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Women on the Couch - the seminar series

A series of presentations for psychotherapists on the inner lives of women

With Susanna Abse, Dr Meg-John Barker, Sarah Benamer, Roz Carroll, Jocelyn Chaplin, Prophecy Coles, Jane Czyzselska, Marion Green, Janice Hiller, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Anna Motz, Emma Palmer (formerly Kamalamani), Holli Rubin, Anna Santamouris, Dr Maggie Turp, Valentino Vecchietti, Maria Xrisoula and Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi

Thursday evenings, 13 September to 13 December 2018 - London

Holding in mind that hysteria was considered a female mental disorder for over 4000 years and has been inextricably linked with the origins of psychoanalysis, this unique seminar series asks how far we have come in our understanding of the female psyche and the treatment of female patients in psychotherapy. Female distress was once cured with herbs, sex or sexual abstinence, punished and purified with fire for its association with sorcery. Thankfully, we have come a long way from such confusion about the emotional life of women, but where are we now with psychotherapeutic intervention for those suffering, not from hysteria but anxiety, depression, racism, anger, disempowerment or identity confusion? Do women come to psychotherapy with specific issues? And if so, what do these issues throw up in terms of a continual re-evaluation of the 'female psyche' - if, indeed, such a thing exists.

The Women on the Couch seminar series - a sister piece to the Women on the Couch conference on 16 June 2018 - will explore experiences that appear to be of particular concern to women. Among the numerous topics that unfurl when we revisit gender in psychotherapy, we will consider whether the therapist needs a particular lens for focus. We will think about how psychotherapists, however they may identify, can meet the needs of female clients and work from an unimpinged state of mind/body when binary gender assumptions are so deeply embedded in our culture and shared collective unconscious. From crimes against the body and internalized misogyny to motherhood, desire and body image, our speakers will attempt to probe some of the fascinating issues that women confront in the twenty first century and how these might be addressed when seeking help from a therapist.


Susanna Abse
Susanna Abse is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, executive coach and organisational consultant. She has worked in private practice with couples, parents and individuals since 1991. She was CEO of the charity Tavistock Relationships from 2006 until 2016 and is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and serves on its Executive Board... More >>

Dr Meg-John Barker
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb)... More >>

Sarah Benamer
Sarah Benamer is a UKCP registered Relational Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and supervisor who works with individuals and couples. She has a particular interest in the many roles of the body in our emotional and relational worlds. Sarah originally trained as a psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre and has subsequently undertaken a COSRT psychosexual and couples therapy training... More >>

Roz Carroll
Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained body psychotherapist. She teaches 'Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy' on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including: 'The Blood-dimmed Tide: Witnessing war and working with the collective body in Authentic Movement' in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Politics International... More >>

Jocelyn Chaplin
Jocelyn Chaplin is a feminist psychotherapist/counsellor with forty years in private practice. She has taught many courses on the Goddess, and she co-founded The Serpent Institute training Therapists in Psychodynamic and Humanistic approaches within a framework of Goddess Spirituality... More >>

Prophecy Coles
Prophecy Coles trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist but is now retired. She has written many articles on sibling relationships, eating disorders and sexuality and has lectured across the world. She also written several books, including The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis (Karnac. 2003)... More >>

Jane Czyzselska
Jane is an integrative psychotherapist working in private practice in London. She was editor of lesbian and bi women's magazine DIVA from 2004-2017 and continues to be committed to amplifying lesbian, bi, queer, non-binary, trans and intersex voices... More >>

Marion Green
Marion Green is a former social worker who specialised in working with adolescents and in later in adoption. She then graduated in 2000 from Hibernia School of Artistic Therapy, Stroud - an anthroposophical art therapy training. She currently works in hostels with women who are homeless, some of whom are involved in street based prostitution. Marion has worked with men and women in prison and in adult acute and intensive psychiatric care; with traumatised adolescents and the chronically sick and dying... More >>

Janice Hiller
Janice Hiller BSc, MPhil, AFBPsS, C.Psychol is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and until 2017 was Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships, where she still teaches and tutors... More >>

Dr Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones is a Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist and Strategic & Clinical Lead of NELFT NHS Foundation Trust's Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. She trained as a systemic therapist and did her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre/UEL... More >>

Dr Dianne Lefevre
Dr Dianne Campbell Lefevre, MB ChB FRCP FRCPsych, worked for 40 years with patients with mental illness including intensive work with people with psychoses. She worked initially as a physician and later as a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy... More >>

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga
Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga is a Published Writer/Poet and Integrative Transcultural Psychotherapist, Lecturer, trainer and supervisor. She taught for twenty six years and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy... More >>

Anna Motz
Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist working for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service, Oxford and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She supervises teams in Avon, Devon, Cornwall and Wales for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in MBT ASPD (Mentalization Based Treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder: men at high risk for violence), led by Dr Jessica Yakeley and Professor Anthony Bateman... More >>

Emma Palmer
Emma Palmer is a relational body psychotherapist and ecopsychologist. Practising since 2003, she is engaged in using therapy skills and contemplate practices in helping to face the realities of climate change, our disconnection from nature, and in building more creative, reflective and resilient communities. Previously a steering group member of Psychotherapist and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and editor of its Transformations journal, Emma is also a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance... More >>

Holli Rubin
Holli Rubin is a leading body-image specialist whose contribution to the conversation on the impact of Body Image is wide-ranging. She actively participates in government organisations (the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image), activist groups (Anybody and Endangered Bodies, the NGO initiated by Susie Orbach), and public forums such as schools, conferences and corporations, and her views have been heard through print, radio, and television media outlets... More >>

Anna Santamouris
Anna Santamouris has been in private practice as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist since 2006. In the early 1990's, she began some training in counselling and specialist courses in adolescent delinquency and family work, spending 2 years working in a residential home for adolescents who were wards of the state. After travelling around Europe, she spent a year living and working in Greece after which she settled in London and resumed her teaching in inner London schools... More >>

Dr Maggie Turp
Dr Maggie Turp is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and an independent trainer, offering talks and workshops on the effects of trauma on self-narrative, the physical expression of psychological distress and the psychology of climate change... More >>

Valentino Vecchietti
Intersex Human rights campaigner, public speaker, independent academic, and writer. Has worked with, amongst others: the British Film institute; Channel 4; The Equality and Human Rights Commission; as well as with universities, and for events such as the Women of the World Festival... More >>

Maria Xrisoula
Maria Xrisoula initially worked as a supply lecturer for Canterbury College teaching literacy and math to young adults who had Not been in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs) and is currently an Arts Counsellor (awaiting UKCP registration). She has worked with dementia patients and young adults with physical disabilities... More >>

Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi
Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi is a Jungian Analytical Psychologist, a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), The Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP), and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). She has private practices in London, Greece, and in the Middle East where she consults on psychosocial projects offering training in a method she has devised in building resilience for trauma relief... More >>


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Individual seminars
Single evening: £25

CPD Hours

2 hours per seminar

The Freud Museum
Maresfield Gardens

18.30 Registration
19.00 Start
21.00 End