Category Archives: Therapy

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: 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: 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.

Presentation: Learn About The Havening Techniques®

Learn about the Havening Techniques® with one of the first certified practitioners and trainers in the world, Carol Robertson PhD.

Gain an understanding of how these gentle and seemingly simple processes work biologically, via our electrical and chemical systems. And find out how the change in our neurology alters our emotional and physical responses and facilitates our ability to relax, sleep or learn.

Take the opportunity to experiment with Havening Touch® and find out more about some of the many techniques.

Ever increasing numbers of professionals are becoming certified Havening Techniques Practitioners. These include therapists, mental health practitioners, specialists in trauma recovery, bodyworkers, teachers, first-responders, self-development facilitators, hypnotherapists, TFT and EFT practitioners, NLP practitioners, reiki practitioners, acupuncturists, and sports and performance coaches.

Through the work of these practitioners we are learning that there are many uses for the techniques, and huge potential. Practitioners are engaging with people from birth to end of life; helping people suffering with symptoms from traumatisation such as PTSD; rage; chronic pain; anxiety; loss; phobias; and suicidal ideation.

They are empowering those who are carers, parents, or teachers, and helping people improve sports performance or with challenges such as presenting, acting and creating art. They are supporting people on autistic spectrum with sensory issues; or assisting people, families, businesses or groups seeking improvement, wanting to be effective, eat healthily and be fit. The system itself offers enormous creativity to practitioners and individuals can learn to use Havening themselves, which is massively empowering.

Quotes from individuals (age 8 to 90 years) describe their experience of Havening using words such as ‘gentle’, ‘easy-to-do’, ‘enabling’, ‘kind’, ‘lovely’, ‘amazing’, ‘that was fast’, ‘wow it really worked’, ‘makes sense’, ‘was comfortable’, ‘not what I expected therapy to be like’, ‘liked it best’, ‘took me to a safe place’ and ‘love that Havening is ours to use’.

Presentation: Learn About The Havening Techniques®

Learn about the Havening Techniques® with one of the first certified practitioners and trainers in the world, Carol Robertson PhD.

Gain an understanding of how these gentle and seemingly simple processes work biologically, via our electrical and chemical systems. And find out how the change in our neurology alters our emotional and physical responses and facilitates our ability to relax, sleep or learn.

Take the opportunity to experiment with Havening Touch® and find out more about some of the many techniques.

Ever increasing numbers of professionals are becoming certified Havening Techniques Practitioners. These include therapists, mental health practitioners, specialists in trauma recovery, bodyworkers, teachers, first-responders, self-development facilitators, hypnotherapists, TFT and EFT practitioners, NLP practitioners, reiki practitioners, acupuncturists, and sports and performance coaches.

Through the work of these practitioners we are learning that there are many uses for the techniques, and huge potential. Practitioners are engaging with people from birth to end of life; helping people suffering with symptoms from traumatisation such as PTSD; rage; chronic pain; anxiety; loss; phobias; and suicidal ideation.

They are empowering those who are carers, parents, or teachers, and helping people improve sports performance or with challenges such as presenting, acting and creating art. They are supporting people on autistic spectrum with sensory issues; or assisting people, families, businesses or groups seeking improvement, wanting to be effective, eat healthily and be fit. The system itself offers enormous creativity to practitioners and individuals can learn to use Havening themselves, which is massively empowering.

Quotes from individuals (age 8 to 90 years) describe their experience of Havening using words such as ‘gentle’, ‘easy-to-do’, ‘enabling’, ‘kind’, ‘lovely’, ‘amazing’, ‘that was fast’, ‘wow it really worked’, ‘makes sense’, ‘was comfortable’, ‘not what I expected therapy to be like’, ‘liked it best’, ‘took me to a safe place’ and ‘love that Havening is ours to use’.