Bedford symposia for counselling and psychotherapy
Jackie Gerrard - Love, Hate and the Erotic in the Consulting Room
Jackie Gerrard addresses the vital elements of love, hate and the erotic as they arise in the daily work of a psychotherapist. It poses questions such as: Should we love our clients? Can we hate our clients? How should we deal with our clients’ sexual feelings towards us? And, finally: dare we acknowledge sexual feelings towards our clients? The paper offers clinical vignettes in conjunction with theory. We will see how manifest feelings such as love and hate may conceal other unconscious feelings and serve as conflicted ways to attach. This seminar is an opportunity to understand and appreciate more fully how we might talk with our clients about their transference fantasies.
Jackie Gerrard is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who is a Fellow, Senior Member, Training Therapist and Supervisor of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (formerly the London Centre for Psychotherapy). Her practice is in Elstree where she works with individuals and couples. Much of her work is also in supervision, with both trainees and qualified therapists.
She has an interest in erotic transference and has written and taught on many counselling and psychotherapy trainings, finding there to be a gap in how trainees learn to handle this material. Her book, 'The Impossibility of Knowing', comprises many of her published papers.
Bedford Counselling and Training are delighted to be hosting the Bedford Symposia on Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Symposia are being facilitated to give counsellors and psychotherapists in the region the opportunity to hear recognised speakers without having to travel to London or beyond.