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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
Working with the Narcissistic Client - ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED! Due to overwhelming demand, we are pleased to announce an additional date is now available for our upcoming CPD event, Working with the Narcissistic client. The additional course will run on Saturday 20th April 9.30am - 4.30pm. Click here to read more about this fantastic event. Contact us to book your place!
Upcoming CPD - Schizophrenia This informative training will offer a thorough overview of schizophrenia, including: DSM criteria for schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder Therapeutic treatments as defined by NICE guidelines Other psychotherapeutic approaches Group work for people diagnosed with schizophrenia The client's experience of their diagnosis and therapy Issues encountered in therapy with this popluation About the Trainer Malcolm Peterson is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist. He has a background working in secondary care mental health services within the NHS. He also developed a dual diagnosis outpatient day treatment service, when he was the clinical manager of an addictions treatment centre in [...]
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of NHS trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support. This FREE suicide prevention training course will [...]
Our next CPD event - Working with the Narcissistic Client Healthy narcissism is a sense of positive self-regard that is based on a realistic understanding and self-acceptance of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Because healthy narcissism is based on realistic self-knowledge it is relatively impervious to minor slights and failures, it is stable over time, and it is not overly dependent on what others think (Greenberg, E. A brief guide to Borderline, Narcissistic and schizoid disorders. Feb 1998) But what happens when we encounter in our clinical work the client who meets us with the private distress of presenting a [...]