Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

March 2022

A word from the editor

Hello! Me again. How are you? No really, how are you?

Weird times we are living through at the moment. I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well in every way. Our thoughts are with those with friends and family in Ukraine and the countries nearby who are providing valuable support.

Here at ECPT, we have held our first Open Night of 2022 and also our first Therapeutic Skills Practice Sunday, which you can read more about. We also have an update from our ED&I committee and news of some exciting new CPD, and a potential new placement opportunity.

The conference has taken a few steps forward and we look forward to sharing more details of that in due course.

In the meantime, get the 22nd October in your diary!

You know where we are if you need us.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

Open Night

We held our very first open night of 2022 on the 3rd March. We (virtually) welcomed a dozen or so new people to meet us and hear about our training. We are looking forward to receiving some applications to start in September very soon.

We will be holding an in-person Open Night in a few weeks’ time, so if you know someone who’s interested in joining our community, please look out for the announcement.

An Update From The Equalities, Diversities, and Inclusion Committee

You’ll all no doubt be aware that ECPT’s ethos is centred around embracing and engaging with difference of all kinds. This is why the organisation is so keen to ensure that the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee exists to champion difference. It is made up of students past and present and seeks the involvement of external members too. Our chair is Kay Durrant, who is supported by Shantelle, Chris, Stephen and Jo. We meet quarterly, and we now have our own email address. We felt this was important so that any students with issues have a direct route to our assistance if they feel there is a matter pertaining to EDI.

Contact us at : edi@ellesmerecentre.uk

Elsewhere in the EDI world, as I write this, we are thinking ahead to two important dates in the March calendar.

1st March is Zero Discrimination Day. This is a day that celebrates the right of everyone to live a full and
productive life—and to live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. In fact, it stands for just about everything our EDI Committee does!

31st March is International Trans Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to recognising the resilience and
accomplishments of the transgender community. On this day, we celebrate the trans people amongst us, raise awareness about the struggles that they face, and advocate for more rights for them across the world.

We hope you all have a great March, and we’ll be back to update you soon.
Chris Colcomb, Advanced Year 2 student

CPD and Workshops

Here are some of the events and workshops happening at ECPT……

Leading and Facilitating Groups – Gestalt and Body Psychotherapy concepts in action with Carmen Ablack

At Holderness Road, 16th & 17th July 2022, 10am – 4.30pm both days.

£185 per place
Early bird rate available at £170 until 16th June!

Book your place now at:

Fairy Tales Workshop
Once Upon a Time – how to use fairy tales to explore the inner landscape in therapy with Barbara Clarkson
This will be on the 16th March at our Holderness Road centre. The workshop will be largely experiential with potential for you to explore your own life story using a fairy tale, and in doing so, discover approaches that could support your work with clients.

More information at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635689

Group Therapy Marathon

for those needing group therapy which will count towards your therapy hours (12 hours) we are running a group therapy marathon with Michelle Shanley on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th April at Beverley Road.

We have ONE place left.
See https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635682

Group Therapy

Gemma Cormican is looking at running a group therapy session regularly on an evening at one of our centres.

It will run fortnightly one evening from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Exact dates to be confirmed depending on numbers.

Don’t forget, we also have a group therapy marathon running at Beverley Road on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th April – more details above.

Psychotherapeutic Tools In Mental Health

Thank you to all those that came to one or more sessions of the year-long Psychotherapeutic Tools in Mental Health. I’m sure you will agree that it was a useful course with our own trainers and some wonderful guest lecturers. I have sent all participants certificates to cover the modules joined in or watched back.

If you haven’t received yours yet, please get in touch – Joanne

Therapeutic Skills Sessions – Update

From Jo Gibson, ECPT graduate

On Sunday 27th February, we started the monthly therapeutic skills sessions at our Beverley Road centre. The session and was attended by six ECPT students from both weekend and weekday groups. For many of the students this was the first time they had visited the Beverley Road Centre, so it was great opportunity to show off the facilities here and make use of the therapy rooms.

We started in the morning with building confidence and using TA theory in sessions. We looked at the skills and qualities that make a good therapist and spent some time looking at the process individuals will go through when learning a new skill and the different stages of competence in the learning loop.
In the afternoon there was the opportunity for students to practice their therapeutic skills and try out some of the skills we discussed earlier in the day. I really enjoyed delivering the workshop and meeting some of the students who are currently studying at ECPT.

We got some great feedback and are looking forward to doing this more frequently. You can read more at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/therapeutic-skills-practice-sundays/

Our next session is taking place on the 24th April at our Holderness Road centre and will follow a similar format.
You can book a place at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635668

See you there?

For More Information 2022 Conference

SAVE THE DATE!!!! – Saturday 22nd October 2022

This week, the conference committee met up to discuss plans for our 2022 conference and it sounds very
exciting. Discussions were had around the venue, the title, and the all-important speakers and workshop

We have one or two workshop slots available so if you’re keen to present in your area of expertise to our
students, and other psychotherapists and TA fans from across the region, please do get in touch with Gemma.


The theme of the day will be Mind, Body & Spirituality. We are looking forward to putting the programme
together and being able to share more details with you over the spring.

Exclusive Therapy Room Hire

We now have available rooms to hire on an exclusive basis. If you’re looking for a more permanent home for your therapy practice, then get in touch. These rooms will be lockable and include all bills, WiFi, parking, and access to the communal facilities. You can use our furniture and décor or bring your own.

Rooms are available on a flexible, rolling basis and we are also open to room shares if you only wanted the room on certain days of the week.

Please get in touch with Joanne to express your interest and to learn more


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