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Confer's Annual Psychgeist Conference
Is Psychotherapy a Relationship or a Cure?

With speakers Shoshi Asheri, Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr Richard Gipps, Dr Carine Minne, Professor Dany Nobus, Dr Jay Watts and Judy Yellin

Saturday 21 September 2019 - London

Last year we asked the thought-provoking question What is Normal? as the topic for our think-tank conference to celebrate our 20 anniversary. Somewhat beyond our expectations, the question generated some brilliant, fresh and new perspectives about the therapy process. And so we have posed another challenging question for our speakers to answer: is psychotherapy a relationship or a treatment? Our aim is to explore the dichotomy between the medical model of assessment, treatment, cure in contrast to its antithesis - a process of exploration between two people, one which focuses on the needs of one but in which each participant draws on their own subjectivities and histories.

Our starting point is that the solution-focused approach rests on the idea that someone enters therapy with a problem which can be assessed and for which a suitable treatment can be offered with specific goals leading, hopefully, to a cure. The latter suggests that the problem the client brings is only a starting point from which the therapeutic couple journey unfolds into a relationship of discovery about the patient's inner life. These different stances come with quite different values, vocabularies and concepts about what makes therapy useful.

Each speaker will address the question through their own experiences of being in therapy, of being the therapist and of experiencing and witnessing change. We eagerly anticipate their thoughts and invite you to join the discussion.


Shoshi Asheri
Shoshi Asheri is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and trainer. She teaches on the MA programme at the Minster Centre for Integrative Psychotherapy. She was a member of the training director's team at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. She is a founding member of the Relational School UK and a member of the executive committee. A central inquiry in her teaching, published writing and presentations has been 'moments of meeting' in the consulting room; when normative responses won't do, and the unthinkable, the improvised and the uncanny can emerge and transform the relational field... More >>

Dr Anne Alvarez
Dr Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and retired Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Dep't. Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches.). She is author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children. She has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002... More >>

Dr Richard Gipps
Dr Richard Gipps is a clinical psychologist and philosopher with a long-standing interest in psychotherapy, phenomenology and psychoanalysis. He co-chairs the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis and the Institute of Psychoanalysis Philosophy Study Group. He has a private practice in psychotherapy and is associate of the Faculty of Philosophy in Oxford. He researches philosophical issues in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and in the phenomenology of psychosis.. More >>

Dr Carine Minne
Dr Carine Minne has worked in NHS mental health settings for over 30 years and in particular, forensic psychiatry settings due to her special interest in working with mentally disordered offender patients. She trained as a forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and brings these two specialties together in her work at the Portman Clinic and the high security hospital of Broadmoor, where she has been Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy for 20 years... More >>

Professor Dany Nobus
Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London, former Chair of the Freud Museum London, and Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. He is the author of numerous books and papers on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis, and in 2017 he was awarded the Sarton Medal of the University of Ghent for his outstanding contributions to psychoanalytic historiography... More >>

Dr Jay Watts
Dr Jay Watts is a consultant clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in London. Jay is someone who has been through the psychiatric system herself and has dedicated the last couple of decades to trying to create fairer, kinder mental health services both in the NHS and third sector organisations... More >>

Judy Yellin
Judy Yellin trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre, London and works as an attachment-based relational psychotherapist in private practice. She is a supervisor and training therapist and has taught extensively at the Bowlby Centre and other organisations. She currently teaches a relational third year M.A. module in contemporary theories of psychotherapy at the Minster Centre, London... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
This event + the online module Trauma and Dissociation: £220
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:10 Coffee
12:40 Lunch break
15:00 Tea
17:00 End