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Lost and Gained in Translation
A 1-day conference exploring the nature of giving or receiving psychotherapy in a non-mother tongue language

Saturday 15 June 2013

This workshop is an exploration of the psychological significance of speaking in more than one language and the impact of bilingualism on the therapy relationship. We will consider the complexity of therapeutic dynamics when the therapist or client is speaking in a non-mother tongue language, and how far this inhibits both partners' capacity to feel understood.

Our speakers will propose that language embodies fundamental elements of cultural and individual identity. This has special significance for the treatment of bilingual patients. Not only can their second language act as an effective barrier against intolerable affect, but a second language can deeply alter a person's developmental sense of self. Research findings into the relationship between linguistics and emotion will contribute to the discussion.

The day also includes a workshop session on using an interpreter in the therapy session, and the issues of introducing a third person in a relationship that is normally dyadic.


Dr Beverley Costa

Dr Beverley Costa is a psychotherapist and supervisor registered with the BPA and UKCP. Her doctorate was in Psychotherapy by Public Works. In 2000 she founded Mothertongue, an organisation that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive professional counselling to the BME community. It has attracted funding from the Primary Care Trust, Berkshire Healthcare Trust, the Community Fund, the Big Lottery, Lloyds TSB and the European Social Fund amongst others. Mothertongue won the National Charity Award in the category of Social Care, Health and Religion. In 2008 it was recognised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Excellence in Practice. It also won a regional NHS Award in the category of Improving Health and Reducing Inequalities. In 2009 Mothertongue was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and in 2010 was recognised by the Third Sector Awards as one of Britain’s Most Admired Charities. Since 2008 she has lectured on cross-cultural clinical issues at the University of Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth,Brunel University, Westminster IAPT, Harrow, Colchester and Norwich Mind.

Dr Zack Eleftheriadou

Dr Zack Eleftheriadou is registered with the British Psychological Society as: a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (HPC), an Associate Fellow, a Chartered Scientist and a Senior Practitioner in Psychotherapy. She has also trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist, a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a Child Psychotherapist (all UKCP Reg). She lectures and has published widely in the cross-cultural field, including the texts: Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy and Culture: Weaving Inner and Outer Worlds. She works in private practice in North London and is Patron of Mothertongue, the multi-ethnic counseling and listening service in Reading.


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Self-funded £144
Organisationally-funded : £240
CPD Hours

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

Park Crescent Conference Centre
229 Great Portland Street

09.30 Registration
10.00 Start
17.00 End

Tea, herbal drinks, coffee and biscuits will be served