Training Programme 2017-2018

Saturday 24th March 2018

When the Body Speaks

with Kristina Valendinova


*Enrolment fee: £40 (£30 for trainees, £25 for CPF counsellors)

The day:
In this training, we are going to be looking at clinical situations in which the body comes into conversation. We will look at the status of somatic symptoms in the psychic economy of the two Lacanian psychic structures, neurosis and psychosis, and also speak about somatic pain as one of the possible manifestations of trauma.

Kristina Valendinova is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. She holds a PhD in Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology from the University of Paris VII and is a member of the Cercle Freudien in Paris. She has been training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research since 2012.


Saturday 17th February 2018


Eating Disorders: An Expression of The Self

with Sue Dixon


*Enrolment fee: £40 (£30 for trainees, £25 for CPF counsellors)

The day: There has been a rise in the number of people being diagnosed with an Eating Disorder (ED) in the UK according to a report commissioned by a leading UK ED charity, Beat, who put the number at 725,000 people (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 2015).
This half day workshop will address two broad questions:
What is the psychopathology and aetiology of EDs?
How can therapists and counsellors think about and work with clients presenting with an Eating Disorder, to ensure a good outcome and promote recovery?

The delivery of the workshop will involve:
direct teaching drawing on theories about the development of the self;
personal reflection activities to allow participants to reflect on their own relationship with food, eating and weight;
discussions of clinical vignettes through psychodynamic and integrative lenses.

The Workshop Leader: Sue Dixon is a BACP (accredited) psychodynamic counsellor and UKCP registered Psychotherapeutic counsellor. She has a small private counselling practice with a caseload of 10 clients. She has a specialism in working with adults suffering with eating disorders (ED) due to her long established voluntary work facilitating a Self Help Group (SHG) which works in partnership with the national charity BEAT. She also works at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is Head of Teacher Education and lectures on Mental Health, Diversity and Teacher Education.
Sue is a part time Doctoral student researching the experiences of members of ED SHGs in relation to recovery and social return.
Qualifications: MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy; BSc Hons Integrative Counselling; Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling; MA in Mathematics Education; BSc Hons (Maths) with QTS, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy .


*Please contact the CPF Office for booking forms and enrolment. 

Training Programme 2016-2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Money in the consulting room

with Dr Anca Carrington

*Enrolment fee: £ 35, £30 for trainees (£25 for CPF counsellors)

The day: 
This workshop offers the opportunity to explore difficulties around money in the consulting room, combining discussions of clinical vignettes with theoretical considerations. The aim is to recognise ways in which a theoretical understanding based on psychoanalytic thought can help with addressing such difficulties as part of the clinical work.

Anca Carrington is a psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Centre in London, after a career as an economist, both in academia and the civil service. After several years of working in the NHS, first at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and then at the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, she now works full-time private practice. 
In 2014, she published with Karnac a book on Money as emotional currency (


Saturday 25th February 2017

Working with Domestic Violence

with Kate Bowler

*Enrolment fee: £ 35, £30 for trainees (£25 for CPF counsellors)

The day:
This will be an interactive and experiential session, looking at definitions, statistics and information around domestic violence and how this presents in therapy. How do we understand violence, identify indicators, manage risk and work with people who are or have experienced domestic violence.
We will cover current developments in neuroscience and models of working with trauma, integrated by use of case studies and clinical examples while considering culture, difference, social and contextual influences. Exploration of vicarious trauma and self care will end the session.

Kate Bowler is an accredited psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor with extensive experience in gender based violence. She has worked in the NHS, within Rape Crisis and in private practice. Her research interests are in dissociation, and group therapy as an intervention for survivors of sexual violence.


Saturday 8th October 2016

 Working with Narcissism: clinical and cultural dimensions
With Dr Julie Walsh

*Enrolment fee: £75, £65 for trainees (CPF counsellors £45)*

The day:
Narcissus, the beautiful mythic figure who fell in love with his own image, is rarely upheld as a model for good interpersonal relations. Vain, self-involved, superficial, constantly in need of an audience, and oblivious to the needs of others – he was, ultimately, condemned to a lonely death. But that is not the end of the story...
From the earliest psychoanalytic writings on the topic, narcissism has proved an especially contentious idea, difficult both to theorise and to treat in the clinic. Why? What is it about narcissism that polarises opinion, and how might we better understand its range and applications?            
In this training session, we shall review some of the major debates from the theoretical literature on narcissism, as well as examine the ways in which the term has been used as a cultural diagnostic. Being attentive to questions of gender, sexuality, body image, youth and age, we shall use material from psychotherapeutic sessions to consider how narcissism’s cultural and clinical registers intersect. Our aim shall be to better recognise the many faces that today’s Narcissus might present to the therapist. 

Dr Julie Walsh is a Global Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, and a psychoanalyst in private practice. She has published numerous articles on different facets of contemporary psychoanalysis and their relation to culture, literature and politics. She has a particular interest in thinking psychosocially about clinical work, and enjoys bringing her interdisciplinary training to her teaching and research projects.
Her first book Narcissism and Its Discontents was published with Palgrave last year. 


*Please contact the CPF Office for booking forms and enrolment.