Just as I believe in the growth potential in clients in therapy, I run workshops knowing that people will have skills and ideas.  I try to start from there rather than teaching grandmothers to suck eggs. I find that a little encouragement goes a long way and interactive training experiences help people to remember new things and make connections with what they know already. I use my group facilitation experience to help people feel safe to be who they are with me, and so they then engage more with the workshop group. I believe one of my main strengths is helping workshop participants to engage with the training at a personal level; I am told this helps them to see how they can relate the things I am teaching to their own day to day life and their work.

I have been around a good long time and bring my social work and counselling theory and lots of experience to my work, regularly reviewing and reading up on what’s new, and frequently updating my work. I enjoy chatting with new clients to design workshops just for them and the needs of their groups.

My workshops are coloured by my belief in Carl Rogers’ Person Centred Approach.  Carl Rogers suggested that for every person (and so for every workshop participant), the feelings that seem most private, most personal and most incomprehensible to others tend to have the greatest resonance for others (and for colleagues learning alongside them in a workshop). This belief influences my bespoke team building events which can be fun and engaging, but also a safe space for openness and challenging where differences can be aired and worked through. I use Rogers’ Core Conditions to develop a safe working and learning environment in which this in-depth work becomes increasingly possible.

I use creativity a great deal in work of all kinds and above is a drumming circle with a small group.

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