Intimacy – the impact of attachment on adult relationships
The Brighthelm Centre
Brighton & Hove
In this one-day conference and workshop, our two expert speakers will consider the issue of intimacy and how this impacts us as we move through life. We will explore how early attachment patterns influence the kinds of relationships and intimacy levels that we allow as adults, and in particular the relationship that a client can allow between themselves and their therapist.
In the morning session, Linda Cundy and Jenny Riddell, our two speakers, will deliver presentations on intimacy – the connection with early attachment and the changing nature of intimacy through the lifecycle.
Linda Cundy: “Intimacy in the Therapy Room”
This afternoon session focuses on the therapy situation. Clients’ anxiety and defences are played out in the therapeutic relationship, and it is through this relationship that the capacity for true intimacy can be discovered. However, in creating situations where intimacy can arise there are also dangers, including the risk of boundaries being blurred or even crossed.
Jenny Riddell: “Application in the Consulting Room”
Following on from the previous sessions, participants will be invited to explore some of their own clinical work in a peer supervisory manner. There will be an opportunity to present a case vignette to the group. There would then be a brief facilitated discussion on the case material. The group may act as a reflective team for this discussion, offering questions rather than answers.
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About The Palmeira Practice
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London and has a private practice in North London.
Jenny Riddell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. Her specialist interests are how a couple grieve, infertility, affairs and working with couples in later life.