Can therapy help clients make 'better' relationship choices?
Many clients come for help because they are struggling to make a lasting relationship. Often they are beginning to recognise that they are repeating a painful pattern from their early family life.
This workshop draws on both psychodynamic and attachment theory. Learning will be based on participation; we will do exercises in pairs and small groups to reflect on our client work. The day will include a presentation of theory through Powerpoint with a discussion. We will build on this using pairs and small group exercises.
In this workshop, we will look at:
- The dynamics at play when two people fall in love.
- How these dynamics compare with the elements which are likely to sustain a long-term relationship.
- What is the difference between a burning romantic passion and a lasting attachment bond?
- How do we help clients discern whether a new relationship is really any different from previous ones?
- Can we support sufficient change in our client’s internal world so that they will find themselves drawn to a more supportive and loving partner?
We will also consider:
- Clients who move fast through relationships and don’t settle (they may be so avoidant that they leave, or so preoccupied that people abandon them).
- Clients who haven’t had an adult sexual relationship and who may or may not consciously seek one.
- This course is suitable for therapists who work with both individuals and couples.
About the host
Anne Power has a particular interest in attachment theory and she works with individuals and couples in private practice in Pimlico. 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. Anne is registered with both UKCP and BACP.