Trainers: Richard Mills and Kristal Clark. If you want to change your life, you could do it on our course! Click on the left column to read more...
This is a chance to learn how using co-counselling in the CCI network can transform your life towards living creatively and confidently. Richard writes: 'When I first participated in a co-counselling course it had a big impact on how I viewed myself, and how I held back from relating authentically with the world. What I got most from co-counselling was a sense of freedom to be myself - I felt I had permission to explore inside myself without being disapproved of if I found something unpleasant.'
Our aim is to form a group over the 5-day course where you can feel safe enough to work on issues that you choose, but at your pace.
The aim of this course is to help you live autonomously, creatively and in touch with your emotions, uncovering hidden parts of yourself. Co-counselling challenges the view that some feelings are taboo and that you should not have them. It can help you come to terms with your past and your present, so that your feelings have less of a grip on you. This is a powerful opportunity to develop self-awareness, authenticity and personal strength.
Co-counselling is a peer-based therapeutic system based on mutual exchange and using a variety of techniques you will learn on the course: it draws from Gestalt, process oriented psychology (POP), psychodynamic, humanistic, bodywork, psychodrama and cognitive approaches.
The course is an integrated and therapeutic experience in its own right: even if you decide not to do any co-counselling after the course, the two weekends will give you a space to experience and confront yourself within a therapeutic and supportive group setting.
After the course you may choose to utilize co-counselling skills with a co-counselling partner or in a group. Successful completion of the course allows you access to the local, national or international CCI (Co-Counselling International) network and its workshops. CCI residential workshops have provided me personally with a unique and liberating space to grow, play, and to challenge myself. See the link above.
NB. Co-counselling does not replace work with a professional therapist: it should be seen as an additional and complementary way of therapeutic working. It is not suitable for people who are dependent on statutory or voluntary sector services for emotional support or who are prone to psychotic episodes (i.e. emotional breakdown accompanied by lack of awareness of reality).
Richard Mills and Kristal Clark 2009