Mentalization Based Family Therapy and how to use it systemically with couples and families.

Maggie Usher

Saturday 11th May 2019 10:00 – 16:00

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

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address / Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 11th February 2019 or until sold out

The Workshop

Mentalization is a model of therapy which seeks to promote more attuned and compassionate communication between us. It can be a very helpful approach when we are working with clients with difficulties in emotional regulation either parents and children or couples.

Emotional regulation is more difficult during stressful periods such as parenting teenagers or with couples who are experiencing conflict or avoidance of talking about difficult issues.

MBFT has its roots in attachment theory and neuroscience. Under emotional stress our capacity to think is compromised and we tend to fall back on earlier patterns of managing difficult situations. If our earlier attachment relationships were insecure or threatened in some way, we can lose the ability to imagine the others’ position thoughtfully, this makes it more difficult to negotiate a way through difficulties. For all of us this happens from time to time but for some it becomes an entrenched pattern of miscommunication and heightened reactivity leading to enormous amounts of distress. It is associated with many emotional and behavioural difficulties in teenagers such as self harm, depression and anxiety.

The workshop will introduce the model including its' theoretical roots and help participants identify techniques to promote mentalization.

The trainer

Maggie Usher, CQSW.MA is a Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist in the Child and Family Directorate at the Tavistock Centre, with a particular interest in mentalization based family therapy.

Maggie Usher has twenty years’ experience working in CAHMS and other mental health settings including in patient work with young people with eating disorders.

She has a specialist training in mentalization based family therapy and has appeared as an expert witness for the Anna Freud center parenting assessment service for children in care proceedings.


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