Mary Kilborn LectureJourneys of Hope at the Difficult Edge: Person-Centred-Experiential Approaches to Working with People with Unusual Experiences or Psychotic Processes

Thursday, 11th May 2023, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Dr Wendy Traynor presents the 2023 Mary Kilborn Lecture, which will address the application of Person-Centred-Experiential psychotherapy with people who present with psychotic or other unusual experiences. Wendy will discuss her path into practice and research with this challenging client population, which includes people who hear voices or have unusual or psychotic experiences. Both therapist and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful aspects of practice and possible impact will be discussed. Key practice considerations will be highlighted as well as reflections regarding the complexity of the wider context of service provision, using examples from life, work and research.

Wendy Traynor has worked as a child and adult therapist UK for 25 years and is currently a lecturer in psychotherapy and counselling at the University of Salford. She has supported clients who experience complex processes in all sectors including private practice, education, community mental health teams and psychiatric units. She completed her PhD at the University of Strathclyde. Some of her research has been published (see Traynor, Elliott and Cooper, 2011) and she is currently writing papers relating to other areas of her studies. Wendy regards the application of PCE therapies in this area of practice with great passion.

Please note that the venue for this year’s Mary Kilborn Lecture is the Strathclyde Business School Stenhouse Wing on Cathedral Street. Plan your route in advance via Cathedral Street to avoid climbing the steep hill from George Street.

Who should attend?

  • Members of the counselling practitioner community of Scotland (via COSCA and PCT Scotland) and beyond.
  • Counselling Unit course graduates as well as supervisors, practitioners, and members of the public.
  • Representatives of organisations that are current or potential placement partners for our MSc course students or who may be potential funding partners.
  • Current students on Counselling Unit BSc & MSc courses.
  • Relevant academic staff at other universities in Scotland and former tutors on our various courses.

Benefits of attending

  • You will be inspired about the relevance and potential of Person-Centred-Experiential psychotherapy with clients with psychotic or other unusual experiences.
  • You will have an opportunity to network with fellow mental health profession practitioners and students in Central Scotland.
  • You will be able to articulate the main principles of therapeutic work with this challenging but important client population.


Hannah MacIntosh
Teaching Associate
Rachel McIlree
Teaching Associate

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