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The Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
80 East End Road,
Finchley, London, N3 2SY


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Course Directors:

Judith Dell M.A, BACP, UKCP
Tina Simmonds M.A, UKCP


Lord Stanley Clinton-Davis
Professor Howard Jacobs


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Monday 14th May 2018, 19:45
Cost: £35


My Fatal Mistake: Guilt, blame and the role of the psychotherapist in a patient suicide

Dr Rachel Gibbons


Suicide is something that is at the back of our minds in a lot of our work with patients. Given its importance and the fear that it generates, it is surprising that there is very little known about it’s nature or aetiology.


This lecture aims to confront the ‘Truth’ about suicide. It will look at the psychoanalytic understanding of suicidal states of mind and test this by looking at real cases. What leads someone to take their own life? Can it be prevented? The profound effect the suicide of a patient has on the psychotherapist or clinician working with them will be discussed. Knowledge gained about how to process and work with this trauma will be shared.



Dr Rachel Gibbons is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Adult Psychotherapy at St Ann’s Hospital. She is a practicing psychoanalyst and completed the group analytic training. She has been working and collecting data, on suicide over the last 9 years. She is currently the Suicide Lead for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, a member of the Haringey Suicide Prevention group, is the Clinical Lead for the London Transport Police Suicide Prevention Team and has been co-facilitating a Suicide Group for consultant psychiatrists for the last 7 years.


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Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 19:45


Dr Margot Waddell

Psychodynamic Thinking across the Life Cycle

This lecture is rooted in exploring, in psychoanalytic terms, the nature of human development across the widest spectrum of the whole life cycle, beginning with earliest infancy and ending with extreme old age. It is especially concerned with states of mind and with the nature of the internal rather than external life of an individual, always bearing in mind that the two are, in fundamental ways, both distinct and also inextricable. There will be many examples from observations and clinical sessions of how we can shed light on the perplexing process of actually ‘growing up’.

Dr Margot Waddell is a Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychotherapist in the Adolescent Department at the Tavistock Clinic. Margot is editor of the Tavistock Clinic Book Series and is the author of Inside Lives, Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality. Dr Waddell has also written extensively on adolescence, including work on groups, gangs and scapegoating.


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TUESDAY 13TH MAY 2014 7.45 PM



The analyst’s consulting room toilet lends itself to myriad uses in the context of the analytic relationship. It is a place where “dirty” secrets may be excitedly deposited and where perverse fantasies can be fuelled and acted out. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the use of the analyst’s toilet may be used as a means of preserving an idealised relationship with the analyst.

Professor Alessandra Lemma is Director of the Psychological Therapies Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic. She is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and as a psychoanalyst. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Honorary Professor of Psychological Therapies in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Essex University. She is the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series (Routledge) and one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.




Psychoanalytic psychotherapist and group analyst.

21 May 2013 - 7.45 pm


'The Success of Failure'. We all fail our patients, but some failures can be repaired, and some cannot. What is the difference between the different kinds of failure? How can we keep on learning from experience when we do fail and how should we think about failure and ethical dilemmas from moment to moment in the session?


David Vincent

David Vincent is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and group analyst. He is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. He is a former Chair of the Institute of Group Analysis and recently became Chair of the Ethics Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council.


Tuesday 15th May 2012, David Morgan Psychoanalyst BPAS BPA spoke on

'Destroying the Knowledge of the Need for Love' The Perverse, Addictive and Erotic Transference in the Analytic Relationship


David Morgan will facilitate a Clinical Workshop on this topic on:
Sunday 10th June 2012 9.30 am – 12.30 pm


David Morgan, Psychoanalyst BPAS BPA is a Psychoanalyst in Private Practice and was formerly a Consultant Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic. He teaches and runs workshops in the UK and Internationally. In the Lecture, David Morgan will look at the issues of patients who avoid true intimacy and loving relationships for the certainties of perverse or addictive behaviours. The struggle to move on from these anciente regimes to more democratic and human ways of relating will be considered and explored.

This lecture will be followed by a clinical workshop on Sunday 10th June when David Morgan will review live material from participant therapists’ clinical work.



Tuesday 10th May 2011 Professor Howard Jacobs gave an illustrated talk on:
'Animated Enchantment: A psychoanalytic investigation of the enduring popularity of Walt Disney’s early feature films'

Howard Jacobs presents his perspective on the widespread and enduring popularity of Disney’s early feature length animated films: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), drawing on psychoanalytic thinking, film clips and stills. He will discuss what he sees as the social, pedagogical and psychological messages embodied in the films but which are heavily camouflaged by attractive animation, humour and music, arguing that part of the fascination of the films lies in the resonances set up in the unconscious minds of their viewers.

Howard Jacobs has an MA in Film Studies and is presently a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Film at Queen Mary, University of London. He was Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at The Middlesex Hospital and UCL Medical School until his retirement from the University and NHS 10 years ago.

May 11th 2010 Dr. Julian Stern spoke on:
'Applied Psychoanalytical Work in a Medical Setting'

Julian Stern completed his Psychiatry and Adult Psychotherapy training at the Maudsley Hospital. For 13 years he has been the Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, a specialist hospital for patients with colorectal disorders. He has a particular interest in working psychotherapeutically in a medical setting, both with staff members and with patients. He has published both in psychotherapy and medical journals, and is co-editor of the textbook “Core Psychiatry”. He is a Full Member of the Lincoln Clinic for Psychotherapy, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

June 2009 Michael Jacobs spoke on:
‘Challenging the Stereotype of the Psychodynamic Practitioner’.

Audio (MP3) files are now available.

Part 1 of 2 here. Part 2 of 2 here.

Michael Jacobs ImageMichael Jacobs was for many years Director of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Programme at the University of Leicester. Now retired, he is visiting Professor to the University of Leeds and Bournemouth University and carries on an independent Practice.

His books on psychodynamic counselling and therapy are used as key texts on many training courses - notably "The Presenting Past", "Psychodynamic Counselling in Action" and "Still Small Voice". Other recent publications include "The Therapist's Use of Self" (written with John Rowan) and "Supervision: Questions and Answers for Counsellors and Therapists" (co-written with his wife, Moira Walker). He is the editor of a number of important series, such as 'Core Concepts in Therapy' (Open University Press), 'Counselling in Context' (Open University Press), 'In Search of a Therapist' (Open University Press), and 'Questions and Answers for Therapists and Counsellors' (Whurr Publications).

His most recent publications are Shakespeare on the Couch and Our Desire of Unrest.

6th May 2008 Adam Phillips who spoke on:
'On What is Fundamental; Psychoanalysis and Fundamentalism'.


An audio (MP3) file of the 2008 Adam Phillips MHCPC Annual Lecture is now available here.


Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and writer. His books include Winnicott; On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; on Flirtation; Terror and Experts; Monogamy; Darwin's Worms; Houdini's Box; Going Sane; Equals; Side Effects. He reviews regularly for the London Review of Books, The Observer and the New York Times, and makes frequent radio and television appearances. He is General Editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations.


Adam Phillips Photograph:Toby Glanville


Adam Phillips photograph


15th May 2007, the well known and eminent psychoanalyst and writer, Patrick Casement spoke on:
'The Demands and Rewards of Working with Negative Transference'

Patrick Casement

Patrick Casement : Photo by Polly Hancock

2006 Neville Symington spoke on:
"The Pains of Life",
click here for free access to a low quality MP3 audio file of the lecture. Requires QuickTime.

Neville Symington

Neville Symington

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