Psychotherapist study group
Starting October 2015
Are you a psychotherapist with at least five years of post-qualification experience in private practice? Are you finding that your clients are moving into territory that your original training did not prepare you for? Are you sometimes at a loss as to how to think about what is happening in sessions? Are you uncertain about how to engage with negative transference and regression? Do you have doubts about your vocation as a therapist?
This study group starting in October 2015 will be an opportunity to read psychoanalytic and Jungian literature and to discuss clinical and vocational dilemmas. The group will become a community of enquiry, we will engage in critical reading of theoretical papers and books. We will be sensitive to the clinical, historical and philosophical contexts of the theories we are seeking to understand.
C.G. Jung wrote: Very many theories are needed before we can get even a rough picture of the psyche’s complexity. It is therefore quite wrong when people accuse psychotherapists of being unable to reach agreement even on their own theories. Agreement could only spell one-sidedness and desiccation. One could as little catch the psyche in a theory as one could catch the world. Theories are not articles of faith, they are either instruments of knowledge and of therapy, or they are no good at all. (CW16, 198)
Roger Hilton, the artist, said that painting ‘is no longer regarded as a vehicle for images or even as an arrangement of shapes. It has become an instrument, a kind of catalyst, for the activation of space…We see that their role has become more anonymous and that their effect is not to say “Look at me” but “Look at your surroundings.” Ideally they should provoke harmony where none existed before.’ (Roger Hilton, ‘Writings Sheet 12, RHA, reprinted in Chris Stephens, Roger Hilton: St Ives Artists, p.10)
Through the reading of theory and reflection on practice we will seek to activate our imaginations in order to look at our work in a new way.
The group will meet for two hours on Monday mornings starting on 5 October 2015. The fee will be £30 per session.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of joining this group email David Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the host
The group will be led by David Henderson, PhD. He is a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists and the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision. He is a Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University