09 Saturday

PCA, Psychiatry & Working with Trauma – Rachel Freeth

Sat, Sep 9 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)Asia/Singapore


This year, in collaboration with Fiona Gregory, we are launching an exciting series of person-centred events related to working with trauma (Scroll down to read more about upcoming events in this conference series) ⬇️



In this session I explore some of the different perspectives and understandings of trauma and therapeutic approaches that arise from them. I shall focus in particular on those informed by psychiatry, the medical model and the person-centred approach. Drawing on my experiences working in different work settings, I will tease out key tensions and challenges that may be encountered as a result of a range of values, assumptions and attitudes, including the kinds of ethical dilemmas that person-centred practitioners may experience when working with clients who have experienced trauma. The overall aim is to build interdisciplinary understanding, as well as supporting practitioners in working out where they stand in relation to what can be a complex and demanding area of work.


Learning Objective Participants Can Expect From This Event

  • Understand different perspectives on trauma and therapeutic approaches.
  • Understand the key tensions and challenges that may be encountered in working with clients who have experienced trauma
  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of trauma and therapeutic approaches.
  • Gain insight into the ethical dilemmas that person-centred practitioners may experience when working with clients who have experienced trauma
  • Enhance their ability to work out where they stand in relation to the complex and demanding area of work with clients who have experienced trauma.


Who is This Workshop Appropriate For?

  • Counsellors & Psychotherapists working with people who have experienced trauma


How May This Workshop Impact Your Practice?

  • I hope that by attending this workshop, participants can gain an enhanced understanding of different perspectives and understandings of trauma and approaches to working with it, as well as a greater awareness of the key tensions and challenges that may be encountered in working with clients who have experienced trauma. Ideally, having an increased interdisciplinary understanding will support practitioners to navigate ethical dilemmas related to working in this complex and demanding area.



This workshop will be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful for colleagues who are not able to attend the event live and also for those who attend the event live and want to watch it again.



This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our cameras and microphones to interact with each other as a group.



To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.


All the colleagues at ONLINEVENTS and the presenters we collaborate with are committed to working in a manner consistent with the BACP Ethical Framework, which can be accessed on the link below. When registering for this event you are agreeing to be present and interact in a manner that is consistent with this Framework.


Rachel Freeth

Rachel Freeth worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS for many years and now works as a person-centred counsellor in private practice. Through both writing and delivering workshops, she bridges the worlds of psychiatry and counselling, and the contrasting worlds of psychiatry and the person-centred approach. Her latest book is ‘Psychiatry and Mental Health. A Guide for Counsellors and Psychotherapists’ (PCCS Books, 2020).




CONFERENCE: Trauma and the Person-centred Approach


This year, in collaboration with Fiona Gregory, we are launching an exciting series of person-centred events related to working with trauma. The events will run throughout 2023, so please look out for additions to the series throughout the year.


Fiona’s aim with this series of events is to bring together a range of practitioner voices for lively discussion and exploration of the challenges and benefits of person-centred practice when working with traumatised people.


The appropriateness and sufficiency of the person-centred approach to working with trauma is a topic of debate and controversy. On one hand, some argue that the approach is not appropriate or sufficient, because it doesn’t specifically address the unique needs and issues that individuals who have experienced trauma may face. These might include chronically intrusive traumatic memories and flashbacks; bodily and emotional reliving of the trauma; troubling somatic symptoms; difficulties with highly dysregulated emotions; experiences of dissociation, including structural dissociation of the self; chronic dysregulation of the nervous system; sleep disturbance and nightmares. Questions arise for some, as to whether the person-centred approach is a holistic enough approach to working with the extensive repercussions of trauma, or whether it works actively enough towards ‘resolution of trauma’.


Conversely, others argue that the person-centred approach is highly effective and uniquely powerful, because it prioritizes safety in relationship – the very thing that trauma undermines. What’s more, it is founded on the principles of unconditional positive regard and empathy for all parts of the person, including traumatized parts who feel the urge to protect by (reflexively or deliberately) disconnecting from relationships with self and others. Importantly, the person-centred approach also promotes self-exploration and autonomy, leading to a reconnection with organismic valuing, which we know tends to be stifled in traumatic childhood relationships, or can be lost through the experiencing of a traumatic event as an adult.


The question of whether the person-centred approach can be helpful in counselling for trauma survivors is an important one that requires further examination from different perspectives, which is the purpose of this series of events.


Fiona has sought out a range of speakers, from well-known writers and trainers in the field, to newer, emerging voices, as well as some practitioners from outside the field of person-centred practice. She would like to extend the invitation to anyone interested in speaking in 2023, so if you would like to speak on a topic related to person-centred practice and trauma, please get in touch with Fiona at


Fiona Gregory

Fiona is a UKCP registered person-centred psychotherapist with a special interest in trauma. She works predominantly with clients who are struggling with the complex long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences and abuse, as well as people who have experienced single traumatic events and are experiencing post-traumatic stress.


She holds an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications from Metanoia Institute and is also an EMDR practitioner. She has her own private practice in Surrey, volunteers for Mind as a therapist, and is the creator/facilitator of the Person-Centred Association’s Trauma Special Interest Group.

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Saturday, Sep 9

5:00pm - 7:00pm  Asia/Singapore

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