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University of Reading
Meeting Room, The Cedars
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6UR
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ten things i love about psychoanalysis: its relevance in everyday life


Denise Cullington considers the continuing relevance of psychoanalysis, notably in relationships involving trust, partnering and parenting. Psychoanalytical ideas offer an account of our experiencing and understanding the world, how we expect others to be and how we respond according to our assumptions. This is our internal world, shaped by our constitution, by inevitable frustrations and resultant feelings such as hatred and envy, and by the mothering help we receive as infants to find that feelings are tolerable and not a disaster.

Illustrated with clinical vignettes, the talk will be of interest to all colleagues working in the helping professions who wish to learn more about what psychoanalytical understanding has to offer in their work with patients, clients and students and for themselves and in their own lives.

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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