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What is the Goal of Psychotherapy?

Saturday 28 January 2017

Does psychotherapy need a purpose, such as to gain greater happiness or to be relieved of symptoms? And, if there is an agreed aim, how is this defined and by whom? By the client-patient, or by the psychotherapist as an expression of their theoretical model? Does the direction of the work need to be clearly expressed or does it evolve? Or, alternatively, should we view therapy as a journey without an explicit destination?

With reference to clinical work, psychotherapy theory and some philosophy, our panellists will offer four distinct responses to these questions, taking us on a quest to explore themes such as moral growth, greater happiness, earned security or the resolution of unconscious conflicts. The audience is invited to consider if the direction of therapy is defined by you - the practitioner - or by the person you are working with; how that purpose is discussed; whether specific measurable results are meaningful in the context of a relationship that may take unpredictable turns.


Linda Cundy
Linda Cundy trained at the Bowlby Centre in the 1990s and has a private therapy and supervision practice. She has been teaching and running courses on aspects of attachment and loss for twenty years, and is Course Director of a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment Therapy. She is Chair of Hackney Bereavement Service, having originally run bereavement groups there. .. More >>

Richard Gipps
Dr Richard Gipps is a clinical psychologist and philosopher with a long-standing interest in psychotherapy, phenomenology and psychoanalysis. He co-chairs the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis and the Institute of Psychoanalysis Philosophy Study Group. He has a private practice in psychotherapy and is associate of the Faculty of Philosophy in Oxford. He researches philosophical issues in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and in the phenomenology of psychosis.. More >>

Phil Mollon
Phil Mollon PhD is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, with a background profession of clinical psychology. He has worked in the NHS for 35 years. The author of ten books, Dr Mollon has written and lectured widely on trauma, shame, narcissism, and Kohut's self psychology. Always searching for better ways of helping traumatised people, his enquiries led him to EMDR, and then to 'energy psychology'. For the last twelve years he has been immersed in exploring the interface of energy psychology and psychoanalysis, to create the approach he calls Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy. .. More >>

Laurie Slade
Laurie Slade is a UKCP registered analytical psychotherapist, in private practice in West London. He is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, the Confederation for Analytical Psychology, and the International Neuropsychoanalysis Association. He has a long-standing interest in working with dreams, and has led workshops in different contexts. More >>


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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
11:00 Coffee
12:30 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End