Therapy Events • February – December 2018

These therapy talks and workshops are organised by Paul Melia as Chair of the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association. They take place a short walk from our office and all are welcome. For details please see the NWRPA website.


Understanding in Analysis

Greg Hynds
Friday 14 December 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Has understanding ever helped anyone get better? This evening Greg will talk about understanding in analysis, looking at Freud’s and Lacan’s ideas about ‘understanding’ and drawing out some of the clinical consequences.
Greg is a reader of Freud and Lacan, and a member of both the Earl’s Court Clinical Group and the Earl’s Court Collective.


We are what matters… so who are we?

Robin Hobbes
Friday 9 November 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Someone said to me, “You psychotherapists are a bunch of faithless vicars”. I’m curious about this – its misgudedness and its truthfulness. Explore with me the complex social nature of therapist and client applying Wittgenstein’s notion of a “background picture” and Taylor’s “social imaginary”. Be prepared to explore a clearing in which a form of openess and constriction may result but we’ll definitely talk about who we are and what matters to us in being a therapist.
Robin spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practicing psychotherapy and counselling. He has been involved in Transactional Analysis for over 30 years, and founded Elan Training and Development in 1987.


A Lacanian Approach to the Treatment of Trauma

Julia Evans
Friday 12 October 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Julia is a practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst and member of the London Society of the New Lacanian School. Her website is Lacanian Works. She is a member of the Earl’s Court Collective who are translating Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV from unedited tapes and a cartel exploring ‘Trauma’.


Is there a Good Death?

Mark Fisher
Friday 14 September 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Much highbrow comment until recently used to inform us that talk about death in modern societies is as repressed as talk about sex and sexuality was in Victorian times. Things have already changed now: death, living wills, euthanasia, do-it-yourself funerals are spoken about regularly and openly. What, however, is a good death? Is the ending of therapy a sort of death?

Mark Fisher’s introduction to psychoanalysis took place during the 1970s when he worked at Oxford University for eight years. After many years of teaching and practice, he resigned as NHS professional lead in psychotherapy during November 2013. In July 2014 he became a member of a new analytic grouping called The School of the Freudian Letter. He has a private practice in Liverpool.


No events take place in August


Three Words in Therapy: Grief, Rage and Memorialisation

Friday 13 July 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Introduced by Paul Melia, this evening’s discussion of grief, rage and memorialisation will centre on two video clips: Judith Butler, American philosopher and gender theorist, on grief and rage; and, broadcast on the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, BBC Newsnight’s report on creating a memorial for the bereaved.


Five Things You Really Need to Know Before Working with Couples

Ian Tomlinson
Friday 8 June 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

In this workshop Ian will talk through five things you need to consider before working with couples and provide a stop-by-step guide to being a confident couples’ therapist. Ian Tomlinson is an Advanced Clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy and a Certified Imago Workshop Presenter. He is the Director of the Affinity Centre, a therapy and training centre with branches in Wilmslow and Cheadle.


Therapy with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Ashley Fletcher
Friday 11 May 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Clients with a history of forced migration are an increasing part of the demographic of the North West, the largest asylum dispersal area in the UK. Whilst at first sight appearing a discrete and distinct group they present with the full diversity of the population at large and with complex traumas and needs. Ashley Fletcher has worked for the last 20 years in Manchester taking a Human Rights approach to therapy with migrant communities.


Psychodynamic Music Therapy: An Introduction

Rachel Swanick
Friday 13 April 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Rachel Swanick is senior clinical therapist for Chroma and is Artist in Residence at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. She has worked in many contexts including community mental health, recovery, special schools and hospitals.


Lacan’s Mirror Stage

Greg Hynds
Friday 9 March 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Lacan’s essay on the Mirror Stage is concerned with the formation of our sense of self – identity – brought about by an identification with what we take to be an image of ourselves. The resulting sense of self involves an experience of wholeness, mastery, jubilation, narcissism (in the Greek myth Narcisssus falls in love with his reflection) and a misrecognition. Greg Hynds provides an introduction to this important and much referenced work by Lacan. Greg is based in London and a founding member of the Earls’ Court Collective.


The Girl in the Mirror

Jessica Woolliscroft
Friday 9 February 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Jessica Woolliscroft will talk about trauma focussed psychotherapy in the context of changing physical and mental health diagnoses. Jessica is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant.


List of Past Events


Reading Groups

For several years I organised and facilitated reading groups for counsellors, therapists and members of related professions. Details of these groups can be found under the supervision page of this website.