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Can psychotherapy treat psychosis?


Each year Lambeth and Southwark Mind invite field experts to discuss and explore an exciting topic chosen by our director and CEO Ajay Khandelwal. On 25th of February, Block336 hosted our 2nd Annual Lecture to mark the launch of the South London Psychosis Therapy Project.
The event was led by Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz, a psychoanalyst and member of both The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and The College of Psychoanalysts. She founded the Psychosis Therapy Project in Islington in 2013 aiming to develop effective psychotherapeutic interventions in the area of psychosis.
Over 100 people attended to hear Dorothee and two members of her vibrant clinical team answer the question “Can Psychotherapy treat Psychosis?”, who did so successfully by reflecting on the nature of the work and on the prospects and hurdles encountered by them over the years.

Barry Watt is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, a senior psychotherapist at the Psychosis Therapy Project at Islington Mind and a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. His discussion revolved around how psychosis is often popularly said to involve a ‘break with reality.’ Making incredible use of case studies and clinical illustrations, he explored the status of ‘reality’ in psychosis and made us think about the implications a psychoanalytic approach to understanding psychosis can bring to clinical work.
Paul Meechan is a therapist at the Psychosis Therapy Project at Islington Mind. Currently training at the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, he has many years of experience working in mental health commissioning and managing statutory services. He contributed to the discussion his insights into the current landscape of mental health services and his role in the project.

You can also view other talks on the day, including an interview between Ajay and Anouchka Grose on her life as an analyst and Darian Leader’s personal experience of working with psychosis.

Tickets for Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s 2018 Annual Lecture are on sale now!

Posted on: 17th October 2016

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