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Using the Self in Psychotherapy: an introduction to the Relational Approach

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Event details




4:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Map point

23 Clerkenwell Close
London, EC1R 0AA

Who are you as a therapist and how does your subjectivity affect your practice? Whatever your clinical background or theoretical modality, it is your “personal factors” that are most likely to have an effect on your clients – and their personal factors that will equally have an effect on you. Overall, it is the relationship between the two of you that counts. However, resting on the assumption that “it’s the relationship stupid” is not enough. Relational Psychoanalysis offers a way to understand this complex relationship, so you can begin to get a handle on the unconscious dynamics that infuse the therapeutic situation.


This workshop, run in partnership with The Weekend University will address some of the major themes of Relational Theory, enabling you to think more intersubjectively about your practice. Across the day you will be offered a theoretical frame, clinical examples, practical tools to draw on for practice, and time for reflection on your clinical practice. The workshop is open to both trainees and experienced clinicians who wish to increase their knowledge and experience in relational practice.

Learning outcomes:


  • History and development of Relational Psychoanalysis.
  • Basics of Relational Theory including intersubjectivity, enactment, mutual recognition, and “the third”.
  • Application of theory to clinical practice (e.g. what makes a relational intervention).
  • Opportunities for experiential exercises to workshop ideas.

















Course Leader 

Aaron Balick, PhD is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK).

He is a founding member and former executive chair of The Relational School UK. His books include 'The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Connected-up Instantaneous Culture and the Self' and the illustrated children's self-help book: 'Keep Your Cool: How to Deal with Life's Worries and Stress'. 'The Little Book of Calm' was released in January of 2018. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces International.

Who is this for?


This workshop is primarily aimed at coaches, although it is suitable (and likely to be beneficial) for anyone working in the helping professions. You might be: A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development. A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject. A member of the general public seeking to expand your knowledge in psychology.




9:30 – 11:00: Welcome and morning lecture “Relational Theory: the basics” followed by Q&A

11:00 – 11:20: Break

11:20 – 1:00: Group Exercise and discussion

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch

3:00 – 4:30: Afternoon talk on clinical applications: “Relational Therapy as a Theory of Subjectivity: what makes a relationship with “me” so special?” followed by Q&A.


What's included? 


CPD Certificate (six hours of continuing professional development)

All course materials


*Accessibility: At Stillpoint Spaces our aim is to make our events as accessible as possible. However, the building we currently occupy is accessible only by stairwells. Do let us know in advance any issues affecting your accessibility & we will do our very best to accommodate you.
*Please note that the views, opinions, and values expressed by presenters, participants, or any other individual in relation to this lecture/workshop are not necessarily those of Stillpoint Spaces London. Our aim is to provide a respectful space for open dialogue between our presenters, facilitators, or workshop leaders and those who attend.
If you would like to ask specific questions or provide feedback for any presenters please contact us at london@stillpointspaces.com


Buy a ticket

- Stillpoint Spaces Members get 15% discount.

- Save £20 with an early bird ticket, tickets will go back to standard price by 07 Oct 2019.

- Students, please bring a valid ID.