Workshops / Trainings / Courses

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)


If you’re a therapist wanting to keep inspired and informed you’ll find our CPD events are of a high standard.

The trainings are in small groups of 8 – 10 participants, providing an intimate and relaxed learning experience.

Personal / Spiritual Growth

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Sun
    10.30am - 4.30pmThe Wilbury Clinic


    Sunday 31st March, 10.30am - 4.30pm
    Cost £80.00. A few concession places are available upon request.

    When facing difficulties, we welcome kind responses from others and find it painful if they react with critical judgments. Most of us, most of the time, are able to be sympathetic when people around us are going through a hard time. But how do we react to our own difficulties? Are we compassionate, or do we heap self-criticism on top of the suffering that is already there?

    Compassion is a kind response, with a wish to alleviate the suffering of both ourselves and others, if we can. But where does mindfulness come into it?

    The quality of compassion is implicit in mindfulness, which is often described as 'non-judgmental awareness'. The more aware we are, for example in response to difficult feelings, the better placed we are to have a genuinely helpful response. Feeling that we are ‘seen’ and understood can have a profoundly healing effect. It is possible to give this kind, understanding response to ourselves. The more we do this, the more our compassion flows naturally to others.

    Can we learn to be more truly compassionate? Absolutely! We can learn practices for cultivating kindness, compassion and gratitude, opening our heart more fully to both the sufferings and joys that we humans all share.

    On this small-group workshop there will be guided meditations, discussion and interactive activities on the theme, with some underpinning theory from experts in the field.

    Annie Akasati is an ordained Buddhist and has practiced and studied Mindfulness and compassion for over three decades, as well as leading many workshops, courses and retreats over the last 20 years. She is qualified to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction; Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living and is a member of the UK Mindfulness Network.

    For more information or to book your place, go to:
    or contact Annie Akasati on 07795 562483 or with any queries about the day.

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Upcoming CPD Workshops

  • Sun
    10am - 1pmThe Wilbury Clinic

    Please Email Sudakini on if you would like to book.

    NEW in 2019! CPD - Learning Labs at The Wilbury Clinic

    The cost is £280 if you book for the whole course or £40 to book for individual learning labs.

    Each “LL” is 10am - 1pm at The Wilbury Clinic, all held on Sunday mornings.

    This is a relaxed course for qualified therapists that can be done as a whole or as individual parts.

    My motivation in offering this is firstly to share the fruits of many years of practice of experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. My second motivation is to offer a regular supply of inspiration in manageable chunks that hopefully will be easy to incorporate into your therapy practice immediately. 

    Each 3 hr workshop will begin with a presentation by Vajralila usually followed by a demo and then an opportunity to make the learnings experiential by practicing in pairs or groups. The workshops will be informal in approach with a strong collegial approach in the spirit of sharing and supporting each other in the profound work we do. 

    February 10th: Working with protector parts FULLY BOOKED

    Learning to see the clients defences, resistances and dysfunctions as ‘parts’ that are motivated to protect. Then, practicing working with these parts and validating their help and support and then bringing in the opportunity to upgrade the body/mind system to the present day (where these protectors are no longer needed in quite the same way)- drawing on the work of Tsultrim Allione, Richard Schwarz, Peggy Pace. Janina Fisher, Daniel Siegel.


    March 10th: Chair work FULLY BOOKED

    This leads on nicely from the previous lab on protectors as it’s an extension of part work. Over the years I have experimented with the most effective ways to do chair work. I have found a pretty sound approach with much room for intuition and flow which I would like to share, it includes a combination of influences from gestalt, couple therapy, NVC (non violent communication) and feeding your demons. 


    April 7th: Working creatively

    Creativity is such a great way to access the right side of the brain and from this state insights can flow easily. I have 3 particular ideas for this session, one is working with the shamanic drum, I will guide you on a journey to find a part of yourself and offer healing and reclaiming. In shamanic language this is called soul retrieval. I will also introduce the ‘river cards’.


    May 5th: Inner child work FULLY BOOKED

    I will introduce the reason we need to go back into the past in therapy, I will explore what the past and future even means and then present a structure to guide your client to take their grown up self back in time to help and heal younger parts. Drawing on Transactional Analysis, Lifespan Integration and modern understandings of neuroplasticity and active imagination theory.


    July 7th: Listening to the body FULLY BOOKED

    I will introduce how simply listening to the client’s body sensations and gently tracking what is happening and listening with deep empathy, can facilitate access to the clients own inner wisdom and be profoundly healing.


    September 1st: Therapy Goals: Setting the compass to north

    Often I find that when the work gets stuck or we lose our way, it is because the goal is not clear about what the client wants from therapy. This can lead to the therapist guessing or assuming and making interventions from that place which are unlikely to be fruitful and possibly frustrating. This is a good indicator of the need to re set the compass to north. This then makes it clear what your joint work / contract is. It also gives permission for you, the therapist, to go there!


    October 6th: Trust emergence FULLY BOOKED

    In my therapy room is the sign ‘trust emergence’ to remind me to ‘let go and let god’, as the saying goes… I find the less ‘ego’ or me is identified with DOING the work the better. This could be called a spiritual or transpersonal approach. Whatever the label, opening into space, presence, other power… it’s well worth exploring! I will draw on the work of Gregory Kramer, Brian Thorne and Douglas Harding’s work in this session with live experiments and lots of fun!


    November: 3rd: Understanding privilege FULLY BOOKED

    A controversial subject but one that we as therapists need to be informed about so we don't use our clients to educate us. I want to offer a space we can freely discuss this subject without fear of being shamed, where we can take risks and be willing to expose unconscious prejudices in the service of being able to deeply empathise with a client’s locus of evaluation rather that through our own frame of reference. 

    Subjects on the table are white. straight, cis, male, class - privilege.

    Debby Irving, /  /


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  • Sat
    10.30am – 4.30pm

    Cost: £80

    To Book please Email:

    Using the sand tray as a therapeutic tool within an integrative approach


    Workshop description:

    This introductory workshop is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists interested in using the sand tray within their therapeutic practice.

     Sand tray work :

    Clients choose from a range of miniature figures and objects, and arrange them in the sand. The ‘theatre of the sandbox’ provides a controlled space to express and explore emotions and life issues. Once feelings are organised and externalised in sandplay, they can be contemplated from a distance, and then assimilated.– integrating inner and outer worlds. Talking or playing with the therapist, the client can explore relationships, make connections and explore new possibilities.

    Sandplay is hands on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by the therapist, a client creates a concrete manifestation of his / her imaginal world using sand, water, and miniature objects’. (C.G.Jung).

    Like other forms of image-making, sand tray work provides a means of accessing the client’s inner world, through the imagination; by-passing the rational-logical mind. Different to painting or drawing – it involves using concrete objects which can be moved. It is an expressive and dynamic approach. Symbols are not interpreted by the therapist, the meaning belongs to the client. The therapist’s role is to facilitate the client’s deeper understanding and expression.

    The workshop will combine theory, practical demonstration of techniques and experiential work. Participants will have the opportunity to practise in pairs, share, reflect and ask questions, in order to integrate their learning.

    Course content will include:

    • An introduction to working with the sand tray and theoretical underpinning
    • Opportunities to experience working with the sand tray in practice – as ‘client’ and ‘therapist’
    • Strategies for working with and exploring the sand tray image
    • A guide to questioning techniques to support the work
    • Opportunity to reflect on, share and discuss learning and insights

    Max group size: 10

    The course is open to qualified counsellors / psychotherapists. Trainees will be considered, dependent on experience and if they are in personal therapy.

    Trainer biography:

    Catherine Bishop works in private practice as an integrative and transpersonal psychotherapeutic counsellor with individuals, couples and children. She offers the use of a variety of arts to explore emotions, dilemmas and creative solutions to problems. Catherine is an experienced teacher, trainer and group facilitator, having worked for many years in the world of education. Her approach to training is interactive and flexible. She aims to combine delivering a core objective with space to be responsive to participants needs.

    She completed her core training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, and further training in using the arts with Children and Couples at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Time2relate. She also provides emotional literacy training in schools and runs therapeutic arts groups for children.

    Trainer: Catherine Bishop

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  • Sun
    10am - 5pmThe Wilbury Clinic

    Trauma Training for Therapists
    Sunday November 4th 2018
    10am - 5pm

    To Book:

    • Understand what Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD is
    • Psychoeducation - Understanding the neurobiology of Trauma and how to incorporate it into the therapy
    • Safe Trauma Assessment including Trauma line
    • Using and teaching Safety and Stabilisation
    • Self care contracting
    • Processing trauma
    • Preventing Vicarious Trauma

    This day will clarify what “Trauma” actually is and how to recognise the signs of PTSD and complex PTSD (and what the difference is).

    There will be a thorough explanation of what happens in the brain in trauma responses and the importance of working safely with such clients by keeping them in their ‘window of tolerance’. You will learn how to offer psycho education to clients to help them normalise and validate that responses to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal events AND it is important to acknowledge their destructive potential when the traumatic event is no longer occurring.

    We will cover assessment and information gathering and offer a ‘tool box’ of ways to regulate your clients distress levels. You will come away with a clear self care plan to work effectively with clients.

    The ‘Trauma line’, will be introduced and experienced. This is a creative way of developing a time line of life events using the symbolism of string, rocks, flowers and night lights.

    Traumatolgist PG Dip

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