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

  • Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute (BRLSI) 16-18 Queen Square Bath, England, BA1 2HN United Kingdom (map)

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).

Tickets at the door only: £10 (refreshments included)