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The East Anglian Psychotherapy Network Autumn Conference


Saturday 22nd October 2022

10am – 5pm

at the Athenaeum, Angel Square, Bury St Edmunds.

‘Not Everything that Counts can be Counted’

‘How do we assess the efficacy of the therapy we provide ?’

The East Anglian Psychotherapy Network is ‘a broad and inclusive church welcoming practising therapists who consider that their work is informed or supported by psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and practice, in whole or in part. Within this broad definition, our Network comprises professionals who work in many different ways – some from an intensive psychoanalytic tradition, many from a counselling background, and others from an integrative or humanistic model, or from art or music therapy.

In a world where scientific evidence and data are paramount, where numbers and measurable outcomes are ‘what counts’, meeting these expectations has proved easier for some psychotherapeutic modalities than for others. In many authoritative guidelines, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies come under the heading of ‘others’.

In this conference we will try to explore what it is, in our varied approaches, that we believe ‘counts’ . What counts for our patients, our clients and for ourselves as therapists? On what basis do we judge the effectiveness of the treatments that we offer ?

The morning session of the Conference will provide good opportunities to hear from members from across the breadth of the Network through small group discussions as well as presentations by several invited speakers. Amongst others, contributors will include

Emma Went – Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Jenny Potter – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice

Rémy Aquarone - Analytical Psychotherapist and Director of the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma in Norwich.

Susan Hall – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Alison Davies - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Music Therapist

Jane Polden – Psychoanalytic psychotherapist

After lunch, the first afternoon session will feature a clinical and theoretical presentation

“From Darkness into Darkness :

Towards a Theory of Sadness”

David Millar , Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist, Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.

I think psychoanalysis is probably unique in not advertising itself, its theories and its outcomes in a relentlessly positive manner, as many therapies appear to do. I feel that way sentimentality lies, the arch-disguiser of hate. Neither am I advocating that we should concentrate our attention, exclusively, on the negative side of life. With the analytic understanding that we need to merge opposing life forces and juxtapose life consequences, I take the enduring view of the uncertainty and inherently contradictory nature of life. This is what I will attempt to address in this paper.”

EAPN Annual General Meeting

A short AGM is a requirement of our application to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – but is also an opportunity to reappraise together what it is we most want the EAPN to stand for and what counts most for our members, present and future. We very much want your voice to count so please book your place now and join us for our Autumn Conference. We look forward to seeing you.

Tickets for the Autumn Conference will cost £60 including lunch and tea, payable to ‘The East Anglian Psychotherapy Network’.

To reserve a place , please email . Details for payment by bank transfer will be included with the confirmation of your reservation.

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