Two Year Practitioner Training

Leading to a Qualification as a

Healing The Shadow practitioner


This New And Unique Training Will Allow You To



Develop A New Career Facilitating Deep Process Work




Deepen And Enilven Your Current Practice



Healing The Shadow is an organisation devoted to facilitating deep process work to support clients in exploring and healing their shadows. This work helps people to understand their shadow sides, explore their fears and limitations, heal deep wounds and move beyond the emotional issues of their past to grow into all they can be. Our practitioners facilitate powerful, safe and effective processes whilst standing alongside the client with humanity and compassion. 


Healing the Shadow is a fully insured training school. The first Two Year Practitioner Training is now under way. The next training starts in January 2021. Our trainings are designed to equip you with all the skills and personal resources required to become a confident and competent Healing The Shadow practitioner and facilitate this deep emotional process work for individuals.


The training is fully experiential and focuses not only on teaching powerful and effective techniques, but also on each individual trainee’s personal development and the exploration and healing of their shadows. 


A third year of training is also offered, which gives the additional skills required to facilitate deep emotional process work in a group or workshop setting. 


This training is suitable both for those new to working in the field of personal development and also those currently working as counsellors or coaches who wish to add these powerful techniques to their existing practice.


The Trainers Marianne Hill and Rod Boothroyd are well known experts in the field of working with the shadow. They both have busy practices working with individual clients and together they run their hugely popular group workshops and healing journeys.


Marianne has many years of experience training psychotherapists and counsellors in working with their clients shadow sides. Rod Boothroyd is author of Warrior, Magician, Lover, King: A Guide To The Male Archetypes For The 21st Century. This book brings to the world the vast knowledge and experience that Rod has gained from his many years of facilitating transformational process work for men. Together Marianne and Rod have designed a comprehensive training which will provide you with all the tools and techniques you need to set up as a fully qualified and confident practitioner:


1) Training in the tools used for working with, and resolving emotional wounds held in the Shadow.


2) Training in holding clients therapeutically, both inside and outside the client session. We explore how your own shadows and the client’s shadows may play out in these interactions, and how such interactions can be used as a healing tool.


3) A complete training in the Five Fields Authentic Communication Framework, a way of speaking which explores conflict and allows you to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions clearly and cleanly. This framework can be used to improve relationships in every aspect of your life and work.


4) An in-depth exploration of your own shadows. The biggest asset you bring to your clients is yourself. The better you know your own shadows, and the more work you do to heal them, the better you will be able to support your clients.


5) Techniques for working with the four aspects of the personality: The Feeling Body, The Action Taker, The Heart-Centred Leader, and The Transformer. These have their roots in the concept of the four fundamental human archetypes – Lover, Warrior, Sovereign, and Magician – and they express the qualities of the four archetypes in language relevant and accessible to a wide range of clients.



The Course Structure


The starting point is a two year course for those who would like to work with individuals in a one to one setting. There is an additional year’s training available for those who would like to go on and facilitate group workshops. It is essential to have the skills to safely hold and work with individuals as a foundation to progressing on to holding groups.


The training consists of:



  Ten experiential training weekends in each year of the course.


●  Two personal tutorials each year.


●  Recorded practice sessions between training weekends.


●  Small training groups of approximately six participants to ensure individual attention.


●  Ample opportunity to do your own emotional process work in the group and to explore and heal your own Shadow.


●  A well held, safe space for personal development work.


●  Teaching in the theory and practice of working with the Shadow. 


●  A teaching of basic counselling skills and psychotherapeutic theory to equip you with the tools and understanding needed to take a professional approach to seeing clients.


●  Advice and guidance on setting up a Healing The Shadow practice.


●  Mentoring and supervision are available on completion of training.


●  The trainers are highly experienced practitioners Marianne Hill and Rod Boothroyd who have their own full-time Healing The Shadow practices.


The nature of the course is very suitable for individuals devoted to their own personal development work as well as those wishing to become a fully qualified and insured practitioner.


More information:


If you’re interested in discussing the possibilities this shadow work training opens up, would like more information, or simply wish to enquire about the practicalities, please contact Marianne Hill 

tel: 01373 300749 



Entry requirements include: 


1) Personal experience as a client of Healing The Shadow Work, Emotional Process Work or other deep process work. 


2) An initial interview with Marianne and Rod.


Please see the training syllabus for full details of the entry requirements.





The cost for the first year of the training is £4500. The cost of the second year is also £4500. 


The cost of the first year of the training includes: all course materials, ten training weekends including four facilitated Healing The Shadow sessions over the year, 2 individual tutorials. 


It is possible to pay in instalments, with the cost divided up each year into a £500 deposit and 12 monthly instalments of £334.


Extended payment plans will be considered. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this.




Dates of the training weekends for the first year of the 2021 training:


January 23/24   2021


February 20/21   2021


March 20/21   2021


April 24/25   2021


May 22/23   2021


June 19/20   2021


July 17/18   2021


September 4/5   2021


October 9/10   2021


November 6/7   2021




Timings for each day


9.30am - 6.30pm each day





The Green Room,


Somerset BA11 1PJ






Client feedback from previously run trainings for counsellors and psychotherapists (these trainings are no longer available)



"Thank you for your fantastic training...I have found it invaluable in my practice in helping clients speak from their different parts, and giving their darker voices a space."                                      

Heather Coombe, counsellor for adults and teenagers


"Marianne you are an amazing teacher; clear, deeply authentic, hugely permission giving, with fine care and attention to detail. You managed to teach the tools in a very accessible and  clear way. I feel my work will be much enhanced by this training, I feel so inspired and excited, and I also feel my own journey and personal wounds received such beautiful care and integration that I really do feel something deep has been brought to healing within me. I thank you so much for that."                                                                                                

Dominique Sakoilsky, Couples and relationship counsellor


"I attended this course recently and was blown away. This work is very powerful and a great tool to have in the consulting room. I have used it many times now and find it very clarifying. I found my whole inner world change in the weekend attended, so much for the better. I am now much more at home with my power and able to hold that in relationships and within myself. Honestly, the world is now a different place, one in which I can hold myself and worry less about what people think or want, not that I don't respect that, but it no longer worries me. I highly recommend this training!!"                                                                       

LouAnne Lachman, psychotherapist


"I found the shadow work training extremely valuable in terms of personal development and working on aspects of self. Also I learned a variety of tools to take away. Most importantly I found that the learning environment was safe with genuine people that allowed me to share my experience and develop self."                           

Ellen Wheller - Consultant Social Worker, Private Therapist and Trainee Counselling Psychologist



Why Is It Important To Work With Our Client’s Shadow?


If we are not aware of our client’s shadow sides these can obstruct therapeutic work and we can sometimes end up with a sense of working against our client rather than with them - despite our best efforts. Alternatively we can have a sense of doing great work with a client during each session - yet after they leave nothing changes in their life, and old patterns quickly return and dominate.


One way to make sense of this is to use the idea that we are all made up of many different parts, which all have different thoughts and feelings. Amongst all these different sides of ourselves we will find there are some parts that are opposed to each other, and are pulling us in very different directions.


So, for example, if someone comes to work with us because they want more intimacy in their life, there will almost certainly be other parts of them acting against this wish - parts that are terrified of intimacy for example, or parts that value time alone, or don’t trust others, or are unsure of where intimacy might lead.


If we work with the client in their wish to create more intimacy we are, at the same time, working against all these other parts. This can result in us feeling like we are working against our client (- or they are working against us!) Alternatively we may find we work very effectively in the session in collaboration with the part wanting change, but in the outside world the parts that didn’t get a voice in the session return even more strongly, undoing all our good work.


This tension dissolves if we make sure to recognise, encourage and honour all parts of the client. We can then allow the internal conflict within the client to come alive in the room. Facilitating these conflicting parts to interact directly with each other in a safe way brings about new solutions, which are integrated in to the whole of the person’s being.


In Healing The Shadow we work with the definition that our shadow parts are sides of ourselves that we have cut off, repress or deny. Because these sides are habitually hidden away it is unlikely that our clients will present these parts of themselves to us without a high level of encouragement and safety.


Undertaking some kind of shadow work training gives you the skills to embrace your client’s shadow sides as they show up. This allows them to trust that they can show all parts of themselves in the session, not just the bits that are ‘making progress’ or ‘wanting to heal’ or ‘feeling positive toward the practitioner or towards the process.’
Learning to embrace your own shadows also engenders greater trust from your clients. As they sense your acceptance of your own humanity they then receive the unspoken message that you will also accept all of who they are. In fact getting to know your own shadow is probably the single most important work you can do if you wish to improve your practice.