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Professor Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. Now partially retired, he has a part-time private practice; set up and now teaches on the Masters/Doctoral psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and research programme at Exeter University, where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally. He has written 180 + peer reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His many books, translated into 7 languages, include best-selling John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (1993/2013 2nd Edition, Routledge), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005, co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Storr's The Art of Psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis 2012) and Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge 2010) which won the 2010 Canadian Psychological Association Goethe Award. 2013 saw the 6-volume compendium of the 100 most important papers in Attachment (Benchmarks in Psychology: Attachment Theory, SAGE, co-edited with A. Slade). Literature and the Therapeutic Imagination, and Attachments: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis (both Routledge) are due 2014. He was recipient of the 2009 New York Attachment Consortium Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award. Professor Jeremy Holmes


Past and present Confer events
The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy
Online module

Transforming Losses
Monday evenings 5 October - 7 December 2015

Transforming Attachments
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 February 2015

Contemporary Intersections in Psychotherapy
Saturday 7 June 2014

Attachment Theory in Practice
Monday evenings from 22 January to 28 April 2013

The Art of Psychotherapeutic Intervention
9 seminars from Monday April 16 2012
Applications of Object Relations Theory in Contemporary Psychotherapy
12 September to 5 December 2011
Psychopathology Unpacked
25 January 2010
The Big Idea
Friday 5 (evening) and Saturday 6 March 2010






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