Exploring the Beauty and Complexity of the Therapeutic Relationship with Professor Michael Jacobs
Exploring the Beauty and Complexity of the Therapeutic Relationship with Professor Michael Jacobs

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Murray Edwards College

Huntingdon Road

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Exploring the beauty and complexity of the therapeutic relationship

A challenge that is not for the fainthearted

Awarded The National Counselling Society Quality Checked Status 

The aim of the day is to focus not only on the therapeutic relationship as an essential component in the efficacy of therapy, but to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity and blocks to this alliance. To explore the ways in which we might work with the complex dynamics arising and the vulnerability which we, as therapists, may experience. 

This SkyBlue event features five leading international and national experts in the field, from five different therapeutic modalities.

Keynote Speaker:- Professor Michael Jacobs presents his two papers:-

  • The Gift Relationship - Giving and Receiving

  • What sort of therapist am I? A psychodynamic therapist’s use of self


Four workshops presented by esteemed practioners:-

Danuta LipinskaPerson Centred practitioner and trainer

Making sense of self -  A Person-Centred  approach to living with Dementia

Angela Massucco - Attachment based psychotherapist

Undoing Aloneness: Meeting Love with Love in Couples Therapy

Stephen BushellJungian Analyst

Soul and Spirit in the therapeutic relationship - “every psychic advance arises from the suffering of the soul”   C G Jung

Anthea MillarAdlerian Psychotherapist & Trainer

Vicarious Trauma: Overcoming the challenge of “second hand shock” in the therapeutic relationship.

Q & A Panel chaired by Mo Kurimbokus

A unique forum which aims to engender vibrant and challenging discussion.

NHS IAPT will be present throughout the day.

In the beautiful Murray Edwards College Cambridge and its surrounding grounds, you will experience stimulating discourse and learning. Professor Michael Jacobs, fellow of BACP, opens the day, with a presentation of two of his papers. Lunch will be provided, following which there will be the opportunity to attend one of four workshops. (Please note there are limited places at each workshop, each place will be allocated on a first come first served basis, during registration.)

The day will culminate in bringing together all five speakers in a Q and A panel. The panel will answer questions and discuss issues raised by delegates.

For full details of the itinerary, the speakers, their presentations and workshops, ticket pricing and T's & C's please see below. 

Please be aware that from 10th March 2016 the BACP CPD Endorsement Scheme was withdrawn due to an internal review process. Consequently, although this SkyBlue CPD event sought to satisfy all of the BACP Endorsement criteria BACP were unable to accept new applications. However this event is listed on the BACP CPD Directory - open this link in a new tab - http://www.bacp.co.uk/cpd/cpd_details.php?id=514&event=2110

 To find out more about SkyBlue please go to   www.skybluetherapy.org.uk


9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 -9.45 SkyBlue introduction

9.45 - 11.00 Michael Jacobs - The Gift Relationship - Giving and Receiving  

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 12.30 Michael Jacobs - What sort of Therapist am I? - A psychodynamic therapist's use of self

12.30 - 1.30 Lunch  (please email info@skybluetherapy.org.uk to notify us of any special dietary requirements)

1.30 - 3.00 Masterclasses

3.00 - 3.30 Coffee

3.30 - 4.45 Panel - Q & A

4.45 - 5pm Thanks and close of day. 

Keynote speaker

Professor Michael Jacobs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Giving and Receiving

The therapeutic relationship is sometimes described as ‘the gift relationship’. What is it that we as counsellors and therapists give to our clients; and what is it that they give us? Taking it a step further, what about the tangible gifts in the relationship: money, perhaps, but more so what clients want to give us - and even more interesting, do we ever give anything to them? Michael Jacobs discusses the gifts therapists and patients have given each other and asks how we might understand and handle such situations.

What sort of therapist am I? A psychodynamic therapist’s use of self

Following the writing with John Rowan of The Therapists’ Use of Self, Michael Jacobs took stock of how the book might apply to himself. In this paper he discusses the writing of the book, and the thoughts about psychoanalysis that were triggered by it; and looks back on his own development. He challenges the all too common stereotype of the psychodynamic therapist.


Michael Jacobs, one of the leading proponents of psychodynamic counselling in Britain, was for many years director of the counselling and psychotherapy programme at the University of Leicester  He is  the author of a number of books that are key texts in counselling training  Psychodynamic Counselling in Action; The Presenting Past; and Still Small Voice, still used thirty years after their first editions. Michael has been retired from the university since 2000 and lives in Swanage, Dorset, where he has had a private practice until recently, now only providing supervision  He is currently writing what he imagines to be his last book, which is a personal history of counselling in Britain and of his life as a counsellor, therapist, teacher and author. 

Masterclass presenters

Angela Massucco -  Attachment based Couples and Individual Psychotherapist

Undoing Aloneness: Meeting Love with Love in Couples Therapy -

An emotionally focused process and transformative relationship.

Working with an emotionally focused (EFT, Sue Johnson) and experiential (AEDP, Diana Fosha) approach - within the couple and individual therapy relationship, Angela will share and give discreet examples of her clinical practice to illustrate how the authentic giving of oneself in the therapy relationship can initiate and encourage active healing in both indidvidual and couple therapy. In finding and working deeply with glimmers of hope in the therapeutic dynamic - these models inspire growth of trust, which actively encourage a deeper compassion and love to flourish between the couple, and individual, and importantly in the therapist. Within the safety of the workshop space we will focus on bringing to life an emotionally focused approach to couple and indidvidual psychotherapy.  


Angela Massucco is an Attachment based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP and trained at Bowlby Centre. She is an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and holds an Ad Dip in Couples Therapy and a Psychosexual Certificate with TCCR. She is also an Art Therapist BAAT. Her experience of EFT and Diana Fosha AEDP Training has impacted deeply personally and professionally with these experiential models that believe emotional intimacy is at the core of a rich relationship. Angela is in full time practice at Number 42, The Complete Psychotherapy Practice, London Bridge.

Danuta Lipinska - Trainer and Person Centred Practitioner

Making sense of self -  A Person-Centred  approach to living with Dementia

We all strive to make sense of Self in our daily lives, sometimes therapy can help. This life quest seems even more important and urgent when living with dementia and what constitutes our life as we have known it, begins to shift and tilt. As one client said; "I need to talk about this before I forget the words". A Person-centred approach can support persons experiencing the cognitive change associated with dementia to do so. Many years of counselling men and women living with dementia in both the USA and the UK has provided a particular understanding and appreciation for the therapeutic relationship and welcomes the growth and development of the individual in spite of age and neurology. 


Danuta Lipinska, MA, RegMBACP (Accred) Author of 'Person-centred Counselling for People with Dementia: Making Sense of Self' (2009, Jessica Kingsely Publishers)) has pioneered counselling with persons with dementia. A qualified nurse, she has a BA in Psychology and Master's Degree in Counselling from the University of New Hampshire, USA where she also created training programmes and designed and ran family support groups. She has developed specialist counselling services for people with dementia and relatives and continues to be highly involved in this area of expertise, currently training and supervising counsellors for a specialist dementia service at Suffolk MIND. Recently she was a tutor on the Post-graduate diploma in person-centred counselling at the Norwich Centre for Counselling. She is an Associate Dementia Specialist, University of Worcester, and Patron of The Forget Me Nots, a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group in Norwich. Danuta is a counsellor, supervisor, author and an international speaker. 

Anthea Millar - Psychotherapist, Trainer

Vicarious Trauma: Overcoming the challenge of “second hand shock” in the therapeutic relationship.

Working in the helping professions means that we are frequently secondary witnesses to the trauma and severe stress experienced by our clients. It is human and natural to be affected by other’s suffering. However, the potential risk of ‘Second-Hand Shock’ is a major concern, taking its toll on many practitioners.  

Anthea will introduce the multiple dimensions of second hand shock, including the neuroscience behind the phenomenon, the risks of empathy, and interventions enabling practitioner self-care.


Anthea Millar is a BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist with 32 years’ experience. She has a busy therapy and supervision practice, and is regularly invited to provide training in supervision and trauma therapy both in the UK and abroad. Increasing her understanding of the most effective ways to work with trauma through ongoing specialised training has been a long time concern. Anthea’s first career as a speech and language therapist, when she worked with neurological trauma, set the scene for her interest in psychological as well as physical trauma. Anthea is a founder and a co-director of Cambridge Supervision Training, and a co-author of Practical Supervision: How to become a Supervisor for the Helping Professions (JKP 2014). 

Stephen Bushell - Jungian Analyst

Soul and spirit in the therapeutic relationship - “every psychic advance arises from the suffering of the soul”   C G Jung

For millennia people have used the language of soul and spirit to describe the peaks and troughs of human experience. Carl Jung held out for these religious terms to remain within the vocabulary of psychotherapy at a time when scientific rationalism was becoming the new language of the inner world. This workshop will explore how the archetypal dimensions of soul and spirit can play a significant role in the transformative therapeutic encounter. 


Stephen Bushell is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Buckinghamshire.  He is a member of The Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP) and The International Association of Analyitical Pshchology (IAAP). With a background in the ordained ministry in the Anglican Church, Stephen worked for 15 years providing spiritual and pastoral care in a large NHS Mental Health Trust. One of his main areas of interest and research is mysticism (East and West) and meditation has been his central to his spiritual practice for over 30 years.  He sees the therapeutic journey as one of increasing intimacy with oneself, with others, with one’s environment and with the transpersonal dimension. 

Q & A Panel chaired by Mo Kurimbokus

We are very excited that Mo Kurimbokus has very kindly agreed to chair our panel discussion.  As far as we are aware this is, in this context, a unique question & answer forum.  With his genuine interest & enthusiasm for people and the profession and his experience in the public eye, having worked in the media, on television and radio, for many years as the public face of Relate, Mo will bring together the audience and the speakers, mediating and balancing the relationship and teasing out the relevant issues.  We anticipate a vibrant and challenging discussion.

 Mo is a COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Therapist , a Relationship Counsellor, EMDR Therapist  and a Supervisor with over 20 years experience.  Mo started his training as a Bereavement Counsellor, going on to work as a Relationship Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist for Relate in London for over 13 years, during 6 of which he represented Relate as an expert in the media. 

Mo also works with the LGBT community as well as with StopSo (Specialist Treatment Organization for the Prevention of Sexual Offending).  He describes his approach as eclectic, using CBT, psychodynamic, systemic, EMDR, short term solution focused therapy in his work.  Mo is currently in private practice based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. 

Terms and Conditions

Please note that tickets are non refundable except where the event is cancelled by SkyBlue.

SkyBlue reserve the right to make changes to the order and content of the day, including speakers and workshops. We will only make such changes under exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.

Neither SkyBlue nor Murray Edwards College are liable for damage or loss to personal effects. Delegates are responsible for the insurance of such property.

Delegates may email SkyBlue, info@skybluetherapy.org.uk, to notify us of any special dietary requirements.

We will do our best to fulfil these requirements.


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