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

 Saturday September 26th 2020 NEW event

Introduction to Sexual and Relationship Therapy facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Polly McAfee

This one-day CPD workshop is for any therapists considering the Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy or the Certificate in Couples Therapy, who would like an introduction to the work and the approach taken at CPH. It is also for others wishing to take some CPD about this fascinating area of work

Venue: Zoom  For further information or to Book:

Saturday 17th October 2020 NEW DATE
Working with Shame and Compulsivity facilitated by Cabby Laffy
and Polly McAfee

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

Venue: Zoom For further information or to Book:


Saturday 7th November 2020 NEW event



Venue: Barnado’s for London N& 8QJ

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Sunday 14th November 2020 NEW DATE
Sex after Sexual Trauma facilitated by Cabby Laffy
and Polly McAfee

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

Venue: Zoom For further information or to Book:


Saturday 23rd January 2021 NEW event



VENUE: Spiral Therapy Centre
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 Saturday 24th January 2021 NEW event


VENUE: Spiral Therapy Centre

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A Heart & Mind Approach to running a successful Counselling Practice

A 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 workshop costs £90.

To book your place now, or if you have any questions relating to the workshop, email Meryem directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 07946 360981


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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