Goodwill GuidanceCounselling in Southampton & Therapist Workshops

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CPD workshops for therapists

I offer one day CPDs for counsellors and psychotherapists. If you work in another enabling role - such as psychology, social work, nursing or other areas that involve using systematic counselling, coaching or guidance skills with the people you support - these workshops may be of interest.

What’s in the driving seat? offers a creative strategy to help people map and explore complex issues using a five element model of emotions and needs.

Working with the body in therapy introduces key aspects of body process for you to experience, reflect upon and apply therapeutically.

Both days are:
• Experiential and practical.
• Grounded in a relational, embodied Gestalt approach.
• Trauma-informed.
• Supported by a guide summarising key ideas and resources.
• Hopefully a good mix of useful, growthful and enjoyable.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

Dates and venues

Large workshops: Open access, 10 or more
Held at venues throughout the UK.
Times TBC

Small workshops: Open access, 6 maximum
Held at my private practice in Southampton.
Times TBC

Small workshops: By invitation
If you think at least three colleagues could be interested in joining you on an invitation-only workshop, let's talk and explore possibilities.

Last workshop
4 July, 2020
What's in the driving seat?
Olive Branch Counselling Service, Winchester.

What’s in the driving seat?

The 'Felts and pompoms' workshop
Before training to become a counsellor, I was involved for many years with Touch for Health which is a body-based, complementary therapy. Touch for Health applies the ancient five element model of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water to help guide therapeutic interventions. The workshop enables you to creatively apply the five elements using felts, pompoms and optional, embodied balancing techniques.

If you’re a trauma-informed therapist, you may be particularly interested that this creative method can support clients to model important qualities of their integrating capacity or window of tolerance. This real-time, physical metaphor can be used to inform stabilising interventions with clients if they start to move outside of their optimal integration zone.

You’ll have opportunities to:
• Explore a five element awareness model.
• Both give and receive a ‘What’s in the driving seat?’ creative experiment.
• Use felts and pompoms as metaphors for key parts of therapeutic investigation.
• Experience using stabilising techniques involving breathing and acupressure.
• Consider how to integrate this method into your therapeutic approach.

Workshops. Driving seat therapist guide

Working with the body in therapy

The 'Thinker and Wonder Woman’ workshop
I love Dan Siegel's description of the mind as 'an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information' (The Developing Mind, 2012). This view may represent an emerging paradigm that could enrich all psychotherapeutic traditions by inviting us to remember the body more in our work.

There are many, wonderful ways to work with the body in therapy. I work within a relational, embodied Gestalt framework. Key elements of the Gestalt approach are summarised in these articles by Christine Partridge and Juliann Spoth and by Gary Yontef.

You’ll have opportunities to:
• Explore five aspects of body process.
• Consider how to grade embodied enquiry.
• Apply a Gestalt model for guiding creative, embodied experiments.
• Experience and facilitate holistic, embodied interventions.
• Reflect on how to integrate body process into your model of therapy.

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Goodwill Guidance
Counselling in Southampton and CPD workshops for therapists.
Autogenic therapy, strengths coaching and careers guidance.

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