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The Artist in Therapy
The psychodynamics of creativity and the creative personís therapeutic needs

With Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien & Patricia Townsend

Saturday 20 June 2015

This conference considers the emotional world of the artist and the psychological basis of the creative process, exploring therapeutic work with painters, writers, poets and other highly creative people. Our speakers will be asking: do artists perceive life in a different or unusual way? Are they especially sensitive, more aware, perhaps less defended than those who are less expressive? Are they simply more gifted at transforming life into beauty?

The specific therapeutic issues that are thrown up when working with artists will be discussed, from the creative areas of consciousness to the nature of the work itself. We will consider our transference to the Artist as an archetype, the psychological function of the object created by the artist, the object relations of the artistís imagined and real viewer or reader, and the boundary issues thrown up by acts of creativity in the consulting room itself.


Elizabeth Wilde McCormick
Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years. Her background is in social psychiatry, transpersonal psychology, and cognitive analytic therapy. She is a founder member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and practices mindfulness based CAT. She is the author of a number of books including Change For The Better, the CAT self help book.

Professor Andrew Samuels
Andrew Samuels has, for almost forty years, been evolving a unique clinical blend of post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic, and humanistic approaches to therapy work. He is recognised internationally as one of the leading commentators from a psychotherapeutic perspective on political and social problems. His work on the father, sexuality, spirituality and countertransference has also been widely appreciated. He is a past chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and also of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex and holds visiting chairs at New York, London and Roehampton Universities. Andrew's many books have been translated into 19 languages, the most recent being Politics on the Couch. He is well-known for his engaging and participatory style as a workshop leader and lecturer.

Professor Joy Schaverien
Professor Joy Schaverien is a Jungian analyst, a Training Analyst for the Society of Analytical Psychology with a private practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Before becoming an analyst she trained in fine art at the Slade and she has written extensively on the links between art and psychoanalysis including her monographs The Revealing Image and Desire and the Female Therapist. She is working on a new book on this topic to be published by Routledge. Her latest book, illustrated with pictures made in analysis, is Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the Privileged Child published by Routledge in June 2015.

Patricia Townsend
Patricia Townsend is an artist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and was formerly Consultant Psychotherapist at St Georgeís Hospital Eating Disorders Service. As an artist she works with video, photography and installation and is interested in the interface between the external world and the internal world of the imagination. Much of her work explores our emotional relationship with landscape Ė the ways in which landscape can affect us and the stories we construct by projecting our own beliefs, expectations and desires onto our surroundings. More >>


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Self-funded: £130
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17.30 End