Anger and dependency, elation and despair, idealization and hate. For many psychotherapists clients who enact such behaviour present a professional challenge because they frequently engage in relational conflicts, enact varying developmental levels of transference, and polarize both their emotions and relationships. Their affect, behaviour, and relationships reflect an Early Affect Confusion.
Dr. Erskine will present a Developmentally-based, Relationally-focused Integrative Psychotherapy in working with clients who’s life story is characterized by affect confusion and attachment disruptions –- where their behaviour alternates between blaming others and self-criticism, where the client seeks justification for felt rage, and harbours explicit confusions about how others treat them.
In a relationship-focused psychotherapy, the therapist is focused on assisting the client’s understanding the affect confusion of a young child, how this early affect confusion in enacted in relationships, the significant of relational needs, and process of developing and integrating full internal and interpersonal contact. Of particular importance is the process of attunement to the client’s affect and physical sensations, their process of thinking, as well has how their behaviours impact their relationships. Specifically, we consider the interpersonal needs which may often have been absent in our client’s significant relationships. Read More
This two-day workshop will provide the participant with practical methods that are effective in psychotherapy of Early Affect Confusion:
- Various methods of transference resolution and countertransference identification;
- The effective use on Inquiry, Attunement, and Involvement.
- Identifying Eight Relational Needs
- Responding to sudden oscillations in relational-needs:
- Identifying juxtaposition reactions and providing effective therapeutic responses;
- Bifurcating therapeutic responses;
- The importance of a sustained phenomenological inquiry and affect attunement and interpersonal involvement in creating a healing relationship.
Readings that will be useful in preparing for this workshop are:
1. A Healing Relationship: Commentary of Therapeutic Dialogues by Richard G. Erskine.(2021) Phoenix Publishing. www.firingthemind.com
2. Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client by Richard G. Erskine (2022). nScience Publishing. www.nscience.uk. Available as an e-book via Amazon.