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How to Work when Therapy isn’t Working: Perceiving and Understanding ‘Enactment’ in the Therapeutic Relationship

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Over recent years the most exciting developments in our field have come via neuroscience, psychotherapy integration (i.e. cross-fertilisation between approaches) and the inclusion of the body. We now understand that whatever psychological wounds the client is bringing to us and into the consulting room, we will become involved and implicated with them in ways that go far beyond verbal interaction. The term ‘enactment’ is being used to describe the ways in which the therapist’s subjectivity is – inevitably and necessarily – drawn into the client’s wounding, leading to impasses and breakdowns in the working alliance.

There is great therapeutic potential in these cycles of rupture and repair that occur in the client-therapist relationship, but much of it occurs subliminally. So if it occurs unconsciously, outside of awareness, how can we perceive and understand enactment and respond creatively from within it? Whilst there are a multitude of ways of ignoring, avoiding, blocking and counteracting enactment, there is also increasing understanding that it has deep transformative potential.

This CPD workshop is dedicated to deepening our engagement with difficult dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, and to finding ways of accessing the therapeutic potential locked within them. It is open to all practising therapists, and suitable for practitioners from all modalities.

Location Newbury
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 22 Jun 2019
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address St George’s Centre, 206 Andover Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6N
Amount £99
Organiser Bramham Therapy
Speaker Michael Soth
Contact No. 07599 369566
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions South, South East