Working with ‘hard-to-reach’ individuals in counselling and psychotherapy
Portslade (Brighton & Hove)
In this workshop, we will look at the dynamics in play when a patient/client is ‘hard to reach’. We will be thinking about patients who are under-reactive, apparently insulated, as in some cases of depression and also those who are over-reactive, apt to feel easily intruded upon and given to angry outbursts against the ‘intruder’.
With the help of clinical examples and infant observations, we will consider the past experiences that may have given rise to difficulties of this nature, drawing on both psychodynamic theory and neuroscience understandings of self-regulatory mechanisms. We will also share and discuss countertransference responses to these situations, which can range from feeling desperate to break through on the one hand to becoming overly wary of ‘rocking the boat’ on the other.
About the host
Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and a chartered psychologist. Her academic career has included lectureships at the University of Reading and at Birkbeck College, London. Since retiring from mainstream academic life, she has been a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.