Swimming in murky waters – A practical guide to working with countertransference WPF Therapy Limited


March 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Qualified Practitioners: £120 Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95 WPF Therapy Trainees: £80   Tickets
020 7378 2052

This workshop will help guide participants through the difficult area of countertransference and provide an opportunity to link a deeper understanding to everyday clinical practice.

Although originally seen as an unhelpful manifestation of the therapist’s own feelings, Paula Heimann’s (1950) ground-breaking paper ‘On Countertransference’ was the beginning of this concept becoming a vital instrument in contemporary analytic and psychodynamic clinical work. Early moments of trauma are encoded as body memories rather than words and the therapist’s countertransference is essential for conceptualizing pre-verbal sensory communication from patients or clients. It needs however to be handled with care. This requires the clinician to use their embodied, subjective knowledge empathically and appropriately in order to help the patient or client to start to feel safer with unmentalised primary experiences.

By attending this workshop participants will better be able to:

  • identify and understand countertransference
  • make skilled use of their countertransference in clinical work
  • work on a number of psychic levels to increase understanding of unconscious communications at depth
  • ‘swim’ in the unknown murky and waters of unconscious somatic enactments

This one-day workshop, (linked to the Transference workshops on the 3rd February 2018 or 3rd March 2018) will include exercises and clinical material alongside an illustrated overview of theory. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. There will also be the opportunity to use an example from your own clinical work to personally understand the phenomena of countertransference. Participants will be given a book list and key quotations at the end of the day.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with Unravelling the Transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room on the 3rd February 2018 or the 3rd March 2018. If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £210 (Qualified Practitioners) , £160 (trainee rate) or £120 (WPF Therapy trainee rate). Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Comments from a previous workshop:

  • “These linked workshops by Carol Leader are wonderfully complementary. They are worth a whole term’s seminar in technique.”
  • “Very useful, practical workshop. Carol is inspirational.”
  • “Rich, thought provoking and really worth attending.”
  • “This is a fantastic course with lots of opportunity to learn and share. Carol is a fantastically engaging workshop leader.”

Workshop Leader
Carol Leader is a British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) training therapist and supervisor (BJAA), a senior analyst in the Jungian Association and a senior member of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy association – both associations being part of BPF. She has supervised trainees and supervisors at WPF Therapy for a number of years and has taught on a range of professional trainings. She was the winner of the British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize for 2014. Formally a member of the National Theatre and a TV presenter and actor, she retrained in psychoanalysis in the 1990’s and now works in full time private practice. She also lectures, teaches and consults in therapy settings and in business and the arts.


All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio