The clinical challenges of working
with primitive states of mind
A workshop with Marcus West
Saturday 28 January 2017
1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY
A new paradigm has been emerging over the last 25 years that allows us to more successfully understand, address and work with early relational trauma and borderline states of mind. In this talk/workshop I will concentrate on the pressures on the analyst that can lead to impasse and breakdown of the analysis. I will explore how the paradigm of early relational trauma and the reconstruction and
co-construction of early traumatic experience, held in implicit memory, can shed vital light on the most difficult of clinical situations so that they can be negotiated safely, effectively and compassionately.
Participants are invited to explore and share their own clinical experiences in the second half of the programme.
Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. He has taught widely in this country and abroad and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is currently Chair of Psychotherapy Sussex. He is the author of a number of papers, and three books, Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self, Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice, and Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. He works in private practice in Sussex.