About this training
Infidelity is a common presenting problem in couple therapy and is often the precipitating factor in a referral. Dissatisfaction with the relationship may have been on low boil for years but an affair catapults the couple into a crisis.
Affairs present particular ethical and technical challenges to the therapist and this practical seminar will examine these, together with the underlying unconscious processes which may be at the heart of the difficulties.
Affairs can have myriad meanings and purposes and can represent developmental hope as well as destructive wishes both for the individual and the relationship. Some affairs end quickly but at other times, one partner finds it almost impossible to give up the relationship which can present a considerable dilemma to the therapist.
The workshop will include an examination about the wider evidence for successful therapy with affairs; along with clinical vignettes from both couple and individual work, video material and group discussion.
Susanna Abse is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked in private practice with couples, individuals and parents since 1991. She is the current chair of The British Psychoanalytic Council and was CEO of the charity Tavistock Relationships from 2006 until 2016.
At Tavistock Relationships, she co-developed a mentalisation-based therapy for parental conflict, which has become a government approved parenting intervention. In her private practice, she now helps parents who are finding it difficult to co-operate following divorce or separation.
Susanna is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology, She is Co-Editor of “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis” for Routledge Books and has, herself written widely about couple therapy, parenting and other issues closely linked to social justice and the role of families in society.
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