Past Events

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.

Events 2017

Three Words in Therapy

Friday 8 December 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Three therapists speak for 15 minutes each on a word of their choosing from the world of therapy. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Peter Lindsay on Affair
Peter considers affairs which can have many reasons and differing outcomes. Peter trained as a relationship counsellor with Relate and now works with college students as well as in private practice.
Hannah Legge on #metoo
Since October 2017 millions of people have used the hashtag #metoo on social media to publicise their experiences of sexual abuse. Hannah will consider the effects of this sharing on a world-wide scale. Hannah is a Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist (CTA) and Person-Centred Counsellor. She has been in private practice in south Manchester since 2003.
Kieran Nolan on Pain
Kieran considers pain by drawing on the work of the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas for whom pain creates consciousness. Kieran has been working as a psychotherapist in Chorlton since 2002.

Evidencing Experience

Alan Priest
Friday 10 November 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Our profession has become increasingly concerned with convincing others (like funding providers) that we do good work – that is, with establishing an ‘evidence-based practice’. This session will invite us to consider the process by which experience can become evidence, what we mean by ‘evidence’ and how it should be used. Alan will also explain how the nature of evidence is intertwined with the concept of ‘attention’ and will make a case for the value of ‘not knowing’. Dr Alan Priest is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist, lecturer and researcher at the University of Salford with over 20 years experience in both NHS and private practice.

Lacan and Client Work

Amelia Mangani
Friday 13 October 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Amelia Mangani will consider the work of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and some of the ways this might inform our work with clients. Amelia is a NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice, Manchester.

The Many Faces of Shame

Amanda Phillips
Friday 8 September 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Amanda will discuss how shame is experienced, the process of internalisation, the impact of this on our development and consider the therapeutic interventions open to us. Amanda Phillips is a relational-centred Integrative Psychotherapist with 15 years experience of working with individuals, families and young people.

No events are held during August

Three Words in Therapy

Friday 14 July 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Three therapists speak for 15 minutes each on a therapy word of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Maria Correia
Maria is an Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist in training. She will differentiate between the ‘language of imagery’ and the ‘language of thinking’ to consider the place of storytelling for clients. Maria will include a brief experiential exercise.

Paul Melia
A reading of Freud’s principle of abstinence – given in his ‘Observations on Love in Transference’ (1915) – illustrated with references to complaints received by BACP under its Professional Conduct Procedure.

Frank Kelley
Frank will consider both the importance of keeping to boundaries and the judicious use of flexibility. Illustrated with clinical vignettes from the writings of Patrick Casement and Donald Winnicott as well as his own therapeutic work. Frank Kelley is retired and was a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS.

Eric Berne, Transactional Analysis and the Therapists from Mars

Paul Melia
Sunday 18 June 2017

Therapy in Manchester’s Paul Melia delivered this seminar at MANTAC 2017 (Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference). The handout is available for download here

Compassionate Mind Focused Therapy

Friday 9 June 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

An introduction to CMFT illustrated with clinical material. Our speaker is a psychologist with the NHS and has a specialist interest in trauma.

Impasse and Change in Therapeutic Work

Frank Kelley
Friday 12 May 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

It is true that we need to keep faith with our therapeutic approach, particularly at times of pressure and crisis in our therapeutic work. It is equally true that keeping this faith in our approach can lead us and our clients into an impasse. An impasse may be the sign that our approach imposes limitations on our work with particular clients, or groups of clients, and is a sign that we need to ask ourselves about changing our way of working. This is the story of that change and it is a long story. Like changes in therapy it happened quickly but also had a very long gestation. Frank Kelley is now retired and was a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS.

Zen and the Art of Gestalt Therapy

Rodney Hill
Friday 7 April 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Binge Eating: On the Other Side of the Pleasure Principle

Paul Melia
Friday 10 March 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

We’ll listen to a 20-minute radio programme of women in a therapy group talking about binge eating. 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.
The programme – ‘I Wanted to Explode’ – is available to listen here,

“It’s gone… what it is…”

Amanda Onwuemene
Friday 10 February 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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

January 2017 – the NWRPA does not meet in January

Three Words in Therapy

Friday 9 December 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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
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
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
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.

Writing, Desire and Psychotherapy

Ann Heathcote and Steff Oates
Friday 11 November 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

‘Recovery’ and Mental Health Care

Andrew Shepherd
Friday 14 October 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

‘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.

Meeting the Enemy – Political Polarisation in the Therapy Room

Robin Hobbes
Friday 9 September 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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

Three Words in Therapy

Friday 8 July 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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
Stephen, a gestalt therapist working with adults and children, reflects on the role of creativity in the therapeutic process.

Peter Lindsay
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
Frank has recently retired after working in the NHS as a psychodynamic counsellor. He will reflect on this term central to therapy.


Teresa Hampson
Friday 10 June 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Game Analysis

Amanda Onwuemene
Friday 13 May 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

‘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.

Counselling : Love and Loss

Frank Kelley
Friday 8 April 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

OCD and Poetic Representation

Kieran Nolan
Friday 11 March 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Integrating Psychodrama into your Practice

Phil Burgess
Friday 12 February 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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

Three More Words in Therapy

Friday 11 December 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Our speaker will talk about dissociative identity disorder as a multiple response to early trauma. Our speaker is a psychologist in the NHS and has a specialist interest in trauma.

Frank Kelley
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
“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

Reflective Writing and Side Glances

Alan Priest
Friday 13 November 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Desire in Perversion

Mariel Barclay
Friday 9 October 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

Working with Unformulated Experience

Steff Oates
Friday 11 September 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.

No events organised for August 2015

Three Words in Therapy

Friday 10 July 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Three therapists speak for 20 minutes each on a favourite word or phrase used in therapy and counselling. They’ll be lots of time for questions and discussion.

Stella Dickson
Stella completed her clinical training in Transactional Analysis in 2012 and is working towards her Certificate in TA. Stella is completing a placement in Primary Care and is in the process of starting private practice.

Peter Lindsay
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.

Veronique Raingeval
After a course in psychodynamic counselling and transactional analysis in 1998, Veronique completed her MSc in career counselling in 2002. In 2011 she established ‘Connection Factor’ to offer counselling, coaching and training services. Veronique is currently in clinical counselling training with Elan Training, Manchester.

Projective Identification

Friday 12 June 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Our speaker invites us to reconsider the usefulness of ‘projective identification’ by drawing on arguments put forward in the book, Projective Identification: The Fate of a Concept (2012) by Elizabeth Spillius and Edna O’Shaughnessy.

During the course of the evening our speaker discusses the development of the concept, which had important antecedents in the work of Freud and others, but was given a specific name and definition by Melanie Klein. She goes on to consider the ways it has been modified in practice by therapists working in a wide variety of locations, and asks whether this unusually widespread interest in ‘projective identification’ suggests it is a universal aspect of human interaction and communication. Our speaker is a psychologist in the NHS.

Strictly Bipolar

Andrew Shepherd
Friday 8 May 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Andrew’s begins his presentation on ‘bipolar’ by considering Darian Leader’s book Strictly Bipolar. At only 90 pages long this is a stunning piece of writing that in his opinion ought to be read by almost anyone with any form of interest in the experience of mental distress. Andrew is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Manchester and higher trainee in Forensic Psychiatry.

Working with Clients with Long-term Depression

Frank Kelley
Friday 10 April 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Frank draws on the idea of the Freudian harsh superego to consider ways of clients can be helped to live more easily with the depressing dominance of this part of their inner world. Frank Kelley is a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and secretary of the NWRPA.

Being in Time

Robin Hobbes
Friday 13 March 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Robin will consider the presence of time in our work as therapists and counsellors: time as a being-already (past), as a being-always (present), and as a being-ahead (future). How do they co-exist and what difference does a knowing of them make to the therapeutic project?

Robin Hobbes founded Elan Training and Development in 1982 and spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practising psychotherapy and counselling. The former Chairperson and Chair of Ethics of the British Institute of Transactional Analysis, Robin is Ethical Advisor to the European Transactional Analysis Association and writes a regular column on supervision for the Transactional Analyst.

Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Professional Negligence: A Duty of Care?

Peter Jenkins
Friday 13 February 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

This workshop will explore the controversial issue of professional negligence in relation to the therapeutic work of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. Our focus will be a detailed case study involving alleged boundary breaches with a client. Group discussion will be followed by a consideration of some of the key factors that counsellors and therapists need to be aware of in order the minimise the likelihood of hostile litigation by clients.Peter Jenkins is an experienced counsellor and trainer, and author of several books on the law including Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law (Sage, 2007). He has extensive experience of running training workshops on legal aspects of therapy. He is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Manchester University and an honorary counsellor at Manchester University Counselling Service. Peter has been of a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee.

Talking Points

Friday 12 December 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Four psychotherapists speak for 15 minutes each on a therapy topic of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussions.

Why are we psychotherapists?
Ann Heathcoate
Ann will explore our reasons for becoming psychotherapists and counsellors by considering some of the literature regarding the psychological underpinnings of this choice of career. Ann is a certified transactional analyst (psychotherapy) and director of The Worsley Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Manchester.

The client’s desire for change
Natalie Marshall-Shore
How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb? One – but the light bulb has got to want to change! How do clients arrive at this moment of change, and how do we help them seize it? Natalie is an integrative counsellor at Rise Above Counselling, Manchester.

Making faces
Patrick Wright
A talk about pareidolia – the seeing of faces or other meaningful patterns in apparently random phenomena – illustrated using stories drawn from British tabloid newspapers. Patrick Wright is a mental health worker and poet based in Manchester.

The hundred worlds of therapy
Frank Kelley
A few years ago Frank read a therapy article in which the author referred to projective identification as a therapeutically useful fiction. This started him thinking..! Frank is a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and secretary of the NWRPA.

An Introduction to Sociopathy

Amanda Onwuemene
Friday 14 November 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Amanda is Director of Psychotherapy and Counselling North West with offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

We don’t want to get all worked up over a tomato stalk again, do we? The Function of Phobia in Therapy

Paul Melia
Friday 10 October 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Anxiety is the radical danger to be avoided at all costs: even a phobia is preferable to anxiety. So rather than regarding phobia as a purely negative phenomena this evening is given over to understanding phobia as a protective formation, one that transforms anxiety into fear by focusing on a specific object. Most of our time will be spent talking about an audio recording of a middle-aged comedian describing their life-long fear of spiders. And we’ll reflect on what’s involved when clients choose to ‘work-through’ their phobia in therapy. Paul Melia is a psychotherapist at Therapy in Manchester.

Donald Meltzer and Analytic Formation

Dr Mark Fisher
Friday 12 September 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Donald Meltzer (1922-2004) was a psychiatrist and Kleinian analyst who worked with both children and adults. He gained an international reputation not only through his clinical writings, but also for his work as a teacher and supervisor. This paper presents some of his thoughts on psychoanalytic training.

Mark Fisher’s introduction to psychoanalysis took place during the 1970s when he worked at Oxford University. He subsequently spent many years in the NHS as professional lead in psychotherapy. He now works in private practice from Liverpool. In July 2014 he became a member of a new analytical grouping called The School of the Freudian Letter.

Eco-Psychotherapy – Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces

Hayley Marshall
Friday 11 July 2014, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Working psychotherapeutically within natural environments is a growing area of interest in the UK. This seminar will offer participants an opportunity to learn about this new field of psychotherapy practice. Through experiential exercises and discussion, we will explore the presence of a ‘living third’ in the relational dynamic.

Hayley Marshall MSc (TA Psych) CTA, PTSTA, is an indoor & outdoor psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer working from Buxton and Stockport.

Reading Groups

For several years Therapy in Manchester’s Paul Melia 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.