Workshop: Working with Couples

July 08, 2017


with Haya Oakley

‘’Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, Often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.’’

Sidney Smith; Lady Holland’s Memoirs (1855. Vol I, Ch. 11)

This workshop will explore the reasons couples come to therapy and how to avoid coming between couples whilst working with that which is between them, the couple’s dynamic. It will be based on my own clinical experience of working with a diversity of couples spanning four decades as well as examples from TV series In Treatment (HBO. Dir Rodrigo Garcia from the Israeli original Betipul) and Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman).

Haya Oakley has been practising psychoanalysis in London since 1968. After a brief spell at the David Cooper ‘anti-university’ group she joined the Philadelphia Association where she worked with R.D. Laing and colleagues, training psychotherapists and working in ‘therapeutic households’. In 1997 she set up, with others, The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has been a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists since 1982 and is a founder member of The College of Psychoanalysts UK and Honorary Fellow of UKCP. Haya’s interests include the politics of psychotherapeutic organisations, the issues surrounding State regulation of the ‘impossible profession’, the comparative study of psychoanalytic theories and the question of psychosis.

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL

Cost: £50.00 or £40.00 if you book 3 or more workshops at the same time.

£30 reduced fees for trainees from the SITE and other organisations.

Download the entire Workshop Programme FLYER

To book:

Please pay by electronic transfer of funds to: Unity Trust Bank, The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Sort code: 60-83-01; Account No: 20099428.

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CPD certificates will be provided