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Love Sick:
Working with people derailed by Eros

Saturday 11 March 2017

Falling in love can be one of the most intense emotional experiences. Wherever in the world the phenomenon has been looked for, it has been found. Stories of sexual love, and the confusion, bliss or anguish that it can cause, are abundant in painting, myth, poetry, music and literature. It is one of the most written about but perhaps least understood aspects of the human experience, a fascinating domain of the psyche, where attachment and desire merge to cause an altered sense of self, leading to the ecstasy of deep connection or the despair of aloneness.

This conference is designed to explore the boundaries between healthy passion, when a reciprocal loving dyad is created in which intimacy can flourish, and love that is misplaced, recreating an insecure attachment pattern from childhood. Using a developmental framework, our speakers will explore ways in which our early sense of our self emerges in an intimate dyad with the other/lover and provides an extraordinary insight into our attachment history. We will discuss how such themes as rejection, unrequited love, emotional overwhelm, sexual obsession or betrayal are opportunities for insight and therapeutic growth.


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. His two edited books in this area are Adult attachment and couple psychotherapy: The 'secure base' in practice and research (2001, Brunner-Routledge) and Attachment, sex and couple psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic perspectives (2009, Karnac). He is a founding member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy, Dartington, a member of the editorial board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and an international editorial consultant for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. He lives in St Albans where he maintains a private practice. .. More >>

Janice Hiller
Janice Hiller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is currently Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships. She trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and worked in adult mental health earlier in her career, before becoming head of a Relationship and Psychosexual Service in North East London. Since specialising in couples therapy and sexology she has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad, run many seminars and training courses, and was honorary lecturer and tutor for the Doctoral degree course at UCL. Her publications cover a range of topics including psychosexual development, coital pain, arousal and desire difficulties, gender differences in sexual motivation and ethical issues. Janice was joint editor and contributor to Hiller, Wood and Bolton (2006)"Sex Mind and Emotion", and co-wrote a chapter "Psychodynamic aspects of Psychosexual Therapy" (2013) for the European -wide syllabus of clinical sexology published by the European Society of Sexual Medicine.. More >>

Jenny Riddell
Jenny Riddell is psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is registered with The British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors and The Bowlby Centre. She supervises and teaches on several psychotherapy programmes and CPD providers. She is also academic supervisor for MA and MSc dissertations. She has a private practice in London. .. More >>

Dr Nicola Kimber-Rogal
Dr Nicola Kimber-Rogal is a Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has a Masters in Mental Health Studies, a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) training and PhD from Guy’s Hospital. Her doctoral thesis specialised in the effects of recognition on anxiety and depression amongst office workers, using a CAT approach. She was a founding member of the Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology course at Guy’s and worked in psychological audit, counselling and therapy with clients from both public and private organisations. She was also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ ‘Changing Minds’ Employment working party – a campaign which sought to reduce stigma against mental health in the workplace. In addition to the areas of work and psychotherapy, she is interested in the links between theology, spiritual growth, personal development and psychotherapy as well as the psychology and practice of parenting, childcare and family systems approaches... 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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Self-funded: £130 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded x 2: £200 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded (with the online module The Applications of Attachment theory to Psychotheraoy): £280 (SOLD OUT)
Organisationally-funded: £200 (SOLD OUT)
CPD Hours

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

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

08:30 - 09:45 Social Dreaming Matrix
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End