Relational Psychotherapy has successfully established itself within the wider field of psychotherapy and the term 'relational' has even become quite a fashionable label for some. One of the consequences of the term catching on is that it is so widely used that its precision has been lost. This webcast aims to get clarity on relationality from a variety of different perspectives.
Important concepts in relational thinking
This online series aims to examine the notion of relationality today, exploring the positive potential of a relational approach alongside the possible limitations and pitfalls of relational theory and practice as deployed in the clinic. Relational process will be subjected to a critical eye within specific contexts such as diversity, social and political arenas, and psychotherapy practice, intersubjectivity, and supervision.
Helena Hargaden (MSc., DPsych., Training and Supervisory Transactional Analyst) is a Psychotherapist, Writer, Coach and Supervisor. In collaboration with others she developed relational perspectives of TA and has been widely published and translated into a number of other languages. She lives on the South Coast by the sea where she has a clinical practice, continues to develop clinical ideas, currently integrating Bhuddism and Jungian perspectives with relational TA, as well as writing fiction.
Professor Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst, university professor, author, activist and political consultant. He is well known for his work at the interface of psychotherapy and politics. His work on sexuality, relationships, spirituality, men and fathers has been widely appreciated. He is a former Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His many books have been translated into 19 languages. www.andrewsamuels.com.
Michael Soth is an integral-relational Body Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor (UKCP). His work and teaching is oriented towards a full-spectrum integration of all therapeutic modalities and approaches. Inheriting concepts, values and ways of working from both psychoanalytic and humanistic traditions, he is interested in the therapeutic relationship as a bodymind process between two people who are both wounded and whole.
Carmen Joanne Ablack
Carmen Joanne Ablack is an integrative body psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer working with couples, groups, individuals and organisations, with special interest in relational diversity. A UKCP registrant and honorary fellow, board member of the EABP, Carmen teaches at the Gestalt Centre London and occasionally teaches and supervises for Metanoia. A qualified coach and mediator, Carmen offers organisational development consultancy on diversity, conflict resolution and team development. www.cjablack.com
Dr Aaron Balick is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist and supervisor working in London. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex and a founding member and Chair of The Relational School UK. Aaron has a special interest in the applications of relational theory to culture, which has resulted in his most recent book The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self. He is also author of a self help children’s book entitled Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress.
Jessica Benjamin is a supervising faculty member of the New York University Postdoctoral Psychology program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies where she is a founder and board member. She has been part of the relational psychoanalytic movement from its inception, and is known for her integration of clinical psychoanalytic and development theory with social thought, particularly feminist theory. She is the author of The Bonds of Love (1988); Like Subjects, Love Objects (1995); and Shadow of the Other (1998). Her new book Beyond Doer and done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third has just been published by Routledge. From 2004-2010 she initiated and directed “The Acknowledgement Project” together with Dr. Eyad el Sarraj of Gaza involving Israeli and Palestinian mental health practitioners and international dialogue leaders. She participated in editing and narrating the video film (movingbeyondviolence.org) on the Israeli-Palestinian Combatants for Peace, an organization committed to opposing the Occupation and creating cooperation non-violently to establish conditions for peace. Her article on Eyad Sarraj’s ideas, “Non-Violence as the recognition of all suffering” appeared in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society last year. In 2015 she was awarded the Hans Kilian prize for meta-humanistic studies in Bochum, Germany.
Professor Maria Gilbert is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and a registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC). She is Faculty Head of Applied Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling at Metanoia Institute in West London where she is the programme leader of the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. She is a visiting Professor at Middlesex University. She works as a trainer, a supervisor and a psychotherapist. Over the years she has co-authored several books, inter alia : ‘Psychotherapy Supervision’ and ‘On Becoming a Supervisee : Creating Learning Partnerships’.
Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, writer, activist and social critic. She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre, London in 1976. Her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue has been continuously in print since 1978. Her most recent In Therapy is based on the Radio 4 series of the same name heard by 3 million listeners. She lectures widely in the UK, Europe, NZ and North America, has provided consultation and social policy advice for organisations from the Government and the NHS to the World Bank. She was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and a Guardian columnist, both for 10 years and continues to work with many individuals and couples from her practice in London. She is a member of The Balint Consultancy.
Dr Philip Ringstrom (Ph.D., Psy.D) is a Senior Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, in Los Angeles, California. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of both the International Journal on Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is also a member of the International Council of Self-Psychologists, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has a recently published book by Routledge (2014) entitled A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Conjoint Treatment.