is now retired and has written two memoirs about her life and work, The Other Side of Silence and Finding True North and co-authored two editions of both Primary Care Mental Health (Cambridge) and Medical and Psychiatric Issue for Counsellors (Sage). She now lives in Orkney where she Chairs a voluntary organisation that provides mental health care.