Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

September 2022

A word from the editor

Hello! How are you?

And just like that, September is here again. How have you been? Hope you enjoyed your summer and are all raring to go for the new academic year.

The wider world has thrown us all some changes in the last couple of weeks and everyone will be impacted in different ways. We are sending our best to those that are taking the time to think about loved ones, and strength to those coping with events closer to home.

A huge welcome to our new Core Theory Year students and those students joining (or re-joining) us in
advanced years. We have 17 new CTY students coming to us this month, as well as rejoiners in Year 1
Advanced, and in the Y2/Y3 group. Everyone else – we are delighted to see you back with us again for more fun and learning in the world of TA.

This month, we are looking forward to the conference, hearing from our ED&I committee about what they’ve been doing, getting an insight into working with children and young people, and announcing the return of Skills Practice Sundays.

If you have anything to share with us, have questions, or would like to know anything more about anything on here, you know where we are.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

Skills Practice Sundays

Skills Practice Sundays are back! – Our next one is on the 18th September at our Beverley Road Centre
If you need more time to develop your therapeutic skills practice, then these sessions with graduate Jo Gibson are ideal. Time here may be counted towards your practice hours. Please see the event page for more information.

You can book a place now at https://buytickets.at/theellesmerecentre/747743

Conference News

We are now on official countdown to the conference! All speakers are raring to go and we only have a few tickets left. We did a visit to the venue this month which helped us to firm up our plans. We are looking forward to seeing you here with us.

You can learn more about the conference at: https://humbertherapyconference.co.uk/

Are you coming to the conference? We have a Facebook group for delegates – visit
https://www.facebook.com/groups/585240509910316 to request to join the group and join in the pre-conference excitement.

We have started to announce our sponsors on the website and on social media and we have more to follow.
Thank you to all event sponsors for their support.

We have room for one more sponsor and then we will have to call it a day so we can prepare our conference literature. Our email is info@humbertherapyconference.co.uk – get in touch if you’d like more information about sponsorship.

We have a space for 1 x ¼ A4 page advert in the directory. If you’d like to advertise your business to our
delegates, then please get in touch ASAP. This is £50 + vat

Therapist directory
Thank you to all those who have booked a slot in the therapist directory in the conference sponsor. If you want to be in it, there is still time but you must get your details to us THIS WEEK at
A listing is £20 + vat for 2/3 lines in our conference brochure

Committee News

At ECPT, we have four different committees as well as a student rep committee. We are always looking for
more volunteer members for each of them to continue the valuable role in overseeing the work of ECPT.

The four committees are Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion, Ethics, Training Standards, and Accreditation.
The Student rep committee is made up of students from all year groups. We meet three times a year to discuss issues from a student perspective. Many ideas have been implemented through the work of this group and the feedback is always invaluable.

If you would like to serve on any of these committees, please do get in touch admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk and your enquiry will be forwarded to the head/chair of each committee.

CPD and Workshops

Setting Up In Private Practice

If running your own private psychotherapy or counselling practice
is an option for you, then you need this one-day workshop with
Emma Pooley. It’s on the 24th September at the centre. We have THREE places left.

Book a place at

TA101 – September 29th & 30th. This will be the last one of 2022 and the best one for those thinking of joining us midweek in February 2023 or for new starters who have not yet done this valuable 2-day course. This is in-class on a Thursday and Friday with Anita.

You can book a place at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/617274

Working with children and young people

CYP Mental Health
Did you know that 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 years old are likely to have a mental health problem? In the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%. 17-22 year old women are the group most at risk of developing a mental health problem.

CYP Post-Qualifying Diploma in TA & Integrative Psychotherapy
As qualified adult therapists, are you interested in expanding your skill set and client group and feel working towards a formal award with CYP would be advantageous in your clinical practice? Would an understanding of working with CYP be helpful in expanding your knowledge of the family context we and our clients are part of and what it is like for CYP to navigate family systems? Our 2-year CYP Post Qualifying Diploma runs from January to December. We work with individual therapists to create their own learning plans to get what they need to achieve their goals. This ‘add-on’ course is designed so parts can be attended as standalone modules for example, Infant Observation.

APL (Previous Training/Hours/Experience)
As part of the individual learning plans, we look at relevant previous training and experience and account for these as part of your individual learning plan so it is always worth having a discussion with us as to what can count towards the award, for example, mental health placement experience.

Why I work with CYP
Every day is different! No two children are the same. I like being able to provide a difference earlier. As an adult, the exploration of my own inner child, and being open to reflect and understand familiar feelings of shame and guilt have been lifechanging. I have gained so much from training, personal therapy and supervision as an adult. This then arouses my curiosity as to how different I would be if my experience had been different as a child. If I had a safe space for me to explore my confusion, my scare. With someone who seemed genuinely interested in me, who didn’t judge me, but who was interested in what I had to say and validate my feelings, all my feelings. That it was okay to be me and helped me explore a different way of being. For me working with CYP is a rich rewarding experience, observing children and young people and responding to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play. Creating age-appropriate strategies to work with all age groups. The use of objects, sand-trays, storytelling, nesting dolls, buttons and stones to name but a few. Really anything creative that builds trust, encourages them to talk about their issues and for them to feel empowered.

Please contact me if you wish to chat about joining in January or if it’s something that you would like to
explore to see if it’s for you in the future. Look forward to seeing how we can work together.

Best wishes Sara, CYP Training Development Lead.

Essay writing workshop

Emma Pooley is running an essay writing workshop for all new students on the 27th September from 6pm to 8pm. While this is primarily for Core Theory Year students, there may be space for Advanced Year 1 students to also attend. The session will also be recorded and uploaded to the website.

Thank you to Emma for running this. We are sure it will be very useful, particularly for those unfamiliar with writing essays. We will send out the invite to Core Theory Year students as soon as possible and communicate any spaces we may have available for others as soon as we can.

Free event on domestic abuse

Hull Safeguarding Children Partnership are running further events to learn more about the impact of domestic abuse from Luke and Ryan Hart.

Humber-wide Domestic Abuse Learning Event – Wednesday 21st September 9.30am to 12.45pm via MS

Therapists, Therapy Groups, Peer Support Groups, and Supervisors

We have a host of therapists who can do personal therapy, group therapy, peer support, or provide
supervision. Details of some of these are below. Please note that it is your own responsibility to make sure that any therapy hours you do and any therapist you use fits the criteria for counting hours towards your

If you’re not sure, please ask. Therapists and supervisors work independently of ECPT.

Cherry Robson – UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist
Are you ready to begin personal therapy or looking for supervision of your client work? I am a UKCP
Accredited Psychotherapist and have some capacity to offer personal therapy or supervision. I am an
integrative psychotherapist with a specialism in Transactional Analysis and I currently work in private practice and for Space2BHeard. I can offer 1:1 or group sessions. All hours can be counted towards your diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or Psychotherapy. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch via email cherryrobson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk or call/text on 07812983008.

Emma Pooley – UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Emma Pooley runs a Private Practice Peer Group for therapists who are either established in, or setting up,
private practice. The October meeting will be a New Members meeting, and is open to anyone who is an
Advanced Trainee or recently qualified and would like to connect with other therapists and get support with their private practice. For more information, please contact Emma directly
on emma@emmapooleytherapy.com or text: 07387 715005.

Caroline Smith
Caroline recently graduated from our Diploma in Supervision. She is a CTA and offers individual and group supervision from the Lightwell Practice in Skipton. Contact her on caroline@lightwellpractice.co.uk, call 07708173666 or visit www.carolinesmithpsychotherapy.co.uk

Shelley Findlay – UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor,

Shelley is starting a therapy group in September. The times and dates are yet to be decided but if you’re
interested in joining, contact Shelley on michelefindley@icloud.com or call her on 07903 352119. Shelley is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor specialising in Transactional Analysis, and she works in private practice and for Let’s Talk, Space2BHeard and ReMind.

This group is suitable for new students and for those studying towards the diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling. It may not be suitable for those planning on doing the diploma in psychotherapy. Please do check if you are not sure.

Don’t forget – you can check out our growing therapists directory at www.ellesmerecentre.uk/therapists-directory

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