Self-Care courses for Mental Health professionals & ARTS PRACTITIONERS


Secondary trauma within a therapeutic relationship often occurs as a result of unconscious transmission of traumatic experience via body-to-body resonance between therapist or arts practitioner and client. More recent research indicates that empathy is not only a psychological phenomenon but a highly integrated process involving both cognitive and somatic processes.

Charlie has offered experiential seminars on body-based strategies to lower the risk of secondary trauma at Confer, Reading University, Clean Break, Family Futures, Theodora Children's Charity, Grief Encounter, Metro Charity and the Centre For Counselling & Psychotherapy Education.

All sessions currently take place via Zoom.

What participants say about our seminars:

‘The seminar was fascinating and rejuvenating. The theoretical part lead well in to the experiential exercises and provided an excellent framework for working with the effects of secondary trauma.’


‘Triumph! I came away buzzing with ideas of how this could be used not only in my practice but wider context.’

Upcoming courses
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SEMINAR - Body based strategies to support self - regulation and resourcing for mental health and arts practitioners - Level 1

Dates TBC
Via Zoom

This is an offer to mental health professionals and arts practitioners continuing to offer support to vulnerable people and organisations at this time. It will be an opportunity to think through and prioritise effective strategies in terms of supporting others, learn specific body based skills to support self-regulation, resourcing and strategies to lower the risk of secondary trauma.

This seminar helps you reduce the risk of secondary trauma, the symptoms of which are often similar to 'burnout'. The day will be part theoretical with an emphasis on experiential learning, providing practical techniques you can use to enhance your practice.

It is aimed at mental health professionals, therapists, performers, artists working in mental healthcare settings, and people interested in personal development.

The theoretical aspect includes the sharing of the psycho education of mechanisms that are involved in secondary trauma, based on insights from recent neuroscience.

Experiential learning combines simple body-based strategies with mindfulness and breathing techniques, which support regulation specifically of the autonomic nervous system. You will receive a toolkit of body-based strategies as part of the workshop.

£70, with concessions available.

Email for info and to book a place.


Seminar - Body Based Strategies to Lower the Risk of Secondary Trauma for Mental Health and Arts Practitioners - Level 2

Dates TBC
Via Zoom

If you have attended the first Secondary Trauma seminar, this if your opportunity to build on those skills, deepen your knowledge of ill-health prevention strategies, and progress to the next level. 

Specifically for mental health professionals and those who work in the sector, learning how to properly protect your wellbeing is an essential self-care strategy and will ensure good sustainable working practices.

Each participant will receive a toolkit of body-based strategies to support an ongoing practice to protect wellbeing and boost resilience.

£70, with concessions available.

Email for info and to book a place.

If you haven't used Zoom before, here are a couple of useful links that will help you set it up.