ONLINE – Training, Dining Room Dialogues & Encounter Groups

Rachel Yates – LGBTQ+ Person-Centred Counsellor, Walthamstow, East London, E17


I am available to deliver mental health training and consultancy on:

  • A Person-Centred Approach to Unusual Beliefs and Hearing Voices
  • Myths and Magic – Peer Support within mental health services
  • Establishing Psychologically Informed Environments


Central London PCA Encounter Group – I co-founded and co-organise this open person-centred encounter group. We have been meeting monthly since March 2017. It is a non-directive, un-facilitated encounter group for counsellors, counselling trainees and anyone interested in the Person-Centred Approach. We currently have about 45 active members. We are running a monthly online encounter group until the coronavirus situation is over. Please contact for more information.


Dining Room Dialogues
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ‘Dining Room Dialogues’ are on hold.
These are an established programme of themed experiential discussion groups for therapists, counselling trainees and people who work in health, education and social care who have an interest in the Person-Centred Approach. Once the restrictions are lifted, we will meet again in our home in Walthamstow, East London.

Dining Room Dialogues are a more informal and relaxed environment for CPD than the usual training classroom. A maximum of ten people meet around our now virtual dining room table. We offer a facilitated space where we can learn together by each bringing our knowledge and experiences.

Each discussion is facilitated by Rachel Yates and Jules Haley. Rachel is a Person-Centred counsellor and trainer with over twenty years’ experience of working in the homelessness and mental health sector. Jules is a qualified therapist who specialises in supporting people with drug and alcohol, gender and sexuality issues and trauma and is also qualified in online counselling. She draws from both professional and personal experiences of mental health and addiction.

We explore a non-pathologising approach to a range of issues and difficulties that often present in the counselling room including:

  • Self-Care in uncertain times
  • The label of “Personality Disorder”
  • Understanding the experiences of Paranoia, Hearing Voices and Unusual Beliefs
  • Understanding Drugs and Alcohol issues
  • Person-centred working with Non-binary and trans identities
  • Understanding of Sexuality issues

You will have the space to learn and discuss your thoughts, ideas and questions. A reading list covering books, articles or videos will be emailed out before each discussion. It’s not an issue if you don’t get to read the material before the session. It is totally up to you how much you want to contribute and take away, at your own pace and perhaps at times based on what is relevant within the discussion to you. Please be aware that although these groups are a confidential space, they are not an alternative to supervision and/or therapy. For more information please contact