Attachment, the Body and Trauma: with Dr Nicola Diamond. 27th September 201...

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In this Seminar and Workshop, we will explore how our attachment relationships are embodied. A key concern will be with the way significant others can really get under our skins and live on in our bodies. We will specifically look at how attachment disturbance can manifest in bodily symptoms and illness. Although the neurobiology of attachment is seen as profoundly relevant, we will also look at the power of memory, belief, meaning and metaphor in the formation and in the expression of bodily states. In this context intergenerational transmission of trauma will be a focus. Engaging with the body states and symptoms our client's 'present' is considered crucial for changes to take place in psychic experience. How to work with bodily communication in psychotherapy, both verbally and non verbally will be addressed. Different types of somatic bodily manifestations will be identified and the importance of understanding these differences will be emphasised.

The approach to clinical work is attachment psychoanalytic psychotherapy, where working with John Bowlby' ideas about the attachment history and memory in the clinical setting will be seen as highly relevant as well as with re-enactments as a way of working with and through overcoming the experiences of bodily trauma. Techniques and methods of working will be discussed.

The format of the day will be a theoretical and clinically informed presentation, Group discussions and working groups. People will be encouraged to bring case material in a confidential setting to explore the modes of understanding and methods of working that have been put forward throughout the day.

Dr Nicola Diamond: Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London, also at the Tavistock Clinic. She is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with former BAP, now BPF,(BPC reg). She runs a private practice. Previously worked as a psychotherapist for The Helen Bamber Foundation (for survivors of torture and trauma) and at the Women's Therapy Centre in London. She is the author of Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis -Contemporary Developments; Wiley &Sons (2013) and co-author of Attachment and Intersubjectivity with Mario Marrone; Whurrs publisher (2003). Recent journal and chapter publications include, ‘Between bodies: Working in the liminal zone with traumatised clients’ ( written with Paola Valerio), ‘A case of Missing Identity: Working with disassociation and ‘multiple selves’ in the Countertransference’ (writte with Mario Marrone) in Introduction to Countertransference in Therapeutic Practice-A Myriad of Mirrors, ED Valerio, P (2017) ; 'Exploring Some Vicissitudes of Feminine Sexuality' in Free Associations (2013), The Body and Film: Estranged Body States – A Case of das Unheimlich, Journal of Psychosocial Studies(2013), 'Between the Body and Social Trauma: Working with the Aftermath of Torture' in the book, Emotion:Psychosocial Perspectives, Eds: Sclater & Jones atal Palgrave(2009); 'Between Touches' in Dialogues on Touch in the Psychoanalytic Space, Ed: Galton Karnac, (2007), 'When Thought is not Enough' in book How Does Therapy work, Karnac, Ed: Ryan(2005) and 'Attachment Trauma and the Body' in Attachment theory and the psychoanalytic Process, Eds: Cortina &Marrone, Whurr (2002).

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