Self Harm – A Psychoanalytic Approach 2022

Self Harm – A Psychoanalytic Approach 2022

With Anna Santamouris – Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

A one-day workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists

Saturday 19th March 2022, 10.00am – 4.00pm

This workshop will look at suicide and other forms of self harm (cutting, eating disorders, addiction) and the unconscious forces that compel the individual to attack itself.

We will explore self harm as a defence to combat mood disorders (hopelessness, ambivalence, and pessimism) and or stressful times in people’s lives.

This workshop will be interactive, using role play and small group discussions to try and better understand the origins of suicidal wishes; the conflict between ego and superego and the presence of depression in certain pathological states associated with self harm.

We will consider splitting and projective identification as the mechanisms patients use to split good from bad in the internal world and then locating the bad in the body which is then destroyed.

We will also spend time trying to understand the feelings evoked in the therapist in sessions, the transference and counter transference, while working with this client group.

The workshop will combine presentation of psychoanalytic theory and in-depth client material to gain a greater understanding of self harm and how to work with it in the consulting room.

Please register your place. Please note this workshop has limited places.

Venue: Zoom (link will be sent)

Cost: £50.00 (£40.00 for concessions)

To register please email:

Full payment should be received by 4th March 2022

Breaks and Endings

Breaks and Endings

Liz Good – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

A one-day workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists

Saturday 14th May 2022, 10.00am – 4.00pm

The way in which practitioners work with endings is a fundamental component of good ethical practice. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, this workshop aims to develop and enhance understanding of the visceral effects that breaks and endings almost always have on both patients and practitioners. 

This workshop is aimed at all practitioners but particularly recommended for trainees/qualified practitioners who are considering working in private practice.

Please note that for 2nd and 3rd Diploma students this counts as one of their two annual compulsory workshops. There is no charge for those students. Qualified counsellors are very welcome but must pay the fee below.

Interactive group discussion will be incorporated into this workshop.

Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their own experiences.

Venue:  This will be an online workshop conducted on zoom

Cost: £50.00 (£40.00 for concessions)

To Book please email:

Full payment should be received by Friday 30th April 2022

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

A one-day workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists

With Giovanni Felice-Pace – Counselling Psychologist
Psychologist and Psychotherapist Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) CPsychol, AFBPsS, Counselling Psychologist HCPC registered, EUROPSY, UKCP, BACP

Saturday 17th April 2021, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Working with Eating Disorders (ED) can be disconcerting and dizzying for both persons involved in their treatment.

Together we will explore various ED, from Orthorexia to Compulsive Eating, their psychological origin and function, and their unfolding in the therapeutic dynamic, using a psychoanalytical framework.

Case examples will be discussed, together with some aspects in working as part of a multidisciplinary team and residential treatment.

The workshops sets itself to be experiential rather than frontal, the participants will be invited to have an active role.

There is no charge for diploma students*. Qualified counsellors are very welcome but must pay the fee below.

To register please email and pay fees if they are due by the 29th March 2021

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cost: £50.00 (£ 40.00 for Registered Members of ECS )

Seminar leader: TBC

To be delivered in person (tba) or via zoom, a link will be sent on the day