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Women on the Couch

With Carmen Joanne Ablack, Luise Eichenbaum, Sissy Lykou, Gina Miller and Dr Susie Orbach

Saturday 16 June 2018 - London

With multiple allegations of abuse by powerful men of less powerful women, all of us - regardless of gender or sexual identity - are in an extraordinary moment of taking stock of our relative positions to each other. The revelations of transgressions in the entertainment industry - from intrusive touching to actual rape - by intelligent and privileged men are an extraordinary testimony of inequality at the deepest and most primitive level: our relationship to the body and its ownership.

By the time that this conference takes place, the revelations and protests of #metoo and Time's Up will no longer be news, but what will persist is the imbalance of power between the genders, and the fact that a possible 1 in 5 women or children have been on the receiving end of violence by a man - an astonishing 1.4 billion individuals who are left with some fear of men. Shame and an infused sense of inferiority go hand-in-hand with this anxiety and we also need to consider the function of internalized misogyny in this arrangement of power.

How is this moment in history showing up in your consulting rooms? What space is allowed for therapeutic concerns that are specifically about what it means to be woman today? How do we work therapeutically with issues of female identity, safety, empowerment, self-representation and relationships? We have invited just 5 women to explore their understanding of the issues women face and to share their insights on gender and power at this conference. However, because the subject is so huge, we are also holding a 20 week seminar series (to be launched in to allow more time and space to cover the many aspects being 'a woman on the couch'.


Carmen Joanne Ablack
Carmen Joanne Ablack is an Integrative Body Psychotherapist, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Group Psychotherapist. She teaches and supervises in the UK and Europe, on diversity, on other aspects of relational body psychotherapy, including somatic trauma, on group work and on supervision... More >>

Luise Eichenbaum
Luise Eichenbaum, LCSW, is co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London (1976) and The Women's Therapy Centre Institute in New York City (1981) where she is on the faculty and Board of Directors. She has written and lectured widely on feminist relational psychotherapy and co-authored with Dr Susie Orbach Understanding Women, What Do Women Want and Bittersweet... More >>

Sissy Lykou
Sissy Lykou is a UKCP and Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy registered integrative psychotherapist, dance movement psychotherapist and supervisor. She was an A.S. Onassis Foundation Scholar. She practices in London privately and in community psychotherapy projects for children under five years of age and their parents/carers... More >>

Gina Miller
Bloomberg described Gina Miller as an 'Establishment Wrecking Ball' but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform, not wrecking. Her areas have been in the areas of investment, charities, democratic and political processes. As a passionate believer in respectful capitalism, Gina believes we all have a civic duty to be actively alert to the challenges of contemporary issues facing businesses, politics and wider society... More >>

Dr Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer. She co-founded The Women's Therapy Centre in 1976 and The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York, in 1981. Her books include Fat is a Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, On Eating, What's Really Going on Here, Towards Emotional Literacy, The Impossibility of Sex and Bodies... More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 5.5 hours will be provided at the event

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:30 Lunch break
15:30 Tea
16:30 End