The therapist’s tale
Attachment theory helps us to think about our clients and the difficulties they struggle with. Just as their relational histories shaped their lives, providing the relational environment in which their personalities and often their difficulties took shape, the same is true for us as practitioners. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own attachment stories and the traces of early experience that continue to influence them. Much can be learned about ourselves as counsellors and psychotherapists from tracing our own attachment journey, and this awareness can energise our work.
Questions that will be addressed include:
- How has our own attachment history influenced us in our work?
- What sensitivities and strengths might we bring to our work as a result of our attachment experiences, and what might be areas for development?
- To what extent are our parents in the room with us as we work?
- Might our relationships with colleagues and sources of professional support indicate our core patterns of attachment, anxieties and defences?
- What can we understand about ‘earned security’?
- How do we manage the boundaries between professional and private life?
- What happens when our personal lives intrude into the work (through pregnancy, illness, relationship difficulties, bereavement etc.)?
- The day will be highly interactive. The basics of attachment theory will be outlined but the richness of individual experience and personal meaning will be central.
About the host
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and a trainer and author. She has taught on psychotherapy courses for over twenty-five years including developing a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy at the Wimbledon Guild, of which she was Lead Tutor.