This page includes full details of workshops and presenter biographies.
Keynote Opening Address: Pamela Gawler-Wright
Director of BeeLeaf MSc (Psych), B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP, UKCP Accredited
Contemporary Psychotherapist , Hypno-Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.), BACP (Reg.), RSM (Sen. Assoc.)
Pam is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and a founder member of BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in London and has developed the field of Contemporary Psychotherapy over the last 25 years.
Starting out her career working in end-of-life care and bereavement, Pam worked as a Psychotherapist at an AIDS/HIV+ service in London’s King’s Cross. Here she began to demonstrate her incredible passion for working, not only with the marginalised in society but also finding highly creative ways of conceptulising and understanding the presenting problems of her clients.
We are hoping that Pam will embody for us at the conference some of the radical nature of the Contemporary Psychotherapy model which promotes creativity as being a natural part of being human and an essential force to living fully with courage and authenticity.
Pam is particularly known for her exposition of Ericksonian Psychotherapeutic principles and is a celebrated story teller and pioneer in pairing the recovery process to the release and development of the creativity process. As well as releasing the natural self-balancing human system of emotional and psychological recovery, Pam’s work as a Psychotherapist and Trainer has supported many successful artists and creatives across a range of job sectors to better mental health, productivity and greater professional success.
This creative passion has brought Pam much success in building original and influential models that encapsulate complex ideas and applications and make them easily accessible to be used by clients and professionals alike. Some of these include Wider Mind, Continuous Becoming, For F’s Sake, S.O.S. Trauma Recovery and The Three I’ed Monster addressing whole person and whole brain psychotherapy for clients presenting with trauma, anxiety, depression, bereavement, addiction, co-dependence and for clients of gender and sexual diversity.
You name it – Pam has done it! She has worked tirelessly serving in posts supporting the growth and standards of psychotherapy practice and training. These roles have included senior Ethics posts, Diversity and Equality, and in 2011 she became a Clinical Associate for Pink Therapy and a core trainer on their International Training in Essentials in Working with Gender and Sexual Diversities. Of great importance to the team at NETAC, Pam was a leading figure in writing and implementing the organisation-wide Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy 2017.
Pam is a highly sought after speaker as her presentations capture the imaginations of audiences. Her training is renowned for being creative, fun, challenging and highly experiential within a safe environment, bringing together tremendously diverse groups into harmonious and uplifting shared experience. We cannot wait to work with her here in Leeds. As well as an academic, Pam continues to run a busy East End of London psychotherapy practice, pushing the boundaries of current psychotherapeutic understanding to serve more clients better.
Protected Sex; How to invite transformational Script Cure with someone who is sexually fragmented and defended.
Janine Piccirella, Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Trainer – PTSTA (P), MSc. UKCP Reg. MBACP Accred. & EMDR Practitioner
In this workshop we will explore how to work therapeutically with sexual defences e.g. promiscuity and to understand the possible origins of these wounds. With clinical case examples and the use of Eric Berne’s concepts, I will be sharing my thinking of the six hungers, we will analyse each case. Whilst holding protection in mind both for the client and the therapist, we can understand the intention of the sexual defences and develop relational interventions to support our clients.
Janine’s work as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer is shaped by the philosophical assumptions of TA; People are OK, People can think for themselves and decisions can be changed. She is passionate about learning and development from a feeling, thinking and behavioural stance. The variety of stimulus in the training she offers helps people to integrate their learning.
Who’s On Top? Power and Gender in the Couples Relationship
Rosalind Sharples, PTSTA & Nathan Gould, CTA
Over the last 2 decades our understanding of gender and power has changed. From looking at broad themes such as gender roles, workplace discrimination and equal pay we have started to explore the more subtle nuances of Patriarchal power and male privilege. In this workshop, we will use experiential exercises and group discussion, to explore our understanding of the power relationship between genders, and how this can be applied to our work in Couples Therapy. We hope this workshop will challenge you to go beyond the current models and start to deepen the thinking of Transactional Analysis in working with Couples.
Rosalind and Nathan share a passion for promoting the ideas and values of Transactional Analysis. They are working together to develop new, creative ways to facilitate change with Couples in the therapy room. They are Co Principals of West Wales Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Good Object, Bad Object, Sex Object
Kathie Hostick TSTA and Anita Holland PTSTA
Even in writing this synopsis we have some anxieties. What can we say openly? How guarded should we be? How much do we own our sexuality as female therapists? Can we trust the other with us, when considering sex in the therapy room? How brave can we be in what we share in this workshop? We are both experienced therapists and have had some interesting and challenging experiences of sex being brought into and not brought into the therapy room. In this experiential workshop we would particularly like to consider the object relations theory in relation to the conference title sex and sexuality, self and relating. Along with our brief theoretical presentation we intend to share some of our therapeutic experiences of this subject in the hope you feel comfortable and invited to participate with your own experiences, wonderment and curiosity. It’s a fascinating topic and often taboo so with this exciting if not a little daunting opportunity to explore with each other, we look forward to whatever journey unfolds in our time together.
Anita with 20 years clinical experience as a psychotherapist, passionately believes that with support, compassion and understanding psychological disorders and traumatic experiences can be worked through.
“Let’s Talk about Sex” Challenges for the Therapist
Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi, MSc, PTSTA(P),CTA(P),DIpSW
In 1970 Berne identified the importance of human sexuality and this is still relevant today. In the therapy room we are presented with a range of sexual issues and dilemmas faced by individuals and couples. This workshop draws on Parkin’s reference to transactional analysis and sexual difficulties, the role of permissions and Annon’s PLISSIT model to explore the therapists role in dealing with sexual dilemmas. This workshop seeks to emphasise the significance of lifescript , cultural context and taboos. It is anticipated that this workshop will provide an opportunity to gain a greater insight into the impact of work in this area of therapy.
Michelle is an experienced Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer based In the North West. She has a private practice working with children, young people & adults. She is a member of the training team at TA Training Organisation in Leeds.
Perversion: moral issue, cultural issue, legal issue or therapy issue?
Helen Rowland PTSTA(P)
Sex is the most fundamental of human activities and yet the world of psychotherapy has a complex and avoidant relationship with the concept of sexual perversion. It is within recent history that homosexuality was illegal. Psychotherapy and psychiatry formally diagnosed it a sexual perversion, conversion therapy was the norm, and moral disapproval of homosexual behaviour was an accepted normative value. This serves as a cogent example of the fact that the concept of ‘sexual perversion’ is historically and culturally specific, and it also reminds us of why we now refer to non-normative sexualities as paraphilias rather than perversions, loaded as this latter term is with judgement and disapproval. But it also requires us to know where we situate ourselves as agents of psychological change. How do we keep our clinical minds alive in the face of increasing liberalism and sex positive cultural forces? How do we negotiate the territory of moral, cultural, and legal forces whilst attending critically to the personal therapy issues? Where is the place for moral and legal judgement? In this workshop we will engage in this complex discussion using a provided case study and material that you as participants may wish to bring for discussion.
Helen Rowland is a Provisional Supervising and Teaching Transactional Analyst (P) with a private practice in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and online. She is also a co-editor of the Transactional Analysis Journal.
Sex and Co-creation in the therapy room: An exploration.
Bev Gibbons PTSTA(P), MA and James Sweeney PTSTA(P), MA
Bev and James want to explore with you your experience of your sexual self and your clients’ sexual selves in the therapeutic relationship.
We invite you into an exploration of what we may or may not have in our personal awareness around ourselves as sexual people, the implications of this in our work and to further explore what gets co-created in the therapeutic relationship, bringing to this our experience of ourselves and our client work. We will also look at what the implications might be for us as therapists and individuals with many differing relationships. Bev and James are also open to the exploration of what we co-create together in response to the title of this Workshop and the title of the Conference
Bev is a PTSTA (P) and has a BA Hons in integrative counselling, and MA in TA psychotherapy. Bev works as a trainer, supervisor and therapist in private practice. James has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling, a Masters Degree in Counselling Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education(HE). He is a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst.
Bev is passionate about getting TA “out there” so that as many people as possible are aware of it, and can have the opportunity to experience themselves positively through its great potential to transform. She is committed to working and developing work across all 4 TA fields, and to continuing to explore and experience the potential in relational, co-created processes. Bev is currently chair of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis.
James is fascinated by process and how we relate to each other and how we learn in an interpersonal context. James is also interested in the role of power in relationships and how this is co-created in the areas of sex, gender and sexuality both from individual and cultural perspectives.
Sex 101- when is it just a cigar?
Ronen Stilman MSc (TA Psych), PTSTA(P), CTA (P), UKCP Reg, ACMCOSCA (UKCB)
Caution! Explicit. Inspired by Esther Perel’s conversation starters (2015) we would explore through meditation, play and dialogue your attitudes towards selected building blocks of the erotic: sex, sexuality, shame, power, intimacy, desire, love and all that is in between. This will be done with a view to invite awareness and openness by experimenting with language that enables these conversation with yourself, your partner, your clients, your students or whomever you wish to have these with…
Ronen has an independent private practice in Edinburgh where he works with individuals and couples as well as supervising practitioners. Ronen has taught various CPDs and regularly presents in national and international conferences. He also works as an independent change manager where he facilitates large scale change in organisations.
Closing Plenary: Rachel Curtis
50 Shades of TA
Our deepest sexual desires are often secret, hidden away and yet these desires form and
inform our search for intimacy and belonging. How do we negotiate the path leading us to intimacy, fulfilment and peace when some of those desires are seen as “perversions”? In this closing plenary we will look at sexual variance in the form of fetishes & kink; questioning how early experiences shape the sexual arousal palate and how these might fit in with TA theory and application. Have we become too focused on natural verses unnatural sexual behaviour and who gets to decide whats normal anyway?
Rachel is a TSTA(P) based in North Wales, working in private practice with previous experience of working in public healthcare, the criminal justice system, women’s organisations and LGBTQI+ communities and organisations. Rachel is also a supervisor for therapists working in various modalities and settings, including art therapy, community work, sexual offending and children and young people’s services. She is director of the YTA Institute which offers a varied training programme through North Wales and North West England. Outside of work, Rachel is approaching taking her black belt in Shito Ryu Karate and is also a dedicated practitioner of various styles of yoga.