Category Archives: Therapy

Presentation: Introduction To C.A.T

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a short term therapy that allows deep change work.

This kind of therapy gives particular attention to relationships – our relationship with others as well as our relationship with ourself.

CAT also provides the opportunity to explore, understand and make changes to the repeating patterns we can find ourself in – including those patterns that resist our best efforts to change.

CAT is an integrative therapy, so it can bring in lots of different ways of working to create the changes that you want to focus on (some of the approaches I use are anxiety management techniques, relaxation, mindfulness practices and EFT).

This whirlwind tour of CAT will introduce the main features of the therapy and give you a way to explore some of its aspects for yourselves in a safe, fun way using fairy tales and an unexpected contribution from Gromit (of Wallace and Gromit fame).

Presentation: Tapping Into The Moment Of Now

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An experiential workshop for those who know how to tap (EFT).

Here we will be learning and using a extremely simple and effective technique taken from Matthew’s new book, ‘The Eternal Moment of Now‘.

The fundamental purpose of this technique is to orientate the client’s attention to the present moment in time with respect to their presenting issue. We will cover the basics of the technique, a little background and then get into using it – so bring along a present time problem and you’ll get the chance to tap it out!

Matthew utilises the principles of Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge, and is pioneering this particular method and more – So come along and learn something new and exciting.

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution focused therapy

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Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information often helps people to work out how to change the parts of their lives that aren’t running so well. The most specific definition of the approach is attributed to Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Along with colleagues, in 1978, they established the Brief Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, US.

From the outset they committed themselves to a combination of practice, training and research. By 1984 their publications spoke of a shift away from previous approaches, emphasising a solution-building rather than problem focused approach, and a recognition that service users could often create their own strategies for change. Several tools were found to operate like “skeleton keys”, unlocking a process of problem resolution across a wide variety of difficulties.

The workshop will cover the theoretical under-pinnings of the approach, video excerpts to show how the main techniques work in practice and opportunities to try them out.

The workshop will introduce participants to the main assumptions and some of the questions used in the approach through a mixture of presentation and experiential exercises.

John Wheeler is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked in child mental health for over 30 years. John has delivered training in the Solution

Focused approach to a wide range of practitioners in the UK and abroad since 1993 and is an external lecturer to several professional courses in the North East. John has written over twenty papers and chapters for publication and runs a regional network for practitioners using SFBT. Details of John’s qualifications, professional experience and publications are available on www.johnwheeler.co.uk.

Presentation: Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life

The McCluskey Model

The McCluskey model seeks to address the fact that while we work in jobs that require us to respond to the needs of others, too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.

Our childhood experiences of careseeking and caregiving: our experience of attachment, shape our approach to careseeking and caregiving in adult life.

Our experience of attachment affects:

  1. how we seek care
  2. how we give care
  3. our sexuality
  4. how we interact with others
  5. how we psychologically defend ourselves
  6. how we support ourselvers (or not) in our inner life
  7. how we support ourselves (or not) in our outer lives

The McCluskey model offers a novel way of understanding and working with the self from an attachment perspective. It enables us to see how our needs are met (or not) and the impact this has on the self by looking at the dynamics of human behaviour through the lens of those 7 systems.

When they are working well these 7 systems work together to maintain our wellbeing. This model helps us understand what happens when there is a problem with one or more of those system.

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Presentation: Pain, Pain (psychological), Pain – And Relief?

You do feel pain, we all do. Be it physical or psychological we all feel pain. What you want to know is how to go from pain to relief … right?

If you are suffering emotional, physical pain or both this may be a useful workshop for you. Also if you are working with people with pain, you may discover some useful additions for your work.

I was approached in January to be a speaker / demonstrator on a well known ‘Pain Conference’ and I agreed with this stipulation : “I don’t know what I will do on the day with a specific client.”

This didn’t go down well because I was being asked to provide a specific protocol or set of steps to work with anyone. I don’t work one to one like that. If I work with you, you are an individual and your pain and relief will really not fit into a specific bed of tricks. Think Procrustes.

Procrustes was a Greek villain. He liked to either cut the feet or head off anyone that was too big for his bed; He was an inn keeper. Or if you were too small, liked to stretch you out to fit. One size fits all!

When working with pain, its important to remember your are working with a fellow human being and not be fixed to a specific process or another, although there are some very good processes out there.

This CC presentation will explore a variety of ways of potentially changing a
painful experience. Painful here defined as emotionally, physically or both.