Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

April 2023

A word from the editor

Spring is upon us!

As many of our students have knuckled down with their end of year assignments and submissions, we’ve had plenty of fresh start activity too!

In this month’s newsletter, I am pleased to tell you we have a new Administrator in place at ECPT! Her name is Lauren Clarke and you will see her throughout the week at both sites. Mike, Kathie and Gemma definitely have a knack for finding talent and Lauren is no exception! I’ll let Lauren introduce herself formally in next month’s newsletter.

In the meantime!! As part of Stress Awareness Month we have an article from Shantelle Prosper on the ED&I committee highlighting Diversity Stress. Check out upcoming CPD – new training has been added and places are expected to go like hotcakes! The Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference 2023 have a special request and we have updates and input from Hayley Jackson regarding placements, Supervision availability with Gemma Wardell, as well as vacancies that may be of interest in our wider community. Thank you to everyone who has sent in and/or posed for social media posts! Keep them coming!

Wishing you a great month ahead 😊

Hayley Johnson – ECPT Newsletter and Social Media Support


  • 10th May – CPD – Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training – in partnership with Re-New
  • 12th May – CPD – Compassion Fatigue for Those Who Work with Stress (at Holderness Road)
  • 20th May – Group Therapy Marathon (at Holderness Road)
  • 8th & 9th June – TA101 (at Holderness Road)
  • 26th and 27th June – Family Systems and TA with Enid Welford (at Holderness Road)
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th July – TA101 (online)
  • 15th July 2023 – Celebration Day (venue TBC)

Book your place here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre


Compassion Fatigue for those who work with distress – with Dr Jennie Ormerod – on the 12th May.

Early bird
tickets available until the end of April.
This workshop is about creating a space for workers to reflect on themselves and develop strategies to be able
to continue their work as effectively as possible in the future.

Find out more and book your place at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/775957

TA101  – The next in class TA101 is on the 8th & 9th June with Anita Holland at Holderness Road.

Our next online one is scheduled for July 2023. If you need to do TA101 and can’t get to Hull, then book onto this one. If we can squeeze in one earlier, then we will give you the option to move to that one instead. Early booking is advised as spaces are limited, even in virtual classrooms! 

To book either of these, please visit https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/ta101-ellesmere-centre/

Family Systems and Transactional Analysis

The focus of this 2 day workshop is the interface between TA and Family Constellations, and the way that embracing both can enhance clinical work.

The workshop will be theoretical and experiential, and participants will have the opportunity to bring personal issues to apply to this approach.

Book Here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/869636

Clinical Placements  

Space2BHeard CIC will be offering further clinical placement opportunities for both students new to practice and those wishing to gain further hours with Valued Minds Low Cost Counselling & Psychotherapy Service.

If you would like to know more information about clinical placements you can contact me hayleyjackson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk . The latest Placement Policy and all related information is also available here

Conference Committee

Welcome to your Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference Committee!!

Gemma, Chris, Hayley, Lucy and Ben are all busy getting the wheels in motion for the upcoming conference on  21st October 2023!

We have exciting news! We want to continue with the offering to 2 ECPT students to run their own workshop at the Conference. If this is something you are interested in please contact Gemma@ellesmerecentre.co.uk to express your interest and workshop topic!

A Word from the Training Standards Committee

Hello from the Training Standards Committee!

We wanted to introduce ourselves to those of you who have recently joined the Centre, and reintroduce ourselves to those of you who’ve been with us for awhile longer.

Our primary role is to continuously review and oversee the training process, policies and experience for students in all years.

Between our members, we are able to liaise with UKCP, the External Examiner for the Centre, Ellesmere teaching staff, and the other Ellesmere committees (EDI, Ethics and Accreditation) to ensure that training attends to UKCP requirements, whilst holding intersectionality and the Centre’s ethos at its heart.

We’re always open to questions and feedback, so if there’s anything you’d like to check out with us or for us to know about, feel free to send an email to tsc@ellesmerecentre.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Sending you all good wishes.

Emma Pooley, TSC Chair on behalf of TSC

A word from the Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and in this offering from the EDI Committee

I want to talk about Diversity Stress.

Stress is a natural response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives.

Everyone experiences stress to some degree, the way we respond, makes a big difference to

our overall well-being. It is not unusual for us to feel stressed, when interacting with people

who are different to ourselves. Nor is it surprising that we become apprehensive and

experience mild discomfort when our usual modes of coping prove insufficient, and we

consciously or unconsciously realise our preconceived ideas about who we are, and

diversity, seem to be incongruent. It can be stressful working with people who are different,

and managing Hidden Diversity can be stressful for all parties.

In this ever changing world, diversity initiatives often focus on the nine protected

characteristics for inclusion, but, Mental Health Issues, Neurodiversity, Learning Abilities,

Social or Economic Position, Domestic Situation, Caring Responsibilities and numerous other

Hidden Diversities are not readily taken into account.

When navigating our way around the complexities of diversity and inclusion we often deny

being uncomfortable because we are afraid we might say the wrong thing and offend

someone.  We may choose to stay in our comfort zone and associate with people who are

just like us, rather than interacting in meaningful ways with people who are different, as

such interactions elicit unpleasant physical or emotional responses. We might experience

muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, chest pain, or shortness of breath, feel overwhelmed,

irritable, angry, or sad. This emotional strain can effect our behaviour, cause insomnia, low

mood, depression, angry outbursts, or social withdrawal. This is what has become know as

“Diversity Stress.”

Diversity Stress is what we experience when we disavow our morals and values, discount

our Hidden Diversity, or pay aspects of diversity lip service, out of fear of the unspoken

pressure to conform or be ostracised. Diversity Stress is not a schism, it can leave us with a

sense of not belonging, we can all experience it and probably have. For some of us, the

impact of it may be fleeting, whilst for others it can be the source of significant stress. It can

contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity,

diabetes and mental health issues. Accruing physical, mental and emotional tensions won’t

make us more comfortable, left unaddressed unchecked and unspoken diversity stress is

continuous, unrelenting and can affect body, mind, and behaviour.

Shantelle Prosper

EDI Committee Member


Hi everyone, in case we haven’t met, my name is Gemma Wardell.  As a  UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist, Trainer, and a Supervisor, I am excited to have some availability to offer one-to-one supervision sessions. I have various sessions available, and I am happy to negotiate a mutually agreeable time/day and frequency.

All supervision hours can be counted towards your qualification and accreditation.

If you would like to explore this supervision opportunity further, I would be very happy to offer an initial call/meeting to discuss your requirements and explore the possibility of us working together.

Please email me at: gemma@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Job Board

Advanced Practitioner ER LAC CAMHS Band 7

An exciting opportunity for a child psychotherapist to work within the LAC team


We also have an FAQs section on both the members website and the main (public-facing) ECPT website. These get updated as we get new queries. We welcome suggestions for these sections for questions and answers that will help new and current students and members. If you can suggest anything to add, please email admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk. As always, your feedback is deeply appreciated.

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