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Saturday 19 October: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Most people come to psychotherapy seeking some kind of change in their life. How might this occur through the course of therapy and who is the subject of change? Four members from the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy will explore the place of change within psychoanalytic psychotherapy today.

Sian Morgan will explore the place of change for both patient and therapist inside and outside the work of psychotherapy. She will talk about her own experiences of loss and grief as a therapist and how these changes have shaped her own clinical work.

Alistair Cormack will talk about the role of interpretation in psychotherapy. If the effect of a true psychoanalytic interpretation cannot be understood (Jacques Lacan) how might we understand its role in psychotherapy and its relationship to bringing about change?

Marion Zalay will explore what kinds of change people might be seeking when they come to therapy. She will reflect on the idea of becoming more oneself through change, questioning the understanding of who we think we are, and how therapy might allow us to find a space to exist for ourselves.

Deborah Meyler will begin with Auden’s line, “Poetry makes nothing happen” and Freud’s claim, “Psychoanalysis is an impossible profession”. Does either poetry or psychoanalysis change anything? What do they have in common? Does poetry have any power or place in a therapeutic setting?

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Age: 16+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free