We offer a rolling program of Continuing Professional Development courses to counsellors and psychotherapists.

To book any of these courses please contact info@suttoncounselling.co.uk or call us on 020 8661 7869


Saturday 16th March


Working with Hard-to-Reach Individuals

In Counselling and Psychotherapy

With Dr Maggie Turp

In this workshop, we will shine a spotlight on the dynamics in play when a patient/client is experienced as ‘hard to reach’. We will be thinking about patients who are under-reactive, apparently insulated, as in some cases of depression and also those who are over-reactive, apt to feel easily intruded upon and given to angry outbursts against the ‘intruder’.  With the help of clinical examples and infant observations, we will consider the past experiences that may have given rise to difficulties of this nature, drawing on both psychodynamic theory and neuroscience understandings of self-regulatory mechanisms. We will also share and discuss countertransference responses to these situations, which can range from feeling desperate to break through on the one hand to becoming overly wary of ‘rocking the boat’ on the other.  There will be opportunities for live supervision of work with ‘hard to reach’ patients and participants are invited to bring along examples from their clinical practice for reflection and discussion.

Dr Maggie Turp – is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, a ‘hybrid’ author of fiction and non-fiction and an independent trainer, offering clinically themed workshops to counselling and psychotherapy groups across the UK. She is an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and the Confer Advisory Board.  Maggie’s publications include a numerous journal papers and two books, Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word (2001 Palgrave) and Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy (2003 Jessica Kingsley). Her first novel The Limits of the Land is currently seeking a publisher. A further work of non-fiction, Narrative Repair in Psychotherapy: stories of self and the psychic skin boundary, has been commissioned by W. W. Norton and is scheduled for publication in 2020.

Eligible for Certificate for 3 hours CPD

Cost:  £65

 To reserve a place please call Jan on 020 8661 7869,

or email: janice@suttoncounselling.co.uk



 Previous CPD events have included

Saturday 17 November 2018: Out of This World: an examination of suicide and suicidal thinking with Antonia Murphy. This workshop aims to engage our thinking about suicide in order to increase our understanding of this complex and frightening subject and get closer to the meaning behind such a powerful act. The workshop is open to anyone who wishes to know more about this difficult arena. It is intended that exploration of this difficult subject will help us understand the individual nature of suicide and the meaning behind the act. This will include an examination of the destructive aspects of the act and the unconscious intentions behind suicide, namely that suicide is both an act for and against the self.  Participants will increase their understanding of the subject, challenge concepts of mental illness and suicidality, but most importantly address the understandable fear we all have about suicide and its power to render us impotent. Antonia Murphy is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the NHS, the third sector and private practice.  Antonia managed the primary care counselling service in Derbyshire, UK, from 1998-2006.  She was a founding director, responsible for professional and training standards, of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC).  She is the former editor of the Journal for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling and an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychodynamic Practice.  She is co-author of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care: Setting up a Managed Service (Karnac 2004) and author of Out of This World: Suicide Examined (Karnac 2017).


Saturday 22 September 2018:  The use of transference focussed psychotherapy (TFP) with severe borderline and self-harming patients with Jack Nathan. This workshop explores the kinds of counter-transference difficulties they aroused by self-harming borderline patients and the multiple meanings, including lifesaving ones, attached to their self-destructive behaviours.  Jack Nathan is author of numerous papers including: ‘Self-harm: a strategy for survival and nodal point of change’ (2006), and , ‘Treatment of personality disorder: limit setting and the use of benign authority’ (2007) co-authored with Duncan Maclean, and a soon to be published paper in the British Journal of Psychotherapy on, ‘The use of Benign Authority with severe borderline patients: A psychoanalytic paradigm’.  

Saturday 10 February 2018: Self Harm with Jack Nathan: Jack Nathan will explore the nature of the borderline patient’s viscerally disturbing experiences. Working from a stance he terms benign authority, Jack will present a model where interventions are organised around the ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’ functions and the dialectical tensions between these two poles. Jack Nathan is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice and a consultant psychotherapist at Maudsley’s Self-Harm Outpatients’ Service (SHOPS). 

Saturday 4 February 2017: ‘masculinity’Dean Whittington :D uring this workshop we will reflect on men’s emotional lives and the various links between childhood and adulthood. Dean Whittington PhD FDAP works in private practice, writes about psychotherapy and is involved in training and consultancy. Originally, he trained in Person Centred Counselling at Cambridge University Extra Mural Studies. He furthered his interest in therapy on a Post Graduate Course in Community Education at Edinburgh, where he was introduced to Alfred Adler and Erich Fromm. He completed a Doctorate at Goldsmiths University.

Saturday, 12th November 2016: TRAUMA: ‘It doesn’t define who I am’ with Claire Parlane: How does a person survive trauma?  How do we survive working with it?  What part can we have in healing?  Is healing possible?  And does it really not define who someone is? During this one day workshop we will be considering these questions, and others, looking at theory and case studies in this area and connecting these with our own experience, both as individuals in our own right and as therapists with clients.  The day will include discussion, experiential work, theory and supervisory elements in the hope of creating new insight into this dark and difficult area of work. Claire Parlane is a psychotherapist and supervisor with a private practice in Worthing, West Sussex, focusing on long-term, analytical psychotherapy.  Her speciality is early trauma.  Additionally, she works for charitable organisations as a supervisor, consultant, teacher and trainer.  Claire has extensive clinical experience accumulated over 20 years in the private, charitable, voluntary and public sectors. 

Saturday, 8th October 2016: The Meaning of Money with Alice Cowley: For many of our patients, it feels shameful to have to pay to be listened to.  It can be hard to bring up problems around money in the consulting room, and yet, if we don’t, are we colluding with something unreal?  This workshop examined the unconscious assumptions we make about ourselves, and the shame and fear around our own desire to be paid as well as some of the symbolic meanings underlying conflicts over money in the consulting room. Alice Cowley  trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at WPF Therapy and as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Lincoln Clinic. She has worked as a counsellor at WPF Therapy, Victim Support and St George’s Medical School and is now employed in the NHS as a psychotherapist working with cancer patients.  She also works in private practice and has learned through experience the necessity of working out a realistic and fair fee, and not to panic when it is time to fill out her tax return.

Saturday, 7th May 2016:  TRAUMA: ‘It doesn’t define who I am’ with Claire Parlane: Does the raw and muffled quality of trauma really not define who someone is? How does a person survive trauma?  How do we survive working with it? In working with those who are traumatised, we are often holding their life – their survival – in our consulting room.  To traverse the landscape of pain, horror and the irrevocable with our clients, helping them make what reparations they can, is some of our most important work. Claire Parlane is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Worthing, West Sussex. Her speciality is early trauma. Claire has extensive clinical experience accumulated over 20 years in the private, charitable, voluntary and public sectors and is studying for a PhD in trauma and identity. 

Saturday, 27th February 2016:  Psychosomatic Disorders with Mary Pat Campbell:It can be a challenge for counsellors to explore and understand what is being communicated through a client’s physical symptoms. This workshop explores how counsellors can think about physical symptoms which are experienced as concrete physical events with little or no room for psychological exploration and understanding. Mary Pat Campbell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and British Psychotherapy Foundation. She has over 20 years’ experience of working as a psychotherapist in the NHS, primarily in Neurological Rehabilitation and General Practice.

Saturday, 26th September, Saturday, 24th October & Saturday, 21st November 2015: Assessment Training with Joan Wilson – Three-day workshop: These workshops will consider the theory and practice of clinical assessment for psychodynamic counselling and the development of assessment skills. Saturday, 10th October 2015 10am to 4.00pm   ‘Ah – Bereavement – that old chestnut’  A workshop exploring the myths, phantasies and fears associated with bereavement, as well as the unique suffering of the client in relation to a particular death.  by Claire Parlane

Saturday 23rd May 2015 10am to 4.30pm ‘Surviving on the Edge’  Steps in Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder with Nicholas Glover
Saturday 14th March 2015    -  10am to 1.00pm  ‘KICK OVER THE STATUES!’: Race, Class and Power in Psychoanalysis by Paul Gurney

Saturday 12th July 2014 10am to 3.30pm Only Connect; Psychotherapy with people on the Autistic and Asperger’s Spectrum with Dr Alan Corbett    Saturday 25 January 2014  Mentalisation Based Therapy:  An Introductory Workshop with Nick Glover, BSW, MA, Dip.Psych. UKCP  Saturday 18th May 2013  Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse with Lauren White Saturday 23rd March 2013  Assessment and Treatment in Brief Therapy with Paul Gurney Saturday 16th June 2012  The Meaning of Money  with Alice Cowley  Saturday 19th November 2011  Transference & Counter transference with Alistair Park Saturday 15th October 2011  Post Natal Depression with Sarah Weir Saturday 17th September 2011  Interracial conversations in counselling and psychotherapy with Paul Gurney Saturday 11th June 2011 Sexuality with Bríd Greally Saturday 9th April 2011 Bereavement and the work of mourning with Bríd Greally