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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Embodied minds and mentalised bodies

Led by Dr Katerina Fotopoulou

Saturday 21 May 2016

This one-day seminar has been designed for psychotherapists to illuminate the connections between the mind and neurophysiology and to show how our embodiment influences the function of our brain and ultimately shape how we understand ourselves and our new experiences.

Disorders that lie at the borders between neurology and psychology, such as body dysmorphia, eating disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders of body unawareness, challenge any rigid distinction between mind and body. We see how in a healthy state our psychological selves are the products of processes that ensure the mind serves the needs of our body; that bodily signals are integrated and re-mapped in the brain to ultimately form our coherent, conscious sense of embodiment. Conversely, this helps us to understand the equally powerful and adaptive tendency of our brain to construct perceptual and psychological illusions.

What does this mean for psychotherapy? We will reflect on which kind of social mirroring the psychotherapeutic encounter entails and how this may affect how our bodies are given a second chance of 'mentalisation'.


Dr Katerina Fotopoulou
Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, PhD, studied cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis at UCL before completing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Durham, UK. She is currently an Associate Professor (Reader) at the Psychoanalysis Unit, Psychology and Language Sciences Division, University College London and a research affiliate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the same university. There she researches how interoceptive body feelings & multimodal representations of the body, are influenced by interpersonal exchanges and expectations, as well as by neuropeptides known to enhance social feelings. These studies point to unique neural mechanisms by which our bodies are interpersonally 'mentalised' and perceived to form the basis of our selves. Katerina is the Director of the London Neuropsychoanalysis Centre and runs the London Neuropsychoanalysis Group on: 'Psychodynamic Neuroscience and Neuropsychology'. She has published widely in psychology and neuroscience journals and is the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012. More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 5 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End