Come and join us to celebrate
PCT Scotland's 30th Anniversary
Two days of Encounter, Conversation Café & an Evening of Fun and Celebration
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th November 2017
Merchants House, 7 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1BA
This event is low cost and is superb value for money as it includes your lunch and teas
and coffees for both days.
Practitioner member £90
Practitioner non member £100
It is possible to book for one day only. Please specify which day you would like to attend on the booking form. Cost half of the 2 day event.
Saturday 4th November 9.15 - 9.45 am Registration and coffee. Close of day 16.30 hrs.
Sunday 5 th November 9.30 - 10 am Registration and coffee. Close of day 16.00 hrs.
You can download a booking form and send it completed with your details to
Fabulous venue with a number of break out rooms for Encounter and
The Encounter Group will be Facilitated by Terry Daly, Mairi McMenemin, Lorna Patterson, Stephanie Hutchinson. Elizabeth Urie and Annette Cooper are assistant group facilitators in training.
Dip SW, Dip Coun, Sen.Life coach (BACP)
MSC, counselling, Accredited counsellor (BACP)
Terry works as a Person Centred Life coach. Therapist, supervisor,and trainer in Glasgow, London and Europe.
Terry’s model of working:
The person centred philosophy believes that each individual has within themselves infinite resources if given the right conditions in which to grow.
Terry believes that offering a particular kind of relationship which includes respect, understanding, and genuineness creates the right environment in which people can thrive. This is especially true in working with groups and offering encounter. Terry has been involved with encounter groups for over forty years and still experiences the excitement and potential that they offer.
Terry also has a strong interest and commitment to issues of equality, Diversity and power and is involved in a number of initiatives which explore effective use of power and the barriers that prevent people from experiencing equality in the workplace and society.
- Terry was a lecturer University of Strathclyde within a counselling unit from 1994 until 2014.
- Over the past ten year he has played a major role in developing a Person Centred training programme for Social Care workers (Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.)
- Over the past fifteen years terry has worked in many countries both in Europe and further afield such as South Africa, Japan, Argentina, and Russia with a focus on the development of the Person Centred approach
- As a member of the Business Development centre in Glasgow Terry has worked alongside its Director Danny Mcguigan providing coaching, team building and mediation for the past twenty years.
- He currently runs a private practice in counselling and supervision with a focus on helping individuals and organisations towork and live more effectively.
He is currently working on research into Leadership and the Person Centred approach. (Strathclyde University)
My name is Mairi and I work as a person centred therapist, supervisor and trainer, in Scotland and Europe.
My background includes 37 years in the NHS as a nurse, public health specialist, manager and senior manager in a range of settings including working nationally. I also facilitate workshops nationally and internationally and am interested in developing this style of working out with specific counselling settings.
I work within a person centred approach striving to provide the conditions which allow individuals to develop to their full potential. My focus is on establishing a relationship of trust and one in which the individuals can identify their areas for growth feel able to explore these. The relationship is one of mutuality and trust. My passion comes from seeing people develop to their full potential.
My interests include walking my dog, connecting with people, jewellery making and growing flowers and vegetables!
What I bring to PCTS is a passion for change, for listening to people and a shared passion for identifying good practice that can be shared in a way that makes a difference to people’s lives.
Experience and qualifications:
- BACP Accredited member
- Groupwork skills
- An interest in 'writing'
- MA Social Science
Lorna is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, qualified counsellor and qualified to TQFE level in Teaching in Further Education, including being a COSCA Accredited Trainer on the Certificate in Counselling Skills course.
She works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor with trainee and qualified counsellors. She is also a tutor at Edinburgh College offering the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. Prior to this Lorna worked for many years as a counsellor and manager within the field of abuse and has a background of 19 years in Human Resources and People Development.
Lorna's interest in groups stems from an appreciation of how the presence of the core conditions offers potential for self discovery and growth. Within group encounter, there is potential to meet our different configurations, realised or undiscovered and to encounter the challenge and excitement in relationship.
Elizabeth Urie, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
Elizabeth works as a person-centred therapist and supervisor in Largs, Ayrshire. She is currently working in private practice; is an affiliate counsellor for several Employee Assistance Providers, NHS Working Health Services and for a local business organisation. She supervises counsellors, trainee counsellors and health practitioners. She has specialist training in bereavement and loss; inner relationship focusing and is interested in family constellations and attachment. Elizabeth has worked for charities as a counsellor and small support group facilitator. She also has previous experience of counselling in a Medical Practice within NHS Primary Care and as a volunteer counsellor/counselling supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland.
Before training as a therapist, Elizabeth worked in areas of management, administration, customer service and care. From this experience of working with the complexities of human relationships, she values individuality and equality and feels passionately about the person-centred approach, to both working and living, as it has potentiality and empowerment as its core ethos. Elizabeth is a founder member of two groups in Ayrshire - Ayrshire Counsellors’ Network Group and Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision in Ayrshire.
Annette Cooper MBACP
Annette is a Person Centred Therapist and works in private practice also for an EAP provider. She has worked for 30 years in the NHS in various clinical and educational roles. As a fairly recent person centred graduate she is very interested in exploring issues related to difference and diversity in groups and also power and control.
Annette is currently undertaking the facilitation training being run by PCT Scotland and welcomes the opportunity to participate in the 30th Anniversary event encounter group.
Stephanie Hutchinson is a person-centred counsellor with a particular interest in creative action methods and group work. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator - an experiential methodology based on the work and research of Dr Brené Brown.
Stephanie has a private practice offering one to one counselling as well as personal and professional development coaching in groups or individually.
She also likes to describe herself as having Scottish and Austrian DNA with Antipodean ENA * (which is really just a fancy way of saying that she was born and raised in New Zealand to immigrant parents!) * Environmentally Nurtured Attitude/Accent/Armour - depending on the situation!
The Conversation Cafe topics are:
A. Person Centred Gender
Hosted by Tina Clark M.Sc., B.Ed (Hons), Dip. Couns. MBACP
Tina Clark (formally Livingstone) is a Client Centred Counsellor and Sex and Gender Diversities Therapist working in private practice. An experienced supervisor, consultant, and trainer; her writing includes The Relevance of a Person Centred Approach to Therapy with Transgendered or Transsexual Clients ( PCEP 2008, Vol 7:2, p134-144) and Anti-sectarian, queer, client-centredness: a re-iteration of respect in therapy in Counselling Ideologies (Ashgate 2010)
Unsettling for some and liberating for others, our culture is currently moving towards a perception of gender based on phenomenology (subjective experience) rather than taxonomy (categorisation). The Person Centred Approach provides respectful ambience for encounter and dialogue through this cultural shift - since Rogers did not construct differential pathways for the development of males and females, but consistently referred to others as persons. Rogers “did not posit some eternal essence or archetypes based on gender, or any fixed biological destiny or any reductionistic, partial and fixed explanation of our behavior” (Wolter-Guftason, 1999) – therefore within this context we can all meet as equally valid persons.
Our culture’s many taken-for-granted assumptions, both positive and negative, its perceptions of what is ‘natural’ for men and women, its essentialist view of gender, and its audacity in assuming the inferiority of certain groups of human beings, has set everyone up for an adversarial life. Gender differentiation, unintentionally and intentionally, has cultivated a culture of discrimination by ascribing judgement-based hierarchies to human traits, and cementing them in a most sectarian manner. Thus a human characteristic ascribed as strength on one side may be perceived weakness on the other!
Offering respect for Autonomy in Gender Identification, within and beyond traditional gender roles, this conversation will provide opportunity to share our experiences and explore our understandings of Gender, and what it means to us.
Who knows – perhaps our contemplation of the pressures and privileges, stereotypes and diversities, and oppressions and freedoms of being a gendered self in society today may open the way for co-constructing a more comfortable way of being for all in the future?
B. Authenticity: what is it and can we be person-centred without it?
Hosted by Tonia Higgins MBACP PG Dip BA
Tonia is a counsellor in private practice and in the third sector. She works with mild to moderate mental health issues, survivors of abuse and young people age 16+ She has an interest in positive psychology and an enthusiasm for exploring how it can complement and enhance the person-centred approach.
C. On becoming more in the therapeutic relationship: An exploration of directional presence.
Hosted by Mike Moss who has recently had articles published in the COSCA Counselling in Scotland Journal, Spring 2017 and the Person Centred Quarterly, May 2017 and will presenting at the BACP Conference 'Children, Young People and Families: working with difficult behaviour' in Belfast ,12 September 2017. He has over 30 years working with children and young people and families in Scotland and has trained in Youth Work, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Integrative Therapy,Person Centred Therapy and Clinical Supervision.
In my work as a therapist I have begun to discover something more, which if attended to, even in the smallest of ways, movement into healing can be experienced towards the direction of potential growth, or what Carl Rogers called an 'evolutionary flow ... as part of a formative tendency in the universe.' 'A Way of Being. 1980.'
D. The body in person-centred therapy: reclaiming the organism
Hosted by Craig HutchisonRegistered Member MBACP (Accred)
Craig is a person-centred therapist and supervisor in private practice (www.personcentre.co.uk), and a trainer and Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches on Diploma programmes. His therapeutic work is strongly influenced by Gendlin and process philosophy and his publications include Trusting the Process? (PCEP 2015)about the potential challenges of symbolising and processing experiencing in therapy/encounter groups.
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“the psychologically mature adult trusts and uses the wisdom of his organism” (Rogers 1964)
“our bodies feel a situation directly … This kind of experience is sometimes attributed to ‘the unconscious,’ although such a body-sense is, of course, conscious” (Gendlin, 1993).
This session will offer an opportunity to reflect on what the body means in person-centred therapy and philosophy, considering the organismic basis of experiencing andquestioning what it might mean to hold the organism in mind as we work therapeutically.
E. Relational Depth.
Hosted by Sue Price - Assistant Professor of Counselling, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Sue is a lecturer and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. She is also a practising counsellor and psychotherapist with BACP Accredition She completed her PhD at The University of Strathclyde in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Robert Elliott and Professor Mick Cooper. Her PhD focused on the development of an inventory designed to assess relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy.
Before joining the University of Nottingham, Sue was a lecturer at two universities where she taught postgraduates at Liverpool John Moores University and undergraduates at Edge Hill University. Sue's career as a counsellor began in 2005 where she counselled staff at a major nuclear fuel company. She has also worked as a counsellor in the third sector in alcohol and drugs, domestic violence and in various generic counselling services. Sue has also worked as a counsellor in a Primary Care service in Liverpool for an IAPT service.
Sue's expertise and research interests include relational depth between client and practitioner. Sue also has an expertise, and is interested in, various quantitative research methods but is particularly interested in Rasch analysis as an approach to reliability and validity testing of psychometric measures. As well as this, Sue is in the process of planning research concerning the coming out process of individuals with diverse sexualities during mid to late adulthood.
WIGGINS [PRICE], S., 2012. Assessing relational depth: developing the Relational Depth Inventory. In: KNOX, R., MURPHY, D., WIGGINS [PRICE], S. and COOPER, M., eds., Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments
WIGGINS [PRICE], S., ELLIOTT, R. and COOPER, M., The prevalence and characteristics of relational depth events in psychotherapy Psychotherapy Research. 22(2), 1
KNOX, R., MURPHY, D., WIGGINS [PRICE], S. and COOPER, M., eds., Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments Palgrave Macmillan.
F. Early feminism and the PCA, the missing women.
Hosted by Jo Hilton.
G. Does Somatic Movement Therapy fit with the Person-Centred Approach?
Hosted by Sona Zackova (MA, RSMT, MBACP)
Sona is a somatic movement therapist in private practice. She has been offering 1:1 sessions to general public, people with learning difficulties and workshops designated to deepen our relationship to our bodies. She is a newly qualified person-centred counsellor with experience of working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and people suffering perinatal depression. Her interest is in bridging Somatic Movement Therapy and Person-Centred Approach and finding ways how they can inform each other.
“Soma” – the body experienced from within
Somatic Movement Therapy is a holistic approach that encompasses the whole being - body, mind, emotions, spirit. It offers ways how we can connect to our bodies through movement, breath, imagery, touch and bring awareness into what is happening in the present moment. It weaves verbal and non-verbal worlds together and allows greater integration of body and mind.
H. Managing States of Mind – Learning to Drive Our Car?
Hosted by: Charles Durning MBACP PG Dip. A counsellor in private practice Peacetalk Counselling with a long-standing interest in meditation and the benefits of mindfulness.
The idea of ‘managing’ my states of mind – and perhaps helping my clients to manage theirs – has been much on my mind lately, as I watch myself experiencing difficult states of mind (and being) which seem to recur – no matter how much I know about them!
These states of mind - of hopelessness say and cynicism; or fearfulness and alienation - have not been ‘fixed’ by my therapeutic investigation of them - but they have become less fixed in me. I identify with them less. I know that they are not ‘me’ in any definitive sense - just learned ways of being; adaptations to a traumatising past. I am more able to stand outside of them now; to witness their manifestations - but they are still there. They have not been ‘neutralised’ by being brought more fully into consciousness - in the way that Rogers’ writings on personality formation (particularly his ’19 Propositions’), would seem to suggest.
For we now know that the impacts of early neglect and abuse, particularly around attachment (if only Rogers had known about Bowlby!), are written deeply into the very fabric of our neurophysiological selves (and even into our immune systems) – producing enduring reactivities which are perhaps less amenable to integration (and transcendence) than Rogers’ hopeful formulations might suggest.
So where does this leave us as Person-Centred therapists, faced with our clients’ (and possibly our own) persistently difficult mental, and emotional, states?
One metaphor for the relationship between the personality (as a learned way of being in the world) and the organismic, actualising self - is that of the car and its driver. And it seems to me that as we learn more about our car (the personality) in therapy – familiarising ourselves with its features, and the way it ‘handles’ - our car doesn’t get ‘fixed’, but rather we become more adept at driving it! Indeed a ‘driver’ emerges.
My own experience of the therapeutic journey has been less the development of an increasingly integrated, unitary self (as Rogers suggests) – an improved ‘self-driving’ car – but more the gradual emergence of a knowing ‘executive’ self (a driver), better able to handle the vagaries of my car out on the open road!
Now this could all just be the splitting of hairs (or selves!); or just my own particular experience of recovery from childhood trauma. But my instinct tells me it is more than that.
In his later writings (eg 1968 and 1985) Rogers advocated a subjective kind of empiricism; one which would “encourage and nurture creative, subjective speculation”, and an “indwelling in the reality” of its subjects – which is my intent here. But how to test the validity of such speculations?
Well where better than at the Conversation Café!!
So, if the notion of a persistently ‘wonky’ car, driven by an increasingly able driver, resonates with you – then please join me at the Conversation Café, where we can perhaps explore the possibility that, alongside assisting our clients to ‘tune’ their car - we might find ways to help them recognise, and welcome, its driver!
Refs: Rogers (1968) Some thoughts regarding the current presuppositions of the behavioural sciences; and Rogers (1985) Toward a more human science of the person; both in: H Kirschenbaum & V L Henderson (eds), The Carl Rogers Reader. London: Constable
Remember that attendance at this event can be used toward your CPD too!