A Day on Psychotherapy #2 2019-10-26T15:58:42+01:00
A Day on Psychotherapy - The Weekend University

Explore the latest, innovative approaches to psychotherapy in this day of talks from leading psychologists and university professors.

Is it possible to significantly improve your psychological wellbeing in just one therapy session?

How can dance and movement be applied to heal the mind?

In the UK alone, there are over 29 types of psychotherapy to choose from. How can you choose the most effective one for you?

These are just some of the questions the speakers will discuss at The Weekend University this month. 

In this series of lectures, we’ll explore: 

  • Single-Session Therapy; how this radical approach can be applied to help clients achieve successful therapeutic outcomes, in record time – Professor Windy Dryden
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy; why dance, movement and creative expression offer a powerful therapeutic solution when the right words can’t be found – Sissy Lykou
  • Pluralistic Therapy; why different clients need different therapies at different times, and how to choose the optimal approach for your situation – Professor Mick Cooper

You’ll learn how these insights can benefit your own life, but also your ability to help others, too.

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Event Schedule:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Pluralistic Therapy – Professor Mick Cooper
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Dance Movement Psychotherapy – Sissy Lykou
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm:  Single-Session Therapy – Professor Windy Dryden
  • 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)

Full Day Pass: £38.25 + VAT + booking fee

Student Pass: £20.25 + VAT + booking fee


Sun 1st Decemeber 2019
09:30 – 17:00 BST

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01-12-2019 09:30 AM
01-12-2019 5:00 PM
Birkbeck, University of London, London
The Weekend University – A Day on Psychotherapy#2

Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
London, WC1E 7HX

Lectures & Speakers

Pluralistic Therapy – Professor Mick Cooper

This lecture will introduce, and look at the practical implications of, a pluralistic approach to counselling, psychotherapy and psychological practice. 

The pluralistic approach is a collaborative, integrative perspective, deeply rooted in humanistic and person-centred values. Its fundamental premise is that each client is unique, and therefore may need different things from therapy. On this basis, the pluralistic approach creates a framework in which practitioners can integrate a wide variety of understandings and methods into their practice. A key element of the pluralistic approach is shared decision making: talking to clients about what they want from therapy, and how they might most effectively be helped to get there.

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Mick Cooper - The Weekend University

Professor Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. His books include Existential Therapies, Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy,

and Social Change. Mick’s main areas of research have been in shared decision- making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools.

In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from the American Psychological Association. He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences. You can follow him on twitter: @mickcooper77. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy – Sissy Lykou

When Dance Movement psychotherapy (DMP) was first documented in the 1940s, it was based on Harry Stack Sullivan’s interpersonal psychiatry, C. G. Jung’s active imagination and the principles of expressive modern dance and dance theatre. DMP is a therapy modality committed to discovering the cultural and social benefits of individual and collective human creativity and does so with the use of movement, improvisation, symbolism, imagination and movement analysis. 

Drawing from her own innovative bridging between DMP and body psychotherapies, contemporary humanistic psychotherapies and relational psychoanalysis, Sissy will explore with you both the practice and the theory of non-verbal dialogue via the expressive use of our bodies and movement. Working with movement and the body introduces vital new ways of thinking and acting into a situation. So, when it comes to feelings of frustration because one cannot find the ‘right words’, because logos (the word) is not adequate to carry matters forward, there is a place for ideas such as bodily expression, rhythm, integration, cohesion, body symbolism and synchrony. 

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Sissy Lykou is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in private practice, and a Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents University in London. She lectures on several university and professional training programmes in the UK and Europe, and has worked on EU research projects at the Universities of Heidelberg and Athens. 

Initially Sissy trained as a dancer before injury intervened. She then undertook trainings as a Counselling Psychologist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist, and Integrative Psychotherapist. Alongside her work as a lecturer and clinician, she has been developing innovative therapeutic-educational projects for under 5s and their parents and carers in children’s centres in London. Sissy has published in books and international journals, and is the co-editor of the book ‘Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough’ by Routledge. You can find out more about her work at: www.lykoucounselling.co.uk

Single Session Therapy – Professor Windy Dryden

While Carl Rogers discussed the importance of the ‘core conditions’ in counselling and therapy, clients often claim that what is also therapeutic is being seen at the point of their need rather than at the point of service availability. In this workshop, Professor Dryden will discuss the nature, principles and practice of single-session therapy that has been developed to provide a response to that need and to reflect the fact that the most frequent number of sessions that clients have internationally in publicly-funded therapy is ‘1’. 

The lecture will make the point that single-session is best viewed as a mindset rather than as an approach and will stress that SST can be practised by therapists using their preferred orientation. Professor Dryden will demonstrate his approach to SST with a volunteer from the audience.

Reading Recommendations:

Windy Dryden - The Weekend University

Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach.  He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.

Professor Dryden has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.

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    4 star review  Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.

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