The Therapist’s Tale: the Enduring Influence of Our Own Attachment Histories
Workshop cost: £120 + booking fees / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Limited early-bird discount of 15% available until 17th August 2018 or until they sell out
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.
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. She has contributed to and edited three books: Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era (Karnac, 2015), Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (Karnac, 2017), and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy: Understanding and Working With Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred and Shame (due for publication this year.) The latter two are monographs of Wimbledon Guild conferences.
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