The Well Christian Healing Centre Day Conference, 22nd June

Pathway Through Patterns of Unhealthy Behaviour
An event helping you towards a better understanding of a range of behaviours – self-harm, eating issues, pornography and obsessions; including how patterns develop;how to support all those affected;and how to move towards wholeness.
Saturday 22nd June, 9.45am to 3.45pm at St Mary’s Church, Leamington Spa, CV31 1JW organised by The Well Christian Healing Centre

The main Speaker is Heather Vernon
Heather is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and a supervisor with over 25 years experience, including time as a lecturer in counselling at the University of Leicester. She is a member of the Prayer Ministry team at The Well.
Currently Heather is the Diocesan Adviser for Pastoral Care & Counselling for the Diocese of Coventry and writes/delivers Pastoral Care training. She also leads Retreats and Reflective Prayer Labyrinths, and led The Well’s Pathway Through Fear and Anxiety day in February.


Heather Vernon – Self Harm
Self harm has been described as a way of turning an ‘overwhelming emotional pain into a manageable physical pain’. Seeing someone we care about struggling with self harm issues is frustrating and baffling. The concept of intentionally causing ourselves pain may seem bewildering and being along side someone and finding ways to support them is tough and we may ask ourselves ‘where is God in all this?’ The group is a chance to understand more about self harm and explore what God may be saying to each of us.

Su Coleman – Eating Issues
Su is a Psychologist, working in Private Practice. She also has a contract with the NHS to provide therapy for a Doctors’ surgery. She teaches 3rd year Psychology Students at Coventry university and has lectured at Birmingham University – and is also a member of The Well team.
These include anorexia and bulimia but also ’chaotic eating’ and general problems with food, eg difficulties in coping with different types of food or mixing food together. In some extreme
cases this needs skilled intervention and recognising the signs at an early stage is important. It can be a frightening experience when it’s happening to family members and disturbing to everyone involved.

Antony Spencer – Pornography
Antony is Associate Vicar at St John’s, Harborne. He has a passion for seeing people living in the freedom Jesus has won for us and he teaches and ministers on a range of issues.
The internet has made access to pornography much easier and to a certain extent more secretive. This secretive nature means those struggling with it can feel extreme shame about admitting they are caught in a trap.

Yvonne Warren – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Yvonne is a trained Psychotherapist, marriage counsellor, sex therapist and is a member of The Well team. She works with individuals and couples in a range of settings, including working through the effects of addictive and obsessive behaviour.
Some people get into behaviour patterns that can seriously inhibit a full life. It may begin with a simple need to repeat a behaviour which then spirals out of control and in serious cases can totally rule a person’s life. Attempting to break the rituals can be a long process as those who struggle experience major anxieties.

For more information about this conference organised by The Well, visit  their website.

24th Apr 2013 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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