Attachment dynamics in couple relationships: How they develop and how we might work with them
What can our understanding of attachment theory tell us about how we bond with our mate? A one-day workshop for any therapist working with couples.
On this training day, we will consider;
- the couple fit
- conflict and how this is managed
- the sexual relationship
- the capacity for the relationship to provide a secure base for the two individuals
- how care-seeking and care-giving becomes distorted and disguised by attachment strategy
Whether we are working with individual clients or with straight or same-sex couples, attachment history can help us reflect on the relational experience. Whether our client is a 'pursuer' or a 'withdrawer', the behaviour which so challenges their partner is very often a form of attachment distress which is being communicated in an unhelpful way.
The workshop will assume some general knowledge of attachment theory but will briefly revisit the essential concepts, presenting these with the couple bond in mind. An opening PowerPoint and discussion will be used to introduce material; we will then work in pairs and small groups to build on the ideas from the presentation, with reference to our own clients.
This workshop aims to be relevant to individual therapists and counsellors as well as those who work with couples. Many of our individual clients bring their couple relationships as a key issue and thus we often find ourselves working with 'the couple in mind'.
Anne Power has a particular interest in attachment theory and she works with individuals and couples in private practice in Pimlico. Her earlier work was in the NHS and at the Terence Higgins Trust. Anne’s primary training was at the Bowlby Centre and subsequent training was with Relate and at WPF, where she did an MA in supervision.
Believing that teaching itself is a skilled task, Anne gained a qualification in teaching adults and since then has contributed to training and workshops in many settings.
She is a visiting lecturer at Regents University London and has published papers on supervision as well as therapy-relevant topics. She has written a book on what happens when the therapist imposes an ending on the client - Forced Endings in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Attachment and Loss in Retirement, published by Routledge in 2015. Anne is registered with both UKCP and BACP.
About One Therapy London
This is a Psychotherapy UK event. To learn more and to book: www.psychotherapyuk.co.uk