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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

For over 20 years The Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training has offered counsellors of every level the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in training.

We choose high quality speakers and frequently look for topics that have cross-modality appeal. We have an enduring interest in attachment-based counselling models and, in addition to a CPD programme, we are currently offering the first attachment-based counselling training in Great Britain.

Our courses are accessible to those that work or have other commitments and are most often offered on the weekend.


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(London) Mentalization Based Family Therapy and How to use it Systemically With Couples and Families

Mentalization is a model of therapy which seeks to promote more attuned and compassionate communication between us. It can be a very helpful approach when we are working with clients with difficulties in emotional regulation either parents and children or couples.

Emotional regulation is more difficult during stressful periods such as parenting teenagers or with couples who are experiencing conflict or avoidance of talking about difficult issues.

MBFT has its roots in attachment theory and neuroscience. Under emotional stress our capacity to think is compromised and we tend to fall back on earlier patterns of managing difficult situations. If our earlier attachment relationships were insecure or threatened in some way, we can lose the ability to imagine the others’ position thoughtfully, this makes it more difficult to negotiate a way through difficulties. For all of us this happens from time to time but for some it becomes an entrenched patterns of miscommunication and heightened reactivity leading to enormous amounts of distress. It is associated with many emotional and behavioural difficulties in teenagers such as self harm, depression and anxiety.

The workshop will introduce the model including its' theoretical roots and help participants identify techniques to promote mentalization.


(London) An Introduction to Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Science of Yoga

A workshop for therapists and yoga teachers with an interest in the body and working somatically.

Therapists will gain an understanding of the clinical benefits of yoga for positive mental health, the impact of yoga on the autonomic nervous system and the importance of safety.

Today yoga, mindfulness and meditation are rapidly growing in popularity and this trend will continue. Scientific research is now able to measure the benefits of these practices and mainstream medical providers are adopting them as treatment for many psychological issues. As therapists, it is important we understand the science behind these decisions and the benefits of yoga for our clients and ourselves.

During the workshop we will explore:

• The history of the body in therapy

• What is yoga? Understanding yoga as more than a physical practice

• The Autonomic Nervous System, Stress and Yoga

• The Yogic and Eastern perspective on mind-body connections

• Trauma Sensitive Yoga and the importance of safety

• Neuroscience and yoga

• Our embodied relationship with our clients

Therapists attending this workshop will take away the following tools for their clinical practice:

• An understanding of the science of yoga and its benefits for positive mental health

• Yoga breathing techniques and postures for depression and anxiety

• Practical understanding of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

• Accessible yoga resources for therapists and clients including reading list, audio and online practices


(London) Understanding & Recognising Sex Addiction

This CPD workshop will provide counsellors and psychotherapists with a thorough understanding of sex addiction from a biopsychosocial viewpoint. Ultimately only the ‘addict’ can decide if their behaviour is ‘addictive’ or out of control but this intense and information packed day will help therapists to guide the client in making that decision. The day also provides the tools for developing understanding of the roots of the addiction and suggestions for providing ongoing work and referral.


(London) Boundaries, Holding and Containment

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address / Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 29th March 2019 or until sold out.

The Workshop:

Fundamental pillars of the therapeutic relationship, boundaries, holding and containment are often seen as the essential foundation from which progress in therapy grows. In this course we shall explore these concepts both in life and in the therapeutic/clinical context.

Teaching will include clinical case studies, theory, poetry, drawing, visualisation, pair and group work. Experiences from the group will be used to consider the role of boundaries, holding and containment in our work. The theories of Winnicott, Bion and Object Relations theorists will be examined as will Existential and Humanistic perspectives.

Regardless of one’s theoretical approach as a therapist, boundaries, holding and containment play a vital role in the relationships we offer our clients.

The Trainer:

Mickey Yudkin BA, MA has now retired after 25 years as Associate Lecturer in the Department of psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College University of London, where she taught Psychoanalytic Psychology. Mickey also taught personal development courses and CPD at the City Literary Institute and continues to provide CPD for PsychotherapyUK.


Gender, Sexual, & Relationship Diversity for Therapists and Other Practitioners

This interactive and experiential workshop with popular self-help author and sex/gender expert Meg-John Barker prepares you to work with clients across the range of gender, sexual and relationship diversity.

The workshop takes you through their BACP resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) (Barker, 2017), drawing also on their book: Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals (Richards & Barker, 2013).

Through the day you will be encouraged to reflect upon your own ideas and assumptions about GSRD, and those implicit in your therapeutic approaches. We will also consider various ways of understanding GSRD, and their implications for therapy across client groups.

Specifically we will focus on the issues which can be faced by those who fit into normative genders, sexualities and relationship structures, as well as for those who are positioned outside the norm.

We will address the main client groups of which professionals should have a working knowledge - which may be less familiar at present - covering key language and practices (all questions will be welcome!) You will have the opportunity to explore your own experiences of working with clients across GSRD and to discuss case material through the day.

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ LIMITED early-bird discount of 15% available until available until 7th June 2019 or until sold out.


(London) Setting Up Your Private Practice - A One Day Workshop

Embarking on working in private practice for any therapist can be challenging but particularly for one towards the beginning of their career. This one day workshop seeks to share recent experience of establishing a private practice. It will cover some of the highlights, learnt lessons and pitfalls as well as providing support and practical advice to manage this transition.


(London) From Scare-Giving To Care-Giving; A Therapeutic Journey When Working With Clients Suffering Complex

This workshop will focus on the relational aspects of working with survivors of extreme trauma who mainly come from a Disorganised Attachment style and who display symptoms of dissociation namely DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). How can we better relate to the chaos, overwhelming countertransference, contradictory ways of behaving and more importantly their dread of relatedness?

The day will begin with a broad overview of Attachment theory, the transference and countertransference of each attachment style with the aim to then focus on a deeper understanding of the Disorganised Attachment and "Cannot Classify" Attachment styles, trauma and dissociation.

• An overview of Attachment theory

• Trauma, Disorganised attachment, and Dissociation

• Case presentation on working with DID

• Documentary film “The baby” - on dissociation and intergenerational transmission of trauma

• Discussion and conclusion


The Body In Mind - The Body In The Therapeutic Space

One Day Conference cost: £130+ booking fees / Limited early-bird discount of 15%+ booking fees until 12th July or sold out / 20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address / 20% discount for trainee counsellors*

On Saturday 12th October 2019 10am-4:00pm Wimbledon Guild Counselling will hold a One Day Conference entitled: The Body In Mind - The Body In The Therapeutic Space

When the Body comes to Therapy - Susie Orbach

Dissociation in the Therapeutic Space: Somatic Empathy and Embodiment- Christiane Sanderson

Opening the Heart - The Application of Love- John Beveridge


(London) Working Therapeutically With The Possibilities of Uncertainty

Current issues such as global political instability, climate change, and Brexit lead to increased levels of anxiety and confusion. Both pundits and experts constantly remind us that 'we are in an entirely novel set of circumstances wherein we can assume nothing and cannot rely on past solutions.' The disturbing degree of unease and confusion being felt by many - not least, our clients - highlights the extent to which an unwanted and undesirable uncertainty permeates throughout our lives.

And yet, among the various contemporary psychotherapeutic models, the existential approach emphasises the inevitability of uncertainty. As a consequence of the approach's foundational assumption of the inter-relatedness of all beings, no one focus-point (such as "I") can ever fully determine with complete and final certainty what and how the world will be, or others will be, or even "I" will be at any point in time. The inevitability of uncertainty and the openness of existence it proclaims alert us that, any moment, all prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world in general may be "opened" to challenge, reconsideration or dissolution. Paradoxically, existential therapy argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience rather than reveal itself to be just an occasional and temporary consequence arising out of unusual circumstances.

If existential thought is correct in this view, what might it have to tell us about the practical aspects of working with uncertainty as psychotherapists and counsellors? Might significantly creative possibilities open themselves to therapists who are are willing to embrace uncertainty as a pivotal expression of who they are and what they do?


Shrinks love talking about sex – or perhaps not? What do we need to feel better equipped to address

The Workshop:

• How much is it useful/ necessary to be talking about sex in therapy?

• How might our own histories be impacting on how we approach or avoid this subject in the consulting room?

• Might we risk inflaming an erotic transference?

• How is this different for male and female therapists? For gay or straight therapists?

• How do we help clients think about desire and disappointment, or think about their sexual development and identity?

Our trainings do not always prepare us well to think with clients about the physicality of sex. We may feel that we should be cool about sex but often we feel the opposite. In this workshop I aim for us to create a safe environment for reflection and curiosity – about the work and about ourselves.

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee (20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address).

Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 16th August 2019 or until sold out.


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