ONLINE – Training, Dining Room Dialogues & Encounter Groups

Rae Yates – LGBTQ+ Person-Centred Counsellor, Supervisor and mental health trainer in Walthamstow, East London, E17 and Online.


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

  • A Person-Centred Approach to Unusual Beliefs and Hearing Voices
  • A Person-Centred and Trauma Informed Approach to Hoarding Behaviours
  • 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. Due to COVID-19 we are running a monthly online encounter group. Please contact for more information.


Dining Room Dialogues

Due to COVID-19, the ‘Dining Room Dialogues’ are currently 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. 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 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 Rae Yates and Jules Haley. Rae 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 issues, gender and sexuality issues and trauma. 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