Wessex Research Group - Taunton Association for Psychotherapy

Title Taunton Association for Psychotherapy
Venue Friends Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP
Talks Start at 7.45pm
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Free to Members. Non-Members: £8 on the door. Usual Concessions: £5

Contact Ian Stevenson
Tel +44 (0) 1278 663215
Email TAPlimited@hotmail.co.uk
Web www.taplimited.org.uk

Founded over 20 years ago now, TAP offers an annual programme of diverse and stimulating evening talks given by people from a wide professional and geographical field on the theme of psychological understanding. TAP provides a forum for professional and interested lay people to achieve a deeper understanding of the human psyche through a psychodynamic approach. Our talks are attended by social workers, teachers, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, clergy, doctors and people with a purely personal interest. TAP believes that we have much to gain from sharing individual insights developed in a variety of settings. TAP offers an opening for people in the Taunton area to talk and hear about relevant material, theoretical and clinical. It also acts as a channel through which we can meet people from further afield whose ideas and work are of particular interest. TAP also organises an annual one day Conference in March, led by speakers who are eminent in their field.

15-02-19 Unlocking the Secrets of Dreams
  Speaker: Matthew Harwood
  A noted analyst once wrote: Dreams are like roots that reach far down into the nourishing depths of the earth of our souls, and help energy flow upward so our growth and development are possible. And yet, why is it that when someone tells us a dream we so often feel helpless as to how to understand it? Matthew will share some of the basic, practical, techniques of working with dreams which he has found to be effective, and which can be used by all therapists irrespective of orientation
18-01-19 Having Conversations About Sex
  Speaker: Olivia Rowlatt
  What happens when sex is talked about in a therapeutic situation? Understanding what happens when sex is talked about allows the subject to be explored within counselling professions. How do those conversations fit into counselling and psychotherapy? What are the different things that can happen when talking about sex in the therapeutic setting? What is erotic transference? What aspects of ethical frameworks are relevant when talking about sex in a therapeutic situation? This talk will consider these questions
16-11-18 Mental Health. A Young Persons Perspective
  Speaker: Johnny Scott
  Ever wondered what it is like for a young person growing up with all the pressures of modern day life as well as trying to manage a mental health issues? This session will give an opportunity to listen to young people who have managed issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and hear how they have come out the other side to live a positive life. Alongside these inspiring young people Johnny Scott from the Somerset NHS CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service) will be speaking about his role and how he helps young people find their voice and effect change to the service they have used
19-10-18 A Local Mental Health Charity. What it Does - When, Where, How
  Speaker: Andrew Pritchard
  Andrew Pritchard, CEO, Mind in Taunton & West Somerset, a local mental health charity providing services to our local community. Mind TWS has over 5000 contacts annually, offering out of hours helplines, community support, guidance and information, in-patient complementary therapies, suicide bereavement support, young peoples support, anti-stigma and peer support groups and more. This talk will cover the range of work that the charity offers, information on mental health provision in the county, including thresholds and referral pathways
14-09-18 Working With Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
  Speakers: Nick and Corinna Wood
  It is becoming increasingly common for therapists to see clients who have an autistic spectrum condition such as Aspergers syndrome. Therapists often find the work challenging and that traditional skills associated with listening therapies, such as maintaining eye contact, dont appear productive. This talk looks at ASC from the viewpoint of the sensory funnel and explores how knowledge of the condition and some core strategies can build a secure therapeutic relationship with a client for whom social interaction and relationships are normally difficult to experience and maintain
15-06-18 Black Mirror: The Influence of Technology and Social Media on the Therapeutic Relationship
  Speaker: Max Dalda Muller
  10 years ago the iPhone was first released. Today, 80% of the UK population own a smartphone and spend an average 2 hours a day using it, mostly on social media. Smartphones and social media are changing the way we communicate with one another, as well as influencing the way we see ourselves and the world. How can we as therapists respond to these changes? Can we use technology and social media as a therapeutic tool? What about our own relationship with technology? Technology is a useful tool which brings people together. At other times it is the cause of discord, arguments and conflict. At its worst, it has developed into addiction and isolation
18-05-18 Cutting Edge Spirituality Take 2
  Speaker: Ian Stevenson
  Ian Stevenson will develop the 2017 TAP conference theme of Connections between Spirituality and Psychotherapy. What do we mean by spirituality? How do we encounter it and what it is we encounter? How has current thinking changed our viewpoint and how does all this relate to counselling and psychotherapy? It raises questions of meaning and purpose. Time will be given over to allow people to raise points for discussion. Ian is a Senior counsellor at SCC and has been an active member of TAP for many years
14-04-18 TAP Spring Conference 2018
16-02-18 Clients Taking Psychiatric Medication. What this might mean to you and your client
  Speaker: Rachel Freeth
  It has become increasingly common for counsellors and psychotherapists to be seeing clients who are also prescribed psychiatric medication. This can raise many questions and sometimes concerns. Rachel Freeth is a psychiatrist, counsellor and writer, who for several years has been providing workshops and training materials for counsellors and psychotherapists on the important, yet often neglected, subject of psychiatric medication. Rachel will offer a framework for thinking about the potential effects of medication on the client and on the therapeutic process
19-01-18 Changing Times and Evolving Cultures
  Speaker: Onkar Kaur
  As an Asian psychotherapist, Onkar Kaur has extensive experience of working with patients from Black and Minority Ethnic communities for various agencies. She has taught for numerous counselling and psychotherapy institutions and in both these areas she is constantly struck by the unease that prevails when issues around diversity are introduced. Ounkar is a consultant with FORWARD, which is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women. She worked for The Refugees and Asylum Seekers Counselling Service with Womankind (Bristol). She has a small private practice in Bristol and is an accredited Race Equality Trainer
17-11-17 Boarding School Syndrome
  Speaker: Paul Welcomme
  Popular wisdom has it that boarding schools breed strength of character, self confidence and qualities of leadership and yet there are damaging psychological effects. Ex-boarders are amongst the most difficult of clients. This is due to the social dimension of the ‘syndrome’ and the strength of the secret internalised shame. The self in distress is frequently masked by a competent and socially rewarded exterior. Experienced therapists may struggle to skilfully address the needs of this client group
20-10-17 Looking Beyond Labels. Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
  Speaker: Lisa Foote
  Lisa Foote currently works as a Training Development Worker for Self Injury Support and delivers training around self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder to practitioners in the criminal justice, NHS and voluntary sectors. She is currently helping to develop a Personality Disorders Pathway within Bristol Mental Health services, looking at Improving participation in self harm research. Lisa also works on a psychoeducational Intervention for parents with personality disorders’ and with Styal H M Prison to develop support around self harm for women entering prison and for prison officers. Lisa is passionate about grassroots mental health activism and service users voices informing service design, delivery, training and improvements for all
15-09-17 Filthy Lucre. Threapists Relationship with Money
  Speaker: Cathy Towers
16-06-17 A New Approach to Healing the Past. An Introduction to Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy
  Speaker: Matthew Harwood
  Conventional therapy is very good at unravelling the underlying problems but its method of healing the problems (usually through the transference) is generally a slow & long-winded process. The Pesso Boyden method is both gentle & respectful, yet powerful, effective & fast. Primarily designed for work in groups it can also be weaved into conventional one-to-one psychotherapy with good results. The talk will include a number of short video clips demonstrating the process in action
19-05-17 Developing Resilliance in Schools and other Communities
  Speaker: Mark Conway
  Mark Conway has been supporting schools to understand the link between positive mental health and good outcomes for children and young people and devising common pathways within schools for the early identification of mental health needs and evidence-based interventions. Mark is passionate about promoting the development of resilience in schools and other areas of the community that moves beyond academic achievement and onto positive outcomes for young people- especially as they transition into adulthood. The presentation will focus on the important facets of resilience development and how this can be promoted for children, young people and adults
18-03-17 Cutting Edge Connections Between Spirituality and Psychotherapy
  Annual Conference

Meaning and Purpose are central to both Spirituality and Psychotherapy. They keep people mentally and emotionally healthy.  Health is not just the absence of symptoms, indeed the word health is related to 'whole and holy' and in Old English becomes 'hale'.
Forty years ago Spirituality and Psychotherapy were poles apart, yet today the Royal College of Psychiatrists says, "Spirituality and psychiatry...do not seem to have much in common. But we are becoming increasingly aware of ways in which some aspects of spirituality can offer real benefits for mental health." Indeed currently 70 percent of US medical schools now feature courses on the spirituality of health. There are significant new perspectives here, and while some views are controversial, it suggests we may be in a paradigm shift. TAP accordingly decided that in having a conference on this subject, delegates would have an opportunity to appreciate these new developments and positively integrate them into their practice.


Melody Cranborne-Rosser

Spiritual competence and psychotherapeutic practice: necessity or nonsense?

Melody Cranbourne-Rosser, a Registered Counselling Psychologist and Transpersonal Therapist, is past chair and current executive committee member of BACP Spirituality, founder of Soul Psychology (Transpersonal and Esoteric Psychology Network), and network lead for the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Spirituality Special Interest Group. Recent projects include a chapter on 'The place of spirituality in health and social care practice', in Clouston, T.J., Westcott, L., and Whitcombe, S. (Eds) (2017), Transitions to Practice. UK: M&K Publishing.

Larry Culliford

The Psychology of Spirituality

Larry Culliford is a retired, psychotherapy-trained psychiatrist, the author of 'Love, Healing & Happiness', 'The Psychology of Spirituality', 'Much Ado about Something', and other titles, including 'Happiness, the thirty day guide that will last a lifetime' written under the pen name Patrick Whiteside, and endorsed by the Dalai Lama. He is an experienced speaker and workshop presenter. His monthly blog on 'Spiritual wisdom for secular times' can be found at: https://www.psychologytoday.com.

Venue: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7BL

17-02-17 The Relational and the Analytic: An Inquiry into Practice
  Speaker: Farhad Dahal
  The 'analytical' and 'relational' are often seen as two distinct paradigms, the first emphasising detachment and objectivity, the second involvement and subjectivity. The talk will examine the two paradigms and raise questions of kind or degree. It also examines the role of supervision. DR Farhad Dalal has spoken to TAP several times. He is a psychotherapist and Group Analyst in private practice in Totnes and London
20-01-17 Exploring the Dilemmas of Disclosure in 'Coming Out' in Family and Couple Relationships and in Therapy
  Speaker: Damian McCann
  This talk will examine developments in thinking about 'coming out' with particular reference to gender and sexual diversities. Some practitioners hold with the need for honesty whilst others caution against disclosure believing that it can have dire consequences. This dilemma will be explored as will the question of self disclosure in therapy. A consideration of the ethical issues relating to disclosure will also form part of the discussion. Dr Damian McCann is a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working as Head of Clinical Services at the Tavistock Centre
18-11-16 Smoke Without Fire: The Challenges of Identifying and Working with Parental Alienation
  Speaker: Sue Whitcombe
  Dr Sue Whitcombe is a counselling psychologist working with those affected by highly conflicted relationship breakdown. Her writing on Parental Alienation has featured in The Psychologist and Counselling Psychology Review and she continues to research in this area. Her social enterprise, Family Psychology Solutions, delivers much needed affordable interventions, training and consultancy
14-10-16 The Phone Call From Hell: What Do We Do As a Therapist When a Sex Offender Calls?
  Speaker: Juliet Grayson
  Juliet Grayson is a UKCP Psychosexual therapist, and supervisor, who has specialised in working with relationships
and sexual problems since 1994. She strongly feels that all therapists should be willing and able to discuss sex with all their clients
16-09-16 Sex Addiction and Porn
  Speaker: Nick Turner
  Sexual addiction is the term used to describe any sexual activity that feels 'out of control'. Pornography can be one of the causes of this out of control behaviour. In this talk, Nick will offer a definition of what sex addiction is (and is not), present a model of how sex addiction is developed and maintained, introduce the neuroscience associated with sex addiction, outline the impact sex addiction has on partners and discuss treatment options. Nick is an experienced relationship counsellor, sex therapist, supervisor and trainer
17-06-16 Mental Health Services and What They Provide
  Speaker: Muriel Churchill
  Muriel is a well qualified and experienced practitioner with the National Health Service having had a senior position in the IAPTs (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Most of the therapists that come to TAP work in the Third Sector or are private practitioners. We are often not familiar with the changing landscape of NHS mental health services. As it is important to be aware of what else is available, Muriel will endeavour to make us better informed
21-05-16 Family Dynamics in 2016. The Therapeutic Impact of Changing Families
  Annual Conference

Family structures have changed throughout history, but probably never so much as in the last generation. There are many more step-children, adoptions and half siblings than there were sixty years ago when the counselling textbooks were written. Inevitably a significant percentage of our clients are affected by this rapid rise in numbers. How do we as therapists deal with these new dynamics and indeed in what way should we change our working practices, if at all?

The 2016 TAP conference will explore two themes in depth:- how the damaged child's relationships can be healed after an unsatisfactory separation, and the role that addiction can play in understanding the adoptee. It is intended that from the presentations attendees will be able to extrapolate insights into the lives of their clients and into the new dynamics of their families

Certificate of Attendance provided as evidence of Continuing Professional Development. There will be a bookstall offering 10% discount on usual prices

15-04-16 Transformational Change Through Memory Reconsolidation
  Speaker: Terry Davey
  Transformational change has long been seen as one of the great benefits of undertaking long term psychotherapy, although it is usually seen as essentially unpredictable and uncontrollable. Bruce Ecker has developed an understanding of transformational change and points to a parallel with revolutionary research in experimental psychology and neuroscience. This raises the prospect that deep transformational change could be achieved within many different modalities
20-02-16 The Life Long Consequences of Obstetric Interventions at Birth
  Speaker: Matthew Appleton
  Although obstetric interventions are sometimes necessary at birth they are often used routinely. There is little awareness that these have life long psychological and physiological consequences. The effects of specific interventions such as the use of drugs for pain relief or the induction of labour, caesarean sections, forceps and vacuum extraction, will be explored. Using some footage of clinical work with babies, this talk focuses on how we identify and work with this issue in therapy, not only with babies, but also with older children and adults
22-01-16 Ticking the boxes. The context of 21st Century Management
  Speaker: Ian Stevenson
  Surveys and reports show high levels of stress in the workforce. Individual problems have always been there but do some ideological and economic factors create a context for a management style which can make the problems worse? If so, what are they and what should be the response of the counselling profession? These issues will be examined and debate is invited
20-11-16 Online Counselling: Positives & Pitfalls
  Speaker: Anne Stokes
  Anne Stokes has been at the forefront of online therapy for the last decade, working as an online Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer. She has published a Handbook for Online Counselling and is the supervision editor of the online journal TILT (Therapeutic Interventions in the Light of Technology.)
16-10-15 Tales from a Specialist Eating Disorders Unit
  Speaker: Andrew Newton-Cox
  For some, a response to situations out of their own control, or the aspiration of being ever thinner, ever more desirable and more like the heroes and heroines we admire on TV, film and media, turns into an obsessive, dysmorphic battle to be unfeasibly thin. Anecdotal accounts from time spent working in specialist treatment centres and a sprinkling of evidence-based Eating Disorder theory are the subject of this talk which seeks to both educate and inform those with a concern for their own or another's health, as well as those who are merely keen to know more about the psycho-social world around them
18-09-15 The Journey of a Prisoner
  Speaker: Maria Bryne
  Maria Byrne is the former Head of Education at Wormwood Scrubs. She is member of the Independent Monitoring Board
at a Young Offender Institution, which she visits regularly and speaks with both staff and prisoners. Her talk will describe the journey of a prisoner through the system of courts, prison, rehabilitation and re-settlement. Maria will invite us to consider with her the question of 'does prison work?'
19-06-15 Play Therapy in the Outdoors
  Speaker: Alison Chown
  Taking therapy out of the playroom and into natural environments. The development of the body self is crucial to our ability to form future positive attachments and we will explore how moving out into natural surroundings can offer first hand sensory experience, support the processing of pre-verbal ‘sense’ memories and create opportunities for nurturing and appropriate physical contact. We will explore how we can safely move out of the playroom to provide a more holistic and democratic experience for children who come to Play Therapy and consider the work of those using natural settings with adult client groups
16-05-15 Healing the Trauma of Sexual Abuse
  Annual Conference
Taunton Racecourse

It has become more evident in the last few years that the scale of sexual abuse is greater than most suspected and in fact occurs in all sections of society.

By its very nature, the experience is usually concealed by its victims, who may come to counselling and psychotherapy for other reasons. Often the expectation of the victim is that little can be done and it can only be endured. Facilitating the disclosure and holding the client requires a particular level of professional skill and understanding.

The conference will explore ways in which we, as professionals, can help people who have been abused cope with the damage which may present as a variety of symptoms, such as acute shame and self-harm. Dealing with the overwhelming memories appropriately enables the victim to live more resourcefully. For this conference we have been extremely fortunate in securing the services of two leading practitioners expert in the field and we hope you will join us for this timely event

20-02-15 A Sexual Taboo: Working with Sexually Harmful (Perpetrator) Behaviour in people who have experienced Sexual Abuse
  Speaker: Angela McCormack
  Angela McCormack is a UKCP registered psychotherapist specialising in sexual trauma. She works in private practice and at The
Green House Bristol. In this talk Angela will review the often silent trauma and taboo of people who have been sexually abused
who can struggle with their own perpetrator behaviour. A former director of ChildLine/NSPCC Angela is also a supervisor, trainer
and independent consultant. She is an integratively trained transpersonal psychotherapist who uses Hakomi-based bodymindfulness
in her work
23-01-15 Umbilical Dynamics Relationship Begins in the Womb
  Speaker: Matthew Appleton
  Theories of attachment and bonding usually begin with experiences in early infancy. Yet an emerging paradigm, based on
decades of research and clinical practice, reveals that the process of attachment begins in the womb. This is especially mediated
through the umbilical cord, by which prenates are extremely vulnerable to the emotional states of mothers. This talk will draw
on the experience of working with mothers and babies and adult in regression. It will be supported by film of sessions with
babies in which babies tell the story of their prenatal experience through baby body language
14-11-14 Shell Shocked Britain: the Great War's legacy for Britain's mental health
  Speaker: Suzie Grogan
  We know that thousands of British soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War, but what happened to
them after they returned home? Suzie Grogan reveals the First World War's legacy for the soldiers and their families. How did a
nation of grieving families, broken men and changed women cope? Drawing on archives and original sources, Suzie Grogan
addresses these questions, examining the extent of the trauma experienced and the response of the authorities as the
repercussions for our mental health resonate down the generations into the 21st century
17-10-14 Gender and Sexuality Revisited: Exploring the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and inter-sex individuals in couple and family relationships
  Speaker: Dr Damian McCann
  This presentation will consider developments in thinking and practice relating to clinical work with sexual minority clients.
Challenges arising in the work will be examined and there will be opportunities to explore your own questions and dilemmas in
relation to this important area of work. Dr Damian Mc Cann is a Consultant Family Psychotherapist in the NHS (CAMHS) and
Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. He is an Associate of Pink Therapy
and is a trainer on the Diploma in Gender & Sexual Diversities
19-09-14 Models of Therapy from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
  Speaker: Ranju Roy
  Although Patanjali's Yoga Sutra was composed approximately 2000 years ago, it is startlingly modern in its understanding. In this
talk local yoga teacher Ranju Roy (who also worked for many years in the NHS as an art therapist and family therapist) will
describe Patanjali's presentation of suffering, how we add to it, how we avoid it and his model for healthy (and therapeutic)
13-06-14 Past Life Therapy
  Speaker: Juanita Puddifoot
  Juanita will give some insights into the process. It is a practical and embodied therapy, being a synthesis of Jungian active
imagination, Reichian bodywork and Moreno's psychodrama with shamanic/spirit journeying and integration (A belief in past
lives is not necessary). Juanita works as a professional counsellor, a chief trainer of Deep Memory Process, and a Woolger
Council member. She also works with ancestral issues, as a shamanic practitioner and as a teacher for over 25 yrs
03-05-14 Loss & Significant Change
  Annual Conference
  A new date for our annual Conference to accommodate Sir Richard Bowlby and Dr Una McCluskey as keynote speakers at our
high profile annual event. They will be discussing attachment theory, its development and the new perspectives that will
increasingly affect the way therapists work
21-02-14 Introducing Wild Therapy
  Speaker: Kamalamani
  This evening will explore Wild Therapy, with its roots in Embodied-Relational Therapy. It invites us to explore the wilder aspects of therapy and of ourselves through working in the elements and in the presence of other-than-human life. In turn we invite the outside back into our therapy rooms. Wild Therapy celebrates creativity, spontaneity and interconnection. Kamalamani is a therapist, supervisor, facilitator and writer from Bristol
17-01-14 When the Spiritual enters the Consulting Room - What, if anything, do we do with it?
  Speaker: John Ruffle
  Having trained in Integrative Counselling, Gestalt, and TA, John has worked in private practice for over 20 years and as therapist to clergy and their families throughout Somerset for almost 10 years. He has also worked as a tutor on a counselling Diploma course and a Foundation degree in counselling. He believes because “spiritual experience” is almost universal to human beings, it cannot simply be ignored in the consulting room, if the client brings it into the room
15-11-13 Working with Half of the Couple
  Speaker: Charles Hampton
  Finding oneself working with half a couple can raise tricky questions. How did this situation come about? What story might the other partner tell were they here? Should I be doing this work at all? What is the likely outcome? Charles will air these issues and explore with you some ideas that may further our understanding of the psychodynamics involved
18-10-13 Who do we think we are? Identity, Ancestry and Intergenerational Perspectives
  Speaker: Nigel Williams
  In this talk Nigel asks why the phenomenon of ancestry research has become so popular. He will also recount some current and recent research into intergenerational dynamics and ask whether a longer term view, much spoken about but rarely acted on in politics, is in fact something that needs entertaining in all walks of life, including organisations and the professions

Exploring Unconscious Trauma Through the Eyes of Intuition

  Workshop Facilitator: Dr Peter Heinl MD MRCPsych

In this one day workshop I am aiming to provide a first glimpse at the huge, although all too often un- or underused potential of intuition in unmasking and diagnosing unconscious psychological trauma lying at the heart of many psychological and psychosomatic complaints that pose a particularly complex challenge facing a wide range of mental health professionals because the failure to diagnose unconscious trauma leaves a great number of patients suffering needlessly.

Even worse: Unrecognised trauma may cause the underlying unconscious trauma and therefore suffering to be transmitted to the next generation and, indeed, generations, leading to trails of misery over decades. I hope that a combination of theoretical reflections and active participation of the seminar participants will illustrate the value of an intuitive approach, both in diagnosing unconscious trauma and in generating therapeutic effects

13-09-13 Understanding Moods and Silence as Communication
  Speaker: Moira Legg
  Negative moods can suggest pre-emptive strikes, refusals, sadistic withdrawing, cries for help etc. They carry a message often acted out rather than understood by the person involved. They carry a demand by projection. Silence is a particular aspect of these states and carries a muted form of communication. Moira's presentation is aimed at understanding what might lie behind this imperative internal need and to hopefully enable the practitioner. Moira is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in private practice. She also works with traumatised adolescents in care
14-06-13 Psychoanalysis rediscovers Spirituality
  Speaker: Alistair Ross
  Alistair Ross is Director of Psychodynamic Studies, a University Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Oxford University, and a Fellow & Dean of Kellogg College. Writing on the engagement of theology, therapy, spirituality and psychoanalysis his research has identified ‘sacred psychoanalysis' as a radical new development that charts the emergence of spirituality in contemporary psychoanalysis. He says, ‘The sacred has, at long last, found a voice in the psyche, and spirituality is now being talked about in counselling and psychotherapy. Yet therapists from faith backgrounds often find themselves too spiritual for the therapeutic community and too therapeutic for faith communities'. His talk will further explore these issues
17-05-13 What Near Death Experience Can Tell Us
  Speaker: Penny Sartori
  About Life Penny Sartori was a nurse for 17 years in the Intensive Therapy Unit of a major hospital. Early in her career, a connection she made with a dying patient totally changed her life. After undertaking a five year research project into near-death experiences, Penny was awarded a PhD and has written, lectured and broadcast widely, and is now one of the UK's foremost experts on the subject of NDEs. This talk looks at the message of NDEs and how engaging with NDEs and confronting our own mortality can empower us to live life to the full
09-03-13 TAP Annual Conference
  Group Event
  The theme of the 2013 Conference is 'Dialogues on Depression: Concerns, Critiques & Solutions'and we have already secured two high profile speakers (with another in negotiation) to discuss a subject that interests us all as depression continues to blight the lives of so many. Differences of opinion are acknowledged and discussions promise to be lively and fascinating
15-02-13 Ecological Individuation
  Speaker: Mary Jane Rust
  In times of crisis, if the shadow can be faced and owned, and archetypal forces recognised, there is the possibility for individuation. What does the ecological crisis confront us with? Mary Jayne Rust is a Jungian analyst. Journeys to Ladakh in the early 1990's alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis and its spiritual roots. She teaches and publishes in the field of ecopsychology
18-01-13 Navigating the Landscape of Sexual Trauma Landmarks and Resources for an Effective Therapeutic Encounter
  Speaker: Angela McCormack
  Trauma in general and sexual trauma in particular, distinctively reshapes an individual's experience of being alive. This talk will review the landscape of sexual trauma and explore effective strategies for accompanying clients through this challenging terrain, towards growth and healing. Angela McCormack, an experienced transpersonal psychotherapist working in private practice in Wellington, also works for a specialist Bristol-based counselling charity with individuals of all ages who have experienced sexual trauma
16-11-12 Mindfulness: Finding Tranquility within Chaos
  Speaker: Miranda Bevis
  Mindfulness is an approach derived from Eastern meditative traditions, informed by the cognitive behavioural sciences and neuroscience, which offers an antidote to the stresses of daily life. By learning to focus the attention on moment-to-moment experience and cultivating kind and non-judgemental attitudes to ourselves, we can learn to develop a different relationship with what distresses us. It is acceptable and accessible to most, and has been demonstrated to be highly effective, both as a therapeutic tool, and as a life-enhancing practice
19-10-12 Remembering Eden: The Ecological Self and Conversation with Nature in Therapy
  Speaker: Kelvin Hall
  Kelvin Hall has written on conversation between human and other life in a number of publications (e.g. the recent book Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis), after his passion for horsemanship led to a study of inter-species communication and its significance for therapy and for the growing eco-crisis. He has been a therapist for twenty five years, a trustee of BCPC and a tutor there on the Ecological Self course
21-09-12 A Journey into Research and Research as Journey: a Personal Account
  Speaker: Sara Fairfax
  A presentation describing my experience of researching elements of my counselling practice through the phenomenological research practice and heuristic methods of inquiry. The presentation contains poetry, writings, paintings and drawings that formed part of the original research, but will also feature new creative responses as this body of work continues to develop and deepen over time
15-06-12 Birth and Prenatal Trauma - The Hidden Wound
  Speaker: Matthew Appleton
  Our prenatal life and birth experience is generally regarded as having no long term effects on our wellbeing. Yet clinical experience and a growing body of research show that these formative experiences deeply shape our sense of who we are and the sort of world we live in. Matthew Appleton is a Core Process Psychotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist. He works with adults and babies, individually and in groups to help resolve birth and prenatal trauma
18-05-12 Counselling and Coaching: A Collision or Collaboration?
  Speaker: Becky Wright
  Personal Coaches have become a popular source of psychological support. Perhaps coaches are more comfortable than counsellors at seeing their services as a brand to market. Becky Wright is a psychotherapist who also has a thriving coaching practice, New Leaf Life Design. She offers a personal perspective on making the transition from counsellor to coach, the tensions and overlaps and how to develop your practice to encompass coaching which will not involve you having to become a guru of social media or indeed need to turn everything you do into a masterclass for others
20-04-12 TAP Annual General Meeting
  Group Event
24-03-12 TAP Annual Conference
  Group Event
10-02-12 Thinking About not Knowing
  Speaker: David Henderson
  It is hard to orient oneself in the world of analysis. Leon Grinberg observed that, "In spite of its tremendous impact on mankind, paradoxically enough, it has not yet been possible to place and classify psychoanalysis within any of the existing fields of knowledge." How can we think about the fact of unknowing in psychotherapy? One aspect of David's research is to determine whether there are modes of thinking in the traditions of negative theology that can be resources for psychotherapists in their on-going struggle to think about the unknown and the unknowable
19-01-12 A Necessary Grief
  Speaker: Annie Lloyd
  A Mindfulness based, multi-dimensional systems approach to helping children so damaged by their early experiences in highly dysfunctional family systems that they have been taken into care for their own protection. The focus of this talk will be to explore both the value of working with traumatised children from a Transpersonal Body-Centered perspective and the issues that adopting families face both externally and internally

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