Regulate: Certificate / Diploma in Advanced Emotional Regulation Skills

Many psychotherapists and health practitioners struggle when their clients or patients become highly distressed or anxious, or when they disengage, detach or ‘zone-out’.

Course overview:

Many psychotherapists and health practitioners struggle when their clients or patients become highly distressed or anxious, or when they disengage, detach or ‘zone-out’. Our groundbreaking new ‘Regulate’ programme aims to support therapists and clinicians by providing a framework for clinical practice. Regulate’s comprehensive ‘toolkit’ of effective approaches can be taught to clients/patients, to support them in better management of their emotional worlds.

This programme will appeal to:

  • Psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists
  • All medical practitioners (especially general practice and psychiatry)
  • Coaches who work with executives or managers for people development

The training will cement an additional and critically important clinical skillset – which is an additional layer on top of the participant’s primary modality or scope of practice, (whatever that may be).

The Regulate programme may also be of interest to other professionals including educators, HR teams in organisations, personal trainers and other wellbeing therapists.

About this course

  • Course Duration:6 days
  • Next intake:Spring 2025
    (on Zoom)
  • CPD Value:40 Hours
  • Level:Certificate (Level 5 equivalence) or Diploma (Level 6 equivalence)
  • Fee:Certificate fee: £1,500 + VAT
    Diploma fee: £2,000 + VAT
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This 6-day CPD course is designed for professionals working in personal wellbeing, healthcare and professional development. It will equip participants with solid theory and a practical toolkit – knowledge which clinicians can transfer to their clients or patients.

We will:

  • Explore the nature of emotions, and how and why they become dysregulated.
  • Consider useful ways of assessing emotional intensity / dysregulation (including dissociation).
  • Overview important aspects of bodily and brain functions that influence the emotional landscape, in particular the role of the autonomic nervous system and the Vagus nerve.
  • Share a new framework for thinking about and targeting emotional regulation.
  • Advise how to integrate these tools and techniques with clients and patients, both in the form of psychoeducation, and the application of practical interventions ‘in the moment’.

The Regulate programme will use a variety of media and learning approaches, to introduce a comprehensive toolkit for practice, through a series of expert-led workshops, centred around the following themes:

  • Understanding emotions, and the importance of vagal nerve function
  • Processing (or desensitising) of emotion
  • Use of the breath, and the quieting of the mind
  • Relaxation of the body
  • Movement of the body
  • Recognising and averting common cognitive (or thinking) traps
  • Modification of the environment (and our sensory inputs)
  • Managing time and tasks
  • Managing the flow of information
  • Lifestyle management: Nutrition and Sleep
  • Regulating in relation to others

The Certificate will be awarded on completion of the course. This is a Certificate showing attendance of all 6 days of the training.
If fewer than 6 days are attended, the participant will be provided with an attendance letter showing CPD hours logged.

The Diploma will be awarded on completion of all 6 days of training, plus the satisfactory submission of assignments including case studies and a reflective video piece.
Time will be allowed after the completion of the taught course in order to complete the assignments. These requirements will be detailed in the course handbook.

Course dates in 2025 will be taught over 6 days in total, 1 day per month on a Friday from 10am until 5pm, on Zoom.

Dates for our next intake in 2025 are:

28th February 2025

21st March 2025

4th April 2025

9th May 2025

13th June 2025

4th July 2025


The Certificate fee for 2025 is £1,500 + VAT = £1,800.
The Diploma fee for 2025 is £2,000 + VAT = £2,400.

Please email to register your interest, or complete the application form on this page.

After paying the deposit of £400 + VAT = £480, the remainder of the fee can be paid by instalments as indicated on the invoice. Some reduced-fee places may be awarded depending on student circumstances, subject to availability. The course fee can also be invoiced fully or partially to an employer or funding organisation. Please contact us for details.

Design and benefits of our Regulate training
Tom talks to Robert about his experience on Regulate

The course has such a wide range of topics and they all flow into the personal life or the client’s work. The course was very informative in drawing on the other factors that can impact emotional regulation. The slides were of top quality, relevant and succinct.


2022 Regulate course

We believe strongly that emotional regulation is important for everyone, including practitioners themselves.

As a result, there is a strong practitioner self-care theme implicit to the training, and we will encourage participants to actively test out and integrate some of these practices into their own lives.

Theoretical underpinning and role of the vagus nerve

During the training we will explore how and why emotions become dysregulated and introduce a ‘toolkit’ of practical emotional regulation approaches to be used in clinical practice. The Grove believes that in an increasingly stressful world, our clients, and patients, with our support, can learn to nurture a heightened awareness of their mind-body system. By recognising the early features of dysregulation, they can learn to apply quick and effective techniques to better manage distress, whilst listening to the message and meaning that lies behind the emotional response.

This course introduces a new framework for thinking about and targeting emotional dysregulation.

Emotions are energetic waveforms that exist to communicate information and restore homeostasis, or balance, to the system. Emotional dysregulation, which is identifiable through characteristic presentations, usually serves as an indicator that the system is under strain. Left unchecked this strain, or ‘charge’, in the system can manifest as illness and other forms of impairment, particularly in terms of relationships, both personal and professional. Very often, particularly when dealing with unresolved trauma, the body holds the score.

The Grove’s Regulate training will provide you with a variety of approaches for assessing emotional intensity / dysregulation, as well as great ways of dealing with it.

The vagus nerve is the primary nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system (or “rest and digest” system). It is the longest nerve in the body innervating most organs, and an important target for emotional regulation interventions. Activating or stimulating the vagus nerve (and increasing ‘vagal tone’) is an evidence-based approach that functions to powerfully calm the, often dysregulated, ‘fight or flight’ system (or sympathetic nervous system). Vagal nerve-directed exercises will run as a unifying strand through the training, providing us as practitioners, as well as our clients and patients, with cutting-edge, physiologically-informed solutions to managing powerful, and often therapeutically disruptive responses.

The Regulate model

Our model targets emotional regulation via the body (including the importance of sleep and nutrition), through education and cognitive strategies, through environmental and lifestyle modification, and it also, importantly, focuses on interpersonal regulation.

The course manual, which will be closely aligned to the 6-day programme, will double as a series of worksheets/handouts/exercises you can use with clients/patients.

These tools, along with their scientific and theoretical underpinnings will be shared with participants in this interactive group-based training, through a series of experiential and practical workshops.

Meet the trainers

Dr James Kustow

Director of The Grove, Psychiatrist

Dr James Kustow is a London-based Consultant Psychiatrist and The Grove’s Medical Director.

Dr Phil Mollon

Clinical Psychologist

Phil Mollon, PhD, psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and energy psychotherapist.

Robert Rees

Director of The Grove, Psychotherapist, Coach

Dip (Psych, Trauma, Supvn) MUKCP IATP

Viola Sampson

Microbiome Analyst, BSc

Viola teaches on the role of nutrition and gut health in relation to wellbeing and emotional managem

Dr Hugh Selsick

BSc and BSc Honours in Physiology

Dr Hugh Selsick is an expert in sleep management

Kobus Van Rensburg

Consultant Clinical Psychologist with more than 29 years’ experience

Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a medical or mental health or helping profession, who are established in their scope of practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:

  • be qualified and experienced in their field
  • be full members of their professional body with a code of ethics and complaint procedure for public protection (such as but not limited to BACP, UKCP, BPS, AHPP, NCP, NCS, ACC)
  • hold professional liability insurance
  • have supervision arrangements in place for their client work as well as access to support for any clinical or organisation practice they undertake during the course

Professional standards

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCIP (National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCIP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.

The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: BACP, UKCP, COSRT, NCIP, NCPS, AHPP, BPS, among others. Organisations such as Relate and MIND and Place2B have also supported their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs for these members and organisations.

This Certificate course is taught at Level 6 equivalence. The Diploma course is taught at Level 7 equivalence. This training is a post-qualification course designed for mature professionals who are established in their way of working according to their original therapeutic training. This is a post-qualification training which requires theoretical evaluation, self-reflection, and interpretation of how to apply the models of emotional regulation in therapeutic settings such as clinical practice or multi-disciplinary teams in organisations. The designation “Level 6” is drawn from the numbered educational levels according to Ofqual’s Regulated Qualification Framework operating in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. (Scotland has its own educational levels in place.) The Grove is setting its own courses at a training level in line with industry-wide language for setting the academic level of the course.

Our guidance to anyone researching CPD courses is to ask any training provider stating a Level, to provide the Ofqual qualification number (which looks like this 601/8674/4). If the training provider cannot give this information for their course, then the course is unlikely to be allocated an official Level by Ofqual. In our view, any other course provider should state that their course is taught “at a level equivalent to Level x but is not a qualification regulated by Ofqual”. This approach is implemented by The Grove.

About this course

  • Course Duration:6 days
  • Next intake:Spring 2025
    (on Zoom)
  • CPD Value:40 Hours
  • Level:Certificate (Level 5 equivalence) or Diploma (Level 6 equivalence)
  • Fee:Certificate fee: £1,500 + VAT
    Diploma fee: £2,000 + VAT
Do you have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team who will be happy to help

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