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SJS Therapy - Counselling & Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

SJS Therapy
Scott J Staniforth, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Couples Counselling Relationship Counselling Marriage GuidancOnline CounsellinPsychotherapy Anxiety Depression Bereavement Trauma Counsellor Therapist Psychotherapeutic Counselling SJS Therapy Jesmond Therapy Centre

Training Opportunities

Guided Imagery

"Using Guided Imagery to Facilitate Therapeutic Change" - A workshop exploring how therapists can use Guided Imagery to help bring about healing from depression, anxiety and a host of other mind-body conflicts.
Guided Imagery is a creative methodology that can be used to explore the intrapsychic process of the self.  When used therapeutically is can bring about healing from depression, anxiety and a host of other mind-body conflicts.  It is particularly useful in promoting impasse analysis and resolution when talking therapies have been exhausted.


The technique involves a process of guided relaxation and visualisation which invites your client onto a series of metaphorical landscapes where imagery from the unconscious mind can emerge, be interpreted, and worked with to bring about therapeutic transformation.


We will explore the significance of imagery and metaphor within the context of imagination and fantasy, and interpret the value of this material from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective. The material presented will offer new insight into working creatively with the conscious and unconscious self. We will use grounded theory to underpin our rationale for using guided imagery in the therapy room, and take this knowledge forward into experiential work using personal experience and therapist-client roleplay. Working with imagery and metaphor in this way also leads to working phenomenologically with client material. Therefore, this workshop also aids in the development of transferable phenomenological research skills that can be integrated into your existing therapeutic approach.


This is great opportunity for the development of your creative therapeutic toolkit, giving you a more dynamic approach to investigative and experiential client work.


For more information about where, when and the cost of this training programme, please follow the link in the workshop title.

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Sandtray Therapy

"Introduction to Sandtray Therapy"This workshop is designed to offer an introduction to using a sandtray in a therapeutic process with adult clients.

Sandtray Therapy enables the client to construct an actualised three-dimensional landscape which corresponds directly to their internal world.   Akin to when we dream, this physical manifestation of a client’s unconscious experience provides an opportunity for phenomenological exploration of unconscious process thus promoting enlightenment, self-awareness and the opportunity of transition.


Using creative tools can enable more access to parts of the self that are otherwise inaccessible using standard talking therapies. Clients who struggle with their feeling-self, or find verbal communication difficult, can benefit greatly from this method of working. Sandtray work can easily be adapted to be used alongside many different modalities, so is a useful technique for all those working in a psychotherapeutic capacity.


This workshop is designed to offer an introduction to using a sandtray in a therapeutic process with adult clients. We will look at the ways in which the sand can be used by itself, then further expand the creative reach of the technique by introducing objects and figurines into the work. This kind of approach inevitably leads to the presentation of phenomenological data which we will used to guide our client’s understanding and awareness.   We will use grounded theory to underpin the work, then work experientially using imagery & metaphor, roleplay and ‘hot-seating’.


Sandtray therapy is actively used with clients with a wide variety of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment issues, personality adaptations, and many others. This certainly a useful and adaptable technique to add to your creative therapeutic toolbox.


For more information about where, when and the cost of this training programme, please follow the link in the workshop title.


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Transactional Analysis (TA)

"Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA)" - Initially devised and developed by Eric Berne (1910-1970), TA has become one of the world’s leading modalities for psychotherapeutic practice and is used successfully as a relational toolkit in interpersonal relationships.

This 2-day workshop will support your understanding of key TA concepts and give you a framework of material to aid in the application of theory into practice with clients, colleagues and in any other relationships you are involved in.


We will specifically look at the classical ideas proposed by Berne related to the self being structurally composed of ego states, and how these functionally play out in our everyday interactions with ourselves and others. We will also explore how modern transactional analysts have further developed the theory for use in modern day life.


Key themes will include:


  • Personality, Ego States and the Self
  • Communication and Transactions
  • Time Structuring: Intimacy to Withdrawal
  • TA Games
  • Life-Scripts


The workshop is designed for anybody wishing to develop a skillset that can be used to analyse personality structure and the interactions between people. We aims to give you a theoretical framework to work from with the hope you will leave the training with practical elements and experience to begin using immediately. Specific guidance will be presented regarding use of TA in practice.

The use of TA is diverse within Western culture, and is used in psychology, psychotherapy (individual, couples, group and family), education, business and many other organisations. Therefore, this course serves as a sound introduction into TA for qualified/trainee counsellors & psychotherapists, teachers, social workers, medical professionals and organisational members/leaders.


The opportunity to attend this introductory workshop has passed for this academic year. Please use our Contacts page to express an interest in this training opportunity, or with any enquiries you may have.


Ego State Transactions using the Structural PAC Model


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