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Helen Slator gave an insightful talk at the AGM about her work with couples. She suggested this therapy is most useful when the client has an awareness of themselves and their patterns of behaviour, or if individual work becomes primarily focussed on the couple relationship and if both partners feel that couples counselling will be helpful.

Individual therapy tends to be about issues of self, whereas Couples therapy focusses on issues about the relationship. However, individual and couples therapy can run alongside each other very positively.

Helen outlined a variety of tools and ‘homework’ that she uses with couples, including exploring what attracted them to each other in the beginning; parental attachment history and its ongoing impact; recent life circumstances.

She also stressed the need to take into account ‘life stage’ – whether newly together, caring for children or elderly parents, or in later years – and exploring the tasks required of each stage.

Helen described how goals are agreed and set for the therapy – including identifying the central problem, together with ‘non-problems’ or games; helping the partners try new behaviours and strategies; pinpointing strengths and resources alongside deficits and instilling hope that change is possible.

And she talked about the various methods she uses – identifying the feelings behind destructive responses; teaching communication skills and emotional expression; encouraging people to leave their parents’ family scripts behind; exploring sexual issues and confronting broken trust.

An interesting and inspiring evening – many of those present left feeling less daunted by couple work, and more aware of how stimulating it could be.

As part of membership to SCPN, you are welcome to attend all SCPN Network events free of charge.

Material delivered at SCPN events will reflect the views and opinions of individual trainers but not necessarily those held by members of the Network.

If you are a member of the SCPN and would like us to advertise an event of interest to you, please contact christine.fishlock.cf@gmail.com   Only events offered by SCPN, Willows Counselling Service and The Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre will be advertised on the “CPD & Training” page. All other events will be advertised on the “Other Training” page via a hyperlink to the training provider’s webpage, and will be advertised at the discretion of the Committee.

Upcoming Events

October 15th, 2019
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Free to SCPN members £10 for non-members
Location: Willows Counselling Service
Contact: christine.fishlock.cf@gmail.com
November 14th, 2019
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Free to SCPN members £10 for non-members
Location: Willows Counselling Service

Gloria DVD followed by a discussion.

January 30th, 2020
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Free to members Non-members £10 on the door
Location: Willows Counselling Centre, 11 Prospect Place, Swindon SN1 3LQ
Contact: christine.fishlock.cf@gmail.com

Next Training Events

October 15th, 2019
AGM
7:30pm to 9:30pm
November 14th, 2019
Gloria DVD
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Swindon Counsellors
Swindon Counsellors and Psychotherapists Network
Network Meetings
The Willows Centre,
11 Prospect Place,
Old Town,
Swindon
SN1 3LQ
Contact Us
Contact Membership Secretary Christine Fishlock at:

The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre,
23 Bath Road,
Swindon
SN1 4AS

or email: christine@scpn.org.uk
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