The training will demonstrate a variety of different ways in which nesting dolls can enable clients to process deep emotions.  The symbol of the different dolls reflects the layering of emotions, or a vertical timeline when the client sees themselves at different ages. The dolls can also be used to symbolise key relationships, including family and other group dynamics, identifying who might be hiding inside.  

Pauline will explain how to choose your nesting dolls, including classic Matryoshkas, plain dolls and character dolls. A powerful, unforgettable, experiential day which will also include how different models lend theoretical support to working this way.


The main aim of the PDD is to

  • introduce participants to the effectiveness of using nesting dolls as a creative intervention in counselling.  A variety of ways of doing this will be demonstrated, with participants being given the opportunity to practise with each other.


By the end of the PDD, participants will be able to

  • use nesting dolls in your counselling practice, enabling clients to process feelings more deeply, become more aware of aspects of self, and explore relationship dynamics.
  • Participants will also learn how to choose which dolls to use and how to decorate their own nesting dolls.
  • will see how to work with nesting dolls online


Presenter biography

Pauline Andrew is Director of Deep Release and Managing Director of Barnabas Counselling Training.  She trains both counsellors and supervisors up to Diploma level.  She has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Supervision.  Her lively, interactive, vividly illustrated and often humorous training style has proved popular around the UK and in Europe on a wide range of topics relating to counselling.  Pauline also teaches the Barnabas Diploma in Supervision and the L5 Certificate course in Integrating Creative Interventions in Counselling.  She has a counselling and supervision practice in Essex.



Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.



Hyatt Hotel

10a Chestnut Plaza, Montfichet Road

Westfield Stratford City London

E20 1GL

Please note: this hotel was previously a Holiday Inn hotel and has recently rebranded as part of the Hyatt hotel chain.