Working with body storylines
Trainer: Dr. Maggie Turp
Venue: Training Room, City Coast Centre, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG
Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (registration at 9.45am)
Course fee: earlybird £99 (before 4th March 2017, £114 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD certificate.
Body storylines begin before birth when hormones in the mother’s bloodstream cross the placental barrier and influence the new-born baby’s response to stress. They continue in parent-infant interactions that shape attachment patterns and brain development.
As adults, clients tell us their stories not only in words but also in gestures, facial expressions, the tone of voice and rhythms of breathing and in the sensations and symptoms stirred up in practitioners in the countertransference. How might we best understand our patient's bodily communications? And how might we best make use of our understandings in the therapeutic relationship?
Moving on to psychosomatic symptoms, Winnicott (1966) argued that such symptoms represent an unconscious attempt to bring bodily and emotional life back into the picture when it is in danger of being excluded. This perspective opens up an opportunity for thinking differently about psychosomatic symptoms, for seeing them as a communication and an opportunity to bring the body back into the storyline, with potentially beneficial consequences for the therapy and the patient.
For more information and to book a place, please visit our website: http://www.brightontherapypartnership.org.uk/events/working-body-storylines/
About the host
Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and a chartered psychologist. Her academic career has included lectureships at the University of Reading and at Birkbeck College, London. Since retiring from mainstream academic life, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.