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ONLINE: How To Work When Therapy Isn’t Working: Perceiving and understanding enactments in the therapeutic relationship


Saturday 13th March
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£80 – £95


Michael Soth

Venue: ONLINE via Zoom.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. There is a maximum number of tickets to this event, please book early if you are keen to attend. Joining details will be sent to all delegates on Thursday 11th March after bookings close. Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm.

Course Fee:

  • £95 (standard ticket price before 11am on Thursday 11th March when bookings close – pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold).
  • £80 (discounted ticket – pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income because of CoVid19, or you are a student counsellor/psychotherapist, or you are a newly qualified therapist (2020 or later graduation). Proof of student/graduate status will be required. Limited ticket numbers until 28th February only, or until all are sold.
  • All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates AFTER the conference takes place.
  • Please be aware that we are NOT accepting payment by cheque at this time. Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer.

Over recent years the most exciting developments in our field have come via neuroscience, psychotherapy integration (i.e. cross-fertilisation between approaches) and the inclusion of the body. We now understand that whatever psychological wounds the client is bringing to us and into the consulting room, we will in some ways become involved and implicated with them in ways that go far beyond verbal interaction. The term ‘enactment’ is being used to describe the ways in which the therapist’s whole being is – inevitably and necessarily – drawn into the client’s wounding, leading to impasses and breakdowns in the working alliance.

When the working alliance becomes conflicted or breaks, there is great therapeutic potential in these cycles of ‘rupture and repair’ that occur in the client-therapist relationship. Whilst there are a multitude of ways in which therapists can ignore, avoid and counteract enactment, there is also increasing understanding that it has deep transformative potential* (see note below).

But much of it occurs subliminally. So if it occurs implicitly, unconsciously, outside of awareness, how can we perceive and understand enactment and ultimately respond creatively from within it?

Much of our training in the talking therapies has focussed on explicit, verbal communication. It has not prepared us for the subtlety, quicksilver spontaneity and the sheer wealth of non-verbal and somatic communication, and how to make sense of it, and link it to the verbal interaction.

This CPD workshop is dedicated to deepening our engagement with difficult dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, and to finding ways of accessing the therapeutic potential locked within them. It is open to all practising therapists, and suitable for practitioners from all modalities.

We will go beyond the principle of recognising enactments as a significant feature of the therapeutic relationship, and attend to its phenomenological detail:

  • how can we notice and ‘catch’ significant moments of enactments?
  • and how can we access and make use of the multitude of perceptions, feelings and thoughts which occur in the therapist’s stream of consciousness?
  • how, specifically, can we use our own bodymind experience to shed light on the client’s inner world?
  • what can the conflicts, discomforts and uncertainties in our own internal process (i.e. what psychoanalysts call the countertransference) tell us about the enactment dynamic?
  • what fantasies and hypotheses can we articulate which give us information about the inherent dynamic of the enactment?

What you can expect to learn on the day …

  • perceive the ways in which the client’s wound enters the consulting room
  • register significant and charged moments in the relationship
  • understand these moments in the context of the ‘three kinds of contact’
  • collect in these moments bodymind information which might otherwise remain subliminal
  • collect in these moments images, fantasies, scenarios, narratives which deepen our engagement
  • link these moments to the client’s habitual relational patterns
  • process the charge and pressure impacting on the therapist
  • begin to consider interventions for relieving or intensifying the enactment pressure

A variety of preparatory and post-workshop materials, including hand-outs and articles, will be available.

* According to Allan Schore, a well-known neuropsychoanalyst and one of the interdisciplinary elders of our field, ‘deep’ psychotherapy, (i.e. therapy that addresses early developmental injury and attachment and character patterns) depends on apprehending, engaging in and transforming spontaneous enactments which occur in the interaction between client and therapist in spite of the client’s repressive and dissociative defences – he speaks about enactment in terms of ‘mutual regressions’ between client and therapist.


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ONLINE: When Therapy Isn't Working - Standard
£ 95.00
ONLINE: When Therapy Isn't Working - Discounted
£ 80.00