Countertransference: Contemporary relational views of the Therapists use of ‘Self’

Dr Paola Valerio, CREST, Department of Psychology, Whitelands College

09:30 - 17:15

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In times of professionalism and evidence-based practice it seems as if the countertransference revolution is over and the related idea of the wounded healer has died, or at least gone underground for now. But what is the relevance of the therapist’s responses to the therapeutic encounter these days, particularly our strong feelings of hate and love or even boredom in the consulting room? What is the contemporary relational view of the therapist’s authenticity and perhaps also of therapist disclosure or mutual conversations with the client about our encounter and how we work with difference? In this conference Relational analysts, Psychotherapists and Jungian analysts as well as art music and drama therapists, who are leaders in their fields, will give talks and workshops around the topic and encourage participation and lively debate.

Conference Workshops:

Dr Jean O’Callagan - Procrastination and the Therapists use of self. 

Dr Onel Brooks - Countertransference and working with difference. 

Dr Rachel Darnley Smith - Music as Mirror. 

Cynthia Rogers - Countertransference and Projective Processes in the Group and Organisational Dynamics and Cythnia Rogers and Egle Meistaite Countertransference in the trainer/trainee relationship.

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis and Dr Paola Valerio - Countertransference and Love: is Oedipus still blind? 

Geoffery Unkovich - Countertransference in dance movement therapy: moving the practitioners process.

James Mann - Countertransference and Queer theory.

Dr Janek Dubowski  - Countertransference and Art Therapy. 


Conference Fee:

Early bird fee:                              £50

UoR staff and students:                £40