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TRAINING & GROUP SUPPORT

TRAINING, GROUP & INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

 


TRAINING

If you are a trainee or a qualified therapist wishing to expand your knowledge and experience of a particular element of counselling theory we offer short training sessions that may be of assistance to you.

This training is for both groups and individuals and will often be facilitated by two UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellors.

Courses currently available

Empathy and the therapeutic relationship
Understanding Transference
Understanding Projection/Projective Identification
Understanding Personality Styles
Understanding Relationship Dynamics
Relational approaches to short-term therapy

Currently offering training in Scarborough & Huddersfield

CPD Certificate awarded for the attendance of all training

Please contact myself (07837227921) Carol I'Anson (07775801487) or Anne Graham (Huddersfield/Dewsbury Training 07776140616) for details


Small Group Therapy

Is facilitated by Phillip Whittington and Carol I'Anson and meets monthly at a central location in Scarborough.

A new therapy group is currently being populated and below is a link for those who may be interested in joining

 Scarborough Small Group Therapy

How small group therapy can often be effective?

Members of the group get to share with others within the group the details of situations or personal issues that are in some way impacting their lives at the moment. This could be a Work Related Anxiety, an Anger issue, an Eating Disorder, a Bereavement issue, a phobia etc. Or it could just simply be that you haven’t got anyone close to you who you can tell about your day.

'The group is a place where our unique and individual experience of the world can be shared, and where the natural healing power of human relationships can once again be experienced.'

Upon telling your story, those within the group would be invited to share how they themselves have been impacted by your words, feelings and behaviours. They may also of course offer challenge, therefore inviting a deeper examination of your experience and behaviours. Also, it will often come to the pass that the facilitator or another within the group challenges the challenge and therefore each interaction is proven to be important.
For it is in this place of interaction where personality styles, upbringing, culture and a million other possibilities influence our choice of how we react to a given situation.
I believe that it is this mixture of support and challenge within a safe environment that encourages the development of a better sense of who we are and how we act within our world.

Although I will be offering challenges, insight and examples of theory, the main body of support generally comes from the relationships that form within the group. For it is within this group of relationships that we can begin to understand how our emotional reactions to certain situations may limit our choices.

 'Group work offers you the opportunity to place yourself within a professional therapeutic environment with an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor for a fraction of the cost with no long waiting lists.'

All groups are open to both sexes so they may well be mixed groups.


Armed Forces and Veterans Support


In recent years the emotional impact that Active Service has on an individual has finally been recognised, and the far-reaching effects of this condition acknowledged.

This acknowledgment is of course a good thing but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is experienced by some after exposure to high levels of stress (long or short term) is a condition that can effect the individual many years after the triggering event. This of course means that apart from serving members that there are potentially many veterans out there dealing with the emotional impact of these early experiences.

The emotional and physical impacts of military life on the individual may be easier to identify while that individual is still a member of the armed forces, but should the individual have left the forces at the time when the symptoms present themselves they may not be aware of the cause, and hence what is triggering their emotional condition in the present.

Some people are simply by their design better at dissociating (blocking out) or dealing with stress than others, and factors such as age, physical well being, personality style, employment type and family/military unit support will also possibly assist them to cope with the riggers of their experiences.

But what happens when there is a fracture in one of the areas that has been enabling the individual to hold it all together and be strong in an incredibly stressful environment?

Sometimes it is then the case that that which we are dissociating from comes into awareness and we begin to develop and experience symptoms.

 Symptoms common to PTSD are

  • Rage/Anger
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Guilt
  • Sleep problems/Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Elevated startle response
  • Emotional numbing (The blocking out of experiences)
My experience of working with serving members and veterans of the armed forces is that many who sit before me are unaware of the impact that their situation has had upon them. Also it is often the case that they are also unaware of how their emotional condition is impacting their relationships with family and loved ones.
The nature of being a soldier, sailor or airman is to be strong and able deal with the task at hand, and to reveal that that is becoming a struggle can ignite feelings of shame within the individual, or even anger at their own perceived failings or weaknesses.
Therapy offers a safe space in which these feelings can be acknowledged, validated and felt for what they are; responses to tremendous stress, anxiety, loss of comrades or even capture.
By acknowledging the experiences that are perhaps behind our recent moods and behaviours we enable ourselves to be more aware in the present, and less driven by the past.

To compliment my work in this area I have achieved a level 3 diploma in working with PTSD and an advanced level 4 diploma in NLP, which can sometimes be useful when working with victims of trauma. I am also trained in EMDR, which some research suggests is useful when working with PTSD.


Information link for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Information link for NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming

 



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