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Upcoming CPD – Shame Along Stigmatised Death

Upcoming CPD - Shame Along Stigmatised Death Shame in therapy is one of the most debilitating emotions clients can experience. Through the power of one woman’s story following a stigmatised death, through this interactive workshop, we will consider the impact of shame and how as therapists we can enable our clients to emerge from the shadows of shame and engage with life. About the Trainers Trish is a BACP accredited psychotherapist, qualified supervisor and trainer. Trish has a special interest in grief and loss and many years of experience, working within the learning and sensory disabled community. Marcia is also [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Upcoming CPD – Shame Along Stigmatised Death

Upcoming CPD – DIT and Depression

Upcoming CPD - DIT and Depression During this one day workshop we will explore different types of depression, to aid this we will look at DSM diagnostic criteria for depression as well as case examples from clinical work. We will then move onto explore Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, the rationale for D.I.T along with its treatment methods and principles. We will also look at some recent studies into the effectiveness of treating depression with modalities other than CBT. About the Trainer Malcolm is a UKCP group analytic psychotherapist. He has a background in working in addiction treatment services and then in [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Upcoming CPD – DIT and Depression

Beverley Blog – Part 3

Getting closer to opening! The buzz is growing here at Focus as our new Beverley centre gets ever closer to completion. Happily, we're on course for a September/October launch and we'll be looking to mark the occasion with a launch event in the near future. Details will be published here, so keep checking-in for updates! The Beverley launch will be a significant milestone for Focus. It will help us fulfil our objective to expand our reach into the East Riding, offering high-quality services to more people across a wider area. The centre will have 9 rooms, 3 of which will [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Beverley Blog – Part 3

Upcoming CPD – Working with Grief & Death

Upcoming CPD - Working with Grief & Death in the Clinical Setting Poem - Busy with Many Jobs Busy with very urgent jobs I forgot One also has To die Irresponsible I kept neglecting that duty Or performed it Perfunctorily As from tomorrow Things will be different I’ll start dying meticulously Wisely optimistically Without wasting time Tadeusz Rozewicz, 1921 Loss and Bereavement is very much part of living and affects us all. Our relationship with grief and loss is either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of awareness and is what we bring to the therapeutic relationship. This workshop is designed to consider [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Upcoming CPD – Working with Grief & Death

Beverley Blog – Part 2

The centre is starting to take shape! Our Operations Director, Thomas Donohue, went for another 'sneak preview' last week, and below are his photos of how work is progressing at our new, 9 room therapy centre in Beverley. As you can see from the photos, the new walls and entrances to the counselling rooms have been installed. The centre will have 3 ground floor rooms, fully equipped for disabled access, providing a fully-accessible venue for anybody coming for therapy at Focus. As expansion continues, we will be looking for more clinicians to work in both our Hull and Beverley offices. [...]

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Beverley Blog – Part 2

Meet our ‘Outstanding’ Training Team!

Pictured left to right: Peter Palumbo - Clinical Director, Thomas Donohue - Operations Director, Jo Irvin - Level 1 & 2 Tutor, Debs Hutton - Course Coordinator, Graham Fisher - Level 3 Tutor Our Training Team received high praise in their most recent External Verifier's visit by CERTA. External Verifier, Pauline Heywood described our training provision as "outstanding". Pauline went on to say "The team has come a long way. I can't think of any recommendations I need to make!" The visit really validated the hard work and dedication of our Training Team, which was celebrated at a well-deserved night [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Meet our ‘Outstanding’ Training Team!

Beverley Blog – Part 1

Building work on our new Beverley centre gets underway! On Monday 17th June, work began on our new, 9 room therapy centre in Beverley. Due to open in September, the centre is a key part of our expansion plans for 2019/2020 and will be our largest centre to date. Tucked away in a quiet location off North Bar, the centre will be an ideal location for Let's Talk patients living in North Hull or working in Beverley, and will also be a perfect location for our East Riding-based clients. As expansion continues, we will be looking for more clinicians to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Beverley Blog – Part 1

This Month’s Featured Clinician – Jo Irvin

This month's 'featured clinician' is Jo Irvin. Jo is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a Registered Member of the BACP. Jo has many years' experience of working with a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, relationship problems, depression, bereavement, OCD and much more. Jo also teaches our Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Read more about Jo below... What inspired you to become a therapist? I worked for many years as a HR Manager and I found myself helping staff more and more with personal problems, which quite often included struggles with their mental health. I decided to take some [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on This Month’s Featured Clinician – Jo Irvin

Expanded Training Schedule for 2020

Our counselling courses have continued to grow in popularity over the past couple of years. To help meet demand, we have created a new, expanded training schedule for 2020. Our new schedule sees us increase our Level 1 courses from four to six, and our Level 2 courses from three to four. We are also looking to increase our Level 3 provision and will be publishing new dates for this course soon! Click here to view our schedule for 2020 and book your place!

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Expanded Training Schedule for 2020

Upcoming CPD – You, Me & Attachment

Upcoming CPD - You, Me & Attachment In this interactive, creative workshop, participants will: Identify the different attachment styles and their origins. Explore attachment styles both for ourselves and our clients and how these may be experienced within the therapeutic relationship. Consider how we can usefully apply attachment theory to enable our clients to more fully understand themselves and their relationships. About the Trainers Trish is a BACP accredited psychotherapist, qualified supervisor and trainer. Trish has a special interest in grief and loss and many years of experience, working within the learning and sensory disabled community. Marcia is also an [...]

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on Upcoming CPD – You, Me & Attachment