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.
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.
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.
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
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
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, a gestalt therapist working with adults and children, reflects on the role of creativity in the therapeutic process.
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 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
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’ 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
Reflective Writing and Side Glances
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Friday 12 June 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Katherine Skaife 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 Katherine 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. Katherine Skaife is a clinical psychologist who works full-time in the NHS Secondary Care using an Integrated Approach.
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
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
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?
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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.