How do people change? Insights from contemporary neurobiology: a whole person approach to dynamic psychotherapy

Margaret Wilkinson, analyst and author

Saturday 11 June 2016 10:00 – 16:00

Workshop cost: £110

10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors. Early-bird discount of 15% available until 8 January 2016

The Workshop:

How do people change? How does a client get to be that distressed person in need of help? How can we bring about effective change in that person, change that means our clients leave therapy with a more robust sense of self and a confident approach to living?

We will explore the relevance of contemporary neuroscience, trauma theory and attachment theory for clinical practice. Traditionally we have emphasised words, interpretations, and meaning-making. Currently we have come to a greater appreciation of the affective, relational, embodied aspects of our work and the way in which they relate to the very early, embodied, experience of the child in relation to the primary caregiver, in particular traumatic early interactive experience that is held in implicit memory, in the memory store of the right hemisphere, unavailable to conscious mind. This seminar seeks to provide an opportunity to explore, experience and discuss some aspects of the best of 21st-century thinking and research that is relevant to the process of changing minds that have been damaged by early relational trauma and abuse.

The Trainer:

Margaret Wilkinson is a training analyst in the Society of Analytical Psychology, London, a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She leads neuroscience research reading and clinical seminars for The Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds, Cambridge and Edinburgh, and for The Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of numerous papers and two books: ‘Coming into mind. The mind-brain relationship: a Jungian clinical perspective’ (2006, Routledge), and ‘Changing Minds in Therapy’ (2010, Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology series). She is in private practice in North Derbyshire, England.

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