Saturday Morning Workshops

Gee, You are a wonderful supervisor Mr Murgatroyd!

Sylva Jolliffe

In this 2 hour workshop we will explore the role of transference and counter transference in the supervisory relationship through the lens of past,  present and future.

We will look at how ego state analysis might inform our work, the nature and flow of  parallel processes and how the development level of the therapist (and supervisor) may influence our work.

Sylva Jolliffe, MSc., CTA, PTSTA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.  

Sylva has 13 years of experience in private practice, working with a wide variety of adult clients from diverse backgrounds as well as providing supervision to practising therapists and trainees preparing for examinations via either the CTA or UKCP direct route. Sylva joined the Manchester Institute in 2021 and is now preparing for the TSTA examination. Prior to qualifying Sylva worked as a training consultant for many years in the financial services industry, qualifying as a performance coach before her passion for personal development led her to explore Transactional Analysis, and so began her TA Journey.


The Imago Relationship Therapy Supervision Model

Ian Tomlinson

Imago Relationship Therapy is a modality solely focused on couples therapy.  The key tool used in Imago Relationship Therapy is the Imago Dialogue process which brings structure and safety to the work.

The Imago supervision process is similarly structured and offers safety and growth to new and experienced Imago Therapists alike.

In this workshop Ian will give a quick summary of the Imago Relationship Therapy model and then introduce the supervision process.  The group will then discuss how the Imago supervision techniques could be used with other modalities.

Ian Tomlinson CTA(P) is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.  He is an Advanced Imago Clinician and a member of the Imago International Training Institute, one of only two in the UK.  He delivers trainings and supervision in Imago Relationship Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Trauma in Supervision - Workshop Full

Julia Tolley

Grow with me in this Workshop, learn about Trauma in Supervision and the role of the Supervisor. Core content:

  • Recognition of Trauma in Supervision
  • Strategies for supporting Supervisees

Recognition of the transference and countertransferential response to trauma is a key feature of Supervision, we are witness to the witness, of trauma. Observing the pain of a person’s relational trauma in the ‘third’ – the space of self with other, brings our own reciprocal wounds and scars to the fore, (De Zulueta, 2006).

Randall, (2018) provides a strategy for Supervisors to support their supervisees in their understanding and self-care of vicarious trauma. Exploring secondary trauma in supervision and the phenomena of numbness and lack of empathy (Van Dernoot Lipsky, 2009), and the relationship with PTSD and vicarious trauma, Supervisors will be able to recognise empathetic distress in Supervisees and facilitate their engagement in self-care practices in beneficence of the Supervisee and their clients.


Julia Tolley - TSTA(P) CTA (P) MA -Integrative Counselling
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor, BACP (Accred), UKATA, EATA, ITAA, Psychotherapy Trainer and Examiner.

Julia is a visiting tutor at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and is also Co-Director and Tutor at TACTA. I have a diverse Supervision practice and am passionate about the relationship in the ‘third’ in Supervision  My philosophical approach is that growth and development is attainable for everyone, ‘from acorns oak trees grow.

Saturday Afternoon Workshops

Shame in Supervision  - Workshop full

Ruth Birkebaek

Is this workshop we will discuss how the power dynamics in the supervisory relationship can foster shame. Sometimes the archaic relational needs or the transference-countertransference dyad of the supervisor may be activated in the supervisory relationship interrupting contact. This lack of contact from the supervisor may activate script believes in the supervisee and then shame invades the relationship, and nondisclosure becomes the supervisee’s self-protective mechanism against shame.

How can we repair our own misattunement and build safety when shame enters the supervisory relationship?

This workshop will be didactic and experiential.


Ruth Birkebaek started her career in Brazil in 1989 as a Plastic Surgeon. After graduating from medical school she became interested on the impact of the mind on the development of physical illness, and did trainings in Psychosomatic Medicine and Jung Therapy followed by a 4-year training in Transactional Analysis. In 2003 she moved to the UK and started a 5-year training in Integrative Psychotherapy with
Richard Erskine. Ruth works full time as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in London, and delivers training and workshops internationally.
Ruth is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, a Certified Integrative Psychotherapy Trainer; Supervisor (CIIPTS) by the IIPA (International Integrative Psychotherapy Association) and a Certified Transactional Analyst – Provisional Trainer; Supervisor (PTSTA).

Fences and Shorelines: Boundaries in Supervision

Kate Hardy

Boundaries can be limits. They can also be a liminal space between what is comfortable and familiar, and what is not yet understood. Supervision involves exploring the edges of practice, so Boundaries are important in Supervision.  This experiential workshop will invite you to consider the following questions in supervision:

  • Where might supervisees experience Boundary questions?
  • What are my Boundary questions for supervisors in supervision?
  • Where might Boundaries show the work for clients?
  • How do Boundaries reflect Life Script or narrative?

Other questions may emerge and there will be space to explore those.

As a PTSTA (P) based in the Cambrian mountains of west Wales, I am a psychotherapist, TA supervisor and learning facilitator in private practice. After 20 years in research and policy development, I retrained as a counsellor in 2003. I have been a BACP Accredited Counsellor since 2009 and a counselling supervisor since 2013. My background includes adult learning, counselling practice management, organisational development, research, spirituality, and community health.  I specialise in change and transition, which includes exploring evolving Boundaries.

Creative Techniques, to reveal the shadows in Supervision - Workshop Full

Rachel Curtis and Julia Tolley

Focusing on the creative space in supervision we introduce several concepts that invite left brain freedom of exploration to come to the fore in Supervision. As such the shadow side of supervision is revealed. Experiential techniques underpinned by theory – bring your creative self, explore your shadows:

The Six Shaped Supervision Model (Chesner, 2014) a reflective rather than narrative experience of supervision, unconscious material emerging from metaphor, imagery and emotions. Developed from the six-part story technique in therapy (Gersie and King 1990; Gersie 1997), Chesner introduces us to the world of the unknown and for the known to come into the light in Supervision with our Supervisees.

Sand tray therapy developed by Dora Kalff in the 1950’s, inspired by the work of Margaret Lowenfeld (1929) and Bhuddist contemporary practice, has been used effectively in Supervision to explore, issues, dynamics and process. In this workshop we are interested in exploring how use of the sand tray can help us reveal the shadows and in doing so ‘out’ the unconscious process.


Julia Tolley - TSTA(P) CTA (P) MA -Integrative Counselling
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor, BACP (Accred), UKATA, EATA, ITAA, Psychotherapy Trainer and Examiner.

Julia is a visiting tutor at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and is also Co-Director and tutor at TACTA.  She has a diverse Supervision practice and is passionate about the intersubjective relationship in the ‘third’ in Supervision  Her philosophical approach is that growth and development is attainable for everyone, ‘from acorns oak trees grow.’

Rachel Curtis - TSTA(P) CTA (P), FHEA, MA -Integrative Counselling, PHd Researcher UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor, UKCP, NCPS Accredited, IARTA, EATA, ITAA, EMDRUK. Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and Examiner.

Rachel is a lecturer at Bangor University on the MSc in Counselling and is developing an MSc in Supervision, as well as offering an independent supervision diploma with Julia through TACTA. She is a highly experienced supervisor for individuals and organisations, including specialising in supporting people working in sexual and domestic violence.