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20:30 - 22:00


British Psychotherapy Foundation
37 Mapesbury Road
London, NW2 4HJ
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jung forum: finding a wavelength : struggling conceptually and clinically to meet a patient

For many analysts the task of developing a stable clinical and theoretical identity is complex. There is a wide range of technical and conceptual positions, many of them subject to new development and research. Yesterday’s orthodoxy easily comes into question, and we are forced to reconsider how we approach our patients. Many of us operate as if we were radios with numerous pre-set stations, giving us some leeway to combine our own personal style with the task of meeting and understanding very different patients. Yet it is often difficult to hold this diversity in a coherent way.

Coherence is further threatened  when the pre-set stations seem not to work.This has been my experience with one unusually difficult patient. I will describe this work, where the process has become a more uncertain one, less defined and more disturbing. I am frequently turning the dials of the radio, seeking a wavelength that eludes me and having to bear the crackle of enormous frustration and despair. Mental states that cannot easily be described or represented have had to be lived through, with a continuous struggle to find ways of thinking and responding. I will highlight some of the theoretical and technical approaches that have been helpful and make a plea for a professional community that facilitates fuller clinical exploration and debate.

This event is open to all bpf members and trainees. It counts as 1.5 CPD hours.


about the speaker

Steven Flower is a Jungian analyst, a training analyst and supervisor for the BJAA. He was formerly chairperson of the BAP and the bpf.

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