When Psychotherapy is Harmful…

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Date(s) - Saturday 24th June, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Brighthelm Centre

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Saturday 24th June 2017

Trainer:  Dr Phil Mollon

Venue: The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £105 (before 27th May 2017; £120 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

In this one-day seminar Dr Phil Mollon will explore what can go wrong in therapy.

Psychotherapy is intended to provide the client with assistance in resolving emotional distress and maladaptive patterns of behaviour. Often it is successful in this endeavour and many clients feel that therapy has a profoundly positive effect on their life.

However, this is not always the case. We do hear of instances of psychotherapy having a profoundly harmful effect. Sometimes this comes about as a result of obvious malpractice on the part of the therapist – but in other cases it arises from the therapist behaving in ways he or she believes to be professionally correct. In this seminar we will explore some of the ways that common assumptions, theories, and styles of therapeutic technique can be profoundly malign in their effect.

Session one:
Evidence that psychotherapy is, in some instances, harmful – research shows that a significant proportion of clients are in a worse state after therapy than they were previously. The illusory clinical misperceptions common amongst psychotherapists.

Session two:
Common ways in which psychotherapists can harm their clients. Long term psychotherapy can involve an enormous consumption of life resources – psychological, financial, and time. An illusory promise of healing or recovery may ultimately give way to disillusionment, rage, and despair.

Session three:
The misguided emphasis upon the therapeutic relationship and the ‘transference’ – the slippage from Freud’s original stance. An adequate therapeutic relationship is a necessary condition, but is not in itself the vehicle of healing. Both therapists and clients have come to expect more of the therapeutic relationship than it is capable of providing. A dangerous illusion is prevalent, that the therapeutic relationship can make up for the pains and deprivations of childhood.

Session four:
How to make psychotherapy pragmatic and helpful – addressing goals, traumas, and beliefs.

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