Spirituality in the Therapy Room and Beyond (15 hours – Jan to March)

The course commencing in January is now full.  Please email to be placed on a waiting list for any available spaces.

Geoff Hopping and Jane Tillier are offering  two short courses exploring spirituality in the therapy room and beyond.  They will focus on three significant themes from Transactional Analysis  – Physis, Intuition and Autonomy. Physis (the life force in nature), Intuition (direct knowing gained without reasoning) and Autonomy (the experience of true awareness, spontaneity and intimacy).These were key ideas in the work of Eric Berne, the founding soul of TA but have been given little attention in theory development and writing in TA since.

Each Part (A and B) is an online, 6-week course on a Monday evening 18.00 – 20.30 (UK time) and will be limited to 12 participants. You are welcome to sign up to either or both parts in any order.  There will be a mixture of teaching, group work and reflection to embed learning each week and enhance your personal and professional development. The group will be invited to connect to their own core self (the heart of our being), to others and to the world.  The group experience will enable us to be present-centred and to embrace both uncertainty and the unknown in order to explore being truly intimate.

Jane and Geoff bring decades of experience and study to their considerations of the interplay between spirituality and psychotherapy and their passion for the subject is inspiring, contagious and thought-provoking.

Course A – The themes will be Grace, Grit, Grief and Gratitude (Oct/Nov 2020 and a second course in 2021 – dates tbc)

Week One: Introduction to each other and to the concepts.

Week Two: Grace. This week will account for the positive trajectory that that has brought us to where we are in our lives today.

Week Three: Grit. This week we will explore those difficult experiences that have shaped our being, growth and learning opportunities.

Week Four: Grief. The journey to loving the Self is probably only achieved through mourning. The Self has been obscured by layers of trauma and cultural conditioning, and the journey back to Self inevitably involves grieving and an understanding of our trauma.

Week Five: Gratitude. Part of the concept of Awareness is the capacity to express gratitude for the life we have. It is not fantasy nor something to be gained at the end of all our ‘work’ but an aliveness to be embraced right now.

Week Six: Review of the process to emerge out of the first six weeks.

Course B –  The themes will be Compassion, Curiosity, Creativity and Celebration (25th Jan to 1st March)

Part B

25th January – Week 1 – Introduction to the themes and frames of the course

1st February – Week 2 – Continuation of introduction to themes and frames

8th February – Week 3 – Compassion: a much-used word; what does it mean in relation to self, others and the world?  Can we keep a soft, open heart in play?

15th February – Week 4 – Curiosity: essential for learning and growth; what does it mean in relation to self, others and the world?  Can we keep a soft, open mind in play?

22nd February – Week 5 – Creativity: same-old or new? Can we release creative energy in and around us?

1st March – Week 6 – Celebration – a distinct human capacity to set a seal upon experience with rituals of celebration; what is there to celebrate in self, others and the world?

Course Tutors:

Geoff Hopping  is a well-regarded and highly qualified Psychotherapist (TA and Psychoanalytic), Supervisor and Trainer with decades of experience working in mental health and psychotherapy settings. Latterly he has worked in a high security prison as a Consultant Psychotherapist specialising in Group Work.  He is reconnecting to a passionate interest in spirituality and is currently in training with One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. Geoff also held the role of primary tutor at the Metanoia Institute since 1996 and left there in the summer of 2019, following his move to Brighton. Geoff is a core tutor at The Link Centre.

Jane Tillier has over 30 years of experience in offering warm, relational and inclusive soul-space to individuals and groups in a wide variety of settings such as healthcare (hospice, hospital and primary care), education (school and university) and church.  With a background in the study of Modern Languages and a PhD in Spanish, she was among the first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994.  She is now also a UKCP-listed trainee psychotherapist, with particular interests in the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality and in the impact of neurodiversity in mental health and wellbeing.  She is in the process of completing her MSc in TA Psychotherapy and her Certificate in Transactional Analysis at the Metanoia Institute.

Course Completion: A Link Centre CPD certificate will be given for each 6 week course (15 hours)

Cancellation Policy: 50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice


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Booking and Dates

25th January to 1st March 2021


Upcoming Dates:

Part B: 6 x 2.5 hour sessions (Monday 6.00pm to 8.30pm BST) – 25th January to 1st March 2021

Part A : 6 x 2.5 hour sessions (Monday 6.00pm to 8.30pm BST) – dates to be confirmed

Cancellation Policy:

50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice


Online Event (Zoom)


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