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Transforming Losses

Psychotherapeutic work with grief, separation, loss and the healing power of mourning

Seminar series, Monday evenings, 19.30-21.30

Monday 5 October - 7 December 2015

While loss is an inevitable and integral part of nature, separation from the familiar is often agonisingly painful and rarely feels natural. Most people in the course of life will lose not just loved ones, but places, communities and familiar patterns that contribute to one's sense of safety in the world. The external event of loss or separation can also lead to a revision of one's sense of self, layering the psychological complexity of that event. Somehow, however, each loss must be emotionally negotiated.

Disbelief, disorientation, grief and mourning lead one down a pathway that, in health, eventually arrives at a place of acceptance that something has passed. When that resilience is lacking, however, and the path of mourning is too psychologically risky to enter, the consequence can be a distortion of grief. Many of those who come into therapy have encountered losses that could not be borne. Depression and attachment-anxiety, especially if the loss was the loss of a good object in infancy, can lead to a life that is both restricted and melancholic.

These talks, many of which are influenced by John Bowlby's attachment theory, are designed to explore the phenomenon of loss, the psychopathology that can arise when mourning is incomplete, and how psychotherapists can facilitate healthy grief.

"The loss of a loved person is one of the most intensely painful experiences any human can suffer," John Bowlby,1980


Kate White
Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre, London UK. She is Editor of the journal, Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. More >>

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 >>

Dr Judit Szekacs-Weisz
Judit Szekacs-Weisz is a bilingual psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, a member of the British and the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society. Born and educated (mostly) in Budapest, she has absorbed the ideas and way of thinking of Ferenczi, the Balints, Hermann, and Rajka as integral parts of a "professional mother tongue". She is author of several articles, and co-editor of Lost Childhood and the Language of Exile. Together with Tom Keve she co-edited Ferenczi and His World and Ferenczi for Our Time. More >>

Dr Elaine Arnold
Elaine Arnold, taught social work students (MSW courses) at Goldsmiths College, and Sussex University. She was Director of Training at Nafsiyat (Intercultural Therapy Centre). She researched the adverse effects of separation and loss and sometimes traumatic reunions, due to immigration from the West Indies, to Britain among some families of African Caribbean origin. More >>

Julia Samuel
Julia Samuel is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and BACP Accredited Psychotherapist who has worked at St Mary's Hospital Paddington as Psychotherapist for Paediatrics for the last 23 years supporting staff and families when a child is dying or has died. More >>

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. More >>

Dr Christopher Clulow
Christopher Clulow is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. More >>


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All 7 seminars:
Self-funded: £220
Organisationally funded: £300
Single evenings: £40
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 16 hours will be provided at the event

5th Floor Lecture Theatre
Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

Monday 5 October 2015
Monday 12 October 2015
Monday 19 October 2015
Monday 16 November 2015
Monday 23 November 2015
Monday 30 November 2015
Monday 7 December 2015

19.30 Start
21.30 End