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What a lovely reminder for us as a counselling service that Jesus is called Wonderful Counsellor.

Willows continues to be a vital service for the people of Swindon, providing counselling and training.

We have been working hard to ensure we can be financially sustainable in the future having faced a substantial potential financial deficit and have had to make the difficult decision of making the post of Strategic Development Manager redundant and restructure our team.

At the same time we welcomed our new Finance Manager Tamasin Connet who is replacing Helen Pomfrey and are grateful for a helpful handover period.
We are delighted to have some new counsellors join our team and are excited about our new Skills Groups starting in the New Year.

An exciting programme of training commences this year with a new
Level 2 Introduction Course on Pastoral Counselling starting in February 2020 and a Level 5 in Trauma Counselling commencing January 2020

Our Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma will be taking applications for the new courses starting in September.
We have been delighted with the bookings for our Willows Workshops which we are running at Willows this year. We have a varied programme and encourage you to check these and all the training out on our website
A huge thank you to our Friends of Willows team and everyone who donated cakes for our annual cake stall at Christchurch Christmas Fayre. Due to people’s kindness and generosity we had 4 Christmas hampers to raffle this year.

We also want to say a huge thank you to teams form Nationwide, National Trust and Zurich who have helped us tremendously by cleaning, painting, gardening and putting up our Christmas decorations.

Christmas can be a wonderful and also a tricky time for people and I want to acknowledge the dedication of all our counsellors, supervisors and staff who are so committed to our clients all of the time but particularly at this time of the year.
We very much value your prayers, goodwill and support.
Blessings from Tanya and the Willows Team

The Training department here at Willows has been very busy recently. Here are some of the things to look forward in 2020!
Level 5 Diploma in Trauma Counselling (CPCAB accredited)

We are thrilled to let you know that applications are now open for our brand new Level 5 Course in Trauma Counselling. This is a one-year part-time 

course, running on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays each month, and will commence in January 2020.


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