Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme

WPF Therapy
Course summary
1 hour
70 GBP
Full time
Online courses
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Professional Training

Course description

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We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists, many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic.  These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may be struggling to make space for their own wellbeing, yet recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics.  These sessions are for you if you:

  • Can attend at lunchtime.
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day.
  • May be starting to question whether you have emotional burnout.
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners.
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day.

All sessions will be on Zoom.  You will need WiFi with stable access to participate.  

Suitability - Who should attend?

These sessions are for counsellors and psychotherapists working with clients including counsellors and psychotherapists in training.

Training Course Content

June Session - Wednesday 16th June 2021, 12pm-1pm - active relaxation techniques through yoga, movement and dance with Dr Veronika Rakli

Relaxation and “me time” is essential for renewing our own resources. However, during these recent challenging times, it can be hard to find time to unwind and a struggle to relax. Classic guided meditation and relaxation techniques can offer some help, but it can be difficult to know where to start if you’ve never tried it before.This workshop will help you to follow simple or guided relaxation/meditation techniques, and take time to rewind.

What you will need:No previous experience is required and there is no need ‘to be a dancer or a yogi’. Music will be selected by the tutor and shared through Zoom. Please bring your yoga mat or a comfortable blanket to join this event. Participants need to be in comfortable clothing to be able to move freely.

By attending this lecture you can expect to:

  1. Explore the stories that live in the body through yoga, dance and movement.
  2. Become more mindful of the body, it's signs and signals.
  3. Find more creative ways of self-expression. 
  4. Learn how to cope with fears and everyday stress.
  5. Use body movement to improve physical health.
  6. Gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you.


In Active Relaxation Techniques, participants use their body as an instrument to connect to their natural resources, through yoga, dance and other movements. The session involves different experiential exercises including body & movement meditations, guided visualisation, body tapping techniques and improvisational dance, all designed to awaken the body. Accessing the stories that our bodies can tell will help participants to rewind, relax and find ways to reconnect to their own power. 


Dr Veronika Rakliis a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (2015 – Goldsmiths University, London), and aerial fitness, yoga professional. She has a decade of experience in the mental health arena and have worked with a wide range of client groups; including children, adolescents, adults as well as the elderly. At the moment she is working with people experiencing social exclusion in a supported mental health setting. Veronika is the founder of Floating Fitness London, a South East London based aerial fitness company, offering gymnastics, yoga and circus skills for children and adults.  

July Session - Wednesday 7th July 2021, 12pm-1pm - contact improvisation dance workshop in a time of no contact with Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler

Would you like to: 

  • Come into relationship with your own body?
  • Find creative responses to your experiences of body and mind?
  • Find ways to connect with empathy through movement in Zoom?

This session will help you: 

  1. To be in touch with your physical experience
  2. To understand some basic concepts and practices from Contact Improvisation 
  3. To find some calm through mindful attention to the body
  4. To have found some possibilities for creativity through the body


The basic format will be a Zoom dance class, designed for a small (2mx2m) area with the possibility to lie down, sit and interact with furniture that might be to hand.Participants will be led towards close attention to the body through walking, standing and lying down, eventually moving between the changes in level. Improvised movement will be facilitated, and participants encouraged to perceive the space that they are in differently, and to find creative responses to what they see. We may be dancing with our sofas, chairs, tables and other furnishings or just the floor, but we will also dance with each other through the screen.


Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler is a dance artist and educator based in the dance department at Roehampton University where he teaches choreography, contact improvisation and improvisation. As a performer he has worked with Scottish Ballet, Michael Clark, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Laurie Booth, Yolande Snaith, Kate Brown and Charles Linehan among others. He has presented more than 25 choreographic works and continues to choreograph and perform. His research interests focus on contemplative practices, improvisation and choreography. he has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since the mid 1990s. The name Lalitaraja was given on ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order 1998.

August Session -Wednesday 4thAugust 2021, 12-1.30 pm - Play with drawing with Caroline Banks, 1.5 hour workshop

Time to slow down and relax and gain a different view on how creative thinking works during this interactive, 90 minute session. The session will be on Zoom, and you will need to keep your camera on throughout so that all participants are visible. The aim is for the session to be as close to an “in real life” scenario as possible.

There will be a range of games and exercises performed by participants and facilitated by Caroline. The concept of Play With Drawing will be introduced and a range of mark-making methods demonstrated. Participants will be asked to bring a small object to the session and discuss it using sight and touch. Participants will also be encouraged to draw, according to different instructions, an object that will be shown on screen. There will be the opportunity to select their favourite drawing to discuss. The concept of drawing for information and communication will be discussed.

Attending this workshop will:

  • Help you develop your observational skills
  • Provide you with quick and simple relaxation techniques
  • Increase confidence in your creative ability
  • Give a feeling of calm and satisfaction

A basic list of materials required will be sent in advance of the workshop to all those who register.


Caroline Banks is An Anglo-French visual artist now based in London. After graduating in Mixed Media Textiles from Loughborough University, she had a career in design in both fashion and interiors. She moved to India in 2001 working there then in China and Vietnam before returning to the UK at the end of 2007. She began showing her artwork again in 2014 and is now fully focused on her art career. She exhibits through galleries, with art consultancies and at art fairs including The Other Art Fair (London & New York) and the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. Much of her work is commissioned for specific locations by both private individuals and corporations including the Berkeley Group. Caroline publishes a weekly blog through her website and is a member of the ArtCan advisory committee.

Since 2018 she has gradually expanded her practice to include drawing workshops which developed into the Play With Drawing project online.This focuses on the wellbeing of mark-making for people to reconnect with their creativity.

September Session - Wednesday 22nd September 12am-1 pm - Music and the wellbeing of the therapist with Stephen Gross

We all know how important self-care is for therapists, and it has been particularly challenging over the last year.  Music is a major source of regeneration and relevant to our therapeutic work – as therapists we deal in words and music speaks in a different tongue.

This session will be a chance to explore the regenerative power of music, appreciate the accessibility of music and the significance of self care for therapists as well as consider some of the various ways in being involved in music.


Stephen Gross is an analytical psychotherapist of 45 years standing. He had a 32-year association with WPF as therapist, supervisor and seminar leader; running A.4. Ontology groups for 16 years His book ‘Living in Language’ was launched at WPF in 2018 and a performance of his play ‘Freud’s Night Visitors’ given there 5 years earlier. He describes music of one of the great passions of his life.


June, July, September Session:

Qualified Practitioners: £15
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £10
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £5

August Session:

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £15
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £5

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WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...

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