The Mother’s Body
In the Intersubjective Field
Saturday 20 November 2021
With Prof Lesley Caldwell, Prof Alessandra Lemma and Prof Jean Petrucelli
- Fees include a recording of Professor Alessandra Lemma’s and Prof Lesley Caldwell’s talks with access for a year (14 days post the event).
- Bookings close at 9:00am GMT Wednesday 17 November
The first impressions of another body, that of the mother, will lay the foundations for all future experiences of the embodied self in relation to another intimately connected person. From immersion in her uterus to the total physical dependency of infancy, this relationship lays down a life-long pattern of an embodied sense of self-and-other, and with that the development of mind.READ MORE...
All relational encounters include this sense of twoness, but when someone enters psychotherapy, this awareness may be greatly amplified in relation to the therapist’s own embodied self. Developmentally early sensations, primitive anxieties, and desires may be intense. Yet by ‘using’ the body of the analyst as a dynamic variable between them, a deeper exploration of the mind is greatly enriched.
This conference will explore how therapy allows space for mutual bodily influence with consciousness, allowing us to explore the bodily aspects of communication in relation to the foundational mother’s body. This may be especially helpful for understanding patients who develop a symbiotic transference and for whom any variance in the analyst’s body is felt to be profoundly destabilizing. These considerations will be illustrated with clinical material.
14:00 GMT (09.00 EST)
Professor Alessandra Lemma
Thinking about the Body in the Consulting Room: The Embodied Setting and the Symbiotic Transference
This clinically focused presentation will look at how the body of the analyst may be conceptualised as an embodied feature of the setting.