Deep Diving in the Unconscious : Music & Online Therapy

Deep Diving in the Unconscious: accessing hidden parts through the aesthetic and emotional nature of Music”

ACTO Webinar

In this webinar I will share how Music and Imagery Therapy helps clients access and integrate hidden parts of themselves. Through examples of work with clients and playing excerpts of music, I will illustrate how Music and Imagery Therapy supports these different clients with various issues, including trauma, dissociative states, anxiety and depression.

Information will be offered about trainings, both short and long term that are available for counsellors and therapists to become trained in specific uses of music and imagery work.

There will be time for a live Q&A towards the end of this webinar.

I am a qualified Music Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the Association of Music and Imagery (AMI ). I am qualified as a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI) having done an in-depth training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) based on the Bonny Method. I also have a diploma in Couples Therapy with the Centre for Relational Couples Therapy (CRCT).

With over 30 years’ experience working as a Music Therapist, I have worked with a diverse range of client groups, mostly adults, in a variety of settings and I have worked for over 15 years within the National Health Service. Within the NHS I was instrumental in setting up and developing an Arts Psychotherapies department for adult mental health, taking the lead role for 7 years.

Now, my work is in private practice with Music and Imagery Therapy and Couples Therapy and I have worked in private practice for over 13 years. I am based in Bristol, UK and offer all sessions online using zoom with enhanced security and optimum audio settings for music. Having done further training to work online I am also a professional member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

In addition, I offer supervision for Guided Imagery and Music practitioners and students in training.

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Working therapeutically with masking and unmasking of autistic adults

A training on autism in adults for online therapy professionals

Working therapeutically with masking and unmasking of autistic adults

Vauna Beauvais and Eoin Stephens

Vanguard Neurodiversity Training

In our therapy work, many of us are increasingly finding ourselves working with clients who have made the discovery, as an adult, that they are autistic. Most of these clients will have learnt to mask their real autistic selves to a large extent, and this is one of the issues that needs to be addressed when they come into therapy.

This talk will cover:

  • What is masking?
  • The Masking Matrix
  • Reasons for masking
  • The process of unmasking
  • Therapist’s role in facilitating this process.

Vauna and Eoin will present a talk with slides for an hour.

Presenters Bios

Vauna Beauvais

MSc Psychotherapy, Certified Transactional Analyst, Certified Cybertherapist, PGCDip Counselling. UKCP registered Psychotherapist.

Vauna is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist specialising in working with neurodivergent adults. She has been seeing clients for over 20 years in private practice. She is also a clinical supervisor for counsellors and psychotherapists who are seeing neurodivergent clients and for therapists who are autistic themselves.

Discovering at over 40 years old, that she is Autistic with ADHD herself, she turned her interest toward understanding the autistic experience and what that means for therapists, trainers, supervisors and for autistic clients. She set up Vanguard Neurodiversity Training in January 2023 to provide training and CPD events for psychotherapists and counsellors.

Areas of interest over the years have included performance and executive functioning and she has developed a neuroaffirming approach to coaching for people with ADHD or ADD.

She is a qualified Coach and Trainer, a Certified Transactional Analyst, and a Certified Cybertherapist, and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Online (ACTO)

Eoin Stephens

BA Psychology, Dip Counselling, MA Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling, MIACP, MACI.

Eoin is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Trainer who has worked in the areas of Disability, Addiction Treatment, Lecturing/Training, and Counselling/Psychotherapy private practice for over 30 years, using a Humanistic, Pragmatic approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (integrating aspects of Person-Centred Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, & Compassion-Focused Therapy).

He specialised in the area of Sexual Addiction for a number of years (serving as chair of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity), and worked at a senior level in Counselling/Psychotherapy education, also serving as vice-chair of both the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and Addiction Counsellors of Ireland.

His work is currently focused on understanding the problems faced by autistic adults, and their specific therapeutic needs. He is a trainer for Vanguard Neurodiversity Training.

He is autistic himself, having made the discovery in 2012.

This webinar is free for ACTO members and will be recorded. ACTO members will also have free access to the recording.

Writing a Profile – a workshop led by Simon Frost

In this short 45 minute workshop, Simon Frost will share with you some tips on how to write a good profile for your directory entry.

About the workshop

Many of us do not enjoy writing about ourselves. It’s natural.

However, writing our own personal or professional profile is extremely important, to share with others your areas of interest and expertise, key skills, passions and interests. Furthermore, a well-written profile together with a good quality, high-resolution image will provide you with a professional image, helping you to gain new clients and to build your practice.

In this short 45 minute workshop, Simon Frost will share with you some tips on how to write a good profile as well as guidance on using photo images. Simon supports ACTO with its social media communications and other clients.

What will be covered

  • Why is a professional profile important?
  • How to write a professional profile
  • What to include in your profile
  • Tips and tools for About Me section to grab the reader’s attention

Where to publish your profile

  • ACTO directory & other professional directories
  • LinkedIn
  • Personal websites

Examples of profiles

How frequently to update your profile


  • Choosing an appropriate image

Practical tips: uploading your ACTO directory profile

Learning Outcomes

  • You will be confident in writing your own ACTO directory profile
  • You will understand how to source a hi resolution quality photo
  • You will be able to upload your profile onto the ACTO Online Therapists and Supervisors directories

To read more about Simon please visit his Linkedin page.

Online therapy – key advice for practitioners

Join our webinar with Sarah Worley-James and her essential guide to working online

Join us for an interview with Sarah Worley-James about her upcoming book launch, Online Counselling – an essential guide.

Sarah will talk about how she has bought her many years’ experience of online counselling and supervision to explore with the reader the practical and technical requirements of the work and also, importantly, the relational issues that working online brings.

She will discuss how her book covers video, audio and text-based counselling, using vivid vignettes and case examples to bring to life its contents. All aspects, from transitioning and setting up the room and the equipment needed through to contracts, data storage and, above all, risk, are covered, with practical exercises to help you gain confidence in using these emerging media to their full creative potential.

In the book, Sarah also addresses some common questions that counsellors moving into online counselling ask, and this interview is an opportunity to explore these further and discuss how the world of online therapy has developed over the last 2 years.

About the author

Sarah Worley-James is a BACP senior accredited counsellor, supervisor and trainer with 25 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors.

Sarah is the former chair of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) and Senior Counsellor at Cardiff University, where she set up the online service in 2011. She writes a regular column about online counselling in the BACP Workplace journal and published a series of articles about the process of setting up a university online counselling service in the BACP University and College Counselling journal in 2017.

Sarah’s counselling career began in the substance misuse field, where she first developed her teaching and supervision skills, training professionals in motivational interviewing and writing and teaching a BACP accredited counselling diploma. She has also worked in employee counselling for many years, including when she moved into higher education counselling in 2009, counselling staff and students.

Please not that this event will be recorded.

ACTO Conference: Innovation, Creativity & Effectiveness in Online Therapy

2022 Annual ACTO Conference: Innovation, Creativity and Effectiveness in Online Therapy – Future Proof Your Practice

This year’s conference will be hosted together with the team of onlinevents. There will be a full day session on Saturday November 5th. And an evening program the evening before on November 4th.

Our Conference will be an exciting thought-provoking day with:

  • leading expert speakers, providing a series of presentations of key topics in the field,
  • interactive workshops and
  • time to network and relax together in the online therapeutic professional community.

This is a conference for all mental health practitioners working online, including therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other health care professionals.

Early registration is advised as we expect demand for places to be high.

ACTO Conference Website Page:

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

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.

Why a business risk assessment is important for your practice

FREE webinar Introduction to business Risk assessment-with specific reference to online working

Understanding how to undertake a risk assessment is important for all businesses, organisations including counsellors and therapists working online. In this free webinar, Mel Wilson (Integrative Therapist) and Dave (cyber security specialist) will show you why risk assessments are necessary and will also provide some useful hints and tips.

In this introduction we will explore how to initiate this process and the considerations & mitigation you might want to include as well as a discussion on individual areas should time allow. For example, this is not just about blindly following is ‘X the right program to use’…. or ‘what is the security of Y’.

Risk assessments incorporate the need to function as a business, the requirements of the customer base and the necessity of protecting the business and clients from cyber and other potential attacks and data breaches. There is no one size fits all…

Mel is an Integrative Therapist working online with Children, Young People and adults. She holds a MSc in Evolutionary psychology, which covers many things including human risk assessment strategies. She is currently a PhD, doctoral candidate in Computer Science, with a strong psychology influence around the risks & mitigations for CYP during the Covid pandemic period. Or more simply a cyber psychologist.

Prior to moving towards psychology & psychotherapy she had been, and continues to be, a Company Director from the age of 18, running small to multi-million pound companies and has also been a Trustee Chair in charities. Risk assessment being part of her remit including laboratories, factories, construction, stunt work, long term CYP exchanges, business risk and many other areas.

Dave works in cyber security having done so in the public and private sector since leaving the Royal Signals 22 years ago after 11 years of service. He has worked in a variety of high-risk businesses focusing on cyber risk.

He has a PGDip in Cyber Security and is in the process of completing his MSc in Cyber Security, where his research is around risk perception, and confidence in formal risk decision making.

How to get more enquiries from your web presence

In the workshop, we will show you how you can take steps to improve the visibility of your website, making it easier for people to find you

Workshop led by Vauna Beauvais & Mieke Haveman

Date & Time: Thursday 28th July at 1.30pm (this workshop will be recorded)

ACTO directors Vauna Beauvais and Mieke Haveman will explain what is meant by the term SEO – Search Engine Optimisation – and why it matters. They will update you on the work ACTO is doing to improve its’ own website visibility – and how you can optimise your own websites with keyword rich and relevant content.

Join us for an informative, interactive workshop which will help take your online practice to the next level.

Workshop content

 Define SEO/why it matters

 Principles of SEO

 How to start

 What ACTO is doing to increase its SEO

o We may present a visual of 3-4 keywords to show improvement (we will start measuring various landing pages using Google Console)

o Improvements in the Click Through Rate (CTR) on the Directory landing page. (If no improvement in the CTR before the webinar we can tell the members what we are doing to increase this rate).

o We need to populate the Directory landing page and others with keyword-rich content

· What members can do to optimise their own profiles

o Populating their listings

o Keyword-rich content

o ACTO logo/links to ACTO

o Backlinks

This workshop is for ACTO members and will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded we advice that you keep your camera off.

Provide end-to-end mental health care with Tacklit

Demand for online therapy has increased a lot in the past two years, and yet the technology to manage your practice hasn’t really caught up.

Most software available is built for small businesses, and therapists are forced to make it work for their mental health practices by making different systems work together, while navigating GDPR and security concerns.

This webinar is for ACTO members, and hosted by our friends at Tacklit.

Tacklit is an online platform designed as an end-to-end mental health platform, by therapists, for therapists.

In this webinar we’ll look at what an end-to-end mental health platform means to online therapists, and their clients:

  • Go beyond the calendar. What does end-to-end care look like for your clients?
  • Say goodbye to copy/paste. The benefits of using a single platform to manage your whole practice.
  • Lock it down. The GDPR compliance challenges of online therapy and using (or not using) digital tools to store client records.
  • “Where did I save that..?” Keep all records, case-notes, reports, and invoices in one user-friendly, intuitive and secure platform

This event is for ACTO members only and will be recorded for use in our member library. If you are interested in becoming an ACTO member please contact our admin department.

Discover ACTO’s new Members only web pages!

ACTO’s website now has a whole section just for members.
Come along to discover for yourself how to access and use the various new features

What the workshop will cover:

Mieke and members of the Digital Media team will give you a guided tour around the new member’s area and tell you what you can find there. It is the first time we have been able to offer this exciting new feature for our members.

We will go over the following:-

• ACTO’s International directory

• Where to find the pages of our organisational members and their members’ only offers

• Where you can watch the replay of webinars

• Explore our new special interest sections where we will be gathering information on several important topics

• Receive a short presentation on what makes your directory entry stand out

If there is time we would love to hear your feedback…and hear what else you would like us to add.

We are also looking for more volunteers to join and help us populate the international directory and the special interest groups. If you would like to be included please let us know.

Some of our groups hold regular meetings and others are only just starting up.

However, we would love to welcome you and hope you will become part of this time of growth for the online world.

Book your place today!

Online Supervision – a crucial role for online therapy

Find out why it is so important to have training in online supervision when you are an online supervisor.

This session on online supervision will include both working with individuals and with groups, the consequences of providing supervision to online therapists who deliver their therapy either online or in a hybrid way.

Covid catapulted online therapy to the front of the mental health talking professions and consequently specialist online supervision is required to support online therapy. Pip has noticed a number of trends and changes as a result of the pandemic; she will discuss these, as they have an important impact on the supervision we supply and will require all of us to adapt with these trends. Online supervisors are in a very honoured position as we hear from so many online therapists which means we can spot trends often before others.

Anything digital is evolutionary, with rapid change, equally anything to do with online therapy and online supervision is going through equally rapid evolutionary changes – if we don’t keep up with these advances, supervisors, supervisees and most importantly our clients, lose out and get left behind.

Pip will base her session on her six dimension model which she is soon to publish. The session will be based around a case study designed to give participants a chance to discuss the issues that arise and how they might have managed the situation as well as sharing their views of the current situation in supervision. With the rapid increase in the number of trained online therapists it is evident that the profession needs more online supervisors, and currently there is a great shortage.

Pip will also be talking about getting the best out of your own supervision.

Further training

For those interested in training as an online supervisor (or to work in blended situations) The Academy for Online Therapy has a diploma in face to face, blended and online supervision course starting on 27th April with Pip as its course director. Many people believe that a training in online supervision isn’t necessary…. Pip will demonstrate why she believes training for online supervision is essential.

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