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A Compassionate Approach to Working with Anxiety – with Briony Martin

27 April, 2024 @ 10:00 am-4:30 pm

£105 – £115

Professional Training (CPD) for Therapists and Health Professionals

This is an IN-PERSON ONLY event

Working with anxiety

A Compassionate Approach to Working with Anxiety

Would you like to build your resilience for working with anxiety in the therapy room? Would you welcome a chance to work compassionately with your own anxiety as a way into working more effectively with clients? If so this experiential workshop might help.

Anxiety can be one of the hardest presenting issues to work with in therapy. It is often entrenched and accompanied by problematic physical symptoms and behaviours. It can be deeply distressing for the person experiencing it, and have a hugely negative impact on their life and their ability to function in the world. Clients can often be desperate for relief and help but, despite this, anxious thoughts and feelings persist and both client and therapist can be left feeling frustrated and stuck.

In this workshop we will be re-setting our approach to anxiety, moving away from trying to cure or fix it and towards coming alongside and listening to it. We will explore and experience this ‘compassion-focused’ approach which seeks to befriend the anxious voice rather than disputing or replacing it. We will learn some strategies for compassionate self-talk which can be used to attend to our own anxiety as well as offer to clients. And we will reflect on the impact of the pandemic, the climate crisis and other international issues on our collective experience of anxiety.

You can expect to learn:

  • How anxiety shows up in clients… and in therapists
  • How to relate compassionately to anxiety in clients, and how to help them to do the same for themselves
  • Some creative techniques for working with anxiety in the therapy room or online
  • How individual experiences of anxiety relate to bigger social issues
  • Some strategies for soothing your own anxiety

About Briony Martin

Briony Martin MA(Cantab) MBACP Accred. Dip. Sup., is an experienced BACP accredited integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and educator. She has a private practice in Marlborough and offers training events across the south west. A former counselling trainer, she now teaches psychology undergraduates at The Open University and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Chester. She has lived experience of anxiety, as well as extensive expertise working alongside clients with this issue. She also likes dogs, yoga and chocolate!

Feedback about Briony from our previous events

Open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and health professionals.

CPD certificates supplied. Refreshments are included, but not lunch or parking.

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Attend in person

£105 early bird before 27th March 2024

£115 from 27th March 2024

Location: TBC

Attend in person

£105 early bird before 27th March 2024

£115 from 27th March 2024

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“Great formal information. Policy made interesting and accessible. Briony was very competent and knowledgeable. The style of the presentation was sensitive and inclusive”

“I particularly enjoyed the way it was facilitated – it felt inclusive, non-judgemental, informative and friendly! Briony was an excellent speaker – I liked the fact that it was a small group too – plenty of opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion”

“I enjoyed all of it – lots of content but well-paced. The speaker was confident and open in presenting and engaging the audience”

“Well planned and held. Speaker gifted in imparting own ideas and knowledge and incorporating group input. The venue works really well. Briony is an exceptionally gifted speaker facilitator – perfect mix for me of authority and humility”

“Great ambience. Briony’s delivery was pitched at the right level. Really helpful”

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title. We can accept payments by card over the phone.


27 April, 2024
10:00 am-4:30 pm
£105 – £115
Event Category:


Marlborough/Newbury (venue TBC)


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566