Allison Priestman

Comment from past course participant

“Allison brings the whole of her self to the work without hiding behind the facade of therapist. She is real and this capacity allowed me tremendous space to bring myself as fully as possible into the work. She met my rage fearlessly with compassion and with great humility.” Matthew

Continuing Professional Development Programme


I’ve been working as a trainer for just over ten years, I’ve realised that it feels timely to put more of my work out into the world. In October 2018 I will be starting a new training in Bristol- Playing with Fire. Exploring an embodied, relational and wild therapeutic approach.

In the spring I'm facilitating three separate workshops for therapists nested around the theme of wildness. How to work therapeutically with wildness and the value of supporting our own inner wild.

So why the wild? I'm passionate about supporting people to be more wild; more embodied, less domesticated, freer, bigger, softer. More like an animal, the mammals that we are. Finding a new balance which trusts our sense based experiences as well as our intellects. Learning to live in taste, touch, smell, sound, sight, feelings, dreams, visions and thoughts.

It's good for us, it helps us join up, with some of our lost parts. Our hearts, our guts, our feet, our wish to dance, to play. We can feel lighter, more nourished, more resourced. Allowing our wildness also offers the potential of becoming more relaxed, efforting less, more trusting of ourselves and our place on the earth. Supporting our ability to listen to the wild intelligence inside us and of which we are a part.

If you'd like to embark on a longer training in working with the wild, Jayne Johnson and Stephen Tame are recruiting for the Wild Therapy Training starting March 2018.

I offer training from an Embodied-Relational Therapy perspective from one day workshops to a three year long course. I work alone and with members of the ERT Training Team Nick Totton , Stephen Tame and Jayne Johnson

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