Jan Hawkins & The FDP | Person-Centred psychotherapist, supervisor and freelance trainer
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Jan Hawkins is a highly experienced and accredited freelance psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.

Jan and her company, The Foundation for the Developing Person, offer a number of services to individuals, couples and organisations:

Therapeutic Coaching for Couples

Intensive Transformational Couple Therapeutic Coaching – a two day course of coaching in effective communication, connection, encounter, intimacy and healing accumulated wounds.

  • Is your marriage or partnership strained?
  • Are you trying to heal your relationship after an affair?
  • Are you managing the effects of addiction in your relationship and looking to change?
  • Do you want to create a relationship that is safe, passionate, and long lasting?
  • Is separation or divorce looming?
  • Do you want to improve your relationship and re-connect with your partner?
  • Are you interested in learning skills that will help you create more effective communication in your relationships, not only with your spouse or partner, but also with your children?

When your most intimate relationship is feeling strained, it is painful and stressful. Couples can find themselves behaving in ways they could never have predicted in those early loving times. Any children in the relationship can be affected and this can add to the stress all round. Whether you are married, engaged, beginning a new relationship, in a committed partnership, or wanting to repair communication in any relationship, this intensive course can help:

  • Develop new ways of resolving conflicts together
  • Re-establish effective communication with your partner
  • Increase passion and intimacy
  • Recreate and enhance the friendship you share with each other
  • Develop your confidence in your abilities to communicate more effectively and connect on a deeper level in all your relationships.

Consultancy for Film Companies

Consults with Film companies to support those making films and those who are the subjects of films. Has worked on documentaries as well as docu drama and drama films. Areas of particular experience: childhood trauma/abuse; vicarious trauma (especially important in those making films involving traumatic material); end of life and bereavement; learning disabilities; The Autistic Spectrum; mental illness; suicide and psychopathy. See publications below. Works face to face, on Zoom and on phone, as well as travelling when necessary.

About Jan

Jan Hawkins is a Person-Centred therapist, supervisor, group facilitator and trainer.  Informed by trainings in psychodynamic, CBT, SFT, and other therapeutic traditions, prior to arriving home in the Person-Centred Approach, she is passionately committed to providing relationships in which clients, supervisees and groups are able to change and grow in self directed, yet accompanied, ways.

Jan ran groups for Survivors of childhood abuse during the early nineties, controversially offering groups with women and men together,  and for those who had experienced any type of abuse.  Many students and supervisees reported their difficulties in locating good, practical and developmental training for practitioners focussing on the issues raised by a history of childhood abuse.  In response to this expressed need in 1994 Jan created, and co-facilitated, a Diploma course in Counselling Survivors of Childhood Abuse, the first initiative of its kind in Europe. Since then, through FDP, Jan has continued to run post counselling training courses and study days with a conviction that experiential learning is imperative for the continued development and deepening of the core attitudinal qualities of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, which are crucial to Person-Centred and other relationship focussed therapies.  She has been particularly keen to encourage therapists to extend their practice to people with learning disabilities, many of whom suffer silently from their legacies of childhood abuse.

A background in lecturing in psychology and special needs, and her experiences over 30+ years since working with her first client in therapy, Jan feels blessed to have worked in a variety of settings.  With a core of therapy and supervision, she also consults with filmmakers, and supports palliative care teams in their work.  Jan feels she does one thing, but does it in a variety of ways!

Thought for a while

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.”

John Lennon

Heartwood is a wonderful Person-Centred charity headed up by Chip Ponsford and Rab Erskine working therapeutically in nature – do check out their website.  Heart Wood offers residential CPD training courses in the Heart Wood approach, and facilitated wellbeing days for staff teams. To find out more about their programme, please contact Emma at admin@heartwoodcharity.org or call 01434 607726.

Study Days Program Summer 2024 – on ZOOM!

Due to the continued high numbers of infections of Covid, along with the various other infectious viruses, all study days in the Summer term will continue on Zoom. This allows people from far afield to join for these days without incurring additional travel and accommodation expenses, especially those joining the study days from places like France, Greece, Ireland and Vietnam! Please know that anyone whose finances have continued to be affected by the virus and/or cost of living, is welcome to join any of the study days either on a trainee rate of £25 or free, assuming there is already a viable group. Otherwise, each day costs £65, to include handouts, recommended reading and CPD Cert of Attendance.

Each day will consist of some input on the topic, experiential processing, and space to discuss practice issues relating to the theme. Each workshop will be from 10.00am till 4.00pm with a longer than usual lunch break to allow for Zoom rest. If you would like to attend, please send the attached slip with your booking fee. Jan Hawkins, a Person-Centred therapist, supervisor and trainer, facilitates each day, having a passion for experiential, ongoing learning opportunities for practitioners. Jan has been teaching for over forty years and a therapist for over 35 years.

Domestic Abuse

Sunday 28th April 2024

Supporting clients who are living in abusive relationships can be painful and frustrating. Unless the DA is flagrantly physically violent, many clients do not recognise that what they are experiencing is domestic violence. Verbal, emotional, financial and sexual abuse chip away at the target’s confidence such that it becomes almost impossible to see a way out. Women and men who are on the receiving end of domestic abuse may present for therapy for anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and a whole host of other difficulties which they have not linked with the domestic violence they are enduring. This day will allow participants to explore their own attitudes and beliefs around this difficult subject, as well as share ideas and strategies which have empowered their clients.


Without Conscience, Understanding Psychopathy and its Effects

Friday 17th May 2024

Much research has gone into attempts to define and understand ‘psychopathic personality disorder’ (sometimes alternatively known as ‘sociopathic personality disorder’). There tends to be an assumption that psychopathy always leads to violence and/or murder. We hear about serial killers being ‘psychopaths’. Yet these are only a few of the 4% of the population’s psychopathic personalities. For many therapists, we may rarely or never see a client who has this cluster of personality traits, but we will see lots of clients who have been affected by them. Men and women locked into abusive relationships and finding themselves unable to leave. Clients who are overwhelmed by managers at work who wield power, and in whose presence, they lose confidence and their own frame of reference. This day will be an opportunity to focus on the character traits which make a person with psychopathic traits worth understanding. For people with conscience, it can be almost impossible to comprehend that there are those among us who behave without conscience.


Clean Language

Saturday 8th June 2024

Based on work by David Groves, a pioneering New Zealand psychotherapist, who worked with repressed traumatic memories, developing an approach which fits with the PCA, by using only the client’s language. Paying particular attention to the client’s metaphors and developing a way of working which enabled clients to lead in their own healing, his work is mainly known by NLP and/or hypnotherapy practitioners. However, I have found that clients often (especially those traumatized as children) naturally head towards a trancelike way of experiencing, and that some therapists miss this opportunity to accompany the client into a deeper healing opportunity. This day will allow participants to learn about the clean language approach, how to spot a client going into trance, and how to avoid becoming an obstacle to that process.


Touch in Therapy

Friday, 28th June 2024

The issue of touch within therapy relationships relies on the personal integrity of the therapist, unless the tradition of therapy they practice prohibits it altogether. This day will provide space for focus on each participant’s relative comfort and/or discomfort with touch within therapeutic relationships. We will consider what might constitute ‘safe’ touch between therapist and client, as well as the potential healing aspects of touch. Whilst not seeking to advocate touch as an aspect of all therapeutic relationships, where touch does feel appropriate, natural and potentially healing, to rule it out may serve to undermine the relationship rather than enhance it. This day will explore these dilemmas and encourage each participant to reflect and consider whether and where touch fits into their own practice.


Vicarious Trauma

Saturday, 27th July 2024

This day will focus on the effects of listening to traumatic experiences, and how we may be vulnerable to taking that trauma within ourselves in our work. Sometimes known as ‘compassion fatigue’, “empathic strain,” “secondary victimization,” (Lindy, 1988; Figley, 1983), bearing witness to another’s trauma will affect us. During this day we will explore the variety of ways in which our accompanying of another as they work with their trauma can affect us, and how we can recognize and attend to our own needs.


OnlineEvents Webinars to purchase and/or view:

Trauma, Dissociation and the Person-Centred Approach Workshop with Jan Hawkins

Feb 2023

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The Impact of Trauma at Different Developmental Stages: A PCA Perspective Workshop with Jan Hawkins

Apr 2023

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Necessary and Sufficient? Trauma and the Person-Centred Approach Workshop with Jan Hawkins

Sep 2023

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Foundation for the Developing Person

In person residential weekend at Debden House Centre, Loughton, Essex
13 & 14 July 2024 – Numbers Limited



Saturday 10am

Anxiety and Winnie the Pooh and the Inner Landscape

Most of us recognise different aspects of our beings. Some therapeutic traditions refer to ‘plural selves’, multiplicity, Internal Family Systems – more recent modalities refer to ‘parts work’ and in the Person-Centred world to ‘configurations of self’. Each are describing those roles we play where our behaviours and feelings can be different. The person we are in our working lives can feel and behave very differently from the person we are within our families. This workshop will invite participants to explore those inner dimensions in a fun way.

There is a potency for healing available in fairy tales, myths and stories. Certain stories grip us, whilst others leave us cold. The story of Winnie the Pooh can be rediscovered in many ways, one of which is reflecting on our own inner landscapes, and aspects of ourselves. This day will allow personal reflection on inner states and characters as they relate to Christopher Robin and friends. Whether you have read the books before, or never even heard of Winnie the Pooh (impossible!!) – This is a day for a light hearted exploration with potential treasures to be found. A day for personal reflection and fun! Who knows where it might take us?! The day will take place at Debden House, (address above)with a beautiful garden, and 50 acres of woodland outside. The perfect setting to meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

This workshop will finish at 4.00pm with half an hour break for refreshments. Weather permitting, those who have chosen group or individual walks before dinner will take those, whilst those who have chosen an encounter opportunity will also choose whether that will be inside or outside and for a space of up to two hours pre dinner.

After dinner space for socializing, rest and appreciating the outdoors.

Sunday 10am

Anxiety and Dissociation: Creative Survival

Where there is chronic abuse in childhood, many learn to survive by dissociating from the experience. This may involve leaving the body, numbing out, splitting off, depersonalising and/or derealising. This day will focus on what dissociation is, how it acts as a somewhat protective strategy, and how we may empower individuals who may be experiencing dissociation now. Having explored our own configurations of self with Winnie the Pooh, we will have seen dissociation as part of human experience, and this will help in understanding when trauma has taken people into deeper realms of dissociative experiencing. Whereas Saturday was a personal development day, today brings us to a professional focus where we seek to deepen our ability to come alongside those who have survived trauma by developing entrenched ways of being in the world which were creative survival strategies. Recognising and supporting our clients who live with dissociative experiencing and/or Dissociative Identity Experience (I prefer this term to DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder) requires deepening of our core attitudinal qualities, by learning more about these complex survival skills.

We finish the day at 4.00pm, refreshments are served and we vacate Debden House by 5.00pm


Collateral Damage: Casualties of Alcohol Misuse: An Anthology

Paperback – 17 Jan. 2020

This anthology contains chapters written by individuals who have been affected by loving/caring about someone close, whose use of alcohol has impacted on the relationship. There is so much literature focusing on the experience of alcohol addiction or dependency in the medical and professional helper material, but scant attention given to those who live with and/or are affected by the person whose drinking is causing harm. Those who have given their time to this project have done so using their own voices. This gives the collection a variety of styles which provides the reader with a wide set of experiences. The editor is eager to encourage writing as a therapeutic option when processing painful experiences, especially where the individuals are unable – due to their loved one’s alcohol misuse – to have the open dialogue which might help them. Sadly in all the cases presented herein, the contributors are left to manage the effects of another person’s departure into a different world, a person they have loved and cared for. For those who love someone who misuses alcohol, this book will offer company. The contributors have shared experiences they have previously found impossible to talk about. Readers may find themselves in these stories, and as a result, feel less lonely.

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Listening to their Voices: The Person-Centred Approach to Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Paperback – 17 Dec. 2017

This book includes verbatim interview contributions from individuals who have ASD, their parents, siblings, and some professionals. It is written by a therapist who works with all those groups, so that other chapters include examples of the lives and experiences of those with ASD. The purpose of the book is to introduce the how to of Person-Centred Planning, by introducing the Person-Centred Approach to anybody supporting people with ASD. Readers would include support workers, social workers, counsellors/therapists, medical practitioners, volunteers, and any other practitioners aiming to support people with ASD to reach their best potential in life.

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Voices of the Voiceless: Person-Centred Approaches for People with Learning Difficulties

Paperback – 1 Jan. 2002

“Voices of the Voiceless” is an inspiring, passionate and comprehensive exploration that offers hope and encouragement to counsellors and practitioners working with people living with learning difficulties. Although the effects of learning difficulties and the effects of society’s treatment of people with learning difficulties are lifelong and often severe, counselling and healing are possible. The author argues that even those people who have the most severe learning disabilities can benefit from counselling, and not simply from behaviour management or medication to manage and control them. Jan Hawkins integrates 15 years’ experience of counselling and her 25 years’ experience as a mother of a person with learning difficulties. The book contains many moving accounts of the healing process and detailed examples of interdisciplinary working and the power the Person-Centred Approach offers for those who are metaphorically and often literally voiceless.

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Other Publications

“The Vulnerability of the Therapist” Article in Person-Centred Quarterly Published by The Person-Centred Association (tPCA) Winter p5-15 – 2022

“Person-Centred or Self Centred?” in Person-Centred Practice the Journal of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach. Vol. 1 No.1 – 1993

“Survivors of Childhood Abuse – The Person-Centred Approach:A Special Contribution” in Person-Centred Practice the Journal of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach. Vol. 4. No.1 – 1996

“Men – Women: People” in Self & Society. A Journal of
Humanistic Psychology. Vol. 24. No.1 – 1996

“Partners With disAbility” – (co-editor and contributor) A Kith & Kids Publication. 1996

“A Choice Model for Anger Expression: Encouraging Responsibility” in Changes – the International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy. Vol. 15 No. 3 pp211-219 – 1997

“Survivors of Childhood Abuse – The Person-Centred Approach: A Special Contribution” in Person-Centred Practice. The Journal of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach. Vol. 4. No.1 – 1996.

Reprinted in The BAPCA Reader, Ed. Merry, T. PCCS Books – 2000

Paradoxical Safety: ‘Barriers to the actualizing tendency, and beyond’ Person-Centred Practice, Journal of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach Vol 10 No.1. (pages 21-26 Spring) – 2002

“Voices of the Voiceless: Person-Centred Approaches and
People with Learning Difficulties” PCCS Books – 2002

“I Can Do It Softly” chapter in ‘Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Therapy: From the Personal to the Universal Edited by Suzanne Keys. PCCS Books – 2003

“Living in Pain: Mental Health and the Legacy of Childhood Abuse” in Person-Centred Psychopathology: A Positive Psychology of Mental Health Eds Joseph, S. & Worsley, R. PCCS Books – 2005

“Making Connections: experiences of training support workers” In Adlerian Society (UK) and the Institute for Individual Psychology Year Book. – 2007

“Recovering from childhood sexual abuse: Dissociative processing.” In Person-Centred Practice: Case Studies in Positive Psycholog Eds. Worsley, R. & Joseph, S. PCCS Books – 2007

“Paradoxical Safety and the Billy Goats Gruff” In The Adlerian Society (UK) and the Institute for Individual Psychology Year Book: A Collection of Topica Essays 2010. Published by Anthony Rowe Ltd Great Britain – 2010

“Walking the talk – potent therapy is a risky business” in Leonardi, J. in ‘The Human Being Fully Alive: Writings in Celebration of Brian Thorne’ (p 23-43) PCCS Books – 2010

“Person-Centred therapy with adult Survivors of childhood sexual abuse” in Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge. Eds, Pearce, P. and Sommerbeck, L PCCS Books – 2014

“Person–Centred Therapy with People with Learning Disabilities: Happy People Wear Hats” in Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge. Eds, Pearce, P. and Sommerbeck, L. PCCS Books – 2014

“Living in Pain: Mental Health and the Legacy of Childhood Abuse” in The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health: Theory, Research And Practice. Ed. Joseph, S. PCCS Books. (2nd Ed of Person-Centre Psychopathology: A Positive Psychology of Mental Health. Eds Joseph, S. & Worsley, R. PCCS Books, 2005) – 2017

“Listening to their Voices: The Person-Centred Approach to Autistic Spectrum Disorder” Foundation for the Developing Person
Publication – 2017

“Collateral Damage: Casualties of Alcohol Misuse – An Anthology” Editor and Contributor. Foundation for the Developing Person Publication – 2020