The power of validation

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8th March 2024, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Counsellors and trainees
Offices of Alcohol Focus Scotland, 2/1 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G1 2LW

The Power of Validation (the neuroscience of facilitating change and growth) 

As therapists, are we fully aware of the true power of validation? Validation is a transformational tool available to all, and at our fingertips, but do we use it with full knowledge of its power and intent? External & internal validation changes our brain architecture, which is essential for therapeutic change. This will be the focus of this workshop, which is based on the framework I have used in my practice for over two decades. 

The workshop will offer psychotherapy practitioners and students an opportunity to think about our therapy work in concrete terms, that can also be understood by our clients. It will be useful for therapists who are interested in removing the ‘mystique' out of how therapy works and what it is for. There will be a balance of theory, practice, and discussion for a full, and lively learning experience. The intention is to learn, while feeling nourished, and inspired. 


To learn to work with external and internal validation in a more conscious, coherent, and targeted way as a powerful tool for therapeutic change, to develop a clearer way of thinking about therapy and therapeutic change, to tie in principles from Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with the process and goals of therapy, all in the service of enhancing participants’ existing practice. 

This workshop is suitable for practitioners, and psychotherapy students. 

About Avigail Abarbanel 

Avigail is a BACP Snr. Accredited practitioner, and has been in private practice since 1999. She is qualified to work with individuals, relationships, families, and groups, and is also an experienced supervisor, presenter, trainer, and writer. Her first eleven years in private practice were in Canberra Australia, and since 2010 she has been living and working in the Scottish Highlands. Avigail’s practice is based in the village of Cawdor.

Avigail is passionate about sharing knowledge, and about removing the mystery out of psychotherapy for the benefit of clients, and practitioners. Her way of working in therapy is a coherent synthesis of a wide range of humanistic, existential, and experiential modalities, framed by Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). 

Avigail’s website is at:

£95 / Student £75 / Retired (non-practising) Therapist £45
Handouts and CPD certificate are included in the price.
Please note that a delegate space is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Offices of Alcohol Focus Scotland, 2nd Floor, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW
This venue is located in the city centre at the top of Buchanan Street (Buchanan Galleries end) less than 5 minutes walk from Queen Street Station and less than 10 minute's walk from Central station. Check out the map here.

Minimum numbers:
12 – Please note that the workshop is subject to cancellation or re-scheduling if the minimum number required to make them viable is not reached.

In this situation, the following options will apply:

  • receive a full refund
  • hold the space until a new date has been offered
  • move the booking to another workshop
  • receive a credit note to use at a future date

Register here.

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