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WPF Therapy

Based at London Bridge, WPF Therapy sees more than 500 clients each week in our modern, purpose designed centre. We also provide training for about 1000 people each year.

We are a well-established charity, proud of our reputation for high standards and with active membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Our clinical service is accredited by BACP and our graduates are registered with BPC, UKCP or BACP.

We provide:

  • professional trainings and CPD in psychotherapy
  • training in counselling skills for people who work with people
  • a positive commitment to equalities and diversity
  • high-quality, affordable counselling and psychotherapy
  • a variety of therapies, short and long term, because people have different needs
  • support for mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Courses

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(London) Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2018-2019 with David Smart

Did you study Kleinian theory on your training? Maybe you would like the opportunity to explore it in more depth now that you have more clinical experience. Theory only really comes alive when we can connect with it from our clinical practice. Maybe you did not cover Klein during your training and would like to know more about her work and how it might help you in your practice. This study group sets out to explore developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. The course is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with Kleinian thinking as well as those who wish to deepen and enrich their understanding and use of psychoanalytic concepts.

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(London) Post-Qualification Certificate in Supervision

Starting in January 2019 this qualification is offered to experienced psychodynamic / psychoanalytic counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to train and register as supervisors. Additionally, applicants may be integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically. It is a two term, part-time post qualification certificate. For those interested in BAPPS membership an optional third term may be available subject to numbers. Who is this course for? Applicants are required to be at least 2 years post-qualification with at least 500 hours clinical practice (some of which may have been completed during training). This course is open to psychodynamically trained and integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically. When does it take place? This course takes place on Wednesdays at WPF Therapy’s offices at London Bridge from 1.00pm – 4.30pm. There is a seminar of 1.5 hours and a supervision of supervision group which takes place over two terms of ten weeks (i.e. 20 sessions). Applicants will require a placement and will need to complete 40 hours of logged counselling supervision for award of the Certificate.

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(London) Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills with Cate Lyon

The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself. Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

The aim of this course with Cate Lyon is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.

Course requirements This is a 3 day course and participants must attend on April 6th and April 13th. There is a choice for the third day of either April 27th or May 18th. The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. Ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment.

Workshops

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The Business of Therapy

When you started to train as a therapist is it likely that you were focused on working with clients and patients. During training you will have been practising your clinical skills. But, now you are qualified, or nearing qualification, the reality of working begins to loom. Most therapists set up in private practice, as well as doing some organisational work. For some of us, the thought of setting up a business can be scary. After all, it isn’t why you started out on this path. This workshop with Paul Silver-Myer is for you if you would like to learn more about the practical business of therapy from an accountant who understands what it means to be a therapist. The workshop is business focused on money issues and tax. This workshop will provide you with information about how to set yourself up in business as a therapist; to know what expenses can be claimed; and to share experiences of setting fees, making a profit, and how to recover bad debts.

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(London) Domestic Abuse. What's Going On? with Alexander Lojpur

How would you know if your client is experiencing domestic abuse? Are you aware that physical abuse is just one of many forms of domestic abuse? Do you wonder why survivors of abuse do not leave their abuser? Perhaps you wonder how can a woman abuse a male partner? Would you like to know the difference between abuse in heterosexual relationships and LGBT+ relationships and between family members?

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(London) Psychotherapy and Christianity with Mark Vernon

There is an important relationship between psychotherapy and Christianity, though it is often overlooked. It’s of interest for clinical, theoretical and cultural reasons that this day will discuss.

To explore how psychotherapy does and doesn’t understand the Christian’s relationship to God, as well as examining how psychotherapy has tried to understand the God of monotheism.

There are also practical issues here, too, because spiritual desires will inevitably come into the therapy room, though it seems common for Christians to feel wary of how their beliefs will be treated.


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(London) Trauma in Organisations: A Practical Workshop Exploring Skills Needed for Supporting Staff and Managers after a Critical Incident with Kate Nowlan

This workshop will explore best practice for those wishing to develop skills needed to support organisations in the aftermath of traumatic or critical incidents. Such incidents can have a devastating impact on individuals and teams – whether a personal bereavement or a workplace fatality, a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own experience whilst thinking about different models of intervention.

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(London) Addiction as an Attachment Disorder. Attachment Gone Wrong with Sarah Pennock

Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure attachment?

Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?

Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests within your clinical material?

Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.

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(London) Violence and Violent Perpetrators with Gwen Adshead

How do we understand and work with violence? For many psychotherapists the idea of working with violent offenders is frightening. But, is there violence in all of us? This lecture is an opportunity to hear from a leader in the field who has extensive experience of working therapeutically with the worst of society’s offenders. You will learn more about violence as a form of criminal rule breaking, and the psychopathology of violence as well as the implications for psychotherapeutic treatment.


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(London) Bion's War with Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Wilfred Bion is a major figure in psychoanalysis. His work is illuminating, sometimes controversial, and above all clinically wise. In the First World War he served in the Tank Corps in France as a tank commander and then captain, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions at the Battle of Cambrai. His deeply honest autobiography includes some unmatched descriptions of the reality of war; and towards the end of his life he addresses the question of ‘why war?’ in his novel A Memoir of the Future.


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(London) Vicarious Trauma with Lisa Ferguson

  • Are you interested in learning more about vicarious traumatisation?
  • Would you like to think more about the impact this client group has on us as practitioners, including thinking about our conscious and unconscious self?
  • Do you wonder how to maintain therapist self-care when working with people who have experienced various trauma?

Vicarious traumatisation “is commonly understood to refer to the cumulative transformative effect on the helper of working with people who have experienced traumatic life events”. Source – Livingwell.org

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(London) Can We Be Brief? An Introduction to Brief Therapy with Margaret Mykura

  • Are you curious about Brief Therapy and would like to know more?
  • Would you like to feel more confident in working within a limited number of sessions?
  • Are you working in a setting or agency where you are expected to provide Brief Therapy and would like to be better informed?

Brief Therapy is now the treatment of choice in many agencies and therapy settings. The aim of the workshop is to inspire participants to use Brief Therapy in their work with clients. 

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(London) Guilt and Shame with Jan McGregor Hepburn

- Are you struggling to differentiate between guilt and shame? - Do you want to develop your understanding of how guilt and shame manifest themselves clinically? - Would you like to gain a theoretical grasp of shame, guilt and their origins? - Are you interested in exploring the ways in which these affects ‘get played’ out in the consulting room? Patients and clients may struggle to accept the clinician’s help because they feel shame and feel humiliated by needing help and the process of getting it. This workshop will help you to gain an understanding of the dynamics of guilt and shame in clinical work as well as another insight into the countertransference experiences of feeling guilty and ashamed. The differences between reparative guilt and persecutory guilt will also be considered. The day will close with a plenary where participants can present their questions and discuss clinical implications further.

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(London) Thinking about the Unconscious (A beginners guide)

This workshop with Cate Lyon will take travellers on a whistle stop introductory tour of the didifficult terrain of the unconscious. Starting with a map of the mind, we shall visit some unconscious processes such as repression, projection, transference & countertransference and stop off at some key defensive mechanisms. We will unravel some jargon and discuss how these processes might manifest themselves in our everyday lives. We shall consider some clinical and non-clinical examples of such phenomena at work along our way. Travellers should disembark with a good basic grasp of some key unconscious processes and some confidence and appetite for further exploration.

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(London) Complex Trauma and Adult Safeguarding with Dean Whittington

- Do you want to gain an understanding of the various components which define complex trauma? - Would you like to learn more about the legal aspects around Adult Safeguarding? This workshop with Dean Whittington will also look at the guidance provided by the BPS and BACP to work through the dynamics, plus look at how to implement protocols around adult safeguarding. Why do this workshop? - Understand the legal aspects around Adult Safeguarding and various forms of complex trauma - Weighing up the implications around reporting ‘abuse’ in relation to sustaining the therapeutic relationship and its ramifications. - Working through the dynamics within supervision to assist the client to move to an emotional recovery, whilst also thinking about the impact upon others. - Think about how to devise protocols or put them into place and how supervision is essential within the process.

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(London) Complex Trauma and Adult Safeguarding with Dean Whittington

The aims of this workshop are to: Understand the various forms of complex trauma and its implications for Adult Safeguarding along with who to report to and when to report the occurrences. Work with clients to look at the implications of Complex Trauma for the self and others. Understand the different routes for reporting Complex Trauma and its ramifications. Look at how to use supervision, work through the dynamics within a therapeutic relationship.

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(London) From Cradle to Kitchen: Attachment, Food and the Self

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat. This workshop with Linda Cundy explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. Participants will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus. The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

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(London) Battlefield Birth? Working therapeutically with birth trauma, tokophobia and perinatal PTSD with Julianne Boutaleb

  • Do you want to better understand the nature of birth trauma and how it differs from other perinatal psychological issues in its clinical presentation e.g. PND vs PTSD?
  • Would you like to explore the psychological impact of birth trauma on the mother, parental identity, the couple relationship and mother-baby attachment?
  • Are you struggling to work therapeutically with individuals and couples presenting with birth trauma, tokophobia and perinatal PTSD and would like more confidence?


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(London) Living with Mortality with Lynsey Hotchkies and Neil Hudson

  • What does it mean to live our lives with the knowledge that we are going to die?
  • How does this affect us and our day to day lives?

As therapeutic practitioners, it is important to understand and work with our relationship to our own death and dying. This experiential workshop will be an opportunity to explore the issues, attitudes and feelings surrounding this challenging but rewarding subject.

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(London) Intergenerational Trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding with Dr Aileen Alleyne

As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part that history plays for our clients. This workshop is an opportunity to explore how history still plays a part in creating ongoing challenges for our cultural, social and racial identity. Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and understanding this can help facilitate our understanding of the struggles of daily life that our clients are facing. The workshop will provide a space to increase and strengthen our cross-cultural competence in clinical practice.

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