Want to know more?  Then come along to our informal online open sessions:

Saturday 26th March 2022, 10.00 a.m. — 11.00 noon.

Saturday 30th April 2022, 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 28th May 2022, 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

booking required: email the GAN administrator


Why Groups and Groupwork Training?

We all live, work and play in groups. The essence of being human is social. If you are managing a team or group of people, or are running or participating in groups, an understanding of how groups work and function can be invaluable. Whether you are seeking to gain accreditation in practical group work skills or planning to embark on Group Analyst (UKCP) training Group Analysis North offers a range of training courses and other activities relating to groups within the North West. The courses are offered on behalf of the Institute of Group Analysis, London.

The Courses Programme as a whole is designed to provide opportunities to progress through the full programme to achieve Qualified Group Analyst status (UKCP) or to choose an exit point with the Foundation Course, or as a Groupwork Practitioner with the Diploma Course. This flexible programme enables students to gain the level of skills and knowledge they require in their professional development and career progression.

In addition to the professional and career development aspects, the courses also offer valuable personal learning and development opportunities. Group Analysis or Group Analytic Psychotherapy focuses on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of human experience. As we are social beings, our personal difficulties in relationships and behaviours are experienced in the context of the groups in which we are rooted, such as with families, friends and social groups. Our philosophy is that as personal difficulties arise in groups; groups are the best place to explore, understand and try to resolve these issues.

Central to our training, and as early on as the Foundation year, students attend an experiential group which offers an opportunity to see how personal experience affects work, life, and relationships.

If you want to know more about what groupwork training offers, then come along to one of the free, informal sessions as listed above.


Group Analysis North’s Board of Trustees awards small bursaries each year to students facing financial hardship. Bursaries are awarded for one year only and are designated to those students who would not be able to access the training without financial support. The amounts given varies each year depending on the number of applications as there is a fixed amount delegated in the charities budget but if possible the following amounts will be given:

Foundation Course £200

Diploma Courses £500

Qualifying Course £500

Closing date for applications is 30th September each year.

Group Analysis North also provides fee-assisted places to applicants from registered charities and voluntary sector organisations.  See the attached file for criteria and how to apply.  If you wish to discuss your application further, please contact Mandy Wildman mndywldmn@aol.com


For bursary application form click here

A limited number of bursaries are also available from the Institute of Group Analysis and the Harry Guntrip Trust.

Those applicants who wish to apply to their employer for funding should contact Mandy Wildman, the GAN Development Officer, who will be able to assist in writing a bid tailored to individual service requirements. Mandy can be contacted at:


Training Course Personnel

Claire is an individual and group psychotherapist working in independent practice. She has previously worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Claire is a Training Group Analyst with the Institute of Group Analysis and a Trainer for the former North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy. Claire is active in Group Analysis North and in the Institute of Group Analysis, as well as working on the Manchester Qualifying and Diploma Courses. She is a member of the Tavistock Society for Psychotherapy and is registered both by the UK Council of Psychotherapists and by the British Council of Psychoanalysts. Claire has published papers on new members in groups, film and large groups. She is currently working on a book about the social nature of the brain.

Claire is a keen photographer and we are pleased, with her permission, to feature some of her beautiful images on the GAN website.

Garry is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst: Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society; Health and Care Professions Council registered Practitioner Psychologist; and, Member of The Institute of Group Analysis. He works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Current NHS roles include conducting longer term group analytic psychotherapy groups within a secondary care level Adult Psychological Therapies Service and providing supervision groups for in-patients’ services staff. His career spans research, clinical practice and clinical training provision in Universities, NHS and Independent Sector Organisations, in Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield and York. He has published, and presented at major conferences, in the areas of: human factors in health care computing; child and adolescent health psychology; and, group analytic theory and practice. He completed the Group Analysis North Introductory, Advanced and Qualifying Courses at The Manchester Red House between 1995 and 2003. Currently he is also a National Essay Marker, Dissertation Supervisor and Clinical Interviewer for The Institute of Group Analysis.

Isobel, The Director of Westpark Practice, Leeds, is an accredited training Supervisor and Training Group Analyst since 2006 and 2007 respectively. She has over 40 years experience of working as an individual therapist, group therapist , group analyst and supervisor in the NHS, Voluntary and Independent Sectors. She is a founder member of the Womens Counselling and Therapy Service, Leeds. She is currently clinical supervisor/consultant to a wide range of clinicians and practioners working in the NHS and Voluntary Sectors. She also runs a fortnightly supervision group for Group Analysis North. Isobel was a Training member of Northwest Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy from 1993-2013 when the institute closed. She is a member of the IGA’s National training Advisory Group and Chair of the Harry Guntrip Psychotherapy Trust, Leeds.

Christopher Davies is an Adult Psychotherapist with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, conducting once and twice weekly analytic psychotherapy groups and supervising trainees. Outside the NHS, he conducts staff support and supervision groups in in-patient, community and telephone support settings. He teaches on both the Manchester Qualifying Course in Group Analysis and the Newcastle Foundation Course, and is co-convenor of the York courses, offering both Foundation and Diploma years. Christopher is a Director of York Groupwork Ltd. which provides the courses in association with the IGA and which he and Sally King founded in 2008 to develop group-analytic training and thinking in the region.

Jane’s core training is in mental health, and she currently works as Lead Nurse/Group Analyst in a therapy service for people with personality disorder in Leicester. Jane was part of the commissioning team who set up the first modified therapeutic community within a forensic medium secure unit in the late 1980s. Jane has gained extensive knowledge, skills and experience working in different specialist mental health settings working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Eileen is a Group Analyst in Private Practice in Prestwich Manchester, and provides Clinical Group Supervision in both the Voluntary Sector and the N.H.S. A Previous Convenor of the IGA Foundation Course in Manchester, and Clinical Manager of N.S.P.C.C.’s Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Service in Manchester.

Shireen is a Group Analyst and Clinical Psychologist who currently provides group and individual psychotherapy in the NHS in the North West. Shireen worked in a variety of settings in India before moving to the UK and has been a supervisor for individual and group work in her past and current roles.

Leonie Hilliard is a Principal Adult Psychotherapist and Group Analyst within a specialist psychotherapy team in the NHS in S.W. Yorkshire where she conducts two long-term analytic groups and also provides supervision for group analysts and clinical psychologists. She also works as a group analyst, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and in the voluntary sector. She has worked in a wide variety of settings, including three years spent setting up a counselling service for non-English-speaking refugees and asylum-seekers, working with interpreters.

Cliff has a background in general and psychiatric nursing, specialising in forensic psychiatry prior to entering and completing the qualifying course with GAN. His theory and clinical papers have attachment theory and its implications for groups at their foundation. He has also provided supervision for staff running a day programme TC on the Wirral.

Sandra is a group analyst, and lead nurse at Francis Dixon Lodge day therapeutic community in Leicester. Sandra has worked at the therapeutic community for 25 years. Sandra is also a staff member for the Living and Learning experiential therapeutic community training weekends.

Allyson is a Group Analyst, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She works as an Adult Psychotherapist / Group Analyst within the NHS. She provides Individual psychotherapy, group analysis, supervision and reflective practice. Additionally she is an MBT practitioner and consults to a Primary Care Mental Health team regarding their more complex patients. She has been extensively involved with the IGA trainings in Scotland and has, at different times, worked as Experiential Group Conductor, Work Reflection Group Supervisor, Seminar Leader and Tutor . She was a member of the Training Committee in Scotland from 2006 and latterly held the position of Chairperson. She has been a member of the IGA’s Panel of Readers and is currently a National Essay Marker.

Sonia is a group analyst currently working in the voluntary sector, with previous experience conducting psychotherapy groups in a NHS Specialist Psychotherapy Service. Before qualifying as a group analyst, she worked for many years in the mental health and homelessness field in Adult Social Care and the voluntary sector.

Chris worked in Scotland as consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist form many years. She trained in DBT, dynamic psychotherapy, group analysis and Gestalt therapy. Chris has a background and qualifications in law, ethics and philosophy. She is now living in Bristol and working in private practice there.

Debra Nash is a Group Analyst and IGA Training Group Analyst. She works as an individual and group psychotherapist in independent practice. In addition to providing therapy she is a supervisor to individuals and groups. She has conducted Reflective Practice groups in a range of settings and provides training and workshops in psychodynamic practice. Before becoming Courses Director in 2015, she has at different times worked as Experiential Group Conductor, Seminar Leader and Convenor on the Foundation Course in Manchester. As part of her role as Manchester Courses Director, she is a member of National Management Training Committee, Student Progress Committee and is on the Admissions Board. She is Chair of Manchester Courses Committee and a member of the Diversity in Training Working Group. Before becoming a Group Analyst Debra was an English teacher and senior manager in a secondary school in Brent with particular responsibility for Inclusion. She has an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development from the British Association of Psychotherapists.

Dave works in the NHS as a group analyst and adult psychotherapist. He provides individual and group therapy as part of the Salford Specialist Psychotherapy Service and leads a Therapeutic Community Day Programme on the Wirral.

Chris is a group analyst, supervisor and organisational consultant based at the Tuke Centre in York and in private practice in Leeds. He has a particular interest in applying group analysis to other settings and disciplines and currently runs Café Psychologique in Leeds and Room to Breathe walking groups in the Yorkshire Dales.

Richard is a Group Analyst working in Adult Psychotherapy in the NHS, having graduated on the Manchester IGA Qualifying course.  In addition to conducting and providing supervision for analytic groups, Richard has many years of experience in working in Therapeutic Communities.  He is a (recently) former Trustee on the Board of GAN and is currently the Co-Editor of GAN’s bi-annual Gannet newsletter.

Following many years nursing in Acute Psychiatry in West Lothian, Jeanne has worked in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in Adult Psychotherapy.  She is currently an Adult Psychotherapist in NE Glasgow Psychotherapy Service Jeanne was also Involved in IGA trainings in Scotland.

Manchester Courses Committee

  • Debra Nash (Chair)
  • Bethan Marreiros (Training Administrator)
  • Jane Fyffe (Diploma Course representative)
  • Leonie Hilliard (Foundation Course representative)
  • Sandra Kelly (Diploma Course representative)
  • Kate Lewis (Chair of Group Analysis North)
  • Chris MacGregor (Qualifying Course Supervisor and Seminar Leader)
  • David Naylor (Foundation Course representative)
  • Chris Powell (Panel of Readers)
  • Mike Rigby (Panel of Readers)
  • Richard Curtis (Qualifying Course Supervisor)