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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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Working with Couples and Sex & Porn Addiction 2-Day Masterclass with Paula Hall a live CPD event

* Please note terms and conditions are as per The Laurel Centre's booking terms for this workshop only Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training's usual terms and conditions do not apply for this event. Bookings are non refundable except in exceptional circumstances.

Booking link via the Laurel Centre

* Each day runs 10am-4:30pm

This two day masterclass, which is being delivered in conjunction with The Laurel Centre, will give relationship counsellors the skills to work with couples whose relationships have been impacted by sex or porn addiction, or CSBD (Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder).  The workshop will focus on providing practical strategies for identifying and guiding couples through the 3 phases of relationship work, namely impact, meaning and moving on. The role of therapeutic disclosure will be discussed along with therapeutic interventions to build commitment to individual recovery as well as couple recovery, whilst avoiding common pitfalls that can lead to addiction relapse or further trauma for partners. The workshop is interactive and experiential and hence limited to a maximum of 25 participants with time provided for small group skills practice.


  • To understand the impact of sex and porn addiction on intimate relationships
  • To identify the influence of social context and diversity on couple reactions
  • To understand how controversies and confusions around nomenclature and conceptualisation impacts recovery
  • To identify the independent therapeutic needs of the compulsive partner, the partner and the couple
  • To identify the 3 stages of relationship work – impact, meaning and moving on
  • To provide tools and therapeutic strategies for helping couples manage the traumatic ‘impact’ stage of discovering sex addiction
  • To understand the what, why, when and how of undertaking a therapeutic disclosure
  • To provide tools and therapeutic strategies to help couples develop ‘meaning’ from what’s happened to their relationship and to themselves as individuals.
  • To help counsellors move clients from focussing on the survival of the relationship to focussing on the journey to reaching a decision
  • To provide tools and therapeutic strategies to support relationship recovery for couples ‘moving on’ together including rebuilding trust and intimacy
  • To understand the role of psychosexual therapy
  • To provide tools and therapeutic interventions to support healthy couple separation
  • To identify and recognise risks of addiction relapse and partner re traumatisation


Narcissistic Injuries, Neglect and Relational Trauma

The workshop:

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 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 event 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.


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


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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.


Working with Risk and Safeguarding for Adults *

The event:

As a counsellor, psychotherapist or healthcare professional working for an organisation, charity or the NHS, a thorough safeguarding process and risk assessment for your clients or patients will already be in place.

However, if you are a private practitioner, just starting out, or working outside of an organisation, safeguarding and risk policy procedure can seem overwhelming to grasp on your own.

Understanding how to risk assess correctly will be your responsibility – especially for your more vulnerable clients. But what exactly will you need to consider? What makes someone high risk? How can you safeguard if they are in crisis? What should you consider when working with addicts or survivors of trauma and abuse? When is the right time to make an intervention? And what if a client attempts suicide while under your care? In these times of ethical uncertainty, our supervisors and peers may not always around when we might need to make an immediate decision.

Many of us forget about the other person in the client-therapist dynamic. Us. How well do we manage our own safeguarding? What happens when we neglect or abandon our own needs at the risk of our own mental health and wellbeing? How do we recognize the signs of overworking, burn-out and compassion fatigue? Clinicians who work with survivors of abuse and trauma who have similar wounding themselves, often experience vicarious or secondary trauma. At these times, how well do we practice self-care when the professional lines are blurred?

In this workshop, we will walk through everything you ever wanted to know about safeguarding and risk, but we’re too afraid to ask. From your client’s pre-assessment to their first few sessions; from developing a needs assessment and a care plan, to working with clients in crisis; from closure and outgoing referrals to personal self-care and maintaining boundaries. There will be opportunities to learn, share and process experientially - as well as explore a number of real case studies. We will also give voice to the shadow part of every clinician or practitioner… What happens when we make an error or fail our duty of care?

*Please note, this workshop will only be exploring risk and safeguarding for adults, and not minor or children.

The trainer:

Simon Marks is a Dramatherapist and addiction therapist, specialising in trauma, co-dependency, shame reduction, LGBTQ+ mental health and chemsex. He works at Mount Carmel Rehab Centre in South London as well as a private practice in Central London. Simon works with different models and approaches including, IFS, Post-Induction Therapy, 12 Step, Inner-Child and dramatherapy. He offers both individual and group work. Simon delivers a full range of training programmes in these areas of specialism. Simon also runs the successful gay men’s community discussion group, A Change Of Scene, and is himself in long-term recovery since 2007.


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


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.