Morning Workshop & Tapas Lunch
June 2009 | Little Venice | London W2
We met back in the heart of London's Little Venice at CCPE, the
Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education.
A brainstorm of some of the feelings associated with being an only
child soon set the room buzzing. Twenty six adult onlies came together
to share the experiences of childhood and the challenges they face
As themes emerged we broke in to smaller
groups to talk more about the feeling of the parent/child triangle,
the effect of disharmony in the family and being brought up by one
Every person has an individual story to tell, but it soon emerged
that there were many overlaps in people's experiences. Many had
never talked about their only child experience with another only
and most had not sat in a group such as this.
At lunch time we took a five
minute stroll along the Regent's Canal tow path to the nearby Union
Bar on the water’s edge for plentiful food and drink. Here
we continued the conversation in a relaxed and informal setting.
There was talk of wanting another workshop
to extend the conversation.
Ann Richardson is a UKCP
registered psychotherapist who has specialised in working with
only children. She is Founder of BeingAnOnly, has facilitated
many workshops and organised three conferences.
The Power of Being One
A Unique Inheritance
The Only Child & The Natural World
Well thank you for identifying a need for us
onlies and supplying a situation where we could chat and discover
something about ourselves, a very powerful thing and a very worthwhile
I enjoyed Saturday very much and felt we could have
gone on all day and got more in depth...but then of course there
wouldn't have been time for that delicious lunch. But it was a great
start and a good way to make new friends.
Thanks for a very enjoyable day yesterday. It was
really good to meet so many people with similar experiences of growing
up as an only. I was a bit apprehensive at first but very
soon felt quite comfortable to share experiences.
Great day, having attended many a workshop over the
years it was nice to address this particular angle/triangle!
What a lovely venue, all my years in London and I never was aware
of this wonderful place.
Today was a very worthwhile day, and a lot of it
was due to the very professional way the workshop was run, but also
the attention to small nice details (like the roses in the water,
the flowers etc).
I've only known a few onlies over the years and never really talked
about it to anyone, so it was a unique experience to meet so many
onlies all in one place.
I was most struck by how different we all are in
many ways, and yet most shared similar feelings on being onlies.
I hope we can arrange something similar before too