First Contacts with New Clients: From initial enquiry to first meeting and assessment

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Tavistock Relationships

18 November 2023

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Price: £80.00 (£60.00 Trainee/NHS/Subscriber)

Location: online


With Linda Cundy, Charles Brown & Brett Kahr

Embarking on the therapeutic journey marks a pivotal moment in the lives of both clients and therapists, where the trajectory of healing is shaped right from the initial interactions. The “First Sessions with New Clients” conference delves into the profound significance of these first moments of contact to enable engagement in the therapeutic relationship as well as ensuring the clients enduring participation in the unfolding process of therapy.

Linda Cundy’s presentation, “In the Beginning: Attachment at the Start of Psychotherapy” will offer a psychoanalytic-attachment based perspective. Linda suggests that keen awareness during the initial enquiry and assessment stages provides vital insights into clients’ relational histories, their inner landscapes, and self-protective mechanisms. This perceptive grasp of core attachment patterns early on in the therapy acts as a compass, guiding the therapeutic process as it unfolds.

Charles Brown’s contribution recognises the complexities of new beginnings within the landscape of online psychotherapy. Whilst accessibility and convenience of online work are benefits Charles will bring in how this convenience may alter the dynamics of first contacts. Charles will also consider the challenges such as technological hurdles, differences in digital literacy, the absence of non-verbal cues and counter-transference differences as hindrances to the therapy and areas for exploration.

The conference culminates with Professor Brett Kahr’s thought-provoking presentation, “And Whom Have You Chosen as Your Nineteenth Shrink?”. Brett delves into the intricacies of impressing and captivating clients in their earliest encounters. His talk offers the perspective that transcending the conventional, therapists must convey a deeper understanding of the unconscious mind right from the outset to forge an enduring therapeutic relationship.

The “First Contacts with New Clients” conference aims to equip therapists with deeper insights insights to not only engage clients effectively but also to ensure their enduring commitment to the therapeutic process with psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and attachment based perspectives.

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