Exploring psychoanalytic perspectives on anxiety

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Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy

24 September 2022

Time: 11:00 - 17:00

Price: £20 - £70


The Bristol Hotel
Prince Street

United Kingdom

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When: Saturday 24th September 2022, 11 AM – 5 PM BST
Where: The Ballroom @ The Bristol (Prince St, Bristol BS1 4QF)
Tickets: £20 – £70 (refreshments included)
Who it’s for: This is a public event – everyone welcome!

The idea of Dialogues has emerged over the years through debates within our organisation, as well as a response to the historical moment we live in where polarisation leads to constant conflict and breakdown, and is rooted in a tension against fundamentalism and the tyranny (or, as Freud said ‘the narcissism’) of small differences. We hope to create an exchange, a back-and-forth, a mutual understanding and even some common grounds, in a safe space where questions can be asked and differences acknowledged without anyone feeling threatened.

The Dialogue:
Anxiety is a commonly diagnosed problem today and is often paired with depression. But what is anxiety, how is it experienced and how is it treated? How, if at all. does it differ from fear, terror, worry, panic or phobia?

This Dialogue will explore psychoanalytic ideas about the origins and nature of anxiety from the perspectives of differing psychoanalytic traditions. Our guest speakers, Dany Nobus and Richard Mizen, will each give a presentation before entering into a dialogue after which members of the audience will be invited to take part in the discussion.

The Speakers:
Dany Nobus is professor of psychoanalytic psychology at Brunel University, London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He has done extensive research on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis over the past 25 years. Amongst his numerous publications, (over 200 books and articles) are Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis, Knowing Nothing and Staying Stupid: Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and, published this year, Critique of Psychoanalytic Reason: Studies in Lacanian Theory and Practice.

Richard Mizen has been a psychotherapist for over 40 years and an analyst for nearly 35, having trained with the SAP. Originally working as a social worker and then a social work manager in the fields of adult mental health, child protection and forensic mental health, Richard has also worked in the public sector/NHS as a psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant as well as in private practice as an analyst and supervisor, for the last 18 years at Exeter.

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