Parenting Skills – Circle of Security

A Parenting Skills course for mothers, fathers and care-givers

with Fiona Halgoa

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£240 per person

Dates: Six Friday mornings (10.00 – 12.30) – 9th, 16th and 23rd Sept., and 7th, 14th and 21st October (NB. NOT 30 Sept)


For more information, or to register your interest in a possible weekend or evening course please e-mail

Course Description:

Children don’t come with a manual but this course will help you to understand their behaviour and become more empathic to their needs and emotions. This will enable you to build a happier, stronger and more supportive relationship and give them a greater sense of security and confidence, not just through their childhood and adolescence but for a lifetime.

This course makes Attachment Parenting theory accessible and applicable to parents of toddlers and young children and helps them understand their children’s use of them as a secure base from which they can explore the world around them, as well as their parental role as a ‘safe haven’ in times of distress. Parents will also be helped to recognise and sensitively respond to their children’s behaviour/needs and help them regulate their emotions. In addition they will have the chance to explore their strengths as parents, but also develop an awareness of how their own experiences of having being parented can influence the way they respond now to their children.

By helping parents to understand some of the basics of neuroscience and how the young brain develops through relationship we can come to appreciate how the quality of the caregiver-child relationship shapes behaviour. Decades of research shows that secure children have greater empathy and self-esteem, better relationships with their parents and peers, are better prepared to start school and better able to handle their emotions than children who are insecure.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.34.11Fiona Halgoa is a MBACP registered counsellor and a UKCP Family Therapist (Tavistock Institute trained) with a passion for early intervention and supporting parents to develop strong relationships with their children, which she does through the Circle of Security Attachment Parenting Programme. This is an early intervention programme based on 50 years of attachment theory and extensive research about how caregiver/child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Fiona appreciates how our experiences of becoming parents don’t always resemble idyllic baby adverts; and how making the transition into parenthood may have its fair share of struggles and can invoke difficult feelings from our own childhood experiences.
Fiona has two children of her own and many years’ experience of working therapeutically with clients.  She also offers one-to-one, couple or family therapy at the Active Birth Centre for those who feel that they might benefit from some additional support. Please telephone on 0781 2063 565 or email if you have any questions or would like more information.
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