The playful way to awaken personal growth and creativity
We offer friendly, stimulating workshops and trainings in North West England to release innate creativity for personal insight and to promote continuing professional development (CPD) for counsellors, psychotherapists and those in helping professions who may want to integrate the approach into their practice.
Our workshops are also suitable for anyone with a genuine interest in pursuing deeper personal awareness, self-empowerment and growth.
Our approach is based mainly on Natalie Rogers’ person centred expressive arts model, which she named the Creative Connection. I am intrigued by what I call the creative connection, the enhancing interplay among movement, art, writing, and sound (Natalie Rogers). The emphasis is on the expressive process rather than the aesthetic outcome and rests on the deep belief that we are all artists at heart, that to release our creativity is a stimulant to greater wellbeing and vitality.
Sandra and Joan trained with Dinah Brown, an accredited person centred counsellor trainer and a graduate from the late 1980s of Natalie Rogers’ Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy Institute (PCETI). Dinah helped to pioneer Natalie’s Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy model (PCEAT) in the UK, where over the past 30 years, she has shared this approach with countless professionals, who have attended her courses. Retiring in 2018, Dinah entrusted the continuation of her PCEAT Cumbrian trainings and workshops to Joan and Sandra.
Person Centred Values
As facilitators, we aspire to embody the core values of the person centred approach. We believe in
each person’s uniqueness
the necessity of creating a safe environment if participants are going to expose vulnerable parts of themselves, which are newly emerging through their creative expressions
the importance of offering each person and their art expressions our sensitivity, empathy and respect
the importance of refraining from interpreting the meaning of participants’ art expressions
trusting each participant’s innate wisdom to best steer their way to personal understanding and resolution
We feel comfortable integrating elements from Carl Jung’s theory and practice i.e. working with archetypes and shadow aspects of the psyche to enhance our workshop designs and themes.
Sandra Lynch (Diploma in Counselling, BACP registered accredited Counsellor, Certificate in Creative Supervision)
Sandra is a BACP accredited counsellor and certified supervisor in creative supervision. She is an experienced counsellor, having worked in NHS primary care settings since 2007. She also worked as a counsellor in young people’s services and secondary schools in the past, and previously enjoyed delivering stress management courses as part of her counselling role. She also has a small private practice in her home town just outside Rochdale, Lancs.
She began her PCEAT journey in 2015 first as a participant on one of Dinah's introductory training weekends, after which she became entranced with this way of working. She continued to attend the follow up weekends on an annual basis. She gained invaluable experience in the supportive role of intern on the PCEAT workshops for a few years before being invited to join the facilitation team. She received further guidance and training from Dinah before joining Joan as co-facilitator in 2019.
She is committed to ongoing professional development and is an active member of a person centred process group as well as a member of The Person Centred Association. Other interests are yoga, meditation, walking and the outdoors.
Joan Elliot (B.A Hons. Person Centred Counselling, BACP registered accredited counsellor, Adv. Cert. PC group facilitation in PCEAT).
Joan has immersed herself in the culture of PCEAT since 2006 and completed the training with Dinah to facilitate groups using this model. She leads courses incorporating this expressive approach for groups around the Lancaster area. She is a Person-Centred counsellor who has gained extensive experience from private practise and working for professional organisations. Where possible she integrates PCEAT into her counselling practice. Comfortable when working at emotional depth and bringing her serenity, compassion and resilience to group environments, Joan has the gift of transmitting safety within a group, truly embodying Carl Rogers’ core conditions.
Joan was brought up in Longridge in the Ribble Valley. She has lived in Lancaster for over 30 years, but still has a strong connection with nature. Joan is divorced and single with 3 grown up children and enjoys the company of good friends. She loves walking, creative expression, yoga and travelling.
We are delighted to have Jane and Becky interning on the courses, who are both past participants and enthusiastic champions of the approach.
All our workshops are experiential, offering an abundance of materials and creative processes.
We aim to offer a safe, respectful, empathic group context where you can find your courage to try out new creative approaches as a way of deepening and quickening your personal growth and to gain insight into possible professional applications.
No artistic expertise required, just an open mind, a willingness to play with a mix of creative media (including gentle movement) and a respect and acceptance of your own and others emotions.
Our workshops are not designed to cater for those in very fragile states or with complex issues, who would benefit from seeking in-depth therapy.
All workshops are held at Endmoor Village Hall, Endmoor, near Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0HH
Workshops run from 10.00am to 4.30pm
2nd - 3rd July 2022
17th - 18th September 2022
£150 for each weekend
Introductions to expressive arts therapy (one weekend workshops)
Playful, fun, but powerful introductions to our expressive arts model.
* All newcomers need to attend one of these introductory workshops before attending a follow up workshop.
LEVEL 1 Certificate Course
1) Building Community
22nd - 23rd October 2022:
A range of creative processes will help you relax within the group and co-create a safe and supportive environment from which to begin the deeper exploratory work. We will use a rich selection of natural materials as well as expressive arts media to help facilitate our explorations.
2) Personal Power
26th -27th November 2022:
We'll build on the previous workshop as we explore the concept of personal power. To complement the usual stock of arts materials and creative processes, we will also be using movement to help deepen our work.
3) Weaving Our Stories
18th - 19th March 2023:
We'll develop the use of creative writing and story-telling as we bring the course to an end. As well as a mix of expressive arts processes, we shall be creating a primitive loom from which to weave and track our personal journeys through the course.
£450 for three weekends
This experiential training offers you a thorough grounding in the diverse elements of the Person Centred Expressive Therapy model (PCEAT)
Full attendance will be validated with a Level 1 PCEAT certificate.
Individual week-ends can be attended by those who have already completed a past Level 1.
To book a place on one of our courses, we require you to fill in a booking form with your
brief information about your professional and personal background Our workshops
your reasons for wanting to attend the training
a non returnable deposit of £75
Please note our workshops are not designed to cater for those in very fragile states or with complex issues, who would benefit from seeking in-depth therapy..
Bookings for the all courses are dealt with by Joan Elliot.
BACS payment account details are:-
Creative Connections Cumbria. Sort code:60-83-71 Account number: 46720085
We require you to pay the balance on all our courses (£75 for the Introduction and £375 for the Level 1) two weeks before the start of each course (the first of the month for each respective course).
Instalments can be negotiated if circumstances necessitate.
Follow up instructions
On receipt of your deposit plus your required details we will send you follow up instructions about the workshop, directions to Endmoor, information about payment of balances and a list of suggested local accommodation (if requested).
We respect your privacy and will store your personal information securely. This will only be shared amongst the team of facilitators and kept for the duration of the course. Your contact details will be kept to inform you of further courses unless you advise otherwise.