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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 (12:30 – 5:00):

Relationality: unfulfillable promise?

Relationality means something different to us all, but at base it prioritises the healing nature of the therapeutic relationship and demands that we become conscious of the role played by our own subjectivities.  The more we try to understand the implications of this seemingly simple overarching approach, the more complex it seems.  Our last workshop, Meeting what can’t/won’t be met opened up a window onto our expectations and limitations as therapists. It produced a series of questions:

- Who do we expect ourselves to be in this relationship?

-  How do we manage our own relational limits in contrast to what may be professional super-ego demands to be super-relational (and what does that mean)?

- Are our expectations of offering object constancy realistic?

-  Do we manage disappointment and relational frustration well enough?

-  Ultimately we will be asking, what is implicit in our promise to be relational?

In this workshop we continue the theme that we started in the last one, though it will also stand alone on its own merits. The half-day workshop will offer three case vignettes by three different therapists, followed by small group work and working through and a final larger group format to bring the themes together. The final hour will be an opportunity, as with the last workshop, for some informal mingling to discuss any lingering issues and make further connections with our membership.

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Previous Events:

Sunday, March 16th:

On Trying to Meet what Won’t be Met

(Discussion event and Member’s Forum)

So much of the “relational project” is about recognition – the will of the therapist to really meet the full subjectivity of their patient. But what happens when this meeting cannot happen? What happens when because of the sheer depth of an individual’s despair, it feels as if there is a black hole at the centre that simply cannot be met by the gaze and attention of their therapist? It can feel as if the therapy is not working, that the client will never change, and the therapist, often worn out and frequently frustrated, considers giving up. Today, sharing our personal clinical experiences, we will discuss the attempt to meet what won’t be met, exploring the relational possibilities and limitations provoked by this profound and often hopeless-making experience.

This facilitated discussion will be followed by a short break and then a members’ forum where all will be invited to contribute ideas and suggestions for the future of The Relational School. There will also be a social gathering with wine, refreshments, and snacks.

Registration at 1:00 – followed by workshop, members’ forum, and social gathering finishing at five.


University of Westminster Cavendish Campus

115 New Cavendish Street

London W1W 6UW

September 26th, Book Launch:

As part of Social Media Week London, The Relational School, Karnac Books, and Media and the Inner world will be hosting a launch for Aaron Balick’s new book: The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self. Relational School Members are warmly invited to register to attend:

Register here.

The launch will take place at Cafe Trois Garcons, 45 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch (E2 7DJ) from 7:30 pm.


October 1st, The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Aaron Balick and Susie Orbach in Conversation at the Freud Museum:

Join us for a conversation about the main themes of the book at The Freud Museum. Special rates for TRS Members:

Register with The Freud Museum.



Eva Hoffman and Sathnam Sangera in conversation with Sue Cowan-Jenssen

The Relational School (of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy) and the Freud Museum are holding a  series of intimate evening forums addressing the subject of memoir from the perspective of how   writing and publishing has come to affect the individual’s experience of their own story. Conveying a life illuminates profound aspects of our human story and our struggles to situate ourselves and to    belong. As organisations concerned with the meaning and impact of reflection, we are delighted to welcome these esteemed memoirists to join us in conversation and reflection upon what it means to have shared their history in this way.

19th September 2012 7.30pm

Eva Hoffman Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language

Sathnam Sanghera The Boy with the Topknot:  A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

Eva Hoffman is a writer and academic. She has been a professor of literature and creative writing at several high profile American universities as well as editor for The New York Times Book Review.

Sathnam Sanghera is a feature writer and columnist for The Times.  ‘Boy with the Topknot’ is an acclaimed best seller and won ‘The Mind Book of the Year’ in 2009.

Both have written powerful memoirs of living in and between two very different cultures and of the impact of this experience on their identity and psyche.

Sue Cowan-Jenssen is a founder member of the Relational School.  She is an integrative psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant.

To book go here:  Freud Museum

28th November 2012   7.30pm

Jackie Kay Red Dust Road

Gillian Slovo Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country

Jackie Kay is a Scottish poet and novelist. She was adopted into a white Glaswegian family where her father and mother were also communists and full time political activists. In 2010 she published ‘Red Dust Road’, an account of her search for her birth parents, a white Scottish woman and a Nigerian man.

Gillian Slovo is a playwright, novelist and memoirist.  ‘Every Secret Thing’ is an account of her   childhood in South Africa where her communist parents were significant figures in forbidden anti-apartheid politics.

To book go here:  Freud Museum

Both of these memoirs are poignant accounts of the way in which the personal is woven in with great social movements of our time.

Tickets £14/£10 concessions and Members of TRS or Freud Museum London.  Book online at The Freud Museum or call +44 (0) 20 7435 2002.

Advance booking strongly recommended. For further information, please contact

Venue:  The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

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