Autonomic Countertransference. How we can learn from our bodily reactions.

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Organised by:

Bernard Zeitlyn Psychotherapy Training Trust

09 July 2022

Time: 11:00 - 14:00

Price: £50.00


Friends Meeting House
High Street,

Saffron Walden,
United Kingdom
CB10 1AA

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Exploring countertransference as a vital tool to understanding clients and patients, particularly those with psychopathic psychic structure.

Dr Rob Hale will present and discuss a recent paper exploring countertransference in all its forms as a vital tool to the understanding of our clients and patients, particularly of those with a psychopathic psychic structure. The disturbing emotions aroused in the therapist are evoked via the autonomic nervous system. Violence provokes a sympathetic reaction, perverse sexuality a parasympathetic response; in each case this is at a largely unconscious level and thus all the more powerful. The impact on the therapeutic process is then examined both at an individual and an institutional level. My definition of a psychopath is “someone who brings out the worst in me”. The talk will make links between suicide, violence and perversion.

About Our Speaker
Rob Hale, like Bernard Zeitlyn, originally trained as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He held a research post at St Mary’s hospital in London where he worked closely with people who had attempted suicide. Rob Hale worked at the Portman Clinic for many years with patients who acted out in a violent or sexually deviant way. He is the co-author with Donald Campbell of Working in The Dark: Understanding the pre-suicide state of mind, published by Routledge in 2017.

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