Can Attachment Save Psychoanalysis from Extinction?

Sat 26 May 2018, 09:30

CityCoast Centre, Porstlade

Psychoanalysis is in retreat, as CBT has become the dominant psychotherapeutic paradigm.  Does this matter, and if so, how can a 21st Century psychoanalysis emerge?  I hope to show how the relational approach and evidence base of contemporary Attachment Theory provides at least some of the answers. The neuroscience of intimate relationships and role of language in therapy are two of the topics I will cover.

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013)  The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , and The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014) and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Music-making, gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

Book via the Brighton Fringe website


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