Our keynote speaker is Barbara Clarkson

a lovely pic of Barbara Clarkson

“Whole and Hurting in a Troubled World”

Barbara is a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with almost 30 years’ experience in practice. In this time, she has developed a keen interest in exploring the meaning of psychotherapy and counselling in these difficult times. She is developing an integration of psychotherapy with ideas of soul, story and spirituality that aims to offer a grounded framework for practitioners who are seeking to find deeper meaning in their work, and for clients who sense that they need to make meaning of their experiences in order to integrate and heal.

In her keynote address Barbara will invite us to engage with challenging questions such as:

“What is the point of therapy while war, famine, and climate crisis rage around us?”

“What is health, what is cure, what are we aiming for and why?”

“Why can’t we live a life without pain?”

There may not be neat and tidy answers to these but bringing our humanity to the work of responding might allow us to develop some powerful connections to ourselves and our clients.

Barbara has held various roles in the UK TA community, and within the European Association for TA, as well as serving as an assessor for the UKCP’s Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College..

She is currently part of the training team at Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, and delivers the Diploma in Counselling Supervision alongside her role with the advanced trainees.

She has also published various articles exploring spirituality and psychotherapy including in 2021 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

She is currently writing extensively, both memoir and theory, integrating the personal with the professional.

You can now buy tickets for the 2022 conference at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/702044

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