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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Dear Tony – Greetings from Willows – Spring 2020

We started the New Year with a rush of new referrals, a brand new Level 5 Diploma in Trauma and a new Finance Manager. Although not the quiet start of the year we were anticipating we have found joy in the business with people pulling together and a renewed sense of purpose. We had spent some time in the winter focusing on our purpose and mission which led us to some restructuring and a redundancy which meant a time of significant transition for Willows yet again.

As Willows celebrates our 30th year we have taken the opportunity to take stock and are fully committed to staying close to our mission providing professional affordable counselling for Swindon and to continue to train counsellors who are equipped to meet the counselling needs of our clients.  In order to do this we require financial stability and this is the number one commitment of our Staff and Trustees for the next 3 years.

We are delighted that the response to our new Willows Workshops has been even better than we could have hoped for with many of the days selling out completely. If you are interested in attending a day that is booked out please email Tanya at and we can add you to a waiting list. If enough people want to attend we will seek to run the day again on another date.

We are extremely pleased to be increasing our counselling team by welcoming new counsellors and placements. It is a joy to see people grow and bring so many skills and talents and fun to our team. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining us as a Willows Counsellor or supervisor please get in touch with Gilly

Our Conference training day with Mick Cooper on working with Relational Depth is booking up well – please consider joining us for what will definitely be an inspiring day based on Mick’s vast counselling experience and research. It is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other counsellors in the area and beyond. Details and booking via

Our training continues to grow and we are commencing our spring level 2 with 13 students and our new Level 5 began in January with 9 new students. We are delighted with the high praise and recommendations received from our students and awarding bodies.

There are lots of ways you can support us and enjoy doing so too. You could take part in the Swindon Community Lottery
or perhaps run the Nationwide Half Marathon 20th September 2020

We have so much gratitude for all the support we have and look forward to hearing from you and meeting you throughout this year.

Love and blessings from

and all the Willows Team

You can find the details on the counsellor training page of our website, where you can download the brochure, application and a letter to applicants.

This course has been designed to equip counsellors to recognise, assess and work with trauma more effectively in their clinical practice, including single, complex and developmental trauma, and the effect of attachment injury.

Students will learn a range of trauma theory and associated skills based on the Three Phase Trauma Model. The course will provide opportunities to learn and develop skills using an integrative model of trauma, including working somatically and with dissociation.

The closing date for course applications is noon on Monday November 4th. We have already had strong interest in the course, so we encourage early application if it is of interest.

Save the Date – 2020 Conference and Workshops
We’re also pleased to announce the dates for our CPD workshops.

    Sat 29th Feb – Autism – Lindsay Grant
    Sat 28th Mar – Integrating our Shadow Self – Anne Solomon
    Sat 25th Apr – LGBTG+ – Janey Templer-Milligan
    Sat 4th Jul – Dissociation in the Counselling Room – Tanya Orr
    Sat 3rd Oct – Working creatively – Pauline Andrew
    Sat 7th Nov – Using Nature and the Seasons in Therapy – Briony Martin

Our conference for 2020 is on Saturday June 6th on the subject of ‘Exploring Relational Depth in Therapy’. This year’s speaker is Professor Mick Cooper who is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the fields of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapy.  He is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. 

We will be accepting online booking for the Workshops and Conference via our website very soon!

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We hope to meet you at one of our events next year.
Best wishes from Willows