Sunday Morning Workshops

Creating Hope With Couples

Joanna Groves

When a couple shows up in the therapy room it's usually as a result of many years of struggling and is often a last ditch attempt to save the relationship.  This workshop will examine how couples end up in this place from an Imago Relationship Therapy perspective and give practical ways of restoring love, hope and connection.

Joanna Groves is a psychotherapist practicing in Manchester.  She co-presents "Getting The Love You Want" couples therapy workshops with her partner, Ian Tomlinson and has a special interest in working with couples and teenagers.

Hope in the Transference

Kate Brown

In this workshop we will be looking at the dilemmas and dangers surrounding times in our clinical encounters when patients begin to hope.

Kate Brown is a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered Attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients' families. She has also provided time limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She teaches at the Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in 2012. Kate is a member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre and PhD candidate at Middlesex University psychoanalysis department in the history of the therapeutic community movement and the treatment of trauma. Kate is in private practice in Bournemouth.

Love and Fear.  Why does the child seek the person who can hurts them the most?  Understanding the impact of abuse on attachment.

Marilyn Wright PTSTA (P)

Aims:  The aim of this workshop is to explore the impact of abuse on attachment.

Objectives:  We will

  • Establish the attachment behaviours of the child and adult with disorganised attachment.
  • Examine how it manifests in the therapeutic relationship in terms of the transference and counter-transference.
  • Explore issues of idealisation in the therapeutic relationship.

The workshop will be both didactic and experiential.

Marilyn Wright PTSTA (P) qualified as a CTA (P) in 2003 and has been a PTSTA since 2007. She is a member of the Exam Committee, jointly responsible with Julia Tolley for providing training for markers of the written CTA (P) exam. She was Chair of AAC from 2014 – 2017.

Addiction!!!  Who, What, Why?

David Hoskins

Working with addictions from a relational & developmental perspective incorporating the principles of forgiveness and hope.

David Hoskins is a Integrative Psychotherapist & Addictions Counsellor working in private practice in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Addictions Counselling from the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (University of Bath) and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham.

Having worked In various treatment settings with diverse client groups, David has a wealth of experience working with addictions and holds a special interest in how relational and developmental failings often appear to contribute towards the development of addictions.

David is also interested in the correlation between addiction, trauma and the regulatory functions that drugs and alcohol provide.

Strokes, Hungers and Weight

Susie Hewitt

Strokes, Hungers and Weight 

We all have a relationship with food and it can be a complicated one. Berne saw strokes as transactional units of recognition needed to meet physical as well as psychological hungers

(Steiner, 2007, p307). Eating can be considered to meet both physiological and psychological hungers. We need food to survive and food plays a different role psychologically.

When considering the early stages of development as an infant, we may think about what a child needs physically and psychologically. There is an association between physical connection or what Leach (1998) refers to as holding, bonding and eating right from the outset. We may recognise this as attunement between the infant and the mother. The need for comfort, recognition and love. When those early psychological needs aren’t met, what happens intrapsychically?  How does this impact the child’s relationship with food?  What strategies do they adopt in their script and how do they get the strokes they need?

In our experience, working with weight and eating issues involves working with the core self, using a relational approach to psychotherapy. I use strokes as an integral element to my practice, providing a bridge between the child ego state and emotions. We use strokes to communicate, especially with unconditional positive strokes - love (Steiner, 2002).

These are some of the issues that we will explore together during the seminar, as well as learning how to understand a client’s food script and how it was put together from conception, through to birth and onward.

Introducing an Islamic Theory of Personality and its relevance within TA and mainstream psychotherapy

Uzma Khan


The Islamic theory of personality based on Islamic concepts of the heart (Qalb), self (Nafs) and soul (Ruh) will be presented in relation to TA and mainstream psychotherapy. Highlighting resourceful ways of integrating TA concepts with Islamic Psychology to aid the therapeutic process to ‘open channels of communication’ when working with Muslim clients.

Emphasis will be on the relationship between the intrapsychic process, changing world events and global connectivity.

Aim of Workshop:

  • For practitioners to gain a better insight when working with Muslim clients.
  • Provide practical support and signposting opportunities for practitioners working with Muslim clients
  • Promote inter-group Okness through awareness, discourse and dialogue.

Uzma Khan is an experienced practitioner who has worked in mental health for over 15 years helping a variety of clients suffering from a range of psychological and psychosocial issues. She has worked with MIND in Bradford and New MIND Counselling Service (NMCS) formally part of North Kirklees MIND for ten years where she is the Deputy Chair for the board of Trustees.

Present partnership works is with Ihsaan ( which is the first specialised psychotherapy and counselling service in Britain that provides psychological therapies compatible with Islamic psychology. This is a holistic integrative service that is language appropriate, culturally and spiritually sensitive and caters to the needs of Muslim clients suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues in Bradford and West Yorkshire.

Uzma’s interests include working in a TA and integrative framework. The ethos driving her work is that healing comes from awareness and change.

Bsc (Hons) Psychology, Diploma in TA (Transactional Analysis) psychotherapy, registered member of UKATA (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis).

Sunday Afternoon Workshops 2pm - 5pm

Clutching at straws in the dark

Enid Welford

Trauma, particularly many layered trauma, leads to fragmentation of memory, and working with these fragments can be frustrating for client and therapist.  Dissociation, a healthy reaction during trauma, means that the body tissues hold the experience while the cognitive mind is in shut down. Some memories return with a rush during therapy, but without sequence or pattern.  The client feels as if they are adrift with no certainties to hold on to, or that they are going mad.  The therapist can feel disempowered, since little in the theory books guides us to a ‘treatment plan.


The therapeutic relationship in these circumstances resembles two people moving forward in the dark, being battered from all sides by the fragments of the trauma, and hanging on to straws of understanding. We will explore in the workshop various approaches and consider the usefulness of these theories in creating some light in the dark, and the role of hope, forgiveness and compassion for therapist and client.

The workshop will be a mixture of teaching, discussion and experiential, but above all hopeful and compassionate.

Enid Welford is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with a practice in South Manchester.  She worked in mental health for many years and learned from her clients.  She has a great interest in intergenerational trauma and its impact on family systems.  With regard to trauma she has learned a great deal from the courage of her clients. This workshop is in their honour.

Metaphors of Hope

Dr Jonathan Lloyd

This workshop will continue the dialogue of Hope in the Therapeutic Relationship from Dr. Lloyd’s earlier keynote speech.

Research confirms that directly referring to Hope by the therapist is not always effective.

The therapist needs to find a way of containing and conveying Hope for the client.

Metaphors of Hope have proved to be an effective way of projecting Hope.  In this workshop, Dr. Lloyd will investigate and explain this subject, provide case studies, and facilitate opportunities to experience and work with Metaphors of Hope.

Dr. Jonathan Lloyd is a Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice.  His professional doctorate from the University of Manchester involved researching metaphor in therapy and is the author of his a newly acclaimed book titled “Whales in the Desert”.

Compassion in psychotherapy

Stephanie Cooke

In this work shop I will explore the nature of compassion and its relevance in the therapeutic relationship.

How we can recognise the lack of compassion within the clients frame of reference.

I will be specifically looking at neurobiology and how early development of the brain plays a crucial part in developing compassion.

Stephanie Cooke PTSTA. My experience in the caring profession began in the 1980’s when I worked as a child and adolescent counsellor and social worker. In the early 90’s, I became a Psychotherapist and joined the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. I am now a co- director of the Manchester Institute. I have a private psychotherapy and supervision practice. I am also a trainer on the four year Integrative psychotherapy programme at MIP.

Therapeutic Work With Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Kate Graham and Mandy Coles

Working with refugees and asylum seekers can be subtly different from mainstream therapeutic work.  In this engaging and interactive workshop, two therapists with considerable experience of working with refugees share what they have learnt about the joys and challenges involved and the skill sets they have developed.  The workshop is aimed at people who may have little or no experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers but who are interested in finding out more, and building their confidence to work with this important group.

The workshop will cover:

*          The refugee experience

*          Refugee or asylum seeker – how the asylum system works

*          Causes of distress

*          Therapuetic issues and challenges to the therapist

*          Working with interpreters

Kate Graham is a UKCP accredited integrative psychotherapist working with Solace surviving exile and persecution, a specialist refugee mental health charity based in Leeds, and a small private practice.  She has worked in a variety of roles with Solace over the last six years, working with adults and most recently with children and young people resettled from Syria.  Alongside this she has worked in a primary school and  two secondary schools.  Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Kate worked in international development, living and working in East Africa, Ethiopia and India, and as a consultant and trainer in fundraising and evaluation frameworks.

Mandy Coles is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor based in Teesside.  She works in a specialist GP practice with refugees and asylum seekers within the IAPT model.  She also provides supervision for staff working within a local charity supporting asylum seekers. Mandy has developed and delivered training for therapists in working with interpreters.  In addition, Mandy has a private psychotherapy and clinical supervision practice in Teesside and in York. ‘

Understanding Honour Based Violence – Excavating the why

Abigail Taiwo and Bushrah Banaris

Honour based violence (HBV) is an evasive and subtle practice which has the capacity to evoke significant psychological and physical harm. Due to its evasiveness, it is shrouded with secrecy and silence. Though it is a form of gender violence, how it came about requires empirical research. One other evasive practice that promotes the perpetuation of gender violence is sexism, which is an exhibition of gender inequality. Often, clients under the pressure of HBV present with psychological distress, aiming for relieve from their traumatic experiences. Working with such clients requires significant probing to uncover the deep rooted beliefs surrounding their distress.

This workshop will provide some information from our empirical study which explored the role of Ambivalent Sexism, Sex role-typing and Scripting on the development of honour based violence beliefs among Pakistani community in the UK and Pakistan (N=500). We will also present some highlights from the interviews conducted (N=18) and cover the impact of Honour based beliefs on Violence, Marital relationships, Families and Child adoption processes.

This engaging and interactive workshop will stimulate discussions on how to work with clients who are impacted by Honour based violence beliefs as well as perpetrators. This workshop is aimed at those with or without research or clinical experience of working with honour based violence beliefs.

Abigail Taiwo is a HCPC Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. She graduated from the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy with a Higher Diploma in TA Psychotherapy (Clinical) and is currently one of the key tutors on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme. Abigail has previously worked in a variety of roles including in Africa and within NHS.

Bushrah Banaris is a Counselling Psychology Doctoral trainee at the University of Wolverhampton. She is currently working on the project above alongside working for the NHS Secondary care sector, providing services to clients with severe and enduring mental health. She is also working at the inaugural University of Wolverhampton psychology research clinic. She will bring her background experience as a Pakistani therapist to bear in this discussion.

Exploring Pedagogy of Privilege

Salma Siddique

Consciously or unconsciously, we hold a diverse range of social and inscribed identities, based on physical characteristics, moral beliefs, socioeconomic class backgrounds, sexual orientation and religious affiliations. However, the present cultural context we find ourselves in creates and supports privileges, (McIntosh, P. 1989) limitations and restrictions.

As therapists we have an obligation to prevent discrimination. To recognise and respect diversity is a key element of professional ethics. We have a duty to promote equality and to try to decrease structural oppression in society.

This workshop will explore the topic of racism, discrimination, privilege and diversity. Please be aware that the workshop might arouse strong emotions in participants. The facilitator’s aim is to create a safe space where individuals are able to discuss and explore these sensitive areas, confident that their voices and opinions will be accepted non-judgementally. It is hoped that we can develop suggestions that can improve anti-discriminatory training and practice in our therapeutic profession.


Salma Siddique, PhD, is a writer, academic and psychotherapist based in, Scotland. She obtained her doctorate in anthropology from the University of St. Andrews and later qualified as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Her main research interests are based on the dialogue between psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and anthropology and are influenced by her clinical experience working with people in trauma resulting from oppression, torture, fleeing disaster and conflict zones.  She is a contributor to research writing as a clinical anthropologist. Her work and practice engage with the tension between collective guilt and personal responsibility examined from the witnessing of identity and belonging through displaced lives, controlled racism, systemic oppression witnessing the blurring, fraying, disturbing of memory and Imagination of the (auto)ethnographer’s testimony.

Her recent publications are (2019) Chapter 6. Western Configurations: Ways of Being in Psychotherapy, Anthropology and the Work of Culture, London, Routledge Publications; She has a regular column Graces Notes: in the Association for Transactional Analysis Journal. Salma continues to practise as a volunteer psychotherapist. She supervises trainees and qualified psychotherapists