On Loneliness: Therapeutic growth and the capacity for solitude

Saturday 18 January 2020 - London

With Lesley Caldwell, Dr Richard Gipps and Dr Akshi Singh

We’ll consider aloneness as a source of vulnerability, but also a necessary retreat for reflection and creativity. Our theoretical starting point is that the capacity to be alone is engendered in childhood by the consistent, repeated presence of being with another.This internalisation of “good objects” embeds a sense of the continuation of that intersubjective relationship when the other is absent, and protects the psyche at times of solitude throughout life. When the “other” has not been installed as loving and safe internal object, what can a therapy relationship provide to counter that deficit? Our speakers will consider if terrifying states of loneliness can be ultimately transformed into an inner sanctuary that the client can use as a resource for reflection, rest and creativity. We will hear how the depressed, anxious and even the psychotic can re-experience solitude as a resource when they discover that they are loveable; when they know that they can safely return to the presence of others.

ONLINE BOOKING

Self-funded: £120
2 x Self Funded: £200
Organisationally-Funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
A psychotherapy trainee is someone undertaking a therapy training course of at least 8 hours study per week.

FEES

Handouts and lunch included:

Self-funded:
£120

Self-funded x 2:
£200

Organisationally-funded:
£200

Psychotherapy trainee or under 25’s:
£80 (10 places only)

CPD

Certificates of attendance for 5.5 hours will be provided at the event

VENUE

6th Floor, Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DT

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SCHEDULE

Saturday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:30 End