Unravelling the transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room WPF Therapy Limited


February 3, 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 participants to develop their ability to recognise and better understand transference and how to use it through their clinical practice.

The intention of this workshop is to help participants develop:

  • confidence in recognising the presence of unconscious repetitive processes at play.
  • skills to put the transference into conscious knowledge and words in clinical work with particular reference to negative and erotic transference
  • an ability to unravel the transference so a creative space can be opened to explore the compulsion everyone has to repeat the past, between staying with the old and moving towards the new

The transference is probably the most important instrument for discovering a patient or client’s inner world and an essential precondition regarding the effectiveness of in-depth treatment. Yet it can provoke the most concern from clinicians because it is largely an unconscious phenomenon that can dominate and prolong treatment. Often the therapist becomes unknowingly involved with playing a particular role in the patient’s inner drama. It can be hard to know and name what is going on. Unravelling the transference is an essential task for the psychoanalytic or psychodynamic clinician wanting to extend their skills and overall sense of competence.

This one-day workshop (linked to the Countertransference workshop on 17th March 2018) will give a historical and contemporary overview of theory. However, the main emphasis will be practical approaches based on clinical work and the development of skills and insight. It will include images and narrative, key quotations, clinical examples, exercises to flesh out transference in a hands-on way. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with Swimming in Murky Waters: A practical guide to working with countertransference on the 17th 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.

The 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.

Comments from a previous workshop:

  • “This workshop has been thought-provoking and leaves me inspired to incorporate the ideas presented and explored into my client work.”
  • “I think the tutor is the big attraction (for me).”
  • “In unravelling the transference, it brings together the transference.”
  • “The case studies we worked with created a fascinating discussion about how to interpret and work with transference.”

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 the 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 1990s and now works in full time private practice. She also lectures, teaches and consults in therapy settings and in business and the arts.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25th January 2018.  Booking will be final after receipt of payment.


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