Continuous Professional Development

Spiral hosts continuing professional development programmes and workshops, as an expression of our commitment to empowerment, communication, reflection, and responsible practice. These are usually small group experiential workshops for counsellors, psychotherapists, complementary therapists and people in related professions. The style of facilitation encourages new learning and practice, connections between various theoretical approaches, and networking with therapists from a variety of disciplines.


For events open to all see Workshops & Groups

For longer trainings for Therapists see Training for Therapists

The Centre for Psychosexual Health

CPD events

Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th March 2019
Exploring Menopause (A women only event) facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Eileen Bellot
We have run several programmes called ‘Reclaim the Menopause’ for women in Hackney since 2015. Exacerbated by a lack of knowledge and negative social attitudes, many women find the Menopause a confusing and uncomfortable phase in their lives. This weekend workshop aims to give women a voice and empower them to understand their choices for managing a healthy transition through the menopause

Saturday 6th July 2019
Working with Shame and Compulsivity facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Olivier Cormier-Otaño
This one-day CPD workshop is for any therapists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with clients who present for therapy with shame in their background or narrative. Shame and compulsivity can be linked to problematic behaviour with sex, pornography or addiction. We will deconstruct what is meant by ‘sex addiction’ and explore the dynamics and skills involved in working with shame

Sunday 7th July 2019
Sex after Sexual Trauma facilitated by Cabby Laffy
This one-day CPD workshop is for any therapists who wish to explore helping clients recover sexually after sexual trauma. This workshop will explore how to support clients to regain a sense of sex as pleasure and reclaim their sexual self-esteem

Saturday 13th July 2019
Working with Erotic Transference and Countertransference facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Olivier Cormier-Otaño
This one-day CPD workshop is for therapists wishing to explore the issue of erotic transference and +countertransference and consider their personal and professional responses to the subject

Venue for all events: Spiral Therapy Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, London N7 6DL

For further information or to Book:

For courses offered at CPH (The Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy and
the Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships)

A Heart & Mind Approach to running a successful Counselling Practice

Professional Development Workshop for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

For dates contact workshop leaders.

This day workshop is divided into two parts and delivered via interactive presentations, with the opportunity to explore topics as a group and through question and answer sessions.

  1. Setting up and managing your practice: we will explore legal and ethical considerations, how to anticipate and work through potential challenges such as client management and establishing your professional boundaries. Sharing tips for practice success.
  2. Websites and your online marketing presence – where to start? What is your brand and how to use it to grow your practice? Design your practice to work for you and your clients, in a few easy steps. Advice and suggestions for website success using live examples and discussion (including the option to present your own website for review). You may want to bring along a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet / iPad.

Where: Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre – 2 Shelburne Road, Islington, London, N7 6DL.

Meryem Hassan of Journey’s Counselling ( is a qualified and experienced therapist. Meryem also has over 20 years experience of managing projects and teams within social care settings.

Sue McMillan is the owner of Strumhum Creatives ( – a digital media company providing web/graphic design, branding, social media, small business consulting and marketing services. Sue also has over 20 years experience in the complementary therapy sector as both a therapist and manager.

This unique and popular workshops costs £90.

To book your place now, or if you have any questions relating to the workshop, email Meryem directly at or call her on 07946 360981


Me, myself, I – or am I?

who am I in the therapeutic encounter?

facilitated by Maria North

For dates contact Maria North via Spiral
10.30 – 5.30pm (6 hrs cpd)

Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, London N7 6DL

Maximum 8 participants

Fee: £70 for those who can; negotiable for those who can’t

We spend a lot of time focusing on who our clients are, and what they are like – as we should.
But do we spend enough time thinking about who we are, and what we are like in our relationships –  with clients or anyone else?

The day will focus on you. You will reflect on who you are, and receive feedback from others about how they see you, and what they know of you. You will work with other participants to focus on yourself in your encounters with clients. Can you do this and still keep the client at the centre? Can you be conscious of your self without being self-conscious, or too self-focused?

How do you affect the therapeutic relationship? What do you contribute which helps? What do you do which hinders? How deeply have you pondered on these questions?

Are you the same in every therapeutic relationship? How do you change?

Are you always yourself?

Do you put on an act? Do you become the person your client expects you to be? Are you still there?

These are ongoing questions which deepen and reveal more as you continue to ponder on them. Unless we are static enough to say ‘I am what I am’, we know that we are forever affected by every encounter, both within and outside of the therapeutic frame. Who are you now?

To book: please email Maria on to check whether a space is available. Once your place is confirmed, send a cheque made payable to Maria North, c/o Spiral, 2 Shelburne Rd, London N7 6DL.

Maria North is psychotherapist and supervisor who is not quite as retired as she thought was. Previously a co-director at Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre, she had a full time practice for 25 years and is now offering occasional trainings on aspects of clinical practice and supervision. Additionally, she continues to support therapists with anything to do with writing, and is about to publish a poetry book, with her three sisters, which has absolutely nothing to do with therapy.



Family Constellations

Facilitated by Karen Hamblett

for next dates contact Karen Hamblett, details below

open to both therapists and non-therapists

Traditional therapies tend to focus on the individual and Constellations focus on the person as a part of a larger system. A system, particularly a family system, influences our lives, and this can result in personal distress or longer-term issues. Family Constellations is an experiential group process through which you can address conflicts and difficult situations in your family, relationship, or work.

A Constellation is a living map of interconnected issues. If you have a concern you want to address, you will have a brief conversation with Karen, after which other group participants are invited to represent the roles of those involved. The situation comes to life through them, presenting possible ways forward from the dynamics and entanglements revealed. These entanglements may go back to a previous generation.

The enactment of the dynamics presents insight and shows the wider forces that are impacting on you as an individual. Our aim is for a deeper understanding of the system, as well as an experience of belonging within it, and feeling connected and supported. You are likely to be asked to be a representative in at least one of the participants’ constellations, and this in itself can be relevant to your own issues, so give some learning opportunities, even if you don’t wish to do your own constellation.

Fee: £75; early bird rates apply: £65;

Contact Karen to book, and for dates of forthcoming events in Eastbourne and Canterbury
07880714134; or

Karen Hamblett is an Integrative Psychotherapist who has been facilitating Family Constellations workshops at various venues since 2001, and at Spiral since 2011. She welcomes any enquiries about the day or about systemic constellations method in general.