The Need to Forget: The Capacity to Remember

Saturday 13 July 2019 - London

With speakers Richard Curen, Dr Ronald Doctor and Katya Orrell

But what is the experience of a client/patient, who by repressing, splitting off or disavowing past events which are too painful to bring into consciousness? What is the cost of that repression? What strains are placed on the embodied psyche by such efforts to block-out reality? How do we enable someone to loosen their defenses and safely allow unacceptable past events to surface into conscious awareness? This conference will consider how a client/patient who acts-out the past - perhaps even violently - may be acting on an impulse to avoid remembering, and how this person may be caught in painful repetitions of events or somatisation of affects in order to control the unbearable. We will consider whether there is always a need to make the repressed memory come to consciousness and, if there is, how is this process managed safely to contain that which has been unbearable? How does the therapist work most effectively here? What is the role of thinking and language in this process? How is the counter transference experienced? Through talks and live supervisions participants will get first hand insight into this delicate and challenging work.


Early bird: £100
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.

This event + the online module Trauma and Dissociation



Handouts and lunch included
Early bird:
£100 (Available until 11 May)


Self-funded x 2:


Psychotherapy trainee:
£80 (Limited to 10 places)

This event + the online module Trauma and Dissociation:


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


The Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane


09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:00 Tea
17:00 End