Past Events

Saturday, 26 March 2022 - 10:00am
Join us at the Friend's Meeting House in Chichester for Kitty's workshop around superevision and how to work creatively. The session will involve working with individuals and groups, where there will be plenty of opportunities for discussions and break-out groups.
Saturday, 18 September 2021 - 2:00pm
Simon is a psychosexual psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of sexual and relationship issues. He presented a useful and well-received talk for us in 2019 which explored the life in a day of a psychosexual therapist. The issues Simon treats also include erectile dysfunction, pain during intercourse, loss of libido (sexual desire), sexual addictions including Internet pornography addictions, relationship difficulties and the impact of serious illnesses including cancer, strokes and cardiovascular issues on sexual function and relationships.
Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 2:00pm
David will present a talk on Jung’s 5 Functions: The Functions of Consciousness. These functions refer to the different ways in which the conscious mind can apprehend reality. According to Jung, these are (a) Sensation, (b) Intuition, (c) Thinking and (d) Feeling. David will also invite us to explore the implications of the shadow, which operates outside of our conscious awareness as a one-sided use of one or two functions at the expense of the other.
Saturday, 15 May 2021 - 2:00pm
In this workshop Meg-John aims to help us gain a broader understanding on the topic of gender, sexual and relationship diversity by means of an interactive Zoom workshop as a taster to gender issues. The session will comprise a 45 minute Q&A session with a participant on a relevant set of questions; followed by opening it out for the group to ask questions, comment, and explore the topic further.
Saturday, 17 April 2021 - 2:00pm
This workshop will:  explore the relationship between legal and ethical aspects of therapy; provide an overview of the law in relation to therapeutic practice; identify how the law applies standards to therapists who are alleged to be in breach of professional guidelines.
Saturday, 27 March 2021 - 2:00pm
Debbie is a Craniosacral and Brainspotting Therapist as well as an advanced TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises)
Saturday, 27 February 2021 - 2:00pm
This has been a year like no other and some of you may feel very disconnected to fellow therapists, as our work tends to be very isolating. For this reason, SGPC would like to invite you to attend this free keeping in touch session. Come along, have a chat with fellow counsellors about anything that would be useful. That could be a discussion around how you've adapted your work in response to the pandemic, or it could be a space to dicuss anything other than Covid! If there are people wanting different topics of conversation, break-out room can be utilised to seperate these out
Saturday, 5 December 2020 - 2:00pm
Are you one of the many therapists and supervisors who have transitioned to working online this year because of Covid-19? How have you adapted? Are you liking it - or even preferring it? Or are you keen to get back to face to face/in person asap? Maybe you already have? In any case, you’re likely to be considering your options for the future now that online therapy and supervision have become much more prevalent.
Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 2:00pm
Details to follow
Saturday, 10 October 2020 - 2:00pm
Programme 2.00-2.15 First thoughts on the individual and social impact of COVID19  (Janet and Mary)
Saturday, 10 October 2020 - 1:00pm
Our annual AGM - please attend if you can. As you might expect, this year we will be running the event online. We need to ensure a quorum for Solent to continue for another year. Agenda to follow shortly
Saturday, 27 June 2020 - 2:00pm
What are antidepressants? Do they work? How should we work with clients who are taking them? The use of antidepressant medication in the UK (and across the world) has soared in recent years. A freedom of information request by The Guardian in 2018 revealed that more than 7.3 million people in the UK were prescribed antidepressants in the preceding year.
Saturday, 13 June 2020 - 2:00pm
This is a free event. However, we invite attendees to make a voluntary contribution. In this workshop we will begin with the contrasting positions between the medical model and the social model of mental health. We will then explore how depression affects the brain looking at the frontal areas (the thinking areas) of the brain and then areas in the subcortex particularly the amygdala and hippocampus which manage fear/anxiety and memory. We will also look at the HPA axis and how the stress response is affected by depression.
Saturday, 15 February 2020 - 2:00pm
TRE or Tension Releasing Exercises is a sequence of seven exercises designed by Dr David Berceli to engage a natural reflex to release stress, through shaking. The tremors and other involuntary movements allow us to release long held tension patterns, stress and trauma from the body. This release allows the nervous system, which can get stuck in primitive survival strategies (commonly known as flight/flight/freeze), to reboot and balance.
Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 2:00pm
This is a training workshop designed especially for counsellors and therapists who would like to deepen their understanding and application of polyvagal theory within the therapeutic relationship. In relation to the autonomic nervous system polyvagal theory outlines 3 hierarchical subsystems which evolved to respond adaptively to environmental (including relational) features of safety, danger and life threat (Porges, 2011).
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 2:00pm
Simon will explore firstly the life in a day of a psychosexual therapist, that is look at what we treat and how we treat it. Secondly he will consider how to refer to a pyschosexual therapist and provide some case studies to explore how a counsellor or psychosexual therapist might work with sexual issues.
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 12:00pm
Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 2:00pm
Hippocrates said that 'all disease begins in the gut'. Recent research has drawn a link between inflammation in the digestive tract and depression.  Sally will be presenting you with information of this research and the connection between gut health and brain health, plus the role that bacteria, yeast and parasites play in a person’s mental health. 
Saturday, 18 May 2019 - 2:00pm
This talk / workshop will offer a way of exploring the full potential of dreams, from the details of approaching dreams in the session (and other clinical issues relating to dreams) to outlining the different levels on which the dreams can be understood to apply.
Friday, 3 May 2019 - 12:00pm
A small study group facilitated by Rob Abbott Three lunchtime reading discussion sessions focussing on the work of Donald Winnicott. In each session we will focus on one seminal paper from Winnicott. I can send you a copy of the paper which you will need to read before the session.
Friday, 5 April 2019 - 12:00pm
A small study group facilitated by Rob Abbott Three lunchtime reading discussion sessions focussing on the work of Donald Winnicott. In each session we will focus on one seminal paper from Winnicott. I can send you a copy of the paper which you will need to read before the session.
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 2:00pm
What do we mean by Complex PTSD?  Do we mean ACE’s, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Childhood Trauma, Neurodevelopmental Trauma, Relational Trauma?  The experience of trauma can have a profoundly devastating impact on mind and body.  How can we unpick the idea of ‘complex trauma’ in a way that supports understanding and healing for our clients?
Friday, 15 March 2019 - 12:00pm
A small study group facilitated by Rob Abbott Three lunchtime reading discussion sessions focussing on the work of Donald Winnicott. In each session we will focus on one seminal paper from Winnicott. I can send you a copy of the paper which you will need to read before the session.
Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 2:00pm
This session, delivered by psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes, will explore the psychology of child sexual abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence. It will examine the short and longer term impacts of trauma, the psycho educational information that can be useful to share with clients, and make space to specifically focus an aspect that is too often neglected in this work - the impact that these experiences can have on sex and intimacy.
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 2:00pm
This will explore a range of issues around depression including the idea that depression is an understandable reaction to adversity. It will critically engage with the debate on anti-depressants and consider the extent to which current neuroscience is helping (or perhaps not helping) us to understand more about the issue that is predicted to be one of the three leading burdens of illness by 2030.
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 12:30pm
We have had to change the date of this event*. Please come and join us for our AGM. We will publish the agenda in the next few weeks. This will take place before Rob Abbott's talk. There will be a half-hour break at the end of the AGM before the talk starts. Attendance at the AGM is, of course, free to members. However, it would be helpful if you could 'buy' your free ticket on Eventbrite so we know how many people are coming.
Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 2:00pm
We have had to cancel this event as the speaker has withdrawn.
Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 10:00am
Please click on this link to book your tickets through Eventbrite: This one day workshop focuses on how participants may apply concepts and ideas derived from narrative therapy to enhance their practice with clients. An overview of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and approaches influencing narrative therapy will be provided with an emphasis on how the power of societal discourses may be constraining to how clients may choose to live their lives.
Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 10:00am
The intention of the workshop is to encourage attendees to explore their own neurophysiology in the face of nonverbal and traumatic communications.  “We (therapists) need to drop in to our own psych neurophysiological history sufficiently so we can stay receptive to the challenging narratives we are invited to witness”.
Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 2:00pm
Please join us for a shared lunch at 1.00. This is a great way to network and meet other therapists. Just bring some food of your choice to add to the lunch table. Sue Byrne is a teacher of counselling and she will present pertinent aspects of tranactional analysis using an interactive approach.  The workshop would be helpful for those unfamiliar with T.A and also for those revising and Adding to their T.A knowledge It will be on the usual first come first served basis. Members £10 Guests £20 More details to follow.
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 10:00am
This will be a fascinating experiential workshop and numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 thus it will be a ticket only event. Family Constellations are a powerful way of exploring the dynamics within families, the entanglements and hidden loyalties that keep families stuck in ways of living that hinder individuals and their family system from flourishing. Constellations offer a method of working with family issues which:-
Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 2:00pm
  A date for your diary. More information on this after the summer break. In the meantime please see Tim's website for inforamtion about his work:  
Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 1:30pm
This afternoon session begins, as usual, with our short Annual General Meeting, where we will be incorporating our Committee Reports etc. However, please put your ‘thinking caps on’ as we  would like to elicit ideas from members about how the group will move forwards into the future. SGPC is your society – please help us to go in the direction that best supports you and your work as a Therapist. We value your ideas and perspectives as we move on as a group in the South coast area. New Website Launch
Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 9:30am
This event has been cancelled due to illness.
Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 1:30pm
This will be our biennial lecture for 2017. We are combining this with a celebration of SGPC. We would like to invite all attending to join us before Nick’s presentation for a simple lunch starting at 1.30 (included in the ticket price) to celebrate more than 30 years of networking and collaboration between therapists working within our local community.  
Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 2:00pm
Hans Frankham will be presenting this workshop and his subject is "Counselling and Psychotherapy - the Art of the Obvious"
Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 10:00am
Managing our personal lives in relation to clinical work   Dr Marie Adams will facilitate a full-day workshop relating to ‘The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist’.
Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 9:30am
How mindfulness of the body can help us develop a responsive and empathic therapeutic relationship  Karunavira, (KV) MSc, Dip Ed, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Senior Trainer and Masters Tutor at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP); University of Bangor
Saturday, 19 November 2016 - 2:00pm
This workshop will be of interest to those who are supervisees and would like to get more from their supervision, those who may be contemplating supervision training and would like the chance to explore this idea and find out more, and those who may already be supervisors and wish to reflect on their practice and perhaps think about new approaches. Jill is a tutor at the Metanoia Institute and holds an MSc TA psychotherapy.   Please feel free to join us for a shared lunch at 1.00 pm
Saturday, 5 November 2016 - 9:30am
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED   This is the second part of the the two day workshop.
Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 9:30am
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED   This is the first day of a two day workshop. The second day takes place on Saturday 5th November 9.30 - 4.30. It has been designed to support counsellors in their work with clients who are part of a family either in the process of separating/divorcing, considering separation or already separated. Please note that attendance on both days of the workshop is an essential requirment of booking.
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 1:00pm
1.00 – 2.00 AGM 2.00 – 5.00 Pam Ringland returns by popular demand to extend the ideas she introduced to us in May relating to working with clients not only on the autism spectrum but also those with some other specific mental health diagnoses.  This will be of interest not only to those who attended her previous workshop but also to those who have not heard her speak before.       
Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 2:00pm
Please note that this a workshop for SGPC members only. SGPC Member, Carol Jones practised in the NHS for over twenty five years working therapeutically with patients with serious psychological difficulties, and latterly with university students with mental health problems. She has a particular interest in Jungian concepts having experienced a lengthy, personal Jungian Analysis and Jungian Supervision.
Saturday, 14 May 2016 - 2:00pm
A number of members have requested that we run an afternoon workshop on this theme and we look forward to welcoming Pam, for whom this has been an area of interest and expertise for many years.  You can read more about her background, her experience and her achievements below. She is keen for people to bring questions and ideas from their practice to the session, and hopes to lead a lively and interactive session.
Saturday, 19 March 2016 - 2:00pm
Lyn Jennings will present a practical workshop with space for reflection and discussion on the subject of ‘shame’ in our therapeutic work. During the workshop we will explore the ‘manifestation of shame’, the ‘circle of shame’ and the relationship between ‘guilt’ and ‘shame’.
Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 2:00pm
Karunavira (aka ‘KV’) holds an M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Approaches with Bangor University, an FdSc in Person Centred Counselling (BACP), and a Dip Ed. KV is a senior trainer and tutor on the CMRP Masters Programme, and is a founding director of Mindful health Llp, which delivers Mindfulness Teacher Training programmes within the NHS, he is also a part-time NHS psychotherapeutic counsellor.
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 9:30am
Trainer: Helen Riseborough (Consulting and Training Solutions)
Saturday, 16 January 2016 - 9:30am
Trainer: Helen Riseborough (Consulting and Training Solutions)
Saturday, 21 November 2015 - 2:00pm
Dr. Aaron Balick is delivering an intimate and interactive workshop focusing on the management of therapeutic demands in an increasingly digital society. Special attention is given to looking at relational boundaries and the threat of ‘blurring’ in an ever-ready social media engaged world, especially amongst younger people.
Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 2:00pm
Dr Lorraine Bell is a consultant clinical psychologist; fellow of the British Psychological Society and leads the psychological therapies service in secondary mental health for Portsmouth. She is an experienced therapist, trainer and supervisor who now practises exclusively third wave therapies.
Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 2:00pm
Professor Jeremy Holmes Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 2:00pm
Members Only Workshop  Facilitator: Janet Aldridge Transitions Many of us have an inner pull towards the status quo, especially if it is comfortable, and when we make changes we enjoy the sense of mastery that that brings. When change is imposed on us, often change that takes place over weeks or months or even years, then we find ourselves in the land of transition. Learning to navigate that period of the unknown, perhaps the unknowable, and the resources needed for this is a challenge indeed.
Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 5:00pm
‘Exploring  the Inner Image’ – A Creative Arts Therapy Workshop’ ‘Often the hands will solve a mystery that the  intellect has struggled with in vain’. Carl Jung An introduction to the use of Creative Arts Therapy techniques in  counselling and supervision; to help inform, inspire, and enrich your  practice. Esther M Hunt BA (Hons), MA, Dip Couns, Dip Sup, Reg MBACP (Accredited) Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Group Facilitator
Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 5:00pm
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 5:00pm
Overviewing the changes in provision of Talking Therapies during the last decade reflecting the statutory, private and voluntary sectors, Joan Foster will present a new look at Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) outcome data. She will address the challenges facing the voluntary sector and explore how changes in registration might affect the private therapist.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 1:00pm
AGM: 1pm – 1.40pm A new Committee will be elected during a brief business meeting. 2:00pm – 5:00pm Key Speaker: Kate Dunn “Internet  Counselling – ‘To Meet or not to Meet?’ The Therapeutic Relationship in Cyberspace’ Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, CHICHESTER, West Sussex, PO19 1NX
Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 2:00pm
Loneliness is the cause of much personal suffering and is often presented as the reason why people seek psychotherapy. Our need for social connection varies, but when this is not met we suffer social, psychological and physiological damage.  When working with lonely people we too may experience the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that this emotional state produces in the counter-transference.
Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 2:00pm
Understanding a Hoarders Mind-set. Please note seats will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. All members are welcome to join us for the shared lunch from 1.00pm – 1.30pm.
Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 2:15pm
Zoe is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an experienced Trainer and Consultant.  She has over 20 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse and exploitation; and delivering training and consultation to professionals who work with victims/survivors of sexualised traumas (whether therapeutically or within the criminal justice system).
Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 2:15pm
Please Note:- This is a change to the event previously advertised. Attendance is for MEMBERS ONLY. Talk will begin at 2.15pm. There will not be a shared lunch on this occasion.
Saturday, 23 November 2013 - 1:30pm
A workshop looking at the interface between Psychotherapy/Counselling & Spiritual Direction. All members are welcome to join us for the shared lunch from 1 pm – 1.30 pm. The workshop will begin at 2 pm.
Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 1:00pm
Our AGM took place on Saturday 19th October 2013 Our guest speaker was Dr Mary Addenbrooke from the Society of Analytical Psychology who spoke on The Labyrinth of Addiction.