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.