Training for Therapists


For CPD short courses for therapists see Continuous Professional Development

For events open to all see Workshops & Groups

Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy

with Cabby Laffy

Current course: September 2017 – June 2019, London Venue: Spiral

This two-year training in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy is aimed at practitioners working in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, sexual health and/or complementary and alternative medicine. It offers an opportunity for personal and professional development for those wishing to enhance their work with clients’ psychosexual health issues. The course is accredited with the National Council of Psychotherapists.

Our approach is integrative, holistic, and appreciative of diverse sexualities.

For details and a brochure, see!diploma/c1ylx

Certificate in Couple Therapy

with Cabby Laffy

Next courses in 2018, London Venue: Spiral

Dates for course 1:
March 24th and 25th, April 28th and 29th, May 19th and 20th, June 23rd and 24th

Dates for course 2:
September 8th and 9th, October 6th and 7th, November 3rd and 4th, December 8th and 9th

This 8-day certificate course is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with couples. Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights and tools to work with the dynamics of a couple client, as well as common issues arising in couple therapy.

For further details and to book please contact:

Embodied Relating:

The Ground of Psychotherapy

A one year course led by Nick Totton

Spiral Centre – February to November 2018
Five weekend workshops £1250

Nick Totton – I am a therapist and
trainer with over 30
years experience.
Originally a Reichian
body therapist, I have
explored widely in a
number of therapy
modalities, and now
practice and teach Em-
Therapy and Wild
Therapy. I have a
grown up daughter. I have written several books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Intro- duction; Wild Therapy; Not A Tame Lion; Embod- ied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy; and Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems. I live in Cornwall with my partner and grow vegetables.

Embodied-Relational Therapy – Embodied-Relational Therapy (or ERT, for short) is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. ERT draws a great deal from other therapies, particularly those from the body psychotherapy tradition, and brings these ideas and techniques into a new synthesis with its own unique flavour and values. We describe this in terms of seven metaskills: Awareness, Trust, Contactfulness, Spontaneity, Spaciousness, Relaxation and Wild Mind.

For more information on ERT, including the two year training with an optional third year on Wild Therapy, go to

Course structure – The course consists of five non-residential weekend workshops at the Spiral Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, Islington N7 6DL, London.

 – The Spiral Centre,, is a holistic therapy centre in Islington, London, offering counselling, psychotherapy and complementary therapy. The workshop will be in a large ground floor room with a breakout space and garden access. Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Dates and times – The workshops will take place on February 24th-5th, April 21st-2nd, June 30th-July 1st, September 29th- 30th and November 24th-5th. They will start at 10 am each day and end at 5 pm each Saturday and 4.30 pm each Sunday.

Cost – The course will cost £1250. This is payable as a deposit of £250 to secure a place, then £200 on or near each weekend. Some bursaries may be available, please ask.

Participants – There will be between eight and fourteen group members. Most members will be practising therapists or counsellors, but I may make exceptions in particular circumstances; please contact me if you want to explore this.

Booking – To book or find out more please contact Nick, 01726 817620, If you haven’t worked with me before, you will need to arrange to have a chat.

This course is based on Nick’s book: Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy, and aims to give the ideas of the book a base in experience, and to apply them to clinical situations.

Grace and Chaos:

A short group facilitation course

with Stephen Tame and Allison Priestman

Starting November 4/5 2017, January 20/21 2018, April 14/15 2018, June 16/17 2018

Four weekends in London, at Spiral, cost £1100, concessions available.

For further information and booking please contact Allison

This course, which has run successfully for the last four years, is for anyone who wants to learn more about groups, how they function, and how to facilitate them.

Grace and Chaos: opposite poles, yet both crucial for successful group process.

Grace – the gracefulness of a well-functioning group or good group facilitation, effortlessly yielding to reality. Joanna Macy describes what she calls group synergy: ‘It is like grace, because it brings an increase of power beyond one’s own capacity as a separate entity’.

Mythologically, Chaos is the primal state from which the world is created. Groups need to go down into Chaos in order to pass a certain point in their alchemical journey; so group leaders need the courage and grace to allow chaos to happen, and to model openness to chaos, openness to not knowing, for the rest of the group.

We will learn about groups by being one: holding an open space for the group to do what it needs to do, and using theory in a creative and accessible way to make sense of our experience. You will have opportunities to practice and develop facilitation skills by ‘taking the wheel’ of the group for a while.