Self-Care courses for Mental Health professionals
Secondary Trauma seminar
Secondary trauma within a therapeutic relationship often occurs as a result of unconscious transmission of traumatic experience via body to body resonance between therapist 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 Reading University, Clean Break, Family Futures, Theodora Children's Charity, Grief Encounter and Metro Charity.
The seminar aims to both raise awareness and reduce the risk of secondary trauma - part theoretical with an emphasis on experiential learning.
The theoretical aspect includes sharing psycho education of mechanisms that seem to be involved in secondary trauma based on insights emerging from recent neuroscientific investigation.
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.
Individual consultations are also available.
self care for mental health professionals
Secondary trauma within a therapeutic relationship often occurs as a result of unconscious transmission of traumatic experience via body-to-body resonance between therapist 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.
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.’
This is an offer to mental health professionals and arts practitioners continuing to offer support to vulnerable people and organisations at
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.
Charlie is a UKCP reg psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, specialising in body based approaches to managing stress, anxiety and traumatic experience.
Group will be limited to 8. A biweekly group.
Monday – 5pm -7pm
Commencing Monday 20 April.
Cost - £30 (concessionary rate available by arrangement)
Charlie will offer a check-in time at the beginning of each session to respond to questions about how the session will be structured.
There will be space for participants to share particular experiences and challenges they are currently meeting in their practice and particularly how this may be impacting on wellbeing.
This will be followed by sharing through experiential learning body based skills that support regulation of the autonomic nervous system and management of traumatic experiences.
Wear comfortable clothes for movement.
Find a quiet uninterrupted space at home.
Try to position the camera on your phone or laptop so that your movement is visible to Charlie for the experiential section of the session. This is so that she can be responsive to what is happening during the session.
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