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09:00 - 09:30Arrival – tea and coffee

09:30 - 09:40 – Welcome by Bob Cooke

09:40 - 10:30 – Keynote speaker

Jonathan Lloyd

Dr Jonathan Lloyd in his keynote speech will discuss the metaphors of the therapy. As therapists we use metaphors to describe therapeutic processes and concepts, often in an attempt to communicate to our clients. We use terms such as the ‘inner-child’, the ‘id’, the ‘adapted child’ etc... We take our clients on ‘journeys’. We introduce metaphors of our own and sometimes run with our client’s metaphors. Some clients just don’t get our metaphors or they can be used as a recuing technique by the therapist or avoidance by the client.  But when we get it right, the mutual development of a metaphor can prove to be extremely helpful.

10:30 - 11:00 – Refreshments

11:00 - 13:00 – Morning Workshops

Jon Blend

“House Tree Person:  A Graceful Way of Helping Children & Adolescents Engage in Therapy”

In 1958 psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott wrote about his Squiggle technique. This game provided a means of communicating with children during psychotherapeutic consultation. It involved therapist and client drawing a ‘squiggle’ (scribble) requiring the other to guess its meaning. Winnicott found that playing this game helped put new clients at ease.

Decades later, in the Gestalt canon, pioneering therapist Dr. Violet Oaklander adapted psychologist John Buck’s 1948 House, Tree, Person, (HTP) drawing to similar ends.

HTP was originally a projective test of intellectual functioning. Translated into an informal parlour game it provides a playful yet containing framework that enables the therapist to begin building a trusting dialogic relationship.  In HTP respectful, phenomenologically -based interventions assist the client in making ‘self- statements’ that set the scene for therapy, often highlighting issues relating to contact-ability and self-esteem.  During initial consultations the therapist may use the HTP to help young people and their families survive their first therapy encounter whilst modelling playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy in response to personal and familial concerns.  Used in this way the method has application to all ,regardless of age, culture or origin.

This hands- on workshop is likely to appeal to those working with clients of any age who are interested in using a simple arts- based method to help ‘break the ice’.

Bio: Jon Blend MA Dip Psych, Dip Child (UKCP reg.) CQSW is a relational gestalt /integrative psychotherapist and Lifemusic practitioner who has worked extensively with adults, children and families in social work and psychiatry. Nowadays he works in private practice in West London. Jon teaches arts-based and humanistic therapies at The Gestalt and Minster Centres and internationally. He is a guest tutor with the Oaklander Foundation and a mentor for Baby Watching UK, conducting schools-based Attachment research.

Jon’s publications include: ‘Am I Bovvered?’ in Relational Child, Relational Brain (Harris & Lee eds.)  and ‘I Got Rhythm!’  In International Gestalt Journal (Oaklander Festschrift edition.) Jon is also resident musician and a performer with Playback South Theatre Company.


Amanda Phillips

“Turning down the volume on anxiety for Teens”

In this workshop we will explore:

The presentation of anxiety and fear in relation to attachment The somatic experience of anxiety and its impact on the brain, nervous system and emotional development How to work relationally with the young person whilst holding the whole family system Appropriate interventions and tools to encourage and build self regulation Our self care with very anxious clients

Bio: Amanda Phillips UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist,

Trainer, Trained Supervisor BA Hons, PGCE

I have had 20 years of experience of working with children and young people in numerous settings such as schools, colleges, hostels and private practice. As a Psychotherapist this work includes school’s counsellor, family therapist, pupil referral unit and in-depth 1-1 with homeless teenagers. I have run anger management groups city wide and provided training for the city council on challenging behavior. Currently I facilitate a Certificate Course in Child & Adolescent Studies and run CPD workshops, as well as being a visiting lecturer at Salford University.  

I have been in private practice with both adults and children/adolescents for over 14 years using an Integrative approach which draws on a variety of modalities including TA, Gestalt, CBT and Humanistic. My passion and respect for young people combined with my warmth and humour allows the young person to feel safe enough to engage and build a relationship where change can take place. I believe that the theoretical model forms the backdrop to my work but that it is the relationship between which is fundamental to growth and change.


Ian Jenkins

Childhood Trauma: Effects, Treatment and Legacy.

Childhood trauma, like trauma in general, is rarely understood and frequently missed. Thousands of children suffer severe abuse,  loss and tragedy and often need to wait until their behaviour in child or adulthood becomes problematic to get the help they need. Often therapies focus on that behaviour rather than underlying disorders. This workshop will cover the signs of childhood trauma in children and adults, and consider the best known therapies and treatments for this. I will consider the approaches that work to support those with truama related PTSD, Borderline and DIDS. Hopefully in future no children will hear a teacher publicly humiliate them, as I did, by saying "I knew you had problems at home but I didn't know it had made you stupid...".

Bio: I practice TA in deansgate, and have also worked as a SENDCO in challenging secondary schools since 1997. I work with a wide range of clients but specialise in children, families and trauma. I also occasionally work on TV, having appeared on BBC News, the Trisia Show and Newsround. I am currently in the process of setting up a charity to support survivors of childhood trauma with my partner; having both suffered trauma in childhood.


Ruth Birkebaek

Difficult clients: Working with them utilizing the Principles of Integrative Psychotherapy.

We all have difficult clients with whom we feel stuck and uncomfortable. No technique or methods seem to be good enough when working with difficult clients. They may trigger my own script beliefs. They stimulate me to think about several questions: How can we use our counter transference to help our ‘difficult’ clients? How do we make therapeutic-contact with these clients? How can I “be me” in contact with them? How can we create a therapeutic relationship that will be healing for them? The workshop will be supervisory and experiential with an opportunity to talk about one's own feelings and experiences in a reflective environment.

Bio: Ruth Birkebaek, MD is an International Integrative Psychotherapy Trainer & Supervisor (CIIPTS-IIPA), a Certified Transactional Analyst - PTSTA and a UKCP registered psychotherapist based in London.  She provides online psychotherapy since 2009.


Julia Tolley

Does it matter what happened then? it’s now that matters surely !……..

Why is our sense of who we are, and how we got there affected by where we have come from ? In this workshop we will explore our life journey; the routes we have taken and the destinations we set for ourselves (or not). Why we have been in the jobs, relationships, arguments and hide holes along the way. The roots are in our earliest relationships as a child.

In this workshop we will explore life script, the early relationships we had and how they inform the relationships we enter into and why we go around and around the same ‘roundabout.’


Amanda Onewuemene

Title: It’s gone … what is it?

This workshop is specifically concerning the power of language in the therapy room. We will be discussing how it’s important for us clinically to pay attention to the language we use within the therapeutic dialogue and relationship.

Bio: Amanda is a self-employed psychotherapist and trainer working in Chorlton and Liverpool. She has a background in transactional analysis and integrative psychotherapy as well as holding a post-graduate diploma in personality disorders.

13:00 - 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 – Afternoon Workshops (15.30-15.50 mid workshop break and refreshments)

Susie Hewitt

“Permission to work with Families please?”

TA Psychotherapists work with the intrapsychic system, which includes the internalised family dynamics. I have been excited by the impact of working with the family dynamics as they present in the therapy room between different family members.  I have for some time worked with families as a group, using TA and Family Systems theories.  In the workshop I will share my experience and invite participants to consider different ways of working with the family group rather than the internalised group.  This is also a safe and ethical way to work with children. 

Participants will be invited to consider the benefits and drawbacks to working with the family system as a whole rather than just the individual. I will draw on articles by Robert Massey, Diane Smuckler, Enid Welford and Jane McQuillin.

Bio: Susie Hewitt CTA(P), UKCP Reg, MBACP Accred.

Susie ( has a thriving clinical practice working with families, couples, individuals and groups. She has developed her own unique way of working with family dynamics without treating one member as ‘the problem’. Prior to training as a psychotherapist Susie spent 15 years selling software solutions to Top Times 100 companies. She is currently researching different approaches to Family Therapy for her Masters in Psychotherapy.


Uzma Khan

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

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/Seminar: Promote inter-group Okness through awareness, discourse and dialogue.

Bio: Uzma Khan Bsc (Hons) Psychology, Diploma in TA (Transactional Analysis) psychotherapy, certificate in TA psychotherapy and registered with UKATA (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis).

Uzma Khan has worked in mental health for over ten 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' (Sharing Voices Bradford) 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 integrative framework. The ethos driving her work is that healing comes from awareness and change.


Peter Flowerdew & Richard Hall

The inner world of the Asperger’s Child:

The Adult of an Asperger’s child functions differently to that of a Neurotypical (NT) and this reflects directly on the nature of the Parent and Child ego states and of script formation.  Beginning with a reframing as of Asperger’s as a different kind of mind, we explore how the different subjective reality of the minority, Aspies, embedded in what for them is the alien world created by the majority, NT, experience the consequences of distinctive patterns of miscommunication – so what can we offer to them as they come to us for therapy?

Bio: Peter has a private practice in Bristol with a focus on the quality of relationships that clients have experienced, or seek to experience.

Aware of the significance of early relationships, he runs a charity providing counselling and psychotherapy to people between the ages of 9 and 25; and now also trains and supervises counsellors and psychotherapists. For the past five years he has been developing and providing therapy to children and adults with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or strong traits of that syndrome (Aspies). Peter has produced a series of workshops to facilitate understanding and communication between Neurotypicals (NTs) and Aspies.

Bio: Richard has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.

Professionally Richard is an engineer, qualified to doctoral level and a chartered engineer. also has six years training in Transactional Analysis, mostly in organisational and developmental TA. He has used TA to understand the behaviour of other people and himself, where people on the spectrum have inherent differences in understanding communication and many NT communication characteristics appear to have limited meaning to an Aspie until seen through a TA lens. Richard has worked with Peter developing this series of workshops and is a co-presenter.


Jonathan Lloyd

Working with the inner-child

During this interactive workshop Dr Jonathan Lloyd will be demonstrating and explaining his view of inner-child therapy. He is influenced by the work of John Bradshaw, Penny Parks, and David Grove together with his work and training as a hypnotherapist. Concepts covered will include:

 hypnotic induction

 Clean Language

 metaphor development

 safe access the client’s ‘Child’

 promotion of their positive ‘Parent’

 handling abreactions

 appropriate endings

Bio: Jonathan Lloyd runs a busy private practice in South Manchester, lectures, writes, runs workshops and works in schools. His doctoral research at The University of Manchester focused on the use of metaphor in therapy and he is interested in subconscious processes.

17:00 – end