Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training
One - Day Conference
Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy: Understanding and Working with Self-Hatred and Shame
With Dr Graham Music, Anne Power, Linda Cundy UKCP, BACP, and Dr Andrea Oskis
Chaired by Dr Maggie Turp
Date: Saturday 4 February 2017 09:30 – 17:00
Conference cost: £140/10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Limited early-bird discount of 15% available until 8 January 2017. Ticket includes buffet-style lunch.
People who appear self-sufficient, aloof and cut off from their emotions struggle to make and maintain intimate connections with others, including the therapeutic relationship.
They may be full of anger and lash out at others, or are self-controlled and perfectionist, demanding high standards of themselves and other people and are contemptuous when these are not achieved. The core difficulty is that they are not acceptable to themselves.
This one-day conference brings together speakers from child and adolescent psychotherapy, attachment research, individual and couples therapy with the aim of increasing understanding of these highly defended individuals. It will identify specific difficulties that often arise in therapy with “avoidant” clients and, drawing on attachment theory and research, propose a focus for therapeutic work with people who hate themselves and keep others away.
The day’s programme to follow
Graham Music is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures, Attachment and Children's Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development (2011), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and Immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings, clinical work and their social implications. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock's child and family department, he has worked therapeutically with maltreated children for over two decades, has managed a range of services concerned with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect and organised many community based psychotherapy services. Graham currently works at the Portman clinic, where he also teaches, lectures and supervises on the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy course, and other trainings in Britain and abroad.
Anne Power has trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre, as a couple counsellor with Relate and as a supervisor with WPF. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Regents University London and has a private practice in London. Recently she has written about closing a practice for illness or retirement, in Forced Endings in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement. Her new research interest is couple fit. She is looking at logic versus magic in partner choice: random romance, arranged marriage, and dating sites – what’s the difference?
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a private practice. She has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild, having run courses on attachment here every year since 2000. These have been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses including at the Bowlby Centre, AGIP, and The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (now Regent’s University). A book, “Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era” was written / edited by Linda and she has authored journal articles on the same theme. She is also the editor of “Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment”, the monograph of our 2016 attachment conference which will be published by Karnac.
Andrea Oskis is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. Her teaching and research expertise is primarily developmental, with subfields in psychophysiology and clinical and health psychology. She specialises in interview assessments of attachment style, parenting and early experiences of care and abuse. Her research is conducted as part of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), which is based at Middlesex University. She works with CATS in an applied capacity as an accredited trainer for interview measures designed to assess psychosocial vulnerability, which includes consultancy work for a range of services, including CAMHS and health and social care services. In 2013 she started her clinical training in attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Bowlby Centre and is currently developing her private practice in North London. Attachment theory provides the theoretical wrapping for all of her professional work, and she values the synergy between her teaching, research and practice.
Maggie Turp Is a practitioner psychologist and analytically-trained psychotherapist and supervisor. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and an independent trainer offering workshops on the effects of trauma on self-narrative, the physical expression of psychological distress and the psychology of climate change. She has published several journal papers and two books, Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word (2001 Palgrave) and Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy (2003, Jessica Kingsley).