5TH ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL Advanced Clinical Applications

Course Overview 

Want CPD training that is alive & experiential and immediately applicable to your professional practice?



It’s time to truly integrate the “present relational presence” that is central to psychotherapeutic process, with the “clinical optimism” demanded of 21st Century psychotherapy practice. The “Big 3” processes of addiction, trauma and depression/anxiety are inextricably linked in our body/psyche, yet so often forced to be treated as if they were isolated, abnormal experience.

Contemporary Psychotherapy offers ways to draw together and creatively weave relational priorities and outcome oriented values to personalise psychotherapy for each individual according to the healing tendency of being human.

On of these 5-day courses you will be supported to integrate new learning into your existing style of practice with respect for the unique Practitioner that you are.

These three units of training are designed so that they may be attended as discrete courses or combined to offer an overarching model that elucidates the inter-relatedness of trauma, addiction and anxiety-depression.

Course Aims 

Working Creatively with Trauma
17TH - 21ST JULY 2017

The effects of trauma are so often expressed as destructive symptoms and beliefs that clients may seek to “get rid of” or “learn to put up with”. This internal conflict against one’s own self-preserving patterning can perpetuate rather than alleviate suffering.

In the 21st Century we have a better understanding than ever before of the impact of trauma on the developing brain and what makes healing, growth and restructuring possible and likely. Understanding the mind-body system as a life-seeking whole can open up pathways to expression and healing that are not available through purely cognitive or analytic approaches.

A greater sensitivity to somatic awareness will enable trainees to attend respectfully to a client’s physical, cognitive and emotional states, and their wider context. Understanding dissociative and re-associative process can help put the client back in their seat of natural power to restore, resolve and find meaning in all of life’s experiences.

Participants will be offered theoretical and experiential learning in Somatic Psychotherapies, ranging from the wisdom of aboriginal healing processes to effective contemporary methods.  We will identify and utilise the common components in various theories and interventions, from storytelling to use of natural physical movement, to personalise the therapeutic journey so that it can be truly client-lead.

Working Effectively with Anxiety & Depression
24TH - 28TH JULY 2017

Staying in relationship with ourselves requires openness to the emotional, physical and mental tides of being human. Anxiety and depression are two labels given to the most painful human experiences. They are  interconnected both experientially and neurologically – and necessary to being and staying alive.

Anxiety and depression are often residual of trauma and nearly always present in addiction and dependency. Attending to these inner messages can transform them into teachers on our individual journey to resilience, compassion and meaningful purpose in our lives.

Over the course you will learn tried and tested approaches to wholistically activate and support recovery from life-compromising depression and anxiety. As we understand more about the human system’s ability to rebalance and self-regulate we are empowered as practitioners to be of even more help to those who seek a better quality of daily life and personal empowerment.

Throughout this course you will gain a theoretical and experiential learning, integrating relational and outcome oriented priorities according to a client’s growing connection to self and environment. You will explore some of the core effective components of diverse therapeutic possibilities, including the helpful and problematic aspects of setting goals, re-opening sensory feedback systems, self-induced states of relaxation and developing autonomous decision making. MIndfulness and Ericksonian approaches will be explored along with other Social & Interpersonal models of psychotherapy.

Working Successfully with Addiction & Recovery
Compulsion, Dependence and the Quest for Connectedness

As 21st Century psychotherapists and counsellors develop new descriptions of what we know as “addiction”, there has never been a more important time to attend this cutting edge training. Learn how and why compulsive behaviours, substance and process dependent misuse, and the pain cycle of “the addict” require more from the therapist than our usual understanding of related trauma and affect regulation issues. Whether or not you work with clients and patients identified with drug, alcohol and co-dependence issues, your practice will take a step forward when you can recognise and work with the dependence cycle within all human beings. This often hidden presentation can be at the heart of what keeps some clients stuck. Addressing it with compassion, understanding and skill can liberate client and therapist alike from the dependence matrix.

You will come away with a practical, empathic and greater spiritual understanding of “addiction”, its psychodynamic, existential, developmental and behavioural facets, and the journey from psychic ruin to sustainable recovery. Participants can look forward to learning from a variety of modalities and to being encouraged to consolidate their own application of theory to flexibly effective practice from a place of personal authenticity.

This 5-day experiential training is week 3 of our 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL for Psychotherapists, Counsellors and other Mental Health Professionals. It explores applications in both group and individual psychotherapy settings and the therapist’s role in the dependency and recovery matrices. In an information rich course, participants will contextualise their own inner experience of longing and compulsion to gain better empathy and effectiveness for themselves and their clients in greatest need.


Course Content 

Working Creatively with Trauma
17TH - 21ST JULY 2017

  • Assess when trauma may be core to a client’s presenting issues
  • Understand the connections between trauma and other processes such as dependencies, obsessions and compulsions
  • Frame and explain the process of trauma and routes to recovery
  • Create the therapeutic conditions necessary to encourage innate mind-body healing processes
  • Identify how those healing processes can become blocked
  • Understand why talking is not enough to heal trauma and loss
  • Gain a better understanding of the help-or-hindrance of transference processes in the therapeutic relationship
  • Help clients who have experienced pain to find that therapy can be empowering, safe & joyous
  • Recognise the impact of trauma on attachment and brain development
  • Differentiate fight, flight, freeze, fold and flow responses
  • Give clients the tools to manage dissociated or panic states
  • Attend to the importance of self-relation and meaning-making
  • Discover how our cognitive and emotional bodies work with metaphor and narrative
  • Learn a highly effective protocol for working with one-off traumatic events
  • Learn how to enrich this working protocol to engage at the deeper levels of complex trauma
  • Support the re-emergence of self-worth and resiience
  • Activate brain restructuring through the natural processes of play and storytelling
  • Follow client cases that go beyond suffering and survival to strength and self-discovery

Working Effectively with Anxiety & Depression
24TH - 28TH JULY 2017

  • Identify and demystify with the client their inner experience of depression and anxiety
  • Integrate personalised assessment as relationship-building process
  • Combine supportive assurance with recognition of the client’s self-efficacy
  • Compassionately understand the inner dynamics of feeling “stuck”, “hopeless” and “unable”
  • Engage with the socio-political frustrations that drain hope, power and security
  • Helpfully attend to connected processes such as trauma, compulsion and dependency
  • Embrace and safely hold processes of breaking down to break through
  • Embrace the wide spectra of human emotion
  • Utilise past causes to integrate a meaningful narrative and sustainable sense of self
  • Model how subjective constructs of the past-present-future continuum impact thinking
  • Connect your empathic observations of the individual with researched neurological patterns
  • Track and make use of manifestations such as panic attacks, socio-phobia and unrealistic pessimism
  • Develop crucial skills in facilitating greater relaxation, self-expression, confidence and concentration
  • Engage the “unconscious mind” to reconcile inner conflicts, paradoxes and self-defeating behaviours
  • Understand why reflective conversation alone may not be enough to relieve depression and anxiety
  • Help clients to live life more fully and be at greater peace with themselves and the world

Working Successfully with Addiction & Recovery
Compulsion, Dependence and the Quest for Connectedness


  • Identify the most common error of well-meaning psychotherapists and counsellors which can perpetuate the system of pain
  • Reflecting on the “better than well” phenomenon of successful recovery – what does this offer our understanding of being human
  • Recognising and understanding the process called “addiction”
  • Understanding why clients with dependency need something more from psychotherapy than “usual” affect regulation and trauma recovery
  • Engaging with the client’s denial and motivation to engage in healing
  • Understanding the emotional syndrome of pain, shame, craving and lapse
  • Identifying crises and cravings as opportunities for healing
  • A hand-me-down pattern - Locating addiction within family systems and attachment patterning
  • Activating Interpersonal and Social healing systems
  • What key figures such as Jung, Bateson and Erickson contributed to and took from recovery culture
  • Implementation of psycho-socio-bio-eco models of dependency
  • The place of interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Group Therapy, 12 Step Psychology, Storytelling and Psychodynamics
  • Considering Codependence and the quest for connection as the underlying force of unhealthy dependencies
  • Enhancing relationship with self, other and world as the site of recovery
  • Addressing the trauma of addiction
  • Sustaining recovery and utilising challenges for further growth
  • Applying the Continuous Becoming model in Addiction and Recovery


Learning & assessment 

  • The variety of teaching methods used on our courses serve to support as many different learning styles as possible.
  • Whilst time is given to inspirational and clarifying ‘chalk and talk’,  you can be sure that live demonstrations and practical exercises are the core of the experience and contribute to making this a warm, fun and friendly environment in which to acquire your new skills.
  • Colourful training manuals published by BeeLeaf serve to enhance and enrich the learning experience that is unique to BeeLeaf, including exercises and interventions you can adapt or take directly into your practice.
  • Access to online resources for your continued reading and learning.
  • At BeeLeaf, we believe that to work flexibly and ecologically, it is not enough to merely digest the content knowledge of the various techniques and procedures that make up a practitioner’s  toolbox. We believe in a process oriented learning environment that supports the development of your communicational and reflexive skills as a practitioner. By the time you have completed a BeeLeaf course you will have developed practical skills that can be practiced within a whole variety of contexts.

Certificate of Attendance for 35 hours of UKCP and NCP Accredited training.  Minimum of 90% course attendance required.


Imi Lo
Imi Lo

Imi is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, HCPC Registered Art Therapist, and Social Worker.
She specialises in the topics of emotional intensity, sensitivity, and borderline  (emotional unstable) personality disorder. Imi she offers a unique perspective that combines scientific therapy approaches and more artistic and intuitive methods to help people address deep-rooted emotional patterns.  Read more

Julie Sale
Julie Sale

Julie is a UKCP Registered Contemporary Psychotherapist, COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Trainer. Julie specialises in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and sex and relationship therapy. Julie has undertaken additional training in CBT and DBT. Read more


Pamela Gawler-Wright
Pamela Gawler-Wright

MSc B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP,  UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.)
Director of BeeLeaf

Pamela Gawler-Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has since 1994 been a trainer on many UKCP Accredited trainings across several modalities of training. As Director of Training for BeeLeaf, Pam created the Contemporary Psychotherapy qualifying training as a much needed professional path for today’s psychotherapist. Read more

Entry Requirements 

  • You will have completed or be close to completing a Diploma in Psychotherapy or Counselling or training to a higher standard which includes clinical practice under clinical supervision.
  • When working in clinical practice you hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance and adhere to the Code of Ethics, Practice & Complaints Process of your Registering Body.
  • When working in clinical practice you attend clinical supervision in accordance with the requirements of your Registering Body.



Self Funding £1,550 for all 3 courses

By booking all 3 courses together you SAVE £160


Organisations £1,790 for all 3 courses

By booking all 3 courses together you SAVE £160


What's included 

  • Three blocks of 5 full days of training in Central London
  • Close to Public Transport 
  • Fully Comprehensive workbooks, articles, video links and practical materials to enrich your learning and confident practice.
  • Light Refreshments available throughout the day (lunch not provided)
  • Certificate of Attendance for 105 hours of Accredited training. Minimum of 90% course attendance required.
  • These 3 courses are also a unit of the BeeLeaf Advanced Diploma in Contemporary in Psychotherapy


How to Pay 

Secure online payment or call us on 020 8983 9699. We accept MasterCard and Visa. Alernatively download and return your completed booking form with payment.


Payment Terms and Conditions 

All cancellations must be received in writing. If you cancel within 14 days of your booking being confirmed a full refund will be given.  No refund will be given if you cancel more than 14 days after a booking has been confirmed, however your fee may be carried forward to the next similar available training module, providing participation on the Advanced Clinical Applications has not yet commenced. In this case, any difference in amount between the normal individual module fee advertised at the time of booking on Advanced Clinical Applications and the normal individual module fee for the module onto which you are transferring, shall then become due. Participation on the Advanced Clinical Applications is deemed to have started once you have received any pre-study material for Advanced Clinical Applications.
In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf cancelling this training, you will be given a full refund or an alternative equivalent training option. BeeLeaf reserve the right to make any changes to the course and it’s Trainers at any time.BeeLeaf reserve the right to remove a delegate from the course at any time if it is evident that the course is unsuitable for that delegate. Under these circumstances a full refund of the training fees will be given. BeeLeaf and its Contractors will not be held responsible for any indirect or consequential loss.


Mile End, London E3

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Nearest stations on the London Underground are Mile End on Hammersmith and City, District  and Central lines; and Stepney Green on the Hammersmith and City and District lines.

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Application Text 

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