Trans, Non Binary & Questioning 2 July 2024

Working Alongside Trans, Non-Binary and Questioning Clients: with Ellis J. Johnson MBACP 



This training may be taken on its own or as part of a 5-day series leading to a Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships, more info can be found here: Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships

Dates : Tuesday 2nd July 2024  

ALTERNATIVE DATES : Saturday 21st September 2024 or Saturday 9th November 2024 

Timing : 12pm – 7pm (BST – UK time) with an hour break for lunch and 2 other short breaks.

Location : Online 

Trainer : Ellis J. Johnson MBACP scroll down to see more about the trainer

Cost : £110 if booked by 1st May 2024, £125 if booked by 1st June 2024, £140 full price 


If your booking is accepted that means there was space for you.  If it is full, email to join the ‘reserve list’.  Then, if anyone drops out we will notify you, if there is a ‘last minute’ place  for you.  We will also let you know when we plan a new date.

This one day workshop is for any practitioner interested in meeting the needs of transgender non-binary, queer and questioning people in their practice, and for any practitioner working with gender in the therapy room: this means everyone!

Incorporating reflexive exercises, group discussions, up-to-date terminology and international best practice, this course will increase your knowledge and confidence in working alongside gender diverse clients, and in addressing the impact of gender in all your client work.

Themes include:

  • Understanding the differences and overlaps in gender, sex and sexuality
  • Introducing up-to-date terminology, language and key terms around gender diversity
  • Current socio-political context; locating gender diverse experiences in wider systems
  • Shifting framing and naming of relationships and sexual identity
  • Common presenting issues and themes for trans and non-binary clients and their partners, including working with dysphoria
  • International best practice
  • Case studies
Please note that there is some reading we would love you to complete before the workshop starts.  Please allow an hour for this.  You will be sent the reading about 7-10 days before the workshop.

Trainer : Ellis J. Johnson MBACP

Ellis J. Johnson MBACP (he/him/his) is a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor, trainer and consultant mainly working alongside transgender, non-binary, queer and questioning people in private practice. He is an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Therapist and a Clinical Associate at Pink Therapy. Ellis is particularly interested in attending to the intersections of race, class and coloniality in understanding diverse experiences, and alongside training for therapists in working affirmatively around gender, he delivers training in anti-racist practice to organisations around the UK and Internationally.



“This course can equip you emotionally, as well as in terms of improving your knowledge, to work with trans people more confidently and empathically”
Yvonne L – Psychotherapist

“I learned a lot from this workshop which will be very useful in my professional practice as well as my personal relationships. Thank you so much!”
Kay Kennedy – Psychotherapist

“An important workshop topic for all therapists”
Jan T – Trauma Therapist


Who should attend : This course is open to all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychosexual therapists, coaches and health workers who wish to deepen their understanding and thinking about GSDR topics.

Maximum Number : 30

A note from Juliet Grayson:

OUR EXPECTATION : Is that you will attend this workshop for the full length of the course, have your video on, your mobile off, and fully participate.

There are some online talks on zoom that allow you to come and go, or to choose not to participate in the exercise and breakout rooms. This culture has started to creep into our workshops. We have even had people say they want to leave to go and pick up children from school or walk their dog! People dropping in and out is very disruptive – especially when there may be group exercises that are planned for the same group to participate in a number of times.

Because of this, we want to be clear about our expectations. This workshop has been planned with the assumption that you, and everyone else, will attend for the full time.

So please be clear, that if you book on this workshop, we expect you to attend for the whole time, to participate in the breakout rooms and exercises and have your video switched on.

Please also put your mobile to one side and on silent – checking your phone or texting will mean that you miss material. So we request that you only check your phone during breaks.

Something we all need to bear in mind

When powerful feelings are revealed and processed, it is not unusual that our own psychological issues are triggered and flow into the mix. Wilfred Bion is a respected name in the world of group working. He wrote extensively and cogently on issues that invariably occur in groups. We would like to agree basic guidelines with you – based on his findings – to ensure the success of our work together. Bion’s central focus was the disruption (he called it ‘resistance’) that may arise within a group that shifts it away from its agreed task. Our focus, our agreed task for this workshop is NOT therapy for the members or to criticise others

Our agreed task is to offer teaching and learning related to diversity within contemporary relationships.”


APPROVED FOR CPD : This course has been accredited by NCIP-  National Council Of Integrative Psychotherapists.  A Certificate of Attendance form for Continuous Professional Development for 6 hours will be sent by email once you have filled in the feedback form.  

Therapists Insurance: By booking on this workshop you confirm that you have sufficient insurance to offer therapy to the public. (We are required by the NCIP, who accredit this workshop, to ask you to confirm this).  If there is any discrepancy please let us know by contacting

CANCELLATIONS : Any request to change (eg defer to alternative dates) or cancel your place at a workshop, that is made at less than 21 days before the course start date will be charged in full.  Any cancellation / amendments / requests to defer before 21 days, will be subject to a 12.5% handling charge.


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