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Negotiating Endings in the Psychotherapy Relationship

With Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr John Andrew Miller, Anne Power and Dr Jill Salberg

Saturday 6 October 2018 - London

Endings in therapy can range vastly from abrupt and unexpected ruptures to working towards a fulfilled ending, and anything in between. Of course, endings and loss are inextricably linked, even in the best circumstances. An ending will stir up early experiences of loss that may not have been consciously experienced before let alone worked through in the therapy. Patients with deeply embedded early trauma, patterns of abandonment in early attachment relationships might especially fear their capacity for 'going on being'. How can the therapist support the moving away from the therapeutic relationship whilst enabling the client to hold onto the good objects which may feel at risk during an ending?

Considering how client and therapist can best prepare for a planned ending, we will explore the signs that an ending may be best for the patient either because they feel ready to live without psychotherapeutic support, or because the therapist thinks it is in their best interest. How do therapist and client know when an ending might be appropriate? What if there is a difference in opinion? How long is too long in therapy? What happens when the ending becomes blurred with the occasional email or a bolt-on session? With these questions in mind, our speakers will give us insights from their many clinical experiences, via a range of talks and workshops.


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 teaches on the Masters/Doctoral psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and research programme at Exeter University, where he is visiting Professor. He also lectures nationally and internationally. He has written 180+ peer reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy... Read more...

Dr John Andrew Miller
After founding and directing the first London-based MA in Psychotherapy, John trained in Lowen's Bioenergetic Analysis and then Attachment Theory. Currently working individually with adults and providing cross-modality supervision, he also serves as external moderator, academic consultant, and tutor to several training programmes. His special interests include body-oriented psychotherapy, trauma work, transition management, as well as attachment theory and attachment issues. John is a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Attachment Network (London), and organized its successful lecture series 'The Connecting Thread of Attachment.' Read more...

Anne Power
Anne Power trained as an analytic 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. In her first career as a nurse she worked in services for the elderly; recently she has written about closing a practice for illness or retirement, in Forced Endings in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement... More >>

Dr Jill Salberg
Jill Salberg, PhD, ABPP is a clinical adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, faculty member and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty and a supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has written on reformulating concepts of termination, trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma, gender, Freud, and the intersection of psychoanalysis and Jewish studies .. More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120 (Sold out)
Self-funded x 2: £200 (Sold out)
Organisationally-funded: £200 (Sold out)
Under 25's: £70 (Sold out)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Tea
17:00 End