Chair: Jacqui Ferguson
This paper will discuss an area of Winnicott’s interest in the work that takes place in the consulting room, through a focus on two complementary papers: 'The capacity to be alone' (1957) and 'Communicating and not communicating leading to a study of certain opposites' (1963). Neither of these papers contains extensive clinical material but each is clearly embedded in Winnicott’s long experience in the consulting room and his deep engagement with his patients. They also show his wider concern with life after and beyond psychoanalysis. The paper will explore what is required for therapeutic communication, why communicating
is therapeutic, the place of silence in communicating, and the analyst’s respect for the patient’s wish not to communicate.
Lesley Caldwell is a member of the BPA and a member of the BPF, in private practice in London. She is a training analyst for the child and adolescent psychotherapy training (IPCAPA) and a member of its Training Analysts' Committee. She is a training and supervising analyst for the IPA China programme. She is Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL, where she teaches and supervises on Masters and Doctoral programmes. She initiated and ran the Unit’s public Interdisciplinary Programme from 2010 to 2016. She was Director of the Squiggle Foundation (2000-2003), an editor for the Winnicott Trust from 2002 to 2016 and its
Chair of Trustees from 2008 to 2012.
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