A Psychoanalytical Approach to working with Couples – workshop 1

As part of its ‘Clinical Site’ series,

The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis presents

A Psychoanalytical Approach to working with Couples

Friday 31st January 2020

18:30 – 21:30 GMT

October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester St, Holborn, London WC1N 3AL


Workshop 1 – A Couple’s State of Mind

How does couple work differ from work with individuals? How do the conscious and unconscious communications and interactions within the couple and between partners and therapist impact on the therapy?

Many couples who present for therapy lack or have lost a sense of being a couple, and blame each other for their problems. Mary Morgan’s seminal concept of “a couple state of mind” will serve as a basis from which to explore “the internal couple” and the couple’s “shared unconscious phantasies”, and examine how these concepts help us in our clinical practice. The workshop will combine power points, film clips and clinical material, and leave room for large and small discussion groups.

Find out about Workshop 2 here – Why do partners choose each other?

About Perrine Moran and Martha Doniach

Perrine Moran is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is a visiting Clinician and Lecturer at Tavistock Relationships, where she co-leads an “MBT with couples” course and supervision workshop, and teaches on the MA in Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also supervises at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is a board member of the International Association for Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and a member of the Editorial Board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and its Arts Editor. She is bilingual, works with individuals and couples in English and in French, and has a private practice. She is an accredited member of the BPC and the BACP.

Martha Doniach is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained to work with individuals and couples. She is a full member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (Fpc-Wpf) and of the graduate body of Tavistock Relationships, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. She has worked in East London NHS Foundation trust in a tier 2, Specialist Psychotherapy Adult outpatient service where she currently holds the position of Principal Psychotherapist and Honorary Psychotherapy Lead. At Tavistock Relationships she is a visiting lecturer and was previously a visiting clinician and worked as a tutor on the MA in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. She also teaches and supervises at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She maintains a private practice in central London. She is an accredited member of BPC and UKCP.

Both workshops can be attended by participants or booked as stand alone.

Tickets cost £45 (Limited number of reduced price tickets available before 31st December 2019). There are only 25 places at the workshop so early booking is advisable.

Tickets available on Eventbrite here