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Complex relational dynamics in the treatment of trauma: An immersion seminar with Kathy Steele MN, CS, Michael Soth, and Anne Aiyegbusi, PhD

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Michael Soth |  Anne Aiyegbusi |  Kathy Steele, MN, CS
4 Hours 26 Minutes
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Mar 12, 2021
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When our clients carry the wounds of trauma, abuse and neglect, these dynamics don’t just impact their current relationships with partners, family members, friends and co-workers – they can also play out in the therapeutic relationship.    

Enactments within the therapy space can be powerful and disturbing experiences, for both client and therapist. When working with the non-verbal, un-integrated experience of trauma, they may feel overwhelming.      

When we learn how to spot them, and develop the resources to reflect on what is happening, enactments can also become a potent means of therapeutic repair – and the bridge to relational healing.   

In this all-new, multi-disciplinary recording, you will have the opportunity to reflect on working with such complex relational dynamics from several crucial clinical vantage points:    

  • Kathy Steele, MN, CS, trauma and dissociation specialist, will focus on the embodied countertransference of the therapist.   
  • Michael Soth, integral-relational body psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, will share how relational enactments commonly show up in supervision.   
  • Anne Aiyegbusi, PhD, group analyst, forensic psychotherapist and mental health nurse, will reveal how complex trauma dynamics can reverberate through groups, teams and institutions.   

Watch each speaker for an engaging, in-depth presentation, filled with guidance and insight you can immediately use in your practice. Then these three experts will come together for an exclusive panel hosted by fellow UKCP registered psychotherapist and PESI UK Director Tracy Jarvis addressing questions and clinical challenges that we face every day. 

You’ll end feeling alert to the impact of trauma and associated relational dynamics wherever and whenever they manifest – with the skills to manage their impact, strategies to mitigate secondary trauma, and knowledge of how to turn a potentially overwhelming enactment into a therapeutic opportunity.  



This online program is worth 4.5 hours CPD.



Michael Soth's Profile

Michael Soth Related seminars and products

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.

Anne Aiyegbusi's Profile

Anne Aiyegbusi Related seminars and products

Dr Anne Aiyegbusi is a group analyst, forensic psychotherapist and mental health nurse.  Her nursing career in the NHS saw her gaining experience in the range of roles ‘from ward to board.’ However, her clinical practice was based in forensic mental health services, including 15 years as a consultant nurse in secure services for women. After taking early retirement she returned to the NHS on a part time basis and manages a clinical network offering training and consultancy to build workforce capacity for supporting people with the diagnosis of personality disorder.  Anne is also a director, psychotherapist and consultant nurse for Psychological Approaches, a community interest company providing training and consultancy to public sector agencies working with complex needs and offending. Anne has published and presented widely in areas relating to complex trauma and attachment issues, especially as related to forensic services, ‘personality disorder’ women’s mental health and racism. 

Speaker Disclosures:


Financial: Dr. Anne Aiyegbusi is a practicing psychotherapist, consultant nurse, and group analyst. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. and receives royalties as a published author. She is an instructor at the Queen Mary University of London. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Anne Aiyegbusi is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Group Analysis and serves as the Chair of the Training Committee for the Governance Working Group, Diversity in Training Group, and Forensic Psychotherapy Society.

Kathy Steele, MN, CS's Profile

Kathy Steele, MN, CS Related seminars and products

Kathy Steele, MN, CS, is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a psychotherapy and training center, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She frequently teaches about trauma and dissociation around the world, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications in the field. Kathy has received several awards for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is co-author of The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (2006) and Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists (2011). She is currently writing a practical clinical manual on treatment, resistance, and impasses in dissociative disorders with Suzette Boon, PhD, and Onno van der Hart, PhD.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathy Steele maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Emory University. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Kathy Steele receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathy Steele is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses, Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Common enactment issues in supervision   
With Michael Soth 

The modern - and especially somatic - trauma therapies, aided by revolutionary neuroscientific understandings, have made a profound contribution to the field over the last 20 years. Increasingly, trauma therapists come into supervision distraught, frustrated and despirited because it is not working as it ‘should’. The assumption that the same trauma theories and techniques can equally well be applied to developmental trauma is now becoming questionable. As soon as developmental trauma is involved, what really matters is the client's implicit and unconscious experience of the therapeutic relationship, regardless of the therapist's competence and input. The relational complications and vicissitudes that arise between client and therapist used to be the province of psychoanalysis and depth psychotherapy, but they can now be seen to be relevant to trauma work, too. In this talk you’ll learn: 

  1. The quality of relationship and the oscillations of the working alliance 
  2. Recognising charged moments in the intersubjective field and the three kinds of contact 
  3. Appreciating the enactment of wounding dynamics between client and therapist as potentially transformative 
  4. The developmental functions of rupture and repair 
  5. How are the notions of transference, countertransference and enactment relevant to trauma work? 

Inter-relational complexities of trauma in groups, teams and institutions  
With Anne Aiyegbusi 

Complex trauma dynamics reverberate through all levels of the treatment setting. This presentation will focus on inter-relational complexities of trauma in groups, teams and institutions. 

By the end of the presentation, you will have an awareness of : 

  1. Group analytic perspective on trauma 
  2. How trauma phenomena impacts treatment settings 
  3. Strategies to mitigate secondary trauma on teams 

The key to using countertransference to resolve relational enactments  
With Kathy Steele 

When the client is highly dissociative, the therapist is vulnerable to intense and sometimes overwhelming emotional experiences that are often projections of fragmented parts of the client, or non-verbal enactments of unintegrated trauma. We will discuss these emotions that range from positive to negative, and how to understand and use them therapeutically.   

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify at least three emotional reactions to their clients and how they relate to the dynamics of the clients. 
  2. Define enactment and give an example from clinical practice.
  3. Describe strategies to manage countertransference feelings and use them to support an effective therapy with dissociative clients. 



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