We have a lot of things going on at the Ellesmere Centre this month. It has been lovely to see some sun in the early part of this month and hear how positively this impacts on our therapists, clients and trainees here at the centre.

I have just facilitated a TA2 which is a two day workshop on further Transactional analysis following the TA 101. People are interested in this to develop a deeper understanding of TA concepts and their application to practice. Although it was a small group this made for a very intimate and open process. It was a challenging two days in which we also had some good fun and certainly a few laughs. We even enjoyed the pleasure of home made guinness fairy buns made as an outcome of a positive script change in the group.

I have presented a proposal for a bespoke service for complex clients in mental health which was received very positively. I am excited about the possibilities with this and hope to engage in further discussions. These ideas may take some time to translate into practice but watch this space! It is my hope that we will pursue this over the next two years as a further development of services at The Ellesmere Centre.

The Valued Minds service (which is the trainee led and means tested counselling and therapy service at the Ellesmere Centre) goes from strength to strength. We have more trainees signing up to provide the service and the referrals keep coming.

We have a day workshop on working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse coming up in a couple of weeks. This will be an experiential day looking at how we approach such a sensitive issue. This is something that I found was limited in material and resources in my training as both a registered mental health nurse and a psychotherapist. There are thought to be 1 in 3 people identified as experiencing some form of abuse and it continues to surprise me that there is not more available for the practitioner in approaching this type of work. I wanted to put something on in support of individuals working in this field.

Shortly after this workshop we will be approaching Easter and I am sure most of us are looking forward to what this means in terms of summer being around the corner. Easter will be a quiet time at the Ellesmere and then we will be back with more workshops, our ongoing long term psychotherapy training and the ups and downs of running our thriving and vibrant centre. 

The next exciting event is not at the Ellesmere Centre but I am proud to say we have at least 8 trainees attending the national TA conference in Cheltenham early April. This demonstrates how exciting and engaging TA is and how wonderful and inspiring the TA community can be. I look forward to sharing some of the interesting and I am sure stimulating experiences of our trainees after the event.