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11:00 - 12:30


online in advance £ 18.00


University of Reading
Meeting Room, The Cedars
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6UR
United Kingdom

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ten things i love about psychoanalysis


"Writing my book 'The Rough Beast: Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life' was like a profound meditation on my craft. What did I have to say to an everyday, curious, suspicious reader about psychoanalysis? How does it work? What were the most important things to describe – away from the jargon and over-intellectualising we can sometimes do? Is there anything in it to offer other professionals, too?"

In this talk, Denise Cullington will consider how the past continues to operate powerfully in that less conscious part of our human mind and can trip us up unexpectedly. Psychoanalytic ideas can be profoundly helpful in making sense of ourselves, giving some access to those more hidden parts of our mind.

This event will be chaired by Elizabeth Edwards. Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £20. This event is organised by the bpf  Wessex.

about the speaker

Denise Cullington trained at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London and in Clinical Psychology. Prior to that, she lived and painted in the US and Puerto Rico. She works in private practice as a psychoanalyst.

Her first book, Breaking Up Blues (Routledge, 2008) was described as ‘unique in its combination of depth and accessibility. It deserves to be a classic.' by Margot Waddell (Tavistock Clinic).

Patrick Casement described The Rough Beast (Routledge, 2018) as:... beautifully written… it is so readily accessible, and yet much of it so profound.



Image by Penny Elder. Penny is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist. You can visit her website here:


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online in advance £ 18.00