Calendar of Forthcoming Events

The B.B.Zeitlyn Trust is pleased to be able to advertise details of forthcoming events to be held in East Anglia that may be of interest to psychotherapists, people who are training or planning to train in psychotherapy, and more widely to those involved in the caring professions.

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Saturday 1 December 2018

The Society of Analytical Psychology

Exploring Transitional Objects ‘Live’ in Analysis: Teddy Bears are ‘not the only fruit’

Speaker: Anna Bravesmith, Jungian Analyst

Sometimes we witness the patient claiming a found object, a real thing with material existence that can be seen, touched or heard, and creating with it a transitional object in the space between the analyst and themselves. There is no doubt that the transformational significance of this process, endowing the ‘thing’ with specialness and concurrently experiencing constructive psychic change, means the analysis is moving purposefully, but not through planned intention. Here the transitional object is most unlike a fetish, which we might have thought about if the patient had arrived with a ‘lucky’ and well-worn item in his/her hand to fend off anxiety. There is another aspect to the freshly made ‘live’ transitional object: it has arisen jointly with spontaneous contribution from both patient and analyst. The word ‘spontaneous’ in the context indicates a coniunctio, where previously explored strands of feeling, narrative and desire come together for the first time, but their appearance of coming ‘out of nowhere’ can be traced back, showing their connectedness.

Anna’s talk explores and re-examines transitional objects in live analytic practice, looking at questions like: to what extent is it a process that is internal/external? Is it really like a child’s comfort blanket? How does the analyst come to find she/he is joining in?

Anna Bravesmith is a Jungian analyst, member of the SAP with a private practice in North London, providing supervision, open-ended analytic work and Brief Therapy, particularly Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. She has contributed to many trainings in London, at WPF, Birkbeck, AGIP and AJA. She has also worked for several years providing Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy and supervision in the NHS in primary care services in London. She is currently the Training Clinical Coordinator at the SAP. Anna has published papers on supervision and imagination, Brief Therapy and Jungian analysis.

Chair: Martha Stevns

Venue: The Friends Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove,
Cambridge CB1 7UB

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Fee: £25

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Saturday 2 February 2019

The Society of Analytical Psychology

Ethnicity and Racism in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Whose problem is it anyway?

Speaker: Helen Morgan, Jungian Analyst

Historically the matter of an individual’s ethnicity, culture and the process of racialisation has largely been ignored in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Most trainings have introduced seminars on the subject but it is rarely considered in the theoretical aspects of the trainings in an integrated and ordinary way, nor is it often discussed in clinical seminars and supervision.

This position fails to see or acknowledge difference, hence the white individual is able to avoid the shame and guilt while for the black trainee an important aspect of their identity and experience is not allowed expression. This talk suggests that this situation has implications, not only for potential black applicants and patients, but also for our professional organizations where this covert form of racism shields ourselves and our theories from a potentially creative and enlivening challenge.

Helen Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a training analyst and supervisor for the Jungian Analytic Association within the BPF. She works mainly in private practice. Her background is in therapeutic communities both with adolescents and in adult mental health. She is interested in developing an understanding of racism from a psychoanalytic/Jungian analytic perspective. Until as recently as September 2018, Helen was the chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Venue: The Friends Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge CB1 7UB

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Fee: £25

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Saturday 23 February 2019


From the Broads to the Estuary

In the inspiring setting of Norwich Cathedral, an inaugural conference for a new professional network for psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinicians in East Anglia.

This conference aims to bring together professionals whose therapeutic work  is  informed by psychoanalytic thinking and a psychoanalytic attitude. Two stimulating talks will set the scene, exploring and bringing a renewed perspective to the fundamentals and common ground that inform our work as psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapists . Later, we will discuss whether we can use that common ground to build a stronger and more cohesive network to support our common purpose as psychotherapists in East Anglia.

•Psychotherapy? What’s the Point? 

A consideration of the purpose and place of a talking therapy in the life of the patient and of the clinician

Speaker :  Hannah Curtis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

“In this talk, I want to suggest that there is a purpose, a point to psychotherapy that is more overarching then the relief of symptoms;  more ambitious (and so maybe more frightening) and at the same time absolutely inherent in every clinical session of whatever clinical model. For the patient and the clinician.  And that purpose is freedom – freedom of mind. So what do we mean and how do we work towards that psychological freedom ?”

•Countertransference – Evidence or Obstruction?

Speaker: Bob Hinshelwood, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society

Countertransference has been around for as long as psychoanalysis. In fact people have been reacting to those with mental distress for the whole of history. But it has only been since around 1950 that this phenomenon has been employed to increase the understanding of mental distress.

The use of subjective experience as a form of evidence has tended to meet with scientific suspicion. How do we answer this suspicion and overcome it?  We will explore how, despite its potential distorting effects, if handled carefully, countertransference can yield both clinical and research evidence.

•Towards a New Landscape for Psychotherapy in East Anglia?

A discussion facilitated by Gary Fereday, Chief Executive of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

We will explore the role that an inclusive network for UKCP, BPC, ACP and BACP psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapists could play in building a more cohesive identity for our profession in East Anglia.  How in our varied region might such a network benefit us in our professional work and bring benefit to the communities we serve ?  And could it help us to renew and strengthen the profession, providing an enduring legacy for succeeding generations of psychotherapists ?   

Venue: The Weston Room, The Hostry Visitor and Education Centre, Norwich Cathedral

Time:  10.30am – 4.30pm
           Coffee and registration for 10.00am

Cost:  £45 including a light buffet lunch

For an application form please click here


Saturday 18 May 2019

The Society of Analytical Psychology

The Structure and Function of Part Objects

Speaker: Richard Rusbridger

A distinctive feature of Kleinian approaches in psychoanalysis is their interest, which developed from Melanie Klein’s work with children, in primitive states of mind. These frequently involve part object relating, in which a person relates, not to whole people, but to parts of the self and others.  I will talk about the structure and function of part object relating.

Babies begin life relating to parts of their mother or caretaker – a face, breast, arm, etc – rather than to a whole person. These physical parts are rapidly invested with psychological significance. Gradually a baby’s awareness widens – a development which leads over the first six months or so to an integration of the part objects towards making a whole self, relating to whole objects. But this earliest mode of relating remains available to be used when it is needed. How and when this happens, including in clinical work, is the subject of this talk.

Richard Rusbridger is a training analyst, a child analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and in private practice in London. He was a social worker in psychiatry and trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic before training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is an Honorary Reader at University College London, and Hon Sec of the Melanie Klein Trust. He has written papers on psychoanalytic theory, and on psychoanalysis and music, and has edited the collected papers of Edna O’Shaughnessy and (with Priscilla Roth) Elizabeth Spillius.

Venue: The Friends Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove
            Cambridge CB1 7UB

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Fee: £25

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Friday 12 July 2019

The Staff Counselling Service
University of Cambridge

Autism in the Therapy Room

Exploring the benefits and challenges of working with this client group using academic findings and clinical experiences

Keynote Speaker – Professor Francesca Happé
Professor of Neuroscience
Director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Allan Turner
Clinical Direct, Counselling Works
Specialist in Autism Traits in Couples Counselling

Dr Debbie Spain
Clinical Doctorate research Fellow, MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
Group CBT and Social Interaction and Anxiety in Autism.

Dr Alison Jenaway
Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychiatry.
CAT Psychotherapist – chair of ACAT
CAT interventions with patients presenting with autism traits.

ConvenorMichelle Reynolds, Head of Staff Counselling

Venue: Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Eddington Place, Cambridge CB3 1AS

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

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