Mentoring for Qualified Therapists Ready to Imagine, Create, Embody and Liberate Love
Expand your Passion to Help Others Heal and Become a Leader in your Field.
Do you want a counselling practice based on explicit therapeutic principles that invite clients into a world beyond ‘talking’, a practice that offers a ‘bottom-up’ creative and embodied approach?
Could you imagine having research-based theories and frameworks firmly supporting your practice to enhance your client’s attachment and nervous system repair?
How about having a range of expressive modalities to choose from to meet your client where they are at and really know which intervention to use when?
I am passionate about supporting both beginning and experienced therapists who are ready to take their therapy practice to the next level, to integrate new frameworks, principles and skills. Therapists who want to work holistically, safely, experimentally and joyfully with their clients. Therapists who are not afraid to take a deep dive into their own attachment and nervous system along the way.
No therapist is an island. While therapeutic skill is the product of years of practice and self-determination, most therapists, no matter where they are in their career, need a mentor: someone who, directly or indirectly, takes them under their wing and inspires them to be a better therapist.
This highly specialised, 8-month online MENTORSHIP PROGRAM for Counselling Therapists, will do just that. It will take you into the extraordinary world of Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapies® (SAFE-T).
I will have your back.
I will be here when you need support.
You will Learn How To:
- Identify attachment styles
- Use appropriate language that will help you attune quickly to your client’s nervous system
- Help clients identify secure base and safe haven gaps
- Support clients to find and grow internal and external resources
- Use ritual and rhythm in the counselling session to create safety
- Learn ‘corrective experiences’ necessary for secure functioning
- Introduce processes to support emotion regulation
- Use a range of expressive modalities to support your client’s learning style
- Learn about the Expressive Therapies Continuum
- Encourage imagination and creativity to help restore hope and build resilience
- Focus on recovery rather than pathology
- Increase your client’s self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Increase your capacity for presence, holding space and ‘being with’ each client
- Build an understanding of how to use somatic awareness to access autonomic states
- Identify autonomic states and how to support clients’ flexibility to shift states
- Practice and master the art of invitational language
- Be with clients so that you don’t lead or follow, but rather walk side-by-side, both curious and confident
We need therapeutic leaders who are not just grounded in theory, but who have themselves explored their own internal terrain, who have experienced their own profound attachment and nervous system repair, so that they can intuitively take clients to the deeper places they themselves have been.
Maybe you’ve experienced some of the following clinical issues:
- Parents who display anger at their child for things they were never allowed to be angry about when they were young
- Adolescents who are self-harming with a history of family loss and disruption
- Adults who display anxious preoccupation with partner’s whom they are trying to parent/fix, when they themselves were not well parented
- Children with peer difficulties, emotion dysregulation, high sensitivity
- Client’s with neurodiversity differences
- Client’s exploring their sexuality or gender diversity
- Overwhelming distress when in relationship, even though they desperately want it to work
- Client’s impacted by neglectful parenting which shows up as a lack of self-care
- Client’s impacted by intrusive parenting which shows up as self-doubt
- Intergenerational trauma where a past injustice has been passed on and is felt deeply
- Adults who suffer the injustices of exclusion and ridicule in current relating dynamics and have not yet learned to leave, to stand on their own two feet for a time, to find their true and like-minded tribe
- Separation anxiety and collapse after relationship break-up
- Client’s who were adopted or grew up in or are growing up in foster care
- Inability to leave a toxic relationship
- Children whose parents are separating, or who have experienced family disruption
- Parents who are overly anxious about their child’s well-being
- Clients who talk so fast, it’s hard to keep up, slow them down and difficult to engage their body
- Dismissive clients that express dysregulation and discontent but are reluctant to engage their vulnerability, their body or their emotional world
- Partner’s stuck in blame and victimhood desperately wanting the other to change
- Adult’s crippled by shame and an internalised critic
- Clients with few boundaries, who’ve experienced boundary violation
- Clients who have lost their voice, their autonomy, their sense of self
- Clients who regularly blame or shame you, their therapist
Let’s face it, working as a therapist is challenging and people’s lives are complex. Many of the strategies we use are effective and yet sometimes we feel lost, disoriented and overwhelmed.
This is when being a part of a MENTORING Program means you will not be left alone grappling with the common complexities of your own case load. It means you will always have access to support when you need it; a place to pose clinical questions, and a place to find inspiration. Imagine having a like-minded, experienced mentor who has your back. Imagine having a team of like-minded colleagues cheering you on.
- Many other approaches to therapy don’t incorporate or recognise the importance of our nervous system and our autonomic states, and how we can learn to move flexibly between them, employing our social engagement system, instead of getting stuck in autonomic responses of fight, flight or freeze.
- Other approaches don’t acknowledge our wired in need to connect with others for survival and miss the crucial blueprint laid down in early attachment patterning. They miss how we can support our clients to ‘earn security’ and how we can implement ‘corrective experiences’ to help re-pattern the attachment system.
- Other approaches ignore the great importance of imagination, creativity and play in the development of resilience and recovery.
In Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapy® we combine all three approaches to support healing in a creative, embodied and relational way.