Therapy Events • February – July 2018

Here are the talks and workshops for February-July 2018 I have organised under the auspices of the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association (NWRPA). Events are free to members of the NWRPA and £7.50 to non-members – see the NWRPA website for further information. The venue is 454 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton M21 0BQ – a short walk from my office.


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.