Continuing Professional Development – CPD

Upcoming Continuing Professional Development courses

Trauma Training for Therapists

Date: By arrangement / in person or online
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: £95

  • Understand what Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD is
  • Psycho-education – Understanding Polyvagal theory and the neurobiology of the brain in Trauma and how to incorporate it into the therapy
  • Creative Trauma line
  • Using and teaching Safety and Stabilisation
  • Self care contracting
  • Processing trauma
  • Preventing Vicarious Trauma

This day will clarify what “Trauma” actually is and how to recognise the signs of PTSD and complex PTSD (and what the difference is).

There will be a thorough explanation of what happens in the body and brain in trauma responses and the importance of working safely with such clients by keeping them in their ‘window of tolerance’. You will learn how to offer psycho education to clients to help them normalise and validate that responses to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal events AND it is important to acknowledge their destructive potential when the traumatic event is no longer occurring.

We will cover assessment and information gathering and offer a ‘tool box’ of ways to regulate your clients distress levels. You will come away with a clear self care plan to work effectively with clients.

The ‘Trauma line’, will be introduced and experienced. This is a creative way of developing a time line of life events using the symbolism of string, rocks, flowers and night lights.

Traumatolgist Pgdip

Learning Labs CPD Sessions with Vajralila in 2023

Time: 3 hour workshops.

Location: Either at The Wilbury Clinic or Vajralila can come to your location, to be arranged. 

Bookings: contact Vajralila for more information:

This is a relaxed course for qualified therapists that can be done as a whole or as individual parts.
My motivation in offering this is firstly to share the fruits of many years of practice of experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. My second motivation is to offer a regular supply of inspiration in manageable chunks that hopefully will be easy to incorporate into your therapy practice immediately.
Each 3 hr workshop will begin with a presentation by Vajralila usually followed by a demo and then an opportunity to make the learnings experiential by practicing in pairs or groups. The workshops will be informal in approach with a strong collegial approach in the spirit of sharing and supporting each other in the profound work we do.

Working with protector parts

Learning to see the clients defences, resistances and dysfunctions as ‘parts’ that are motivated to protect. Then, practicing working with these parts and validating their help and support and then bringing in the opportunity to upgrade the body/mind system to the present day (where these protectors are no longer needed in quite the same way)- drawing on the work of Tsultrim Allione, Richard Schwarz, Peggy Pace. Janina Fisher, Daniel Siegel.

Chair work

This leads on nicely from the previous lab on protectors as it’s an extension of part work. Over the years I have experimented with the most effective ways to do chair work. I have found a pretty sound approach with much room for intuition and flow which I would like to share, it includes a combination of influences from gestalt, couple therapy, NVC (non violent communication) and feeding your demons.

 Working creatively

Creativity is such a great way to access the right side of the brain and from this state insights can flow easily. We will work with the shamanic drum, enter the transpersonal doorway of calling on ‘guides’.

 Inner child work

I will introduce the reason we need to go back into the past in therapy, I will explore what the past and future even means and then present a structure to guide your client to take their grown up self back in time to help and heal younger parts. Drawing on Transactional Analysis, Lifespan Integration and modern understandings of neuroplasticity and active imagination theory.

 Listening to the body

I will introduce how simply listening to the client’s body sensations and gently tracking what is happening and listening with deep empathy, can facilitate access to the clients own inner wisdom and be profoundly healing.

 Therapy Goals: Setting the compass

Often I find that when the work gets stuck or we lose our way, it is because the goal is not clear about what the client wants from therapy. This can lead to the therapist guessing or assuming and making interventions from that place which are unlikely to be fruitful and possibly frustrating. This is a good indicator of the need to re set the compass to north. This then makes it clear what your joint work / contract is. It also gives permission for you, the therapist, to go there!

 Trust emergence

In my therapy room is the sign ‘trust emergence’ to remind me to ‘let go and let god’, as the saying goes… I find the less ‘ego’ or me is identified with DOING the work the better. This could be called a spiritual or transpersonal approach. Whatever the label, opening into space, presence, other power… it’s well worth exploring! I will draw on the work of Gregory Kramer, Brian Thorne and Douglas Harding’s work in this session with live experiments and lots of fun!

Feeding Your Demons Workshop

Feeding Your Demons
TBC or booked privately

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“The process of feeding our demons is a method for bringing our shadow into consciousness and accessing the treasures it holds rather than repressing it. If the shadow is not made conscious and integrated, it operates undercover, becoming the saboteur of our best intentions, as well as causing harm the others. Bringing the shadow into awareness reduces it’s destructive power and releases the life energy stored in it. By befriending that which scares us most, we find our own wisdom.” – Feeding Your Demons’ by Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lifespan Integration Training

Peggy Pace published the first edition of her book, Lifespan Integration: Connecting Ego States through Time. In her book Pace describes the new therapeutic method which she originally developed to heal adult survivors of childhood abuse or neglect. Pace soon found that LI therapy facilitates rapid healing in people of all ages, and is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. Since 2004, Lifespan Integration therapists have been trained throughout the US, Canada, and Western Europe.

Lifespan Integration relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself. LI is body-based, and utilizes repetitions of a visual time line of memories to facilitate neural integration and rapid healing. During the integrating phase of each LI protocol, the therapist leads the client through a series of chronological timelines of memories of their life. The Lifespan Integration technique causes memories to surface spontaneously, and because of how memories are held neurologically, each memory which surfaces is related to the emotional theme or issue being targeted. The resulting panoramic view of the client’s life gives the client new insights about lifelong patterns resultant from the past trauma or neglect.

Repetitions of a timeline of the client’s memory cues are central to every LI protocol. Some LI protocols are focused on clearing body memory of trauma, and some are focused on building self-structure. Most LI protocols do some of both. The number of cues used per repetition and the number of repetitions of the timeline done each session depend on the protocol being used, and on each individual client’s psychological structure.

Seeing repetitions of the flow of time proves to clients that they have survived their pasts, no matter how traumatic. The timeline always ends in present time. Through the process of LI therapy, clients come to understand, on a cellular level, that they are living here and now in present time. The process of viewing repetitions of chronological memories of their lives strengthens connections between neurons within clients’ body-mind systems to build an increasingly coherent and more broadly distributed map of self through space and time. Neuroscience tells us that a space-time map of self is key to a unified sense of Self.

After LI therapy, people find themselves spontaneously reacting to current stressors in more age appropriate ways. Clients who begin LI therapy with memory gaps are eventually able to connect the pieces of their lives into a coherent whole. Clients who have completed Lifespan Integration therapy report that they feel better about life, are more self-accepting, and are better able to enjoy their intimate relationships.

Presenters: Vajralila (Lea)

Times: Next level 1 2&3 March 2024

Venue: Brighton


Tarriff / Cost:

  • £530 
  • £390 for participants repeating the training course.
  • A deposit of £100 will be required to secure a training place.
  • The remainder of the cost will be payable 8 weeks prior to commencement date.

Requirements: To participate in this training course, you must have the necessary diploma qualification in counselling or psychotherapy.
Please include full details of this on your application form.

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