TAP Programme of Talks
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE ... Taunton United Reformed Church, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF
All TAP Talks start at 7:45pm
To see details of previous TAP Talks and speakers notes etc .. please scroll down this page.
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.
14th Jun ’13 ALISTAIR ROSS Psychoanalysis rediscovers Spirituality
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.
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.
18th Oct ’13 NIGEL WILLIAMS Who do we think we are? Identity, Ancestry and Intergenerational Perspectives
15th Nov ‘13 CHARLES HAMPTON Working with Half of the Couple
17th Jan ’14 JOHN RUFFLE When the Spiritual enters the Consulting Room - What, if anything, do we do with it?
21st Feb ‘14 KAMALAMANI Introducing Wild Therapy
TAP AGM 2013 19th April
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Past Talks Include:
15th Feb '13 MARY JAYNE RUST Ecological Individuation
Ecological Individuation: A Journey into Relationship with Earth
In times of crisis there is a chance for inner growth - but that may require facing uncomfortable and unwanted parts of the self. What does ecological crisis confront us with? In this talk I will be exploring climate change and consumerism as personal journey, involving great love and great loss. I will be asking, how do these issues come into the therapy relationship? From close bonds with animals in childhood, to the potency of nature as healer, to the traumas of losing sacred land and nature deficit disorder in children, I will argue that there are many ways in which ecological crisis has the potential to bring us back into an intimate relationship with all life.
For more information see http://www.mjrust.net
18th Jan 2013 Repeated on 1st Mar 2013
ANGELA McCORMACK Navigating the Landscape of Sexual Trauma. Landmarks and resources for an effective therapeutic encounter.
For a copy of this presentation and more information on this and other trainings by Angela, please visit www.freshcurveconsultancy.co.uk
16th Nov '12 MIRANDA BEVIS Mindfulness: Finding Tranquility within Chaos
19th Oct '12 KELVIN HALL Remembering Eden: The Ecological Self and Conversation with Nature in Therapy.
21st Sep '12 SARA FAIRFAX A journey into research and research as journey: a personal account
15th Jun '12 MATTHEW APPLETON Birth and Prenatal Trauma - The Hidden Wound.
18th May '12 BECKY WRIGHT Counselling and Coaching: A Collision or Collaboration?
(Becky has written her talk out in full. For a copy of her transcript please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
19th Jan 2012 (Thursday) ANNIE LLOYD A Necessary grief
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.
To download PDF of Annie's Presentation please click here.
10th Feb 2012 DAVID HENDERSON Thinking about not knowing
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.
18th Nov 2011 KATINA NOBLE Bulimia - Feed Me/Poison Me
Bulimia can be understood as a powerful message within a relationship. It is all about ambivalence: gorging and vomiting, neediness/withdrawal, nurturance/poison. So how do we, as therapists, establish an effective working alliance where ambivalence and the possibility of sabotage are so present? Katina will explore the various meanings of this complex condition, including a feminist psychoanalytic perspective, and look at ways of working effectively with the bulimic client.
13th Oct 2011 (Thursday) DI GAMMAGE Playing in the Therapeutic Relationship
Di Gammage, play and drama therapist, Senior Trainee in Core Process (Buddhist) Psychotherapy shares her enquiry into the significance of play in the therapeutic relationship. Di will draw on her work with looked-after children, adults and groups to illustrate the value of metaphor, ritual, role play and storytelling in creating safety for the most vulnerable clients, and the potential transformation for all clients.
16th Sep 2011 DR HEATHER O'MAHEN Therapies for perinatal depression: What do they have to offer?
Approximately one in eight women experience diagnosable levels of perinatal depression, rendering functioning significantly impaired during a critical life period. This talk will discuss perinatal depression and recent research on its impact on children; two empirically supported psychotherapies for perinatal depression (Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) & will compare and contrast these treatments with each other and with traditional psychodynamic treatment.
16th Jun 2011 (Thursday) JAN OAKLEY The Lightening Process
The Lightning Process is a 3 day training programme that effectively teaches people how to influence their own physiology by over-riding the over aroused Emergency Response System in the body, as in the case of chronic fatigue syndrome, post viral fatigue, burn out, anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD. Furthermore it teaches people to retrain the brain to stop running destructive programmes automatically and to fire up healthy programmes instead.
20th May 2011 ANNA COLGAN Don't go there!
Using mind and body to go there, safely.
Trauma is a fact of life, as Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing, says in Waking the Tiger. Whether the trauma is recent or the legacy of early wounding, by accessing the body and mind together as a unit, Somatic Experiencing (SE) can bring a client's process alive in the room where it is available for healing. Anna Colgan, Core Process psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner, looks at how to bring about lasting change without re-traumatising.
18 Feb 2011 JUDITH O'HAGAN
Symptom as Symbol - a Transpersonal Approach
What is going on in the psyche when the body presents a symptom? Understanding the physical symptom can shed light upon emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease. Judith O'Hagan specialises in working transpersonally with somatisation and has wide experience of clients with cancer and fertility issues as well as neurological, muscular and skeletal problems. Trained at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology, she now works privately and runs workshops on transpersonal themes.
21 Jan 2011 CHRIS BANKS
The Poetry of Counselling and Psychotherapy
'Poetry is the music of being human,' said Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Counsellor, supervisor and published poet Chris will explore some of the similarities between poetry and psychological therapy, particularly the place of metaphor, form, voice and of the unconscious. She will demonstrate a way of 'reading' a therapy session borrowed from the analysis of poetry. She will illustrate her talk with examples from poetry and her clinical practice.
19 Nov '10 GERRY MAGUIRE THOMPSON at Rendezvous Café (entry by ticket only)
Sometimes all you can do is laugh: A Night of Serious Comedy SOLD OUT
Humour and laughter are well known for healing, and provide lessons for therapy. Gerry, a comedian, author and trainer, leads a playful and entertaining exploration of how approaches from comedy and improvisation may help both therapist and client. For instance, improvisational comedy is an excellent model for cultivating the ability to be oneself, live in the present moment, and regard unexpected incidents as creative opportunity. Gerry's books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in eleven languages worldwide.
15 Oct '10 CHARLES HAMPTON
Teach us to care and not to care (TS Eliot, Ash Wednesday - Some psychological issues confronting today's Christian clergy
In receiving projections associated with anxiety, hypocrisy and a crisis of authority, a therapist and a clergy person might find common cause. In what ways do their roles differ? What resources can each bring to the task and what might they learn from each other? Charles Hampton works in Oxford using systems theory and object relations to train ordinands in pastoral psychology. He was an editor of Practical Theology.
17 Sep '10 GEORGE MARSHALL
Climate Change - Reality vs Pleasure Principle, the Final Showdown?
Copenhagen 2009 was billed by some as the last real chance to avert climate catastrophe. All informed commentators agree that the outcome fell far short of what was needed. Are the world's leaders involved in a sleepwalk to disaster? What are the psychological mechanisms we use, to live with the threat to the whole biosphere on which we depend? George Marshall is the founder and Director of Projects at Climate Outreach and Information Network and author of "Carbon Detox". He has twenty years' experience in campaigning and research for environmental and other organisations. His blogsite climatedenial.org examines our psychological responses to climate change.
18 Jun '10 KEVIN CHANDLER
Telling Tales of Love for Sale
Kevin Chandler, novelist, therapist, supervisor and long-time trainer of Relate counsellors, offers personal reflections on the conundrum that is therapy, drawn from a working life spent Listening In. "For nigh-on 30 years I've earned my living as a paid listener. When I started out, had anyone the audacity to point out the parallels between psychotherapy and prostitution, I would have blown a gasket. Nowadays, for me to fail to recognise such parallels, seems not only impossible, but unforgivable."
21 May 2010 Mark Budden
The rest is silence - working psychoanalytically with patients who are facing death
Mark Budden is a member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. In addition to his private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor, he is the clinical manager of The Harbour, a Bristol charity providing counselling and psychotherapy to people affected by a life-threatening illness. His talk will be informed by his work at The Harbour
26 Feb '10 MAURA SILLS
The Challenge of Belonging: an Exploration of the Relationship between
early pre and perinatal Wounding and Spiritual Wellbeing
22 Jan '10 CARO BAILEY
Supervision - does it work? (and more to the point, how might we know?)
An Exploration of some of the Pros and Cons of this Mandatory Activity
Supervisor Training: Issues and Approaches: Guide to Supervision Volume 2
- Editor : Penny Henderson
- Publisher : Karnac Books
- Published : 2009
- ISBN 10 : 9781855754027
20 Nov '09 BEN SESSA
From Sacred Plants to Psychotherapy:
The History and Re-emergence of Psychedelics in Medicine
20 Mar '10 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
23 Apr '10
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The picture below shows the start of Noelle Adlers talk it was very well attended.
18 Sep '09 CLARE LE ROUX
The Experiences of Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities
16 Oct '09 SHARON EASTWOOD
My Voice will go with you……..
19 Jun '09 PETER CHADWICK
Psychological and Spiritual Approaches to Therapy for Schizophrenia:
the View from the Inside
15 May '09 CEDRIC DAETWYLER
What Place is there for the Body in the Consulting Room?
A Body Psychotherapy Perspective
27 Feb '09 HELEN LUNT
Music Therapy - how is it linked to Psychotherapy?
and brain damage, and combines Music Therapy with performing and teaching music.
23 Jan '09 NOELLE ADLER
16 May '08 BEN FOX
Men's/Dad's Groups - can they help stem the tide of men's low
20 Jun '08 EDITH HARGREAVES
From Separateness - to Symbol Formation - to Sublimation:
19 Sep '08 TESSA WEIR-JEFFERY and JACQUI BALLOQUI
Parallel Processes: The significance of concurrent work with a child and his parents; a child psychotherapy perspective
17 Oct '08 JENNIFER FORSSANDER
Dreaming the World awake
21 Nov '08 RICHARD MIZEN
On Aggression and Violence