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Practitioners’ wellbeing

Practitioners’ wellbeing

It is my experience as a counsellor that balancing out personal and professional life is essential to my own wellbeing. Time to recuperate and attend to my own wellbeing has become an essential part of my daily routine. There seems to be a growing interest in creative and holistic practices as a way to release stress and enhance wellbeing. In 2012 I carried out an experiential research project with counsellors and psychotherapists about the use of movement and creativity to prevent burn-out from emotional fatigue.

Active listening and attending to other people’s needs as part of our professional role can at times lead us to lose track of our own needs, and to forget to use our own resources to stay in balance. A nurturing environment can support us to reconnect with our natural rhythm, feel more in control of our energy and find ways to let go of the workday and nurture ourselves.

Since 2012 I have developed ‘The Art of Listening Within’, a structured wellbeing programme made of an initial workshop and follow up sessions.

I also offer 1:1 (ad hoc) wellbeing mentoring sessions for practitioners of the helping professions.

Workshops and groupwork

Being part of a caring community of practitioners where insights and resources are shared can support the commitment to our own wellbeing.

The Art of Listening Within’ is a structured programme for practitioners working in the helping professions. It consists of:

  • A stand-alone workshop, which can also serve as an introduction to on-going groupwork
  • Monthly thematic groupwork

All sessions are 90 minutes long and they are facilitated within a small group. We use movement and creative media to let go, relax, re-energise and build up resources for wellbeing. No artistic skills or a specific level of fitness are required – everybody’s welcome!

Following the introductory workshop, the themes and number of the remaining sessions are decided together. Please note that these are not drop-in classes and that a commitment to attend all sessions, at least in principle, is expected.

All sessions are in Methven and new groups will be starting every few months. If you are interested, please get in touch with your preferred day and time and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

Next workshop: TBC

Please get in touch for further details and booking.

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Bespoke workshop and groupwork

‘The Art of Listening Within’ can be also facilitated for organisations either as a stand-alone workshop or as an on-going group, at different venues. I also provide thematic and bespoke workshops and groupwork for organisations on all aspects of wellbeing.

‘Wellbeing for Changing Times’ offers bespoke on-line workshops for organisations. Stand-alone workshops can be also organised followed an individual’s request.

If you are interested, please get in touch to explore this further.

One-to-one mentoring
At times it can be helpful to have a bit of guidance and a ‘witness’ or a ‘companion’ when we commit to our own journey toward optimum wellbeing. Individual sessions provide one-to-one attention and tend to focus on a specific question which you may have about your own wellbeing or an area you would like to explore and build strategies and resources on.

Themes like recuperation time, letting go and feeling in control may be explored to give a sense of balance within professional life.

These are ad hoc sessions which can be booked when the need arises. A support plan to take with you may be agreed in sessions.