07 Dec 2019

Spirituality and Relational Presence

An open workshop to support your integration of spirituality and psychotherapy/counselling practice.

Spirituality: 'anything that takes us beyond the personality.' Epstein.


Are you interested in exploring how you integrate/don't integrate spirituality with your therapeutic work?

This mainly experiential CPD workshop is open to psychotherapists and counsellors from all modalities

who want to:

  • explore your relationship with spirituality (if any) and what spirituality means to you

  • explore and deepen the way your relationship with spirituality influences your presence with clients

  • engage with opportunities to further develop an embodied sense of spaciousness, connection, support, compassion, nourishment and resource through connecting with your personal sense of spirituality

  • explore how combining a spiritual focus with a relational approach can resource us as practitioners

  • develop skills in working with spiritual issues clients may bring

  • explore how to work with clients whose spiritual beliefs and experiences may be similar or different from your own

  • explore and apply some existing contributions/theory regarding the interface between spirituality and psychotherapy/counselling.

This workshop has grown out of my own yearnings for this kind of integration. I'm interested in supporting a lively, respectful, creative and holding environment, with support to open to deepening explorations. I am integrative by nature and trained in a gestalt approach.  

Dates: 7-8 December 2019

Times: 9.30 am - 5pm

Cost: £150.00

Venue: 13 Smiths Place, Edinburgh EH6 8NT

Bookings are now open. There are a maximum of 16 places available. Please click here to download the short application form, then complete and email this to me on `Once your application has been accepted, your place will be reserved on receipt of a non-refundable £50 deposit. The balance of £100 is payable by Friday 6 December, the day before the workshop. Alternatively, the whole fee including the non-refundable deposit may be paid when booking.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me.

01 Feb 2020

Creative Relating: CPD group in Edinburgh

This is an ongoing quarterly continuing professional development group for gestalt therapists, with Kirsteen

in Edinburgh. The group is full for 2020. If you would like to note your interest for 2021, should a place become

available, please contact me.

The group offers support for:

  • deepening your presence and flow

  • supporting your creativity as a therapist

  • expanding your relational range

  • integrating and embodying gestalt theory, and learning from diverse therapeutic modalities and spiritual approaches

  • further developing your unique therapeutic style

  • enhancing your embodied relational approach to gestalt therapy

  • deepening your relationships with group members

  • being part of a vibrant learning community where there is support to take manageable risks for growth

We include experiential, theoretical, group process and skills-based work according to group need and interest. At times, we work with a range of creative media (e.g. sound, movement, puppets, objects, art materials). We aim for a culture which supports connection, growth and learning, in which group members can bring their learning needs, and receive both support and challenge.

There is a maximum group size of 10.  Group members must have completed a core training in gestalt therapy and be working with psychotherapy clients. All group members are asked to commit for a calendar year (4 modules) at a time, and new members begin at the first module of each calendar year. Each module attended can be counted as 12 hours CPD.

If you would like to discuss the suitability of the group for you, or have any queries, please contact me. 

For 2020:

Dates:  1-2 February 2020; 25-26 April 2020; 22-23 August 2020; 7-8 November 2020

Times:  9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost:    £800 for 2020 (i.e. £ 200 per module). The year's fee is payable in quarterly instalments or as a whole in advance.

To note your interest for 2021, please click here to download an application form and email your completed form to Kirsteen at Following an offer of a place, a non-refundable deposit of £100 will be required to reserve your place. This will be deducted from the cost of your first year in the group.

Previous events

These include:

  • Ongoing CPD group 2-day modules: ''Nature and Working Outdoors', 'Working with the Shadow', 'Spirituality and Presence', 'Working with Transference', 'Shame and Connection', 'Presence', 'Support' and 'Field'. 

  • 'Call and Response: working relationally with risk of suicide, self-harm and self-destructiveness. 1 day workshop, PF Counselling Service, September and November 2019

  • 'Shame and Connection' 1 day workshop, PF Counselling Service, March and June 2019

  • 'Joy in counselling and psychotherapy' 1 day workshop. PF Counselling Service. September and October 2018.

  • 'Creativity in counselling and psychotherapy' 1 day workshop. PF Counselling Service. November 2017, February 2018 and March 2018.

  • 'Playing: possibility, transformation and the unexpected'. 2 day workshop. Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, August 2017.

  • 'Power and connection', 2 day workshop, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. August 2016.

  • GPTI annual conference keynote speech 2016: 'Joy and Satisfaction'. Lancaster.

  • 'Holding: working with attachment in therapy'.  2 and 3 day workshops in Manchester and Edinburgh

  • 'Working with trauma'. 2 and 3 day workshops in Manchester and Edinburgh

  • 'The phenomenology of joy: welcoming the light'.  2 day workshop, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. 2015

  • 'Introduction to gestalt.  1 - 2 day workshops; 2 hour inputs on training courses for various modalities

  • Public dialogue on psychotherapy and relational working with Clare Hill (process oriented therapist)

  • Public dialogue on love in the psychotherapeutic relationship with Jim Flowers (person centred counsellor)

  • Public dialogue on spirituality and psychotherapy with John MacFadyen (core process therapist)

  • Quarterly accreditation preparation group 

  • Weekly psychotherapy group

  • Diploma-level gestalt psychotherapy training modules over the past 10 years, comprising all aspects of the 4-year GPTI core curriculum, and preparing trainees for UKCP registration

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'Gestalt therapy is permission to be exuberant, to have gladness, to play with the nicest possibilities for ourselves within our short lives.’   (Zinker)