I chair the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association (NWRPA) which holds a lively programme of events for counsellors, psychotherapists and members of related professions. Events are free to members of the NWRPA, £7.50 to guests. Events are held near our office, at 454 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton M21 0BQ. Each event provides therapists with two hours of Continuing Professional Development. For further details please see the NWRPA website.
Friday 7 April 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Zen and the Art of Gestalt Therapy with Rodney Hill
Rodney will provide an overview of the theory and practice of gestalt psychotherapy. He will also consider the influence of (and parallels with) Zen Buddhism giving specific consideration to the gestalt concepts of the creative void, working at the impasse and Beisser’s Paradoxical Theory of Change, all of which reflect key elements of Zen practice. Rodney Hill is a qualified gestalt executive coach and is working to full accreditation as a gestalt psychotherapist. See, www.yourtherapistmanchester.com
Friday 10 March 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Binge Eating: On the Other Side of the Pleasure Principle with Paul Melia
We’ll listen to a 20-minute radio programme of women in a therapy group talking about binge eating. The programme – ‘I Wanted to Explode’ – is available to listen here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p045vff0
As one woman comments, ‘I think the thing to realise is that [binge eating has] nothing to do with normal eating. It’s not a little bit extra, it’s not having a pudding when you shouldn’t or over indulging occasionally. It’s a kind of robotic, almost pleasureless loss of control…’ We’ll see how binge eating has nothing to do with instinct and everything to do with drive: that strange, silent world on the other side of the pleasure principle – indifferent to our happiness, indifferent to our well-being, indifferent to our life.
Paul Melia is therapist and supervisor at Therapy in Manchester, a counselling and psychotherapy service in Manchester, see https://therapyinmanchester.co.uk/
Friday 10 February 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
“It’s gone… what it is…” with Amanda Onwuemene
In this workshop Amanda invites us to pay attention to the power of language in the therapy room.
Amanda Onwuemene is an integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, and manages Psychotherapy and Counselling North West, a psychotherapy service based in Liverpool and Manchester, see http://www.pcnw.co.uk.
January 2017 – the NWRPA does not meet in January
Friday 9 December 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Three Words in Therapy
Three therapists speak for 15 minutes each on a therapy word of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Marjina Mahmood on Silence
Silence can be seen as peaceful and can also be uncomfortable. How much can we communicate with silence and how powerful can it be? Marjina has a BSc and PGdip in counselling and psychotherapy, is a registered member of BACP, has worked in the mental health sector for five years – for the last three years as a counsellor with voluntary organisations and BUPA – and manages a private practice.
Kit Leaver on Mothers
Mothers: can’t live with them, can’t live without them; Madonna, maddening and mate. Kit is a counsellor and Stepped Care Therapist, a mother and probably both maddening and a mate.
Jim Davis on Curiosity
Curiosity is a fundamental ingredient of aliveness and intimacy, and therefore so is the client’s curiosity in their therapist – how they impact their therapist and in their therapist’s attitude to them. Jim is a gestalt, bodywork, transactional analysis, and relational psychoanalysis influenced psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, interested in the use of the therapeutic relationship.
Friday 11 November 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Writing, Desire and Psychotherapy
Why do you want – or did you want – to be a therapist? What was your inspiration? What hinders you from being the best practitioner you can be? What are the joys and challenges of the profession? What are your hopes and plans for the future? This workshop uses writing to explore your desire in therapy, led by Ann Heathcote and Steff Oates. Ann is a Transactional Analyst who stopped her psychotherapy practice after 25 years though she continues to run the Worsley Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. Steff is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst practicing primarily as a psychotherapist and as a visiting trainer to several European countries.
Friday 14 October 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
‘Recovery’ and Mental Health Care
‘Recovery’ is now commonly stated as a goal for mental health services. While presented as distinct from notions of clinical ‘cure’ the precise definition is unclear but is often described as shifting emphasis more to the service user’s personal definition. Through considering the historical use of the word ‘recovery’ and the experiences of those who experience mental distress at the boundary of what is considered to be ‘illness’ or ‘disorder’ Andrew Shepherd explores what the implications of adopting this term may be for the provision of mental health care. Dr Andrew Shepherd is higher trainee in forensic psychiatry.
Friday 9 September 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Meeting the Enemy – Political Polarisation in the Therapy Room
Robin Hobbes leads a discussion on politics and psychotherapy. Discussion may consider the place in the therapeutic conversation of the political values of both the practitioner and client. Robin Hobbes runs Elan Training and Development which he helped found in 1982. He spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practicing psychotherapy and counselling.
[there are no events organised for August]
Friday 8 July 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Three Words in Therapy
Three therapists speak for 20 minutes each on a word of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Stephen Thompson on Creativity. Stephen, a gestalt therapist working with adults and children, reflects on the role of creativity in the therapeutic process.
Peter Lindsay on Bullying. Bullying – a trauma in so many forms where scars can require years to heal. After a career in finance Peter became a counsellor in 2008 after receiving an MA in Relationship Counselling. He practised for seven years with Relate and now works in private practice in Knutsford with couples, families and individuals.
Frank Kelley on Transference Frank has recently retired after working in the NHS as a psychodynamic counsellor. He will reflect on this term central to therapy.
Friday 10 June 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Forgiveness with Teresa Hampson
Teresa draws on her research for her Master’s in counselling to consider forgiveness and the feelings associated with it, together with the impact forgiving has on individuals and its place in counselling. She will also briefly describe some of the models of Forgiveness Therapy that originated in the US.
Teresa is an integrative counsellor working with adults by phone as well as face-to-face, and with young people face-to-face.
Friday 13 May 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Game Analysis with Amanda Onwuemene
‘Game analysis’ is central to Transactional Analysis. After introducing the Karpman Drama Triangle (1968) Amanda will draw on examples from her own clinical practice to show how games can be identified, explained and stopped, thereby providing the client with relief from having their needs met vicariously by others. Amanda manages Psychotherapy and Counselling North West, a private psychotherapy service based in Liverpool and Manchester, and supervises clinical practice.
Friday 8 April 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Counselling: Love and Loss with Frank Kelley
Our working life is spent absorbed in our clients experiences of loss. Throughout our working life we can also experience the actual, feared or desired loss of our counselling work. Frank has recently retired after working in the NHS as a psychodynamic counsellor. He will reflect on these themes and the loss of the work he loved.
Friday 11 March 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
OCD and Poetic Representation
Kieran Nolan will discuss his doctoral research in which he used Poetic Re-Presentation to understand how people who suffer from OCD make sense of their experience. This discussion will be underpinned by this question: What are we really treating when we use psychological therapies to help people with this condition?
Kieran Nolan is a psychoanalytical and integrative psychotherapist who works in the NHS and in private practice. He has been interested in OCD for many years and his research also included his own experience of being obsessive.
Friday 12 February 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Integrating Psychodrama into your Practice
Psychodrama is usually seen as a group method. However many of the techniques can be incorporated into individual therapy work. The action methods are used to enable past, present and future life events to be explored in the here-and-now. During this session we will look at the use of metaphor, concretisation, time and space and “being in the others shoes” as well as the underlying principles of creativity and spontaneity.
Phil Burgess (reg. BPA and UKCP) is a psychodramatist and consultant for Arts in Health. Phil has worked with groups and individuals for over twenty years, first as a community artist and then as a psychotherapist. He brings to psychodrama his experience of dance, circus skills, theatre, corporate training, team building and therapeutic massage
Friday 11 December 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Three More Words in Therapy
Three therapists speak for 20 minutes each on a favourite word used in psychotherapy and counselling. The emphasis is less on offering brilliant insights than on sharing enthusiasms and interests. They’ll be lots of time for questions and discussion. Light refreshments available.
Katherine Skaife on Dissociation
Katherine will talk about dissociative identity disorder as a multiple response to early trauma. Katherine is a psychologist in secondary care with the NHS Mental Health Service in Bolton and has a specialist interest in trauma.
Frank Kelley on Unconscious
As therapists we are aware of the richness and usefulness of the ideas about the unconscious from the founding of psychoanalysis onwards. Frank has some reservations about the nature of the unconscious. These were originally theoretical but later came to cast a different light on therapeutic practice and a different answer to the question of where do unconscious thoughts come from. Frank Kelley is a retired NHS psychodynamic counsellor.
Paul Melia on Mistake
“Honour your mistake as a hidden intention.” On the function in therapy of the mistake, accident, blot, blunder, boo-boo, boob, botch, bugger up, bungle, clanger, cock-up, error, faux pas, fiasco, fluff, forgetting, gaffe, goof, howler, lapse, mislaying, misreading, misspelling, misunderstanding, mix-up, muddle, muff, omission, overlooking, screw-up, slip and stumble. Illustrated with examples and with time to share your own favourite mistake. Paul Melia is counsellor and psychotherapist at TherapyInManchester.co.uk
Friday 13 November 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Reflective Writing and Side Glances by Alan Priest
In our second presentation this season on working with clients for whom verbalising presents difficulties, Alan describes research into the effectiveness of reflective writing as a means for clients to process and symbolise trauma. Illustrated by case studies – including his own research – Alan offers practical guidance on how reflective writing can become integrated into talking therapy. Alan Priest is a UKCP Registered integrative psychotherapist and BACP Accredited counsellor. He teaches at the University of Salford and runs a private practice in Yorkshire.
Friday 9 October 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Desire in Perversion by Mariel Barclay
Mariel’s presentation draws on psychoanalysis to look at different clinical structures, focussing on perversion. She will consider whether we can diagnose perversion just on the basis of observable symptoms, how the perverse position is different from the neurotic with regards to desire, and whether we can treat perversion. Mariel Barclay trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst in Argentina and worked with young adults in the day centre of a psychiatric emergencies hospital. She later changed careers and moved to the North West where she continues her psychoanalytic studies.
Friday 11 September 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm:
Working with Unformulated Experience by Steff Oates
Some clients find it difficult to verbalise their early experience let alone consider how it relates to the challenges they currently face. Steff works with such clients by attending to both her own and her client’s body and internal experience. This evening she discusses this phenomenological process along with Lawrence Hedge’s idea of ‘working the organising experience.’ Steff Oates qualified as a Transactional Analyst in 1997. She runs a private practice in Cheshire, provides supervision and training, and regularly writes and speaks on TA theory and practice.
For several years I facilitated a reading group for counsellors, psychotherapists and people in related professions. Details of these groups can be found under the supervision page of this website.