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11:00 - 12:30


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Danson Room
Trinity College
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BH
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aesthetic conflict: the impact of the psychoanalytic setting on highly traumatised adults by Ellie Roberts

This paper explores the impact of the psychoanalytic setting on highly traumatised adults, diagnosed with Borderline Personalities, attending the Fitzjohn Unit at the Tavistock Centre.

Drawing on the work of the post-war German artist Anselm Kiefer, the paper looks at the pain that these patients are unable to bear, and the way in which the setting, which includes the mind of the therapist, is used to defend against relationship. The aim of the paper is to further understanding about the vicissitudes of trauma and the parallels that occur in the analytic work.

about the speaker

Ellie Roberts is the Lead Consultant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents for Oxford Health NHS across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. She has worked in the Fitzjohn Unit for Borderline Patients at the Tavistock Centre as an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a training therapist for child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists. She has a private practice in Oxford and administers and teaches on the Tavistock course ‘Working with children, young people and families: a psychoanalytic approach’.

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By train: 15 minutes walk from Oxford Station.

Parking: Park & Ride is advised but there are limited spaces in Gloucester Green carpark and additional carparks opposite Nuffield College or Oxpens; pay & display, Mansfield Road or Gloucester Green.

standard £ 20.00
student £ 10.00