Managing difficult therapeutic relationships
Every therapist struggles with dilemmas in their practice and even the most experienced therapists will occasionally find themselves at an impasse.
Certain clients like those with deep-seated resistances, underlying borderline personality disorder or histories of trauma and abuse can challenge the way we work, because strong feelings are evoked and our capacity to maintain a therapeutic stance may be tested. Boundary issues, ethical dilemmas, and hostile or erotic transferences can all be dilemmas in therapy. Working with projective identification can be difficult and complex. Sometimes we feel helpless, frustrated and deskilled.
Why do we find some clients more difficult to ‘be with’ than others? What is the meaning? How and when do we interpret what’s happening in the room and how are difficult therapeutic relationships managed?
When we encounter these problems, we may need to examine our expectations, our theoretical approach, the therapeutic contract or the context of the organisation.
This is an exciting and challenging workshop. The day is interactive and dynamic and consists of theoretical presentations and experiential exercises. There will be a theoretical discussion about what makes a therapeutic relationship problematic and we will then move on as a group to look at any personal experiences of becoming enmeshed in a difficult therapeutic relationship. The various different perspectives from the group may throw new light onto personal clinical work. We hope you will leave the day feeling encouraged and supported by others have struggled with difficult therapeutic relationships.
About the host
Jenny Riddell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and BSCPC. Her specialist interests are in how a couple grieve, infertility, affairs and working with couples in later life. She has worked with Relate, WPF and TCCR and is a member of BPC, UKCP, BAPPS and BACP.