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A Psychoanalytic Approach To Working With Trauma

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Join Andy Cottom (Vice Chair of UKCP) for this workshop that is designed to help therapists use psychoanalytic thinking in working with traumatised clients.

The NICE guidelines no longer include psychodynamic psychotherapy as a suitable treatment of PTSD. Manualised treatments have proven impressively effective in reducing the symptoms prescribed in the manual but rarely do their practitioners explore the back-story that might explain why the traumatised client has reacted in such a way – why the soldier put on the uniform, who the victim was before the crime.

Using Freud’s understanding of trauma as a reaction to both internal and external stimuli, the workshop will concentrate on looking at the ways in which those struggling in the aftermath of a traumatic event express their inner torment. Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the attention will be devoted to the individual story of each and every client that struggles with overwhelming experiences.

The workshop will include:

  • Looking at the meaning of trauma beyond the cliché.
  • A history of trauma from domestic violence and childhood abuse to war zone experience.
  • An exploration of the symptoms that are used to define trauma and an understanding of their meaning.
  • The theory of containment as a guide in how to think about the unthinkable.

The event is designed to be an exchange of ideas about how to work with traumatised clients. The psychodynamic approach in trauma work requires the therapist to use their own understanding of their own self to contain the chaos of the client’s mind.

In consideration of this, the workshop will include working with narrative structure so the therapist might help the client find an ordered way of communicating the chaos of their emotional experiences: And will address:

  • Our dependence on teleological structure and how its removal can be endured.
  • An appreciation of the importance of finding a vocabulary that helps to express feelings in a way that appropriately shares them.
  • An investigation of the metaphors that unconsciously become key to communicating the emotions of the past into the way in which current experiences are reacted to.
  • A respect for the loss inherent in trauma and how to grieve what has been lost.

This is a workshop that requires an emotional engagement with some of the most distressing aspects of human nature but is aimed at finding a language by which they can be talked about.


About the speaker:

Andy Cottom is a psychodynamic psychotherapist working in private practice in Westminster where he focuses on a clientele affected by violence and abuse. His interest in trauma reflects his experience from his former career in television news and documentary, reporting from numerous war zones and trouble spots around the world and from his work at Victim Support in Wandsworth where he worked with victims and witnesses of violent crime.

As Vice Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), he dedicates much of his time to promoting the talking cure and in facilitating accessibility of appropriate therapy to those who need it. He is the founder and director of Westminster Therapy Associates, a group practice of a dozen counsellors and psychotherapists who between them help over 150 clients a week.

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