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Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists
Live Events Programme

Live Events

Spiritual Trauma - The Forgotten Wound in the Consulting Room
Saturday 24 March 2018 - London
With Rabbi Howard Cooper, the Rev Canon Susannah Izzard, Ruthie Smith

Psychotherapy in general has struggled to integrate the spiritual into the work but, in an age where there is an increasing interest in this domain - whatever we understand that to be - we need to be open to seeing and working with the spiritual wounds which may have been ignored, overlooked or forgotten.

Insecure Attachment and Unexplained Illness
A therapist's map

Saturday 21 April 2018 - London
With Dr Gwen Adshead, Professor Helen Payne and Professor David Peters

At this one-day discussion, we will attempt to map out the association between insecure attachment experiences and medically unexplained symptoms. While theories about hypersensitivity, environmental impacts and post-viral conditions offer certain routes into understanding such conditions, on this occasion we are looking at disorganised attachment as a possible predisposing factor when these illnesses are intractable, for example, inflammatory systemic disorders.

Women on the Couch - the seminar series
Thursday evenings, 10 May to 6 December 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Dr Meg-John Barker, Sarah Benamer, Roz Carroll, Jocelyn Chaplin, Prophecy Coles, Marion Green, Janice Hiller, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Anna Motz, Emma Palmer (formerly Kamalamani), Holli Rubin, Anna Santamouris, Dr Maggie Turp and Maria Xrisoula

Holding in mind that hysteria was considered a female mental disorder for over 4000 years and has been inextricably linked with the origins of psychoanalysis, this unique seminar series asks how far we have come in our understanding of the female psyche and the treatment of female patients in psychotherapy.

Wild Therapy
Bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy

Saturday 12 May 2018 - London
A 1-day workshop led by Nick Totton

Psychotherapy has recently experienced the turn to relationality, and the turn to the body. Now we are beginning to see the turn outside - to out of the consulting room, out of the obsessive focus on the private world of humans, and towards a realisation that we are wholly dependent on the wider world of which we are a part, on the other-than-human and more-than-human, on the wildness that surrounds and contains our familiar domesticity.

The Inner Baby on the Couch
Infant Development and Relational Psychoanalysis

Friday 18 May 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr Stephen Seligman

This seminar will be anchored in the immediacy and vitality of direct experience with infants and their parents, and of the lived experience of therapeutic relationships. Stephen Seligman will consider analogies between infant-parent and patient-therapist patterns of interaction, how looking at babies brings the lived experience of the body back into analysis, and helps us think about the non-verbal, emotional and interactive realms.

Psychoanalytic Babies:
Towards a Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis

Saturday 19 May 2018 - London
A conference with Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr Graham Music and Dr Stephen Seligman

Welcoming back Dr Stephen Seligman (who is also leading a seminar for us on 18 May), this conference will consider how analytic practice can be affected by thinking about infants and children, asking how and whether we can talk about babies and adult patients in the same breath.

Bombs in the Consulting Room
How to survive hostile transference and relational dynamics

Saturday 9 June 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Brett Kahr and Dr Carine Minne

Although the vast majority of psychotherapy patients comport themselves with great honourability and pose no physical or emotional threat to the clinician, a small number of individuals will, from time to time, hurl "bombs" into the consulting room. Some patients might confess to criminal activities, or might even stalk or terrorise the psychotherapeutic practitioner, causing great distress.

Women on the Couch
Saturday 16 June 2018 - London
With Carmen Joanne Ablack, Luise Eichenbaum, Sissy Lykou, Gina Miller and Susie Orbach

With multiple allegations of abuse by powerful men of less powerful women, we (both men and women) are in an extraordinary moment of taking stock of our relative positions to each other. The revelations of transgressions in the entertainment industry - from intrusive touching to actual rape - by intelligent and privileged men are an extraordinary testimony of inequality at the deepest and most primitive level: our relationship to the body and its ownership.

Toxic Couples in Therapy
Attachment and unconscious processes in relationship conflict and abuse

Saturday 23 June 2018 - London
With Damian McCann, Andy Metcalf, Anna Motz and Kate Thompson

One of the most complex ironies of the human condition is that our need for intimacy - so essential for survival from the moment of birth - often results in relationships that persistently thwart our deepest emotional and embodied prerequisites for contentment in adulthood: tenderness, empathic atunement and sexual fulfilment. At the beginning of a new relationship these desires may appear attainable and yet, as we see so often in therapy, unconscious processes can disrupt the most loving intentions, bringing the weight of negative, deeply held expectations about the self and the other into the core experience of the couple relationship, leading to great pain and disappointment.

Emotion-Focused Therapy
The transforming power of affect

Saturday 14 July 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Leslie Greenberg

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Leslie Greenberg and colleagues that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and in therapeutic change. It is an integrative, neo-humanistic treatment based on a program of psychotherapy research that began in the 1970s. It integrates Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential Therapy traditions with a psychodynamically informed approach, all within an emotion theory and neuroscience perspective that views emotion as a source of meaning, direction and growth. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, complex trauma, eating disorders and couple distress, as well as interpersonal problems and problems in living.

Existential Uncertainty
A 1-day workshop facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Dublin
With Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Current issues such as political and economic instability, climate change, and Brexit have provoked ever-increasing levels of anxiety and confusion. In turn, these concerns serve to highlight the degree to which uncertainly permeates our lives. Among contemporary psychotherapeutic models, existential psychotherapy emphasizes the inevitability of uncertainty. Its foundational stance of relatedness makes it evident that no individual "I" can ever fully determine, with complete and final certainty, what and how the world will be; how another or others will be; or even how "I" will be at any point time.

Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2017
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited ten volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published Coffee with Freud (Karnac Books, 2017) and, more recently, New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy... More >>
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...