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Places are now open for our newest What Next..!? group which will begin on Tuesday / Wednesday evenings soon.

Please note: our next What Next..!? course was previously scheduled to start in April 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are rescheduling the course – date TBC. We will update this page with details of the new start date as soon as we can.

What is What Next..!?

What Next..!? is a 6-part, fortnightly, creative forum for practitioners. It’s a dynamically interactive experiential group exploring – and actioning – the themes of growing, refining and developing a private practice.

Facilitated by Darren Cheek, this group will serve as a creative, much-needed, safe and supportive environment in which practitioners can exchange questions, concerns, ideas and inspirations.

With focused, practical, problem-solving activities – alongside skills and idea-sharing – What Next..!? is an equally perfect environment for those newer to private practice, or those practitioners looking for alternative or more traditional ways of growing and infusing new life into their practice.

  • places for 6 practitioners
  • 6 sessions over 12 weeks
  • each session 90 minutes
  • central London location (37/41 Gower Street London WC1)
  • start date TBC
  • on Tuesday / Wednesdays 7.30pm–9pm


Relational Spaces members

  • £40 per session (if you pay your deposit by 10 March 2020): £240 total
  • £49 per session (if you pay your deposit from 11 March 2020): £294 total


  • £45 per session (if you pay your deposit by 10 March 2020): £270 total
  • £54 per session (if you pay your deposit from 11 March 2020): £324 total


  • Email with your preferred timeslot
  • We will then reply confirming availability
  • We will then ask you to confirm your place with a £40 deposit, alongside telling us your preferred timeslots
  • In the unlikely event the group doesn’t run at chosen times, we will refund deposit in full – otherwise the deposit is non-refundable
  • Full course fee will be payable upon receipt of invoice, before the first session

What other practitioners say about What Next..!?

“I couldn’t recommend this course highly enough – whether you’re starting out in private practice or an old hack like me, and whether you have one client or 20.”

“I learnt a good deal on the course, both from Darren and the other participants, and now feel much more confident about entering private practice. I also feel that I have many more tools and skills to develop my client base.”

“Darren is compassionate, lively and able to hold the group in all its many shades of darkness and light.”

“Giving attention to the business aspects of my practice – making that a valuable and explicit process.”

“Darren’s facilitation and energy in the group was excellent – the right balance between support and challenge.”

“I now feel much clearer about what changes I want to make to my practice, how I want to develop as a practitioner and what my long and short-term goals are. And I have an ongoing group to help me stay on track.”

“A really useful space to focus in on working and building my practice, Darren facilitated a warm and positive container for challenging my blind spots and building on my vision for growing and running my business in a therapeutic frame.”

“I joined this class because, although I have been in practice for many years and my practice was reasonably healthy, it was feeling like I was just ‘fighting fires’ – I couldn’t see beyond the next item in my diary. I needed somewhere that I could pull back and feel supported to look at the overview. Eg: How is my practice? Do I enjoy it? Do I even want to be doing it? What could I change? The group provided this and more. It enabled me to ask all these difficult questions, but it also helped me to think about who I am, as a person and as a counsellor.”

About Darren Cheek: MBACP. BA(hons) AD (Dip) CACDP L2

Darren works internationally as an integrative humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor – with adults, children, young people and families. As well as maintaining a busy private practice, Darren works regularly alongside businesses and schools, and has been a tutor/trainer within the NHS for over 22 years.

A core/guest tutor and trainer on various courses throughout the UK, Darren continues to be invited regularly to lecture abroad. Whilst based in Pakistan, he taught integrative humanistic counselling to international students at certificate and diploma levels, while also working in a residential rehabilitation centre as an art/drama psychotherapist.

In his not-quite-so ‘other’ life, Darren regularly works as an actor, writer and director, as well as an actor-roleplayer, communication trainer and facilitator.

Artistic Director of Damn Cheek, Darren continues to explore the relationships between politics, social conscience, therapy and theatre, and is a passionate advocate of the ripple effect.

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