Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

Why Don’t Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the consulting room

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Ann Shearer

Jungian Analyst

‘Everyone knows' that a sense of humour and capacity for enjoyment are among life’s greatest blessings. Yet psychotherapy’s persistent preference for the tragic has barely considered how these might be fostered.  This talk invites us to explore this discrepancy and how it might colour our understanding of what makes the consulting room relationship ‘therapeutic’.

Ann Shearer is a senior analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP). She has taught widely in the UK and abroad, and contributed many journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Why Don't Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting Room (Routledge).

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Jan
19
10:30 AM10:30

Hard to Reach - Hard to Teach

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The raw and moving story of a child’s progress through therapy, amidst the everyday bustle of a mainstream Primary School.

Domini Barry

Arts Psychotherapist

Does therapy always have to take place in the consulting room? In this talk, Domini will explore how a therapeutic atmosphere can be created so that therapy can be taken to the ‘hard to reach’ client. Her case study will show how a turbulent child can be emotionally held and contained, especially when the process accelerates in unexpected ways.

 Domini Barry trained in dramatherapy at the University of Hertfordshire, and for the past 20 years has worked in schools and in private practice. As well as working with children and adolescents, she runs therapy groups for mothers with postnatal depression. Domini offers supervision and training workshops in arts-based psychotherapy and her work has been published in the ‘Journal of Dramatherapy’.

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Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

Normalised Neglect and Privileged Abandonment - How elite boarding produces ‘Wounded Leaders’, and implications for treatment.

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Nick Duffell

Psychotherapist, Psychohistorian, UCL Hon Research Associate.

Dispatched from home to elite schools, boarding children construct a defensively-organised ‘Strategic Survival Personality’, often masked by a confident, brittle veneer. Compensating for irredeemable loss, many ex-boarders display behaviours rooted in entitlement that transgenerational affects families and national leadership. Ignored, even by the psychological profession until recently, Boarding School Syndrome introduces a fast-growing client group to challenge even the experienced psychotherapist.

Nick Duffell, a psychotherapy trainer, psychohistorian and author, promotes a depth-psychology perspective on issues like identity, emotion and vulnerability that affect public life. He is best known for asserting – in three books over three decades – that boarding represents a trauma for children and a socio-political handicap for nations.

www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk, www.woundedleaders.co.uk, www.genderpsychology.com, www.creativecouplework.com

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Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Introducing ‘Internal Family Systems Therapy’ - Dialoguing with sub-personalities to heal the childhood wounds.

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Matthew Harwood

Jungian Analyst & Psychotherapist

This lecture (illustrated by video extracts showing live case material) introduces Internal Family Systems (IFS) - a radical new style of therapy recently endorsed by world-famous trauma expert Bessell van der Kolk in ‘The Body Keeps the Score.’ The key word is ‘internal’ – facilitating live dialogues between the client and the members of his/her inner psychological family... and thereby finding the way to healing the traumatised ‘exiles’ (ie the wounded ‘inner child’ parts) which underlie the client’s issues.

(Owing to the video material, this lecture will be longer than usual, consisting of two presentations of 45 mins with a 20mins break for refreshments in the middle.)

Matthew Harwood (www.matthewharwood.co.uk) has a private practice in the Bath & Bristol area. He trained at the CG Jung Institute, Zürich.  He is a senior (training) analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP). He is also trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy and has lectured widely both in the UK and overseas.

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Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Do The Eyes Have It?

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Peter Lane in conversation with Philippa Vick

Talking about EMDR for working with psychological trauma and whether the therapeutic relationship and long-term therapy is being obscured by the fascination for a toolbox full of shiny techniques?  

 Peter Lane is a Counsellor and EMDR Consultant in private practice in Taunton and Shaftesbury.  He has over 30 years of experience and 20 years of working with complex trauma using emerging methods and was the Clinical Manager for Somerset Counselling Centre for 10 years. He is interested in the synthesis between therapeutic cultures, science and religion and the emergence of an Esperanto of consciousness.

Philippa Vick is a psychotherapist who has trained in EMDR and Hakomi Therapy. She is an MBSR and MBCT teacher and founder of the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses. She is also a member of the Analytic Network.

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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Getting It

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'Between you and me a new door opened, And someone, still faceless, Was waiting for us there' - Pablo Neruda

Chris Robertson

Integrative Transpersonal psychotherapist

‘It’ has a long history that includes Allan Watts (This is it) and Georg Groddeck (Book of the It). In our present culture getting it, is a possession, whereas this talk will follow Ursula Le Guin’s Dispossessed. We will explore the experiences of getting it, not getting it, being got and where we were got

Chris Robertson has been a psychotherapist and trainer since 1978. He co-founded Re-Vision (Psychotherapy with a soulful perspective) in 1988. He is on the executive of the Climate Psychology Alliance and co-edited the Psychotherapist edition of Climate Change, Despair and Radical Hope.

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May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Accessing Implicit Memory with Mindfulness - An introduction to Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

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Maci Daye

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hakomi Trainer, Certified Sex Therapist

Mindfulness can increase self-regulation, affect tolerance, and acceptance of reality.  In Hakomi, mindfulness is also used to access the “known but unremembered givens of relational life.” This talk explores ways that working with implicit learning can support core-level change. An exercise will be used to differentiate reflecting on from observing the organisation of experience.

Maci Daye is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Hakomi Trainer from the USA and Spain. Maci has practiced Hakomi since the mid-1980s and joined the faculty of the Hakomi Institute in 2001. She co-authored The Art of Bottom-up Processing: Mindfulness, meaning and self-compassion in body-psychotherapy, (in print), Routledge.

www.hakomimallorca.com, www.macidaye.com, www.passionandpresence.com

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Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Witnessing the Unspoken - Analytical Psychology and the Body, The role of touch in relation to early trauma

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Wendy J. Bratherton

Jungian analyst and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist

This talk will focus on my work with a patient who was on the Asperger’s spectrum. It traces how her early trauma could only finally be resolved when after years of analytic work, I began working with biodynamic cranio-sacral touch. This allowed the analytic work to be embodied, for her to have a real sense of self and make profound changes in her life.

Wendy Bratherton is a training analyst for the S.A.P where she ran Infant Observation seminars for 25 years. She is also a biodynamic cranio-sacral therapist. She has trained in the Body Soul Work of Canadian Analyst Marion Woodman and leads workshops linking mind, body, dreams and art. She teaches Qigong.

www.wendybratherton.com

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Feb
24
10:30 AM10:30

The Universal Gift of Play - How play facilitates the healing process when it’s safe to heal, how play ameliorates the impact of trauma when it’s not

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Di Gammage

Dramatherapist, Play Therapist, Buddhist Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Author

It is said that play is a child’s only defence against the world yet it is not only a child who needs this protection.  Di will be exploring the role of play in the therapeutic relationship and sharing how those same playful qualities can become a powerful resource when surviving a situation that could render the individual traumatised.

Di Gammage is a play therapist, dramatherapist and Buddhist Psychotherapist in private practice in Devon working with looked-after children and adults.  She is author of the book, ‘Playful Awakening – Releasing the Gift of Play in Your Life’ (2017, Jessica Kingsley).  She is an actor with Potential Space Theatre Company.

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Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

You, me, and…us - Exploring the ‘us’ in psychoanalytic practice

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David Pocock

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Systemic Psychotherapist  

What is the ‘relational turn’ in psychoanalytic thinking? How is it similar and different to object relations and intersubjectivity theories? This paper draws together key relational psychoanalytic themes: the mutuality of the therapeutic encounter; the inevitability of enactment of dissociated self-states in both therapist and patient; the reciprocal influence of memory and perception; object relating and subject relating; and psychotherapy as a ‘developmental second chance’. These are illustrated by moments of meeting and failures to meet in David’s clinical practice.

David Pocock is the current Chair of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He was for many years Head of Family Therapy at Swindon CAMHS while also maintaining an independent psychotherapy practice for the last 17 years. He co-edited with Carmel Flaskas Systems and Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Integrations in Family Therapy. Karnac 2009

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Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

St George and the Dragon - Aspects of the deep unconscious illustrated by Uccello’s painting

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Hugh Gee

Psychological Analyst

C.G. Jung introduced us to many aspects of the deep unconscious. He used the term “archetypes” which I would define as innate potentials which are activated by the environment. These innate potentials have a strong influence on our behavior without our being conscious of them. I shall attempt to describe a few of these potentials.

Hugh Gee has worked in private practice. He is now a Training Analyst and Supervisor for the SAP, the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. He is registered with BPC

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Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Self-harm and Suicide Across the Life Span - Theoretical and clinical explorations of self-harm, attempted suicide and suicide.

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Dr Terence Nice

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

From childhood to the twilight of our years, our destructive drives, inter-personal needs and existential feelings manifest themselves in the question of whether to be or not to be. This talk examines what might underlie this clinical phenomenon and how we as practitioners can hold, help and contain individuals who actively self harm and wish to die. 

Dr Terence Nice works with adolescents and adults. He is also Lecturer in Psychological Therapies at the University of Kent and visiting lecturer at Regents University London. He is a member of UKCP Research Faculty and researches into self-harm and attempted suicide in the NHS and other organisations. He has published journal articles on this subject.

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Sep
16
10:30 AM10:30

Emptiness

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Nigel Wellings

For psychotherapists the word emptiness may conjure notions of depression and meaninglessness but for Buddhists it is the potentiality of an infinitely interconnected process of dynamic change. How can these two quite different understandings inform each other and how can we as therapists usefully include this in our clinical work? Some ideas and some practical examples.

Nigel Wellings is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author who works within a contemplative perspective. He has served as a Director of Training at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology and is a founder member of The Forum for Contemplative Studies and a facilitator on the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses. With Elizabeth McCormick he has published several books including 'Nothing To Lose, Psychotherapy, Buddhism and Living Life'. His most recent book, 'Why Can't I Meditate? How to Get Your Mindfulness on Track’, was published by Piatkus 2015 and Tarcher 2016.

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May
20
10:30 AM10:30

The Buddhist Wheel of Life Six Realms of Existence - An embodied journey of the realms and their place in the therapy room

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Dr Jan Jian Mojsa

Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Buddhist Chaplain

Following work with the physical actor Damian Dudkiewicz, the talk explores the Buddhist Wheel of life as a map of human existence and its relevance for psychotherapy. The Six Realms are animated and embodied by Damian in a series of short films, bringing to life the psychological pain in each area. The talk also explores possible psychotherapeutic responses to each of them.

Dr Jan Mojsa is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She is a Zen Chaplain ordained by Roshi Joan Halifax and a member of the Zen Peacemakers. She is also an Ordained Buddhist Chaplain. She works in healthcare and the community.

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Mar
25
10:30 AM10:30

Between the Given and what Gives

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Chris Williams

Analytic Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst

This talk will explore our particular strengths and subsequent weaknesses and the kind of experiences we get drawn to. We will also take a look at the timing of crises in our lives.

Chris Williams is an Analytic Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst and has been practicing in Bath for over 30 years.

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Feb
25
10:30 AM10:30

‘The Rescued Fragment’ What underlies shame? - Exploring the circle of shame and deception in psychotherapy

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Fiona Gardner

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist 

Shame and deceit are interwoven into a vicious circle; shame leads to deceit, deceit produces an underlying sense of helplessness, which then produces more deceit and self-condemnation, which produces even more shame, but underneath there is a fragile and vulnerable part - the true self - ‘the rescued fragment’ waiting to be discovered, welcomed and recovered. This talk will explore the complex, self-conscious emotion of shame and its different manifestations in psychotherapy.

Fiona Gardner worked as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and until recently was award leader for the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University. She is an associate member of BPC and SIP. Fiona is currently working as a consultant and spiritual director and is also a published author.

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Jan
21
10:30 AM10:30

Group Analysis Today - Found in Translation - Group Analysis and the Network of Communication

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Suzi Sparham and Christine Brookes

Group Analytic Psychotherapists

This talk will describe the roots of Group Analysis and its clinical applications today. There will also be an exploration of how group analytic thinking is used when working with groups and organisations e.g. staff support or work reflection groups.

Suzi Sparham is a Group Analyst and Supervisor who trained with Group Analysis South West, where she is currently Chair of Council. She works with individuals and groups as well as offering consultancy and supervision to groups and organisations. She has retired from the NHS and now works in private practice

Christine Brookes is a Group Analyst and Supervisor. She trained with Group Analysis South West where she has held the post of Course Convener and Chair of Training. She has a background in community health and has been running analytic groups in a variety of settings for over 15 years.

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Nov
19
10:30 AM10:30

Baby Buddha’s Brain - Early experience, mindfulness and the neurobiology of natural presence

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Franklyn Sills

Core Process Psychotherapist 

In this talk Franklyn will explore the nature of early experience and a baby’s inherent state of presence and open-heartedness, Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness as a state of natural presence and the neurobiology of mindfulness as a return to baby’s Buddha brain.

Franklyn Sills MA is the co-founder and co-director of the Karuna Institute in Devon and has been involved in the development of Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the world’s earliest explorations of mindfulness in the psychotherapeutic relationship. He has also been involved in the development of the Biodynamic Orientation to Craniosacral Therapy.  www.karuna-institute.co.uk

His publications include: “Being and Becoming, psychodynamics, Buddhism and the origin of selfhood” and “Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics” Volumes 1 and 2.

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Oct
29
10:30 AM10:30

Fragile Self Enquiries - Phenomenological and mindful perspectives on working with complex trauma

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Margaret Landale

INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Psychotherapy is, in essence, a process of self-enquiry within a relational context. This talk explores those phenomenological and mindful enquiry processes that build inner awareness but which may also evoke fear, resistance or dissociation especially when underlying shame or trauma issues are present. Using clinical vignettes and contemplation this talk will explore how we might empathically engage with these complex processes. 

 Margaret Landale is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor and delivers workshops and talks nationwide on somatization, complex trauma and embodied empathic attunement. She is also interested in the integration of mindfulness and phenomenological approaches in psychotherapy.

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Sep
17
10:30 AM10:30

Memory, Identity and Working in Time - Intergenerational memory in therapy and social action

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Nigel Williams

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Nigel will explore how transgenerational individual and social memory can be recognized and worked with. He will also talk about how therapeutic insight can inform other forms of social action where collective memory has been disturbed or lost
 
Nigel Williams is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of the West of England. He has recently published “Anglo-German displacement and diaspora in the early twentieth century; an intergenerational haunting.”  In “The Ethics of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting, Essays on Trauma, History and Memory”. Edited by Michael O’Loughlin 2015. He is currently researching and writing about intergenerational themes in counseling, psychotherapy and social action.

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Jun
18
10:30 AM10:30

Is it really mindfulness?

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Nigel Wellings 

As psychotherapists and counselors many of us will have attended a mindfulness course or perhaps have recommended one to our clients. Taking an historical journey through the different understandings of mindfulness found in Buddhism, this talk will intentionally muddy waters, ask difficult questions and hopefully leave us with a more nuanced understanding. Are mindfulness courses really teaching mindfulness and - beyond the hype - can what they teach have a real clinical value? 

Nigel Wellings is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author who works within a contemplative perspective. He has served as a Director of Training at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology, is a founder member of The Forum for Contemplative Studies, and is now a teacher on the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses. He has had several books published including ‘Nothing To Lose, Psychotherapy, Buddhism and Living Life’. His most recent book, is 'Why Can't I Meditate? How to Get Your Mindfulness on Track’, Published by Piatkus in 2015. (www.mindfulness-psychotherapy.co.uk )

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May
21
10:30 AM10:30

Imagining and Dreaming - An exploration

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Dr Ray Brown

Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist

I would like to share in a participatory way, my interest in the human activities of dreaming and imagining. I will present contemporary views derived from current research while maintaining the link with unconscious life and processes. I hope to illustrate the talk with examples from visual arts, literature and psychoanalysis. I will touch on the experience of group dreaming from workshops I have run.

Dr Ray Brown is a consultant Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. He is a member of the Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy and the Group Analytic Society. He has experience in teaching and training and has recently written on his experience of training medical students in Bristol in Psychotherapy.

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Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Invitation to a book launch - The Only Mind Worth Having by Fiona Gardner

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The Only Mind Worth Having

Fiona Gardner will read from her new book followed by conversation with the audience

Fiona Gardner is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a spiritual director and a writer.

Drawing on psychological insights, especially those of C.G. Jung and Donald Winnicott, and the spiritual experiences of amongst others Thomas Merton and Eckhart Tolle, the book explores a return to the possibilities of childhood spirituality in the light of adult experience. 

Copies of the book will be available which the author will be happy to sign.

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Feb
27
10:30 AM10:30

The Long Goodbye - A psycho-social investigation of endings in life and therapy

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Dr Jane Woodend

Psychodynamic Counsellor and Supervisor

Endings are an inevitable part of life for all of us, in our personal relationships and family life, in our work and social life, and in our counseling or psychotherapy. This talk looks at how the impact of the endings we experience in our life plays into how we experience endings in therapy – from the perspective of both clients and therapists.

Jane Woodend is a Clinical Director at Five Valleys Counselling Practice Ltd in Stroud. www.fivevalleyscounselling.co.uk Jane also teaches on the MSc in Psycho-Social Studies at the University of the West of England and is a freelance researcher. She completed her PhD on Endings in Counselling in 2014.

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Jan
23
10:30 AM10:30

The Tower - Myth and Fiction

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Martin Gledhill

BSc. BArch. MA (Jungian/Post Jungian Studies)

Does Jung’s Tower at Bollingen still enchant us and if so why – is its story myth or fiction? This talk will explore how “well rehearsed” interpretations of the tower mythologise it and often overlook factual evidence to their contrary, at the cost of a wider understanding of Jung’s “confession of faith in stone”. (You may wish to read Chapter 8 – “The Tower” in Jung’s Memories Dreams and Reflections but this is not essential for the talk)

Martin Gledhill is an Architect and the Director of Studies for Architecture at the University of Bath. He has an MA in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex undertaken with Andrew Samuels. He has a particular interest in the relationship between Analytical Psychology and built form and also how Jung’s work can inform the teaching of architecture. He is preparing a book on this subject.

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