Perspectives in Transference and Counter-transference – Workshop Series

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Perspectives in Transference and Countertransference.

We are delighted to be launching our workshop series Perspectives in Transference and Counter-Transference; each workshop offering a different perspective on transference and counter-transference.

As Transactional Analysts some of the theory will be offered through a TA lens. There will also be exciting theory and practical application to practice – making workshop accessible to all practitioners.

The first workshop in the series is an introductory workshop and, as such, it will be delivered in a simple and straight-forward manner.  Secondly, our aim is to make this first introductory workshop easy to understand and accessible to all.  Subsequently, workshops will be offering theoretical material at great depth and perhaps with greater complexity.

Workshop 1

Introduction to Different Types of Transference

Thursday 20 January 2022 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Presenter: Andy Williams TSTA(P)

This first workshop in the Perspectives in Transference and Counter-transference series offers a simple introduction to Transference phenomena. The workshop is accessible to all counsellors, coaches and psychotherapists and is suitable for anyone who works “in relationship” with another. You may be an educationist, a helper, a teacher, a mentor etc. who will gain benefit from attending this first, introductory workshop.

With this in mind, this introductory workshop offers a “two-person psychology” way of looking at clinical work. It offers a complexity of thinking and real options as to how we might engage with our clients. Next we will explore what offerings of understandings that we might give to our client. This is particularly important when the therapeutic relationship feels sticky or feels at risk of rupturing.

Workshop Content

An Introduction to Different Types of Transference will start by accessing material from an article by Helena Hargaden published in 2019.  Helena Hargaden offers us a very simple map of different types of transference phenomena.  To begin with, we will be using these three categories of transference

  • Introjective Transference
  • Projective Transference
  • Transformational Transference

to help us understand the importance of this phenomena when considering helping relationships.

We will then move on in the workshop to consider work by Petruska Clarkson and to gain a greater understanding of counter-transference – the experiences of the therapist or helper in response to their client.

Outcome for Delegates

By the end of the workshop, the attendee will have gained a good understanding and therefore be able to discriminate between three different types of transference. Furthermore, they will have considered counter-transference and will have had the opportunity to apply some of these concepts to their practice in the broadest sense. Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity, in small groups, to apply these ideas to their own clinical practice and to offer helpful thinking and support to other delegates.

About the presenter

Andy Williams TSTA(P) is the Training Director at TATO and offers training and supervision in TA, Psychotherapy, Counselling and Coaching.  He has a passion for working therapeutically using the outdoor landscape.  Andy is a keen writer of all things psychotherapeutic and has a wide range of professional interests.  His recent MSc. was a study on the efficacy of supervision from the supervisees’ perspective.

Workshop 2

Idealising, Mirroring, and Twinship

Tuesday 22 February 2021 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Presenter: Beren Aldridge PTSTA(P)

This workshop, part of the series of workshops on “Perspectives on Transference and Counter-transference” is aimed at the working professional who encounters clients every week.  We would see this series as open to teachers, third sector workers, social workers but above all counsellors, psychotherapists and therapists.

The intention is that the theory accessed during the workshop would be directly applicable to practice the next day in the therapeutic arena.

Heinz Kohut, an originator of ‘Self-Psychology’ suggested that a healthy infant requires experiences of idealising, mirroring and twinship to support their healthy development of the ‘self’. Deficits in this provision can lead to transference experiences, whereby a person seeks as an adult what they did not receive as a child. To begin with, we will take a look together at how we might consider his theories from a transactional analysis perspective. We will then consider the ethics of a therapist providing a ‘corrective experience’ for their client to support growth and autonomy.

Along with didactic teaching, this workshop will also involve the exploration of personal experience as a therapist and working in small groups.  It should be noted that attendees will be requested to agree to a clear confidentiality agreement at the commencement of the workshop.

Course Content

This workshop will include:

  • The definitions of the transference phenomena
  • Consider the natures of these transferences
  • Developmental considerations when providing a corrective experience
  • Problematic processes, difficulties and pitfalls
  • Considerations of the ethics of working in a ‘one and half’ person frame

About the Trainer

Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc Beren is a Certified Transactional Analyst, UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor. He works in private practice in Kendal. He is a member of the teaching faculty at TATO in Leeds and teaches on both their Foundation and Advanced Clinical programmes. Additionally, he is one the UK’s delegates to EATA and a member of EATA’s Commission of Certification. In the UK, he is Chair of UKATA’s Training, Accreditation and Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Transactional Analysis Journal.

Workshop 3

Working with Erotic Transference

Thursday 17 March 2022 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Presenter: Andy Williams TSTA(P)

This workshop, part of the series of workshops on “Perspectives on Transference and Counter-transference” is aimed at the working professional who encounters clients every week. 

We will explore definitions of erotic transference in this workshop and look at to demystifying the term “erotic transference” , to perhaps reduce our fear as we approach the topic.  Following on from this, we will explore the developmental origins of the phenomena.

Moving on again, we will then look at advanced clinical thinking, considering what is the nature of erotic transference, it bi-directionality and inter-penetrative components and why these factors might add “fuel to the fire”.

Course Content

This workshop on erotic transference will include:

  • The definitions of the phenomena
  • The nature of erotic transference
  • Developmental considerations when working with Erotic Transference
  • Problematic processes, difficulties and pitfalls.
  • Solid ways forward in our clinical work.

Outcomes for Delegates

In summary, this workshop will equip the practitioner with understanding of the phenomena of erotic transference and ways in which to remain grounded and to be helped and to helpful in the therapeutic relationship.

About the trainer

Andy Williams TSTA(P) is the Training Director at TATO and offers training and supervision in TA, Psychotherapy, Counselling and Coaching.  He has a passion for working therapeutically using the outdoor landscape.  Andy is a keen writer of all things psychotherapeutic and has a wide range of professional interests.  His recent MSc. was a study on the efficacy of supervision from the supervisees’ perspective.

Workshop 4

Projective Transferences

Tuesday 12 April 2022 6.00 – 7.30pm

Presenter: Beren Aldridge PTSTA(P)

Following on from our recent evening seminar on the introjective transferences (Mirroring, Idealising and Twinship), another workshop in our series Perspectives on Transference will look at the concepts of projective transferences. We will continue to study the work of Hargaden and Sills, and their work on using the TA structural ego state theory to model these experiences. As with Beren’s previous workshop, this seminar will look at theory and practice and offer perspectives on how to notice and work with projective transferences  in the therapy room and in all helping professions.

About the Trainer

Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc Beren is a Certified Transactional Analyst, UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor. He works in private practice in Kendal. He is a member of the teaching faculty at TATO in Leeds and teaches on both their Foundation and Advanced Clinical programmes. Additionally, he is one the UK’s delegates to EATA and a member of EATA’s Commission of Certification. In the UK, he is Chair of UKATA’s Training, Accreditation and Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Transactional Analysis Journal.


If you enjoy these seminars – why not try one of our other online courses and workshops.