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Men on the Couch

With Rotimi Akinsete, Paul Atkinson, Andy Metcalf, Dr Eyal Rozmarin and Professor Andrew Samuels

Saturday 23 September 2017 - London

This conference is about men in therapy - from both sides of the 'couch'. Our speakers will explore the ways in which men manage their vulnerabilities - including their desire for connection and dependency needs - as well as some male relational strategies that are more familiar in our culture: the appearance of invulnerability, emphasis on performance and detachment from others. They will be asking why, often, men still feel required to defend against need and what challenge this can present for men in therapy, and their therapists - whether male or female.

We will also be talking about men as therapists and what takes men into this caring profession. Is this an act of subversion, contradicting masculine stereotypes, a solution to an awakened need or a natural path for a sensitive man? Finally, we will be considering therapy specifically between men: what happens between man and man when they look at these conditions of manhood together? Transferences to the therapist such as rival, friend, father, the son or brother will evoke reciprocal responses and potentially fruitful rupture and repair scenarios - perhaps more so when across a cultural divide. How are these distinctive and specific when they are between two men?

The day will be hosting a Black Men on the Couch session, in which these themes will be explored in a live therapy between a Black therapist and client.


Rotimi Akinsete
Rotimi Akinsete is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor with extensive experience in community and NHS counselling services. He is founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, a special interest project focussing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys... More >>

Paul Atkinson
Paul Atkinson has been working in private practice in London, as a counsellor and a Jungian psychotherapist, for more than 30 years. He was a political activist during his 20s, involved in community and trade union action, the men's movement and sexual politics, and 'radical' group psychotherapy. In his 30s, he worked with school refusers in north London. .. More >>

Andy Metcalf
Andy Metcalf has since the 1970's been active around issues of masculinity. He was in a men's group, part of the Achilles Heel collective, co-edited the Pluto Press book,'The Sexuality of Men'. Andy also worked on the Channel 4 series About Men. He continues to work clinically with the issues that arise from masculinity. The working life Andy once had in the TV and Film industries has transformed into an active art practice over the last decade... More >>

Dr Eyal Rozmarin
Eyal Rozmarin, Ph.D. is Co-Editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Associate Editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, and a member of the US committee of the Freud Foundation at the Freud Museum in Vienna. He has written articles for psychoanalytic Journals such as Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, as well as book chapters, and presented his work in various venues around the world. His research takes place in the intersection of psychoanalysis and social theory, and explores the relations between subjectivity, collective forces and history. He is in private practice in New York. .. More >>

Professor Andrew Samuels
Andrew Samuels has been writing about men and masculinity for almost forty years. For fifteen years, he convened the Male Psychology Workshop of the Society of Analytical Psychology. He was one of the plenary speakers at the inaugural conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Male Psychology, and also keynoted the European Association for Psychotherapy conference with a paper on men's issues. He has been active in many areas of the anti-sexist men's movement... More >>


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Self-funded: £130
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

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