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Something About Our Bodies - Two Lectures on FGM

Female genital mutilation is a centuries old practice carried out in some parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Female genital mutilation is a collective term for cultural or other non-therapeutic procedures. These are typically performed on girls aged between 4 and 13, but in some cases, it is performed on new-born infants or on young women before marriage... (read more...)


Aesthetic Conflict and Counterdreaming

Drawing on literary sources and on the psychoanalytic theory of Bion and Meltzer, Meg will discuss the concept of ‘aesthetic conflict’ (first formulated for psychoanalysis by Meltzer in 1988) which has sometimes been found both interesting and puzzling. She will relate this to the nature of ‘counterdreaming’ (Meltzer’s term for the psychoanalytic reverie that is the basis for interior observation)... (read more...)


Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts

Some places remain on the Guild's Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts course. This is a ten week course taking place on Wednesday evenings from April 18th 2018. This course will be of interest to health professionals and anyone interested in psychoanalytic ideas, as well as those considering future psychoanalytic training. (read more...)


CAUTIOUS RECEPTION FOR NICE GUIDELINES FOR DEPRESSION

The UKCP has cautiously welcomed new draft guidance published by NICE on the treatment of depression in adults. The new draft includes recommendations for psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy and counselling, which are welcome improvements. Yet CBT continues to dominate recommendations despite evidence showing that other therapies yield similar or better results. (read more...)





LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

I trained as a doctor and worked in medical practice for a time. After the birth of my third child I had a depressive breakdown, which I found terrifying. This was in 1950 and no one seemed to know anything about psychotherapy. This made it much worse. (read more...)