Our next event: The wounded inner child - steps to recovery

Book now for this inspiring and educational day on the impact of child abuse and the options for healing

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Yes, this event is for you if you are interested in the subject of healing from the psychological damage caused by child abuse. You might be a survivor; you might be a counsellor or therapist that works with survivors. Or you might help others to heal while also being a survivor yourself. 
Many people who have been abused or neglected as children struggle to find ways of achieving psychological and emotional health and wellbeing as adults. We know that the maltreatment of children affects the way their brains develop, so it can be no surprise that the impact is deep and wide. It can affect what you believe and the way you think, particularly about yourself. It can affect how you regulate and express feelings and emotions. It can affect your behaviour and your relationships with other people. Life can be a struggle for those that carry a 'wounded inner child'.
At Heal And Learn Foundation, we understand that there is a large amount of information 'out there' on this subject. So we have decided to focus on key steps to recovery and point you towards particular areas of knowledge that can make a big difference to people carrying a 'wounded inner child'. We will highlight the things you need to know about the healing journey through these 6 steps:

  • IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT - acknowledging the full impact of childhood abuse on the adult's present way of living and confirming where the responsibility lies.  
  • YOU CAN DITCH SOME DEFENCES - identifying and letting go of coping strategies that have been useful in the past but that have lost their protective value and started to cause problems.
  • LOST OUT ON LEARNING? DO IT NOW - understanding how psychological development of the child might have been interrupted and how the brain's neuroplasticity enables learning gaps to be filled in adulthood.
  • BUILD YOUR NEW SELF - growing new self-belief, resilience and self-compassion which will form the foundations for a happier and less troubled way of living.
  • BREAK TOXIC HABITS - learning how to make mindful choices instead of falling back into self-defeating patterns of living.
  • APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP - developing new models for relating to others.
Psychotherapist GILL SWEETING and Counsellor JANE BURTON both run busy private practices in Buxton, Derbyshire. They understand, from both personal and professional perspectives, that life is a journey that can sometimes be difficult to navigate, with stop signs, potholes, crossroads and hidden dangers that can leave us anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, traumatised and even helpless.

Having known each other for many years, and worked together in a variety of therapeutic settings, Jane and Gill joined forces to develop the Heal And Learn Foundation as a way of offering an alternative style of education to people wishing to deepen their awareness and understanding, to create new opportunities for themselves and to transform their lives or help others to do so.

Quotes from feedback on our event "Living with a partner who has died' 29th April 2017

"I loved the title of the event and felt it couldn't have captured the aims of the day any better. It will really stay with me in my bereavement work."

"I would like to thank you for such an enjoyable, informative day"

"I really enjoyed the day, was nice to have some time for myself and discuss a topic I find interesting. It was a nice calm setting and quite relaxing. Also you bopth helped make it relaxing and enjoyable."

"Just thank you. I came out lighter and with more hope"

"The tips on how to move on 'with' were very helpful. Also the information on how the brain works was very interesting and helpful."

"The walk in the weather worked really well. We were able to discover more about each other at the same time as re-invigorating ourselves."

"I loved the workshop, thank you. You both did a fantastic job, loads of interesting content and new concepts to explore (much food for thought) and all produced while we were being entertained by the Sweeting/Burton double act. I'd recommend your workshops to other counselling practitioners (I already have)."

"Although it was a long and full day, the organisation was excellent. I felt that the training was delivered on plan throughout the day, while at the same time maintaining a very friendly atmosphere really supportive of learning. It never felt rushed or that the content was compromised for the sake of following a plan. I have attended many trainings and conferences. This aspect of the day was exceptional. Very well done."

"The section on mindfulness was useful, I enjoyed that and it is something I will take away when working with clients and for myself."

"I thought the venue was beautiful and perfect for training."

"Information on the healthy mind platter and emotional nutrition [was the most valuable] plus doing the stones exercise."


"I feel privileged to have attended previous training events hosted by Gill Sweeting and Jane Burton. Events that have been fun and inspiring. The opportunity to learn and develop in a very supportive and safe space. They are a great team, delivering sensitive and difficult subject matter, offering experiential, informative and reflective practice.

Their professional delivery is welcoming and engaging from the onset. I highly recommend Sweeting and Burton!!"