Reading Group for Practitioners

Brighton Therapy Centre, Reading Group

Seminal papers from Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists to assist in the understanding of dilemmas arising in the therapeutic relationship.

An annual programme of exploration of clinical and theoretical papers.

Facilitated by Dr Eva Coleman & Howard Edmunds.

Programme Description

The aim of this seminar is to provide psychological therapists (psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, counsellors, arts and play therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and related professionals) with an opportunity to read seminal papers from psychoanalysis , based around different themes, discuss them in a group context and explore current clinical issues in relation to the theory. Participants will:

  • Receive pdf copies of seminal papers in advance
  • Be a member of an on-going reflective group
  • Revisit seminal texts & discover new ones.
  • Explore clinical dilemmas & impasse from new perspectives

Programme Participants

The BTC Clinical Seminar is for psychological therapists (psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, counsellors, arts and play therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists) and related professionals who have a minimum of one year training, have received or are currently receiving individual or group personal therapy and are currently in practice or training.

Programme Facilitators

Dr Eva Coleman is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, a Director of Brighton Therapy Centre, Ex Clinical Director of Threshold.  She has worked extensively with people who have mild, moderate and severe mental health problems.  She has taught aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, and supervised practitioners for twenty years.

Howard Edmunds is a Director of Brighton Therapy Centre, Group Analyst in private practice, Convenor of  Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Fundamentals in Clinical Supervision Programme and Honorary Lecturer for Surrey University PG Cert in Clinical Supervision within the  Faculty of Health and Social Care.

2016 dates

Fourth Tuesday of the month, except August


3 – 5pm, Room 2f,  Brighton Therapy Centre, 23a  New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG

15.10 :  Tea, Coffee & Registration

15.30 :  Presentation & discussion of themes

16.50  : End.

Tea and Coffee will be provided

Seminar Fee

£12 per session or £30 for three months paid in advance.  BTC Students half price.

Fee includes refreshments.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) attendance certificates are available

How to pay

By cheque made payable to Brighton Therapy Centre: One seminar £12, three seminars paid in advance £30. Please send cheque with completed application.

For Booking, enquiries and further information

Please call the Administrator 9.30 am – 4.30pm daily on 01273 626444 or email.

Brighton Therapy Centre, 23A New Road,  Brighton BN1 1UG

Previous papers for your reference

April 2015  Object Relations: two perspectives.

Ashbach & Schermer ( 1987) Object Relations Theory.

Ogen T ( 2002)  A New Reading on the Origins of Object Relations Theory.

May 2015  Adhesive Identification.

Meltzer D.  (1975)  Adhesive Identification In.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  11:289-310.

Proner ( 1988 )  Envy Of Oneself, Adhesive Identification and Pseudo – Adult States.  In Journal Analytic Psychology 33:143-163

June 2015 Distinguishing Reality from Fantasy.

Caper R (1996) Play, Creativity and Experimentation. IJP, 77, 859-869

Caper R (1998) Psychopathology of Primitive States of Mind. IJP 79, 539-551

September 2015  Grievance.

Weintrobe S (2004) Links between grievance, complaint and different forms of entitlement.

Brenman E (1985) Cruelty and narrow-mindedness. IJPA 66, 273-81

October 2015. Fear of Breakdown.

Winnicott D (1974) Fear of Breakdown.

Ogden T (2014) Fear of Breakdown and the Unlived Life. IJPA 95, 203-223

January 2016

Working with transference and counter-transference:

Beyond transference, counter-transference, the silences and the opinion.  Paulo Marchon.  2006 IJPA 87, 63-81

February 2016

Unconscious phantasy:

Finding unconscious phantasy in the session: recognising form.   Catalina Bronstein 2015, IJPA 96:925-944

April 2016


The Patient’s Experience of the Analyst’s Subjectivity. Aron, L. (1991). Psychoanal. Dial., 1:29-51.

The Yin and Yang of Intersubjectivity: Integrating Self-Psychological and Relational Thinking. Stern, Steven. (2004). Progress in Self Psychology, 20:3-20.

May 2016

Dissociation and Trauma:

Where is the baby from, why is it here? Creative ways of working with dissociated states in private practice.  Liz Standish.  2015.  British Journal of Psychotherapy 31, 1, 107-119

July 2016

Some thoughts on psychic retreats. Nina Tamas.

Exploring the connections between psychic retreats, particularly of the kind described in Richard Carvalho’s 2002 paper, and certain other defences rooted in early relational trauma (Schore 2001). Nina Tamas. 2016. British Journal of Psychotherapy 32, 1 65-78