One day Conference 2019: Couples & Attachment

Saturday 23rd February 2019 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

One Day Conference cost: £130+ booking fees / Limited early-bird sold out / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors

On Saturday 23rd Feb 2019 10am-4:00pm Wimbledon Guild Counselling will hold our One Day Conference. This year’s theme will be Couples & Attachment.

Chair: Anne Power

Speakers: Professor Brett Khar, Anne Power, Dr Christopher Clulow.

Further details to follow...


The day’s programme presentations:


Sex, Security and Couples: Dr Christopher Clulow

When sex goes wrong in a couple, what might be happening in the attachment relationship?

What happens when we bring attachment thinking to understanding sexual desire and the way it is expressed in a couple’s relationship? What happens to sex when children come along? How well do our trainings prepare us to help clients who have distress around sex?


Couples at one remove: working with the individual but with the couple in mind: Anne Power

In an individual therapy we often work with the couple in mind. Our individual client may find that their early attachment patterns are being replayed in their romantic relationships. They could be:

  • in a very long term – possibly jaundiced - couple bond
  • moving through a series of partners looking for ‘The One’,
  • agonising over a choice,
  • creating successive triangles, sometimes with an addiction as the ‘third person’
  • a single person longing for a relationship but not managing to form one.

Anne's presentation will explore the challenges we experience including frustration in the countertransference.She will consider how we can usefully draw on our understanding of couples in the therapeutic conversation with an individual.


The speakers:

Dr Christopher Clulow is a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. His two edited books in this area are Adult attachment and couple psychotherapy: The ‘secure base’ in practice and research (2001, Brunner-Routledge) and Attachment, sex and couple psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic perspectives (2009, Karnac). His most recent co-authored book, Couple therapy for depression: A clinician’s guide to integrative practice, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy, Dartington, a member of the editorial board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and an international editorial consultant for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. He maintains a clinical and training practice from his home in St Albans and in London.


Anne Power has qualifications from The Bowlby Centre, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Tavistock Relationships and Relate. She has taught on supervision and therapy trainings at The Bowlby Centre, WPF and at Regents University London and has a private practice in central London for both couples and individuals. Her book, Forced Endings in Psychotherapy, explores the process of closing a practice for retirement or other reasons. Her published papers explore attachment meaning in the consulting room and in the supervision relationship. She is currently researching and writing about logic versus magic in partner choice: random romance, arranged marriage, and dating sites – what’s the difference?


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