Robin Hobbes and Judi Ledward founded Elan Training and Development in 1982 to provide psychotherapy and counselling in the Manchester area. Elan Training and Development were pioneers in those days with no one else providing such services in Manchester or elsewhere in the north west of England.
Robin and Judi are both UKCP Registered Humanistic Psychotherapists. Robin as a Transactional Analyst and Judi as an Integrative Psychotherapist.
Robin spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practicing psychotherapy and counseling He has been involved in Transactional Analysis for 33 years. He passed his clinical exams in 1985 and has been running a training programme here in Manchester since 1987. He has been directly involved in the development of TA both nationally and internationally.
The former Chairperson and Chair of Ethics of the British Institute of Transactional Analysis. He has made many national and international presentations on Transactional Analysis and has published on the subject – writing a number of articles. With Keith Tudor he co-wrote the Transactional Analysis chapter in “The Handbook of Individual Therapy” edited by Windy Dryden. He was also the Clinical supervisor for Connect Therapeutic Community – a pioneering therapeutic community in Birmingham that applied TA principles to working with the disordered. He is currently the Ethical Advisor to the European Transactional Analysis Association. He also writes a regular column in the EATA Newsletter on Ethics.
His philosophical approach to Transactional Analysis is very much influenced by an existential approach in which the “going about existingly” is the main focus of therapeutic attention. He seeks to integrate phenomenology and heuristic approaches in his work as a trainer, supervisor and practitioner.
He is an approved and fully qualified teacher and supervisor in Transactional Analysis.
Judi is an American living in Britain for the past thirty five years. She is a psychologist and psychotherapist, trained in the United States and Britain. She has been working in private practice with individuals, couples and groups for twenty-two years. Prior to that, she did research in Psychiatry for Manchester University Department of Psychiatry at the Medical School, including a project looking at GPs attitudes to their patients’ emotional problems. She has worked on an action-research project for young families to prevent parenting problems, and for seven years she has been Group work Consultant to the Diploma in Counseling course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She has extensive experience providing training for public and business organisations. She regularly offers courses at the Skyros Centre in Greece and at Cortijo Romero in Spain. She also runs two professional development courses the details of which you will find here. For 30 years she has been meditating. For the same length of time she has been including meditational practices and ideas in all aspects of her work. Her particular interests are the use of the self in psychotherapy and healing relationships in groups.
Marlyn’s original training was in Education. She began retraining in psychosynthesis in the 1980’s after 13 years in a religious community. She has a Counselling Diploma, a MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy and is a qualified Supervisor and Trainer. Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal psychology and still forms the basis of her practice which she would describe as relational and integrative. She has worked in private practice as a therapist for 20 years and as a supervisor and trainer for the last 15. She has been involved in the training of counselling students in the UK and the Netherlands and has taught workshops for the public both in the UK and Spain.
Marlyn has a lifelong interest in spirituality and is committed to her own evolving and changing spiritual practice. She is interested in issues of meaning and purpose and believes that healing is a natural process as we work to remove the blocks that keep us stuck. Her own experience has been that relationship, in particular the therapeutic relationship, best provides the key to unlocking this stuck-ness and leads to a greater expression of creativity and potential as well as helping to heal the wounds of the past. She is interested in how we live creatively with our woundedness.
A recent brush with life threatening illness has contributed to her desire to work also with those facing serious illness, death or bereavement.
I qualified as a Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologist in 1999 and I am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Since my graduation I have worked in a variety of settings as well as in a private practice. I am experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults as well as couples and families. My experience also extends to working with refugees and inmates in the UK and abroad.
I have a post-graduation qualification in Forensic, Intercultural and Neuropsychological Assessment and have studied Psychoanalysis since 1994 in Brazil, Belgium and the UK.
In private practice, I work with a range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, separation, divorce, bereavement, eating disorders and other issues.
The psychodynamic approach is a therapeutic process which aims at helping patients to make sense of their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.
I work in English and Portuguese languages.
Kate Sawallisch, TA and Integrative Psychotherapist and
IMAGO Relationship Therapist in Training
Therapy begins with an exploration of how things are for you and what you’d like to change. The aim is discover your unique patterns of thinking, behaving and feeling and how these might be affecting you and your relationships. My role is to listen & provide support but also to challenge any self-limiting beliefs and values. The goal of therapy is to help you make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to resolve any unhelpful past experiences so that you can live more peacefully in the present.
You and your partner will learn effective communication skills, how to resolve relational frustrations, and how to rekindle your passionate connection. Creating a safe space between you is essential so that you can deal with every issue in a way that elicits closeness and prevents the accumulation of energy for fuelling the power struggle.
A powerful connecting skill you will learn is “crossing the bridge” to the world of the other. Learning and mastering the IMAGO “dialogue process” will enable you to create that essential safe space between you.
IMAGO dialogue has the power to transform not just your couple relationship but also the relationship with your children, other family members, friends and work colleagues.
For more information about IMAGO, please take a look at YouTube videos by Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt and Hedi & Yumi Schleifer as well as books by Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt, e.g. Getting the Love You Want, Keeping the Love You Find, Marriage Made Simple.
Areas of Interest
Individuals, Relationships (new, established, seniors, same-sex, parent-child, siblings, other family members), Getting married, Civil partnerships, Depression, Anxiety, Conflict
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA), and IMAGO UK and abide by their codes of ethics.
Hello my name is Lisa and I am a qualified psychotherapist and mental health practitioner working both privately and within the NHS.
I have practiced as a nurse in the NHS for over 24 years in a variety of settings giving me invaluable experiences in how life challenges us as individuals. Through working on an Inpatient Child Adolescent Mental Health Unit and now a Community Eating Disorder Service I have seen how essential it is to find support that can enable change. My extensive experience within the NHS particularly with eating disorders has given me the opportunity to witness the courage shown when wanting to live a different way from that which the eating disorder has dominated and dictated. The rewards of working with a therapist who you can relate and connect to is immensely satisfying, I have seen this in my practice and experienced this within my own personal therapy. Through developing a cooperative working relationship I have found that therapy can facilitate change in feelings and behaviours, enabling us to live a life that we find more satisfying.
How I work
I don’t push or pull you in a direction, but work alongside you, and through talking about how we think, feel and behave will facilitate you to resolve the issues that may have been troubling or unresolved. Transactional Analysis and Compassion Focused Therapy are key parts of this work for me and I find that they provide a different way of considering how we relate to others and help us to view difficult situations with new perspectives. I have found through my work with clients and my own personal experience that we all have the capacity to find answers and solutions to the challenges we face in our everyday lives. The therapeutic relationship is key to this and I find a way to work that suits each individual client, whether that is problem solving, finding strategies to help in difficult circumstances or just being present and listening. I work face to face and after an initial consultation, we can arrange to meet short or long term, whichever evolves from getting to know each other an embarking on the process together.
Qualifications and Experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with a diploma in Transactional Analysis.
I have an Honours Degree in Nursing and a Masters level module in Therapeutic Nursing Care. I have been on a number of Compassion Focused Therapy Workshops, which also included a focus specifically upon Eating Disorders.
I have experience of working within the NHS and I have my own private practice. I have also previously worked with young people in a school setting.
I belong to two professional bodies the NMC and BACP and I am committed to maintain high levels of personal and professional development and I undertake regular supervision and peer supervision.