Creative CPD
for therapists


Are you a counsellor or psychotherapist or do you work in another enabling role such as psychology, social work or coaching? Do you need some holistic and creative CPD? If so, my 'What's in the driving seat?' workshop might be just what you're looking for.

Over one or two days, I offer activities that are:

  • Experiential and practical.

  • Grounded in principles from the Five Elements metaphor model, Gestalt therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory and contemporary approaches to healing trauma.

  • Hopefully a good mix of useful, growthful and enjoyable.

You'll make your own awesome pompom metaphors to use in the workshop and with clients afterwards. How cool is that! My intention is to offer a space where you can nourish many aspects of yourself such as your Discerning Adult, Playful Child and Mindful Mystic.

This workshop can support you to:

  • Explore the Taoist five elements model of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

  • Consider how the elements represent core feelings, needs and strengths.

  • Create physical metaphors for the elements and other therapeutic factors.

  • Practise clinical applications of this model.

  • Adapt the resource metaphors in response to client needs.

  • Reflect on how to integrate these interventions into your therapeutic model of practice.

If you've got any questions, feel free to get in touch.

David Whistance
Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Bringing knowledge alive

You're supported by comprehensive online resources that guide you through every step of the training. After I've registered your Gmail, you can access these via the image link below. If you use any Google Apps already, you're sorted. If not, just create an account.

As well as being good for the environment (my printed booklet was 32 pages) it enables you to consider the content beforehand. This changes the focus of the workshop from acquiring knowledge to bringing knowledge alive through experiential and interactive meaning-making with the other people you'll work with. It also frees up time for you to quietly reflect on your learning.


This has grown out of my interest in acupressure and five element theory and is rooted in experiences of learning the Touch for Health synthesis in the 1990s. After completing my counselling training, I explored different ways to work with the five elements during therapy and gradually refined the creative activities and supporting resources covered in this CPD.

The practical, creative interventions you'll learn have been well received by both clients and previous workshop participants. The one or two day workshop gives you ample opportunities to apply and refine these methods so you'll feel confident using them within your guiding therapeutic approach.

Check your diary

Online and face to face 'What's in the driving seat?' CPD.

Details of next workshop to be confirmed