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Spotlight on Attachment Trainer Linda Cundy

Linda CundyOn 18th June we are excited to welcome Linda Cundy back to Brighton Therapy Partnership for her online workshop titled: Attachment Approach to Therapy with ‘Avoidant’ clients.

Linda is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, author and a bit of a regular at Brighton Therapy Partnership’s CPD events.

She has contributed to, and edited four books, her most recent: Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen was published last year. Plus, Linda is a highly qualified trainer and supervisor and she runs her private practice in North London.

As well as delivering CPD at Brighton Therapy Partnership, Linda has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, where she taught courses on aspects of attachment theory and its application to clinical practice every year for eighteen years.

As you can see, she really is an expert on Attachment Theory, so much so that she has been appointed Attachment Consultant at The Bowlby Centre.

Where it all began…

Linda was drawn to therapy and psychoanalysis from her teens. After art school in the 1970s, she began teaching art and running ‘therapeutic activity groups’ in mental health centres. While she was working at a day centre in Islington she was encouraged to do a counselling foundation and diploma course. This piqued her interest even more and Linda qualified as a Psychotherapist in the 1980s, after which she completed four-years of professional training in Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at The Bowlby Centre.

Teaching and training

In the early 1990s Linda started her teaching and training career when working as a counselling supervisor in the training department of ChildLine. From there she moved on to Regent’s College, where she honed her skills for teaching theory. In an interview with BTP back in 2019, she told us “I discovered that I really enjoy providing opportunities for people to learn about themselves and others, and I love being involved in their journeys through counselling and psychotherapy courses…I find it mentally stimulating and a challenge to myself, an adrenaline rush.”

Linda Cundy the author

Linda wrote her first book in 2014; Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era. “The first book was a huge step for me,” she told us.

“I was increasingly aware of the impact of screens and the Internet on our lives and was rather puzzled that very little had been published about this from a psychoanalytic perspective.”

The book came about after Linda spoke at a conference on the impact of technology. She wrote up her presentation and rounded up other experts to contribute.

This sparked her enjoyment of writing and editing books, three more followed: Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working With Preoccupied Attachment (2017); Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy: Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame (2018) and Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen (2021).

What’s next?

We asked Linda what her future holds and she told us: “With Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen published at the end of 2021, this year has focused a lot on food. I have guest edited the next issue of the Attachment Journal (Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis). The special issue is called Attachment, Community, Identity and Food, Volume 16, number.1, June 2022.

I am also in the early stages of working on a new book to be published by Confer about the practice of attachment-based psychotherapy. Unlike my other books, this one will be entirely self-authored and will describe the model of therapy I’ve developed over my 25-year career.

On a more personal level, I am beginning to wind down and reorganise my practice to make space to paint, garden and spend time with friends and family. These recent years of lockdowns and restrictions have highlighted the importance of relationships more than ever. That means I’ll also be taking part in fewer training events, conferences etc. – though I will give priority to BTP invitations!” (Phew!)

Join us for Linda’s one day online CPD event on 18th June 2022, An Attachment Approach to working with ‘avoidant’ Clients, where she will help us to understand how to work with clients who might appear self-sufficient and cut off from their emotions. The workshop will cover how to work effectively with these clients, find ways to empathise with them and understand their defences.

Watch Linda’s past workshops here.

Read more posts about Linda’s work here.

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