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As a community of professional therapists and coaches using NLPt, we want to maintain a rich shared resource of CPD resources (books, courses, articles, video etc) that we can all benefit from.  Heres what other NLPtCA members have offered to share with you. 

This page is updated at the beginning of each calendar month.  Check back for new CPD resources and opportunities each month.  Remember to reference NLPtCAs CPD policy on what counts as eligible CPD for Accreditation/Re-accreditation purposes.

For training and workshops offered by NLPtCA members, see our Training and Events listings.

Managing ethical issues in private practice during COVID-19

Many psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors enjoy the flexibility and autonomy that working in private practice offers. This year, however, COVID-19 has brought widespread uncertainty and confusion regarding ways of working which support self-care, life circumstances and clients.

Accredited NLPtCA member and UKCP Ethics Committee member Sharon Rooke has shared some guidance on managing ethical issues and critical decision-making processes when working in private practice during COVID-19.

Follow this link to read the blog in full on the UKCP website.

Supporting Yourself and Others in the Time of Covid-19: Clean Language Approaches for Difficult Times:

NLPtCA members, James Lawley, Penny Tompkins and Greta Irving participated in a (free) series entitled 'Supporting Yourself and Others in the Time of Covid-19: Clean Language Approaches for Difficult Times'.

These workshops were recorded and are available free to anyone who registers on the site. Please click on the link for more information:

A contribution from Patty Everitt - 

Recognising Spiritual Abuse

What is it, what should you look out for, what helps with recovery?

Dr. Gillie Jenkinson

In March I attended a one-day training course about Spiritual Abuse and Cults presented by Dr Gillie Jenkinson.

Dr Jenkinson is a therapist specialising in post-cult counselling. She brings a particular knowledge to the task both through her PhD and through having been a cult member for 7 years as a young woman and then spending 14 years in a spiritually abusive environment.

The training day was divided into 3 parts: what is Spiritual Abuse and what is a cult? How would a therapist recognise this in the therapy room? And what is an effective recovery path?

Spiritual Abuse and, at the extreme, the cult have strong resonances with domestic abuse, and with coercive control in particular; it’s all about control.

What struck me about both spiritual abuse and cults is the social nature of the abuse. Control by the abuser or cult-leader is maintained through shaming, disapproval and isolation from their protective network, of the individual. Cult members are recruited to participate in this control which distorts and “weaponises” the profound need of humans to belong and to be in (safe) relation with others.

People who join a cult as an adult already have some life experience to draw on prior to becoming a member. These folks are referred to as First Generation Adults (FGA).

Those who are born and brought up in the cult are referred to as Second Generation Adults (SGA). They have no experience or memories of a different life so that adjustment to the world that you and I take for granted is more difficult; they have few or no reference points in our reality. For example, I would expect that most people in the UK know who Snow White is, but we cannot make that assumption of children and adults who have been born and brought up within a cult. In some cases, cult membership continues beyond the second generation.

Dr Jenkinson says that cult survivors are now appearing in large numbers (I’m not sure what “large” might mean) and it was very disappointing to hear that on-line survivor support groups warn against visiting a therapist – they just don’t understand us or what has happened to us, they say.

Both FGA’s and SGA’s can be easily triggered in the early stages of therapy, as for any trauma victim, and it is easy to move too early into the phase of gathering personal history which can pull away any tentative support that would otherwise form a foundation for recovery.

In the therapy room cult survivors display all the signs and symptoms that you would expect to be presented by trauma victims. It may take some time before they are confident enough in their therapist to disclose their association with cult or spiritual abuse. With the number of survivors who are appearing, Dr Jenkinson feels that survivors are probably presenting themselves in therapy but are not being recognised.

As a survivor herself and from her interviews with other survivors as part of her PhD thesis, Dr Jenkinson has designed a workbook of psycho-education to provide context and a psychological cushion for survivors helping them to understand what happened to them and how it happened. This starts to replace guilt and shame with understanding and must happen before any other therapeutic intervention can be effective.

Dr Jenkins has developed a model of therapy that, at the start, is an intensive few days working through the workbook together. This gives the survivor the chance to ask questions and for Dr Jenkinson to provide a fuller explanation as necessary; it allows the survivor to reveal their experience in a natural way, as and when they feel ready to disclose. Some survivors then feel ready to be referred on to a therapist, others continue with conventional therapy with Dr Jenkinson and others are able to continue their recovery drawing on their own resources.

This was a profoundly moving and disturbing day with a great deal to learn about the nature of group abuse.

As with all good presentations as I pondered over the following days and weeks, questions popped up: what are the differences between Spiritual Abuse and other traumas; what is it in Gillie’s therapeutic approach that works so well for her clients; what is the experience of survivors that has led to the warning about working with counsellors and therapists. Gillie has made a number of resources readily available through her website.

Gillie Jenkinson can be reached at

Patty Everitt

Patty Everitt recommends: “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van der Kolk

This has been on my reading list for ages. It percolated to the top of my list after I attended several online programmes around the neuroscience of trauma aired by NICABM (National Institute of the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine). I was impressed by Bessel Van der Kolk although I admit that it took me a little while to “warm” to him.

I enjoyed this book so much that I read it as if I were partaking of a guilty pleasure: reading it in short bursts and savouring the ideas. It is one of my go-to books about trauma and possible interventions.

It is a book about many things. I read it as a book about the neuroscience of trauma, the eventual acceptance that trauma and PTSD are recognisable conditions that need to be treated, and the (ongoing) development of interventions that make a difference to patients.

This is the story of the career of Bessel Van der Kolk as a physician, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His involvement and fascination with neurological effects of trauma started at the beginning of his career when working with Vietnam veterans. Throughout his career he has carried out research to understand PTSD and trauma and to educate the medical and therapist professions about the neurology and physiology of trauma and the interventions that make a difference to patients.

What fascinated me was the neuroscience.

What inspired me and gave me hope was that Van der Kolk noticed, in the early days of treatment, that almost all interventions were useless to the patient. Despite this he persisted in looking for techniques that would work and would bring relief to his patients.

He learned from his patients about their discoveries of what worked for them. He listened. He followed-up those discoveries and experienced them for himself; then he did the research to find out how and why they worked.

Some of the interventions Van der Kolk describes are familiar and some are new to me, but I feel a renewed admiration for these forms and the impact that they can have for clients: Art therapy, music therapy, yoga, and neurofeedback amongst others. I have added Yoga into my “toolkit” and feel confident about suggesting art or music therapy because Van der Kolk has given me the “why” these could be effective.

What surprised me was how much effort it took to convince the medical establishment that trauma and PTSD are real, identifiable conditions. Together with colleagues, Van der Kolk made several submissions to the Board of DSM to convince them that childhood trauma, for example, was an identifiable condition. Despite the research evidence he presented to the Board word came back that there was no evidence to support their claims. At that point, the treatment of children with trauma in their background depended largely on which of the comorbid conditions the consulting physician diagnosed.

Reading this book brought to my mind times when I felt that maybe I could have been even more effective as a therapist if I had known more or different things at the time. Van der Kolk certainly practiced the NLP pre-supposition: yes, there is always more to learn, and you do the best you can with the resources you have.

The book has also re-enforced for me the “why” of conscientiously engaging with Continuing Professional Development to expand and improve my resources.

I recommend this book to my colleagues.


December 2019

We’re delighted that freely available guidance we've helped to develop - giving therapists the information they need to work most effectively with clients taking or withdrawing from psychiatric medications - is now available:

Patty Everitt reviews:

How Emotions Are Made - The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett 2018 Pan Books 

"If your brain operates by prediction and construction and rewires itself through experience, then it's no overstatement to say that if you change your current experience today, you can change who you become tomorrow."

Lisa Feldman Barrett (LBF) presents her research and reviews the neurological research literature which, she argues, points toward the constructionist and away from the classical view of human emotions.

The classical view of emotions holds that basic emotions (anger, fear, sadness, shame) are hardwired in the human brain and are identifiable in characteristic facial expressions. Furthermore, the hardwiring and characteristic facial features are common to all humans. LBF argues that neuroscience research to support the classical model actually points clearly away from that hypothesis.

The constructionist view holds that emotions are constructed in the here-and-now from “concepts”. Concepts start to be created from birth (and probably in utero) and are dependent on genetic inheritance, context, social norms, interoception and life experience to-date.

Neuroscience has shown that the brain predicts what it expects to happen next: what it expects to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense. It uses concepts, useful packages of sensation, to install those sensations as part of that predictive process and checks whether the prediction is valid or needs to be tweaked. Societies put a label on the package – often an emotion word.

I like the book and LBF’s style. She comes across as enthusiastic. Her crusade (my word) is to follow the evidence produced by neuroscience research and step back from seeing what you want to see. Her arguments and the way she argues fit nicely into my map of the world. Or am I seeing what I want to see?

Dear all,
Apologies if you have already received this. I will be presenting my parent-infant psychotherapy research at West London Action For Children on Tuesday 19th November.  Please feel free to attend and to pass on the invitation below to your colleagues and students who might be interested in this subject.  This is a free event but for catering purposes, please inform the office if you wish to attend.

Hope to see you there.

Yvonne Osafo

Thanks to James Lawley for bringing this to our attention. Please share your thoughts about what we (NLPtCA) or you (yourself) can do in response to this report. What opportunities might it open up?

The 2018 UK NHS Digital annual report on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme: a brief commentary

Some conclusions:

- The definition of treatment completion is receipt of 2 sessions or more and on this basis 60% of all referrals in 2017–18 did not complete treatment, predominantly because they failed to attend the initial appointment, or ended after only one session

-  Four years of data on outcomes for CBT and CfD (Person-centred Experiential Therapy, known in the IAPT programme as Counselling for Depression) suggests these therapies are broadly comparable in terms of both recovery rate

- Overall outcomes 2017–2018

CBT                        CfD

176,166                 74,106   Courses of therapy

7.4                          6.3                          Average No of sessions

47.4                        47.0                        Recovery rate (%)                           

Results for those who completed assessment questionnaire out of 1.01 million who entered treatment in 2017–2018.

It is a privilege to be invited into the therapy room of another therapist and observe the flow of the therapeutic process with a real client. I think this is an elegant piece of work and beautifully described.

Juliet Grayson shares:

Pesso Boyden System Of Psychotherapy (PBSP): Using Touch In Therapy (Extracts From A Video Of A Client Session) – Juliet Grayson (NLPtCA Therapist): A one hour webinar interview  


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Event Details

During this talk, Juliet Grayson is interviewed by John Wilson of Online Events.  She uses a video that shows the use of touch during a Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy (PBSP) client session. In PBSP, this is done not by the therapist but using group members who role play Ideal Figures.

Whereas most therapies give clients coping strategies, PBSP offers clients the opportunity to imagine and symbolically experience having had a different kind of childhood. This was demonstrated in the short video used in this webinar.

As the trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk said of experiencing PBSP as a client: "I'd spent several years in psychoanalysis, so I did not expect any major revelations. Then, on the conclusion of his session, he reported a dramatic body-mind event typical of Pesso psychotherapy. Instantaneously, I felt a deep release in my body, the constriction in my chest eased, and my breathing became relaxed. That was the moment I decided to become Pessos student."

During Juliet's talk we see more details of a PBSP client session (called a structure), and you see in the video, the way we build this up, and the shifts that the client makes. Juliet pauses the video to comment on the techniques and what we are seeing.

Adapting the work of O'Hanlon, Sharon Rooke has created this activity sheet that gently introduces aspects of mindfulness, acceptance, self-resourcing and physical exercise. We'd be very interested to learn how this works for you.Depression activity sheet (1).pdf

I Was Shocked! by Harry Norman

In 1994 I attended the course ‘Common Sense Therapy: Rediscovering “What Works” in Clinical Practice’ with Scott Miller. I remember him saying “Meta-analytic studies show that the majority of change happens in the first eight sessions - whatever the model of the therapist!” I was shocked! Then he grinned and said “Or you could say that research show that the majority of change happens in the first eight sessions of therapy - and it’s only the brief therapists that notice and are pleased!”

He's still a practitioner, a research wonk, and he still has a sense of humour.

Welcome to “Supershrinks - Learning from the Field's Most Effective Practitioners” - a recent interview with him.

Sue Tupling recommends: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life

By Susan David

Sue's comments - 

I found the book easy and enjoyable to read. As an advanced master Practitioner of NLP and an NLPt Psychotherapist, I knew and recognised much of the content. However, the book is very NLP friendly. I'm wondering if the author has some background in the subject.

The learnings from the book are easy to digest and quick to apply, whether that's to your work or with your clients. I particularly liked the chapters on 'hooked' and how to unhook. This gets to the crux of what we work as in our therapy practice.The chapter on 'showing up', to me, is another reminder of practice what you preach. Work on showing up for yourself before you can work with others.

The next one 'stepping up' was my favourite, I think. Developing the insight and awareness to create the space where you can make the right emotional choices in your life. Like Viktor Frankl said in my favourite quote: 'Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom'.

She brings in Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow', in an easy-to-understand way. One again, reiterating Mr Kahneman's respect for the 'system 2' thought processes. These are slower, more deliberate and not quite so 'fashionable' in our current

model of the world. In short, this book met me where I am. I recognised its wisdom and value for ourselves, our families, children and, of course, our clients.

Patty Everitt recommends:

How Emotions Are Made - The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett 2018 Pan Books 

Lisa Feldman Barrett (LBF) presents her research and reviews the neurological research literature which, she argues, points toward the constructionist and away from the classical view of human emotions.

Neuroscience has shown that the brain predicts what it expects to happen next: what it expects to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense. It uses concepts, useful packages of sensation, to install those sensations as part of that predictive process and checks whether the prediction is valid or needs to be tweaked. Societies put a label on the package – often an emotion word.

I like the book and LBF’s style. Her crusade (my word) is to follow the evidence produced by neuroscience research and step back from seeing what you want to see. Her arguments and the way she argues fit nicely into my map of the world. Or am I seeing what I want to see?

For Patty's book review click here: Book Reviews

Bruce Grimley brings this journal to our attention;

 NLP does not often make it into good quality peer reviewed journals so it’s excellent news that “The International Coaching Psychology Review” has dedicated a complete edition to NLP:

 While the subject matter is aimed primarily at the coaching community, specifically around the psychology of coaching, NLPt psychotherapists are also likely to find this perspective of interest.

 You might like to know …

The EANLP (European Association of NLP) is holding its conference in Zagreb from 21st-24th March 2019.  

On 23rd March the main topic will be “The new psychotherapy law in Croatia - practical implications for education and psychotherapy from the NLPt perspective”.

The conference organisers are calling for 30-45 minute presentations. Click here for Call for Papers Form

Fe Robinson reviews:  Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope

This beautiful book was written by Stephen Cope, a psychotherapist and experienced yogi.  I read it with a mind to deepen my yoga practice, but found it has a wealth of useful insights for my psychotherapeutic work.  I appreciate the way the author explains psychodynamic theory in a practical, applicable way, and explores the themes of conscious-unconscious integration, embodiment, and finding congruence with our deeper self.  His emphasis on wholeness and oneness put me in mind of Stephen Gilligan’s self-relations approach, truly it seems different models cover the same territory providing alternative maps.  I am pleased to have added Cope’s insights about bodily memory and strategies for releasing trauma to my toolkit.  His book is a good read for anyone interested in spirituality, trauma and mind-body connection in a therapeutic context.

Joanna Taylor has found this an excellent resource for effective ways of communicating and recommends:

Nonviolent Communication -- A Language of Life (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg

If "violent" means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate - judging others, blaming, speaking without listening, criticising others or ourselves - could indeed be labelled "violent communication".  Non-Violent Communication introduces a way of being very honest, without any criticism, insults or put-downs, and without any intellectual diagnosis implying wrongness.  Watch the short clip from psychologist Marshall Rosenberg below:

Patty Everitt recommends the creative writing workshops of Julia McGuiness:

Further Pathways Through the Page – a one day workshop by Julia McGuiness

I attended one of Julia McGuiness’s CPD workshops in 2016: “Writing as Therapy - with our clients, for ourselves”. It was held in the charming Gladstone Library (as is this one), Hawarden, Flintshire.

Julia is an excellent presenter and facilitator and this creative workshop gave me different perspectives about how I can help clients notice their motivations and limiting beliefs.

I have used some of the workshop exercises with my own clients – particularly those who enjoy writing, reading or just using words. It has been an excellent way of helping clients notice what they are thinking and feeling by reducing the interference from, and filtering by the conscious mind.

It’s been helpful to me too.

 Further Pathways Through the Page - CPD - Jan-19.pdf

Patty Everitt reviews:

Retelling The Stories of Our lives Everyday Narrative Therapy To Draw Inspiration and Transform Experience, by David Denborough

David Denborough has written a very accessible book for both those looking to help themselves and for therapists to help their clients. He presents some gentle and affirming activities specifically for survivors of abuse or trauma. The activities are designed to re-resource the reader by helping them identify their own strengths and survival strategies.

Deidre Tidy recommends:

Recently I have become involved in working with individuals who are addicted to porn/ sex and two useful books, I can recommend are:

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction by Gary Wilson - Practical ideas as well as case studies, where former addicts talk about the actions they took to help themselves.

Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction by Paula Hall - Good overview of treatment history and main methodologies used today.

Richard Evans-Lacey shares Hedy Schleifer's work

"I found aspects of Hedy Schleifer's work useful for giving me a root for my couples' therapy.  I've changed a few things to make it my own, including by integrating some 'clean language' influences. Richard Evans-Lacey"

Bruce Grimley on goal setting (well-formed outcomes)

"This blog, by Bruce Grimley, was first  published on LinkedIn. In it he re-visits key aspects for goal setting (creating well-formed outcomes) in the specific context of coaching and offers some useful additions to standard NLP and SMART approaches. This is just as relevant in the psychotherapeutic context for Future Pacing clients as well as helping to establish their desired Outcomes."

Re-Use, Re-Cycle CPD!

Do you already

·      Blog or Vlog? 

·      Video your training or supervision demos and publish them online? 

·      Write therapy or case-study related articles? 

·      Attend real-world or online training and/or workshop sessions that youd recommend to other therapists/coaches? 

·      Read therapy-related articles online?

·      Write client case studies for any professional purpose that youd be happy to disseminate amongst your NLPt peers? 

Share it when you do it to

What to Share

One share a month from each of us creates a rich source of CPD opportunities for all

Whether youre a therapist or a coach using NLPt, share relevant CPD activities and/or resources (books, courses, articles, video etc) youve experienced and well share it here for all members to access.  Each month well highlight the latest CPD posts back to you. 

Eligible CPD (Accredited members) is explained in NLPtCAs CPD policy.  While the policy says that CPD in any recognised modality counts as eligible CPD, we also heard voiced at the 2018 Member Event that support to re-connect with the fundamentals of NLPt and modelling, as a key differentiator of NLPt from other modalities, would be particularly useful to members.  

If youre a trainer and offer training courses or workshops, share these on the NLPtCA Calendar using this document.

How to Share

Heres how to share your activities and/or the resources youve experienced:

1. For posts on online platforms (eg Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) that have a share button, simply share by email to and well pick up the content

2. For anything else, email either with a link to the material youd like to share or attach material for sharing.

However you share, please include the following minimum information:

·   Subject of the CPD [make it meaningful for others]

·  A sentence on what you found good/useful about it [ie why youd like to share it with other NLPt professionals]

When to Share

Anytime - You can share your CPD ideas with other members at any time.  Any time youre posting, commenting on or using useful resources online remember to hit the share by email button and send to us.

Or Monthly contact - Well email a reminder to share your CPD ideas around the 14th of each month and will aim to refresh the CPD sharing space on the web site by the 1st of the following month.  


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