South Bucks Counselling Conference


Professor Jeremy Holmes Presents:
The Developmental Origins of Anxiety Disorders

Date: Saturday 11th May 2013

Venue: Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4BF.  For Directions and maps click here.

Cost: £75 if place booked before 01 April, £95 from 01 April – 11th May.  This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

What to expect:

The day will combine lecture/discussion with live supervision of cases presented by delegates.

The lecture will suggest that anxiety can be seen as a way of dealing with threat and eliciting care.  Wagner and Grimms’ Tales as well as clinical material will be used to illustrate this.  Attachment Theory suggests a relational approach in which threat is appraised in the context of the availability of a Secure Base, actual or symbolic.

Anxiety disorders arise in three connected contexts: a) disturbance of the interpersonal environment in which the relationship with a protective care-giver is or has been sub-optimal b) impaired mentalising of anxious thoughts and feelings originating in the limbic system c) excessive physiological response to danger or separation based in part on disturbances of the early infant-care-giver relationship.  Psychotherapeutic approaches target each of these arenas.

The conference will explore how long-term therapy ‘re-sets’ the HPA axis, as well as fostering mentalising which helps to down-regulate unmodulated sub-cortical impulses.

To find out more and book click here