In this section, we publicise information on upcoming events, courses and training.

If you have any workshops/courses please contact:


Play Group Therapy with Children

 A Wellspring Introductory Training

Edinburgh:  February to June 2018

(one weekend day per month)


This training will introduce participants to the characteristics and dynamics of play group therapy for primary aged children.

Learning will include the theoretical knowledge and skills base required in order for adults to work in a transformational way with children’s vulnerabilities and lack of confidence.  The qualities of deep sensitivity and developmental understanding that inform the course provide children with some of the conditions needed to support their longing for corrective emotional experiences, true resilience and developmental fluency. Play and behaviour are children’s most immediate, effective and natural forms of communication. Through their behaviour and play children are communicating information about their life struggles, their defences and areas of developmental arrest, anxieties and fear, and their strengths and resources.

The role and function of the adult in this model is central to the creation of a therapeutic group climate. It is both a very challenging and profoundly satisfying role. The most significant principle is that demonstrations of kind and skilful resilience by adults, promote feelings of security and confidence in children.

Aspects of Eastern and Western psychology, attachment theory, child development, and various models of play group therapy will be drawn on to enrich the power of learning about sensitive relationship, use of self and therapeutic attunement, and group dynamics.


The first day will be a general introduction, followed by four additional dates covering course components in more detail. Each day can be booked separately.


Dates: Feb 18; March 18; April 15; May 20 and June 17 2018

Cost:       £50 for each day booked

Location: Wellspring, 13 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh


Tutor:  John MacFadyen, Therapist at Wellspring, a Core Process Psychotherapist and member of the teaching team at Karuna Institute, Devon. John has many years of working therapeutically with children and families. Play group therapy has been an area of specialisation.

For enquiries please contact:  Wellspring     0131-553-6660 or John MacFadyen:   07788976022

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      Core Process Psychotherapy Skills Development Days

     Mindfulness within a Therapeutic Relationship

     Expanding Deep Listening  –  Edinburgh – Feb 17, 2018

Mindfulness has the potential to transform how we experience ourselves, others, and the world.  Grounded in the belief that awareness is inherently healing, the workshops explore how cultivating awareness, compassion, presence and spaciousness can help us to move beyond wounded perceptions and emotional habits, and deepen our capacity for challenging life and relationship situations (both inner & outer). These workshops offer opportunities to deepen into the domains of Core Process Psychotherapy. It is a model rooted in a Buddhist understanding of mind and embodied sensitivity, integrated with a relational understanding of early life developmental psychology.

We will engage in mindful-awareness practices, playful experiential exercises and learning about Buddhist psychology to help explore aspects of our human potential, the loops and knots of unhappiness we get caught in and become blinded by, and how relational mindfulness and creativity can be accessed to help dissolve patterns of developmental arrest and self-limitation. You will have the shared opportunity to deepen into the central concepts which inform Core Process Psychotherapy and how it interfaces with other psychotherapy modalities.

The workshops are open to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how mindfulness in relationship can be drawn upon as a profound basis for self development, enquiry into the dynamics of personal/professional  relationships, and how this learning can be applied in counselling, psychotherapy and other helping roles within the workplace or community life. It may also be useful for anyone considering applying for one of Karuna Institute’s professional trainings. No affiliation to Buddhism is required.


Dates:  February 17, March 17, April 14, May 19 & June16

Location: Wellspring, 13 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh Time 9:30 – 5:00

Tutor:  John MacFadyen, Core Process Psychotherapist and member of the  

             teaching team at Karuna Institute, Devon

The first day will be a general introductory day followed by four further dates. The modules can be booked into individually. Cost: £60 per module

For enquiries please contact:  Wellspring     0131-553-6660 or John MacFadyen:   07788976022


Therapeutic Supervision Webinar Course

27 February – 31 July 2018

Tuesday evenings 1.5 hrs (30 hours CPD)

£300 per term

Seminar leader Dr Fiona Henderson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Course objectives


This course is delivered online over two terms of ten weekly webinars with breaks midway.  It provides a forum for practitioners to explore with others their emerging supervision work and the evolution of their own style and approach. The emphasis is less on ‘how to do supervision’ and more on promoting a developmental process involving reflexivity, internal change and growing confidence about technique. We approach this by reading relevant psychoanalytic literature together and through live supervision of our work. Confidentiality ethics will apply in the usual way. The course is structured around salient themes with key and supplementary references provided. Participants are expected to read key references before each webinar and to think about links with their own work. Supervision sessions are presented through written recordings of observation and process and we explore our responses to this detailed approach to the work.


Course philosophy

The course develops a model of supervision which brings a therapeutic ear to bear on the day-to-day struggles of frontline casework by individuals, organizations, and teams. It is assumed that many of those we are supervising have little or no experience of formal psychotherapeutic help and so discussions in supervision will at times touch on personal dynamics and history in ways that affect the experience of work. Therapeutic supervision makes careful use of linking between personal and professional, at all times anchoring interventions in the primary task. The model draws on three related theoretical strands of psychoanalytic thought – organisational dynamics, infant observation and triangularily.

We will work with concepts like projection, containment and countertransference to think about supervisory relationships with individuals and teams, and we will look at what is entailed in being open to something new in order to be able to learn.  There will be ample opportunity to bring practical and ethical dilemmas about setting up the work, as well as to problem-solve practice issues arising along the way.

Course participants

The course is designed for practitioners working with individuals, organisations and teams in a supervisory or consultative way, or people looking to develop this kind of work. There is a requirement to bring supervision casework which can be at a very early stage. The course is of relevance to those in private and public sectors including education. An interest in how organisational dynamics affect individuals and teams is important.

Ongoing learning

A facilitated, online Work Discussion Group is likely to run from autumn 2018 where we will present supervision and therapy casework and read relevant papers together.

Course facilitator

Dr Fiona Henderson is an experienced clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and held posts in adult and family services there for 12 years. She has worked in NHS mental health teams for 22 years as well as being an assessor for the family court and a trainer and supervisor in private practice. She is a full member of APPCIOS and has previously co-run a similar webinar series on Therapeutic Supervision which was very well received. She pioneered a model of ‘live supervision in situ’ for social workers and published chapters and articles on supervision for frontline health and social care professionals.

Further information

It is possible to put you in touch by email with previous participants of this course who would be pleased to tell you about their experience. Meanwhile please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.

Fiona Henderson   M +44 (0) 7817 868410



 Psychoanalytic Events in Newcastle
25 November 2017, 9.00 to 13.00
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers,
Neville Hall,
Westgate Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
A celebration of the publication of The Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott
Lesley Caldwell: Being and Communicating
Ken Robinson: Creativity in Everyday Life
Lesley Caldwell is an Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL and a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. She has been an editor for the Winnicott Trust since 2002 and was its Chair of Trustees from 2009 to 2012. With Helen Taylor Robinson she is Joint General Editor of the Collected Works (2017). Lesley has a particular interest in art and psychoanalysis, teaches and lectures internationally and has written widely on Winnicott. Her Reading Winnicott with Angela Joyce has become a valuable point of entry into Winnicott’s work.
Ken Robinson is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Newcastle and Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at Northumbria University. He is a contributor to the Collected Works and also has an interest in the arts and psychoanalysis as well as in the psychoanalytic process. Ken teaches and lectures in the UK and Europe and has written most recently on creativity, on psychoanalytic listening, and on sincerity, freedom and tact.
Fee: £30 including refreshments.
To book a place please send a cheque for £30 payable to Psychoanalytic Events, 25 Hawthorn Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 4DE.
For enquiries contact
Click to access flyer for Newcastle Event – 2017
Click to access flyer for Newcastle Event – 2017



The Sutherland TrustPresented by: Susie Orbach 

What does Therapy have to say about personal and political life and how do we do it?

Monday 30th October 5.00pm for lecture at 5.30pm

Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP

Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 5.00pm

Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre. Susie is the author of several books including Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies.  In her most recent book, In Therapy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy – what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help – through five dramatised case studies which were originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series.

In this lecture, Susie will play an untransmitted episode and talk about the issues that come up. She will use the session to make links to and reflect on the pressing political issues of our times.

Tickets: £15 (£7.50, student and unwaged) available at Queen’s Hall Box Office

Box Office hotline: 0131 668 2019, 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday

Click to access flyer for Autumn lecture 2017



Marylebone Centre Diploma in Sex Addiction & Compulsivity 
Level 6 – accredited by Middlesex University 
Now Offered in Edinburgh!
The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) has approved 69 hours of continuing professional development for the Marylebone Centre’s (Level 6) Diploma in Sex Addiction/Compulsivity.  This adds to the Diploma’s accreditation by Middlesex University.  The Diploma is also one of the few approved by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC).

Creating opportunity for clients seeking support

We often hear from clients and therapists the long waiting lists and lack of support in many parts of the UK for clients and their partners seeking help with sexually compulsive behaviours.  Referred again and again until finding a suitable therapist, some clients travel great distances to see a qualified practitioner.

Building a collaborative network of specialised therapists

Our training programme aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, ethical competence, and practical confidence to work with out of control sexual behaviours.  More information and a downloadable brochure about our Diploma programme in sex addiction therapy can be found on our ‘Training’ page, or by contacting Cecily Criminale, Director of Education (

Edinburgh 2017 Course Dates:

22 – 25  September

27 – 30  October

1 – 4     December

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