Dissociation as a common response to trauma is by its nature difficult to identify, understand, and work with. Therapists can be confused by what is happening for their client and in the therapeutic relationship. This workshop looks at these dynamics with a focus on the idea of dissociation as relational. Providing a theoretical background we will try to make sense of what is happening and why, considering dissociation as a healthy adaptation to severe threat. Different phenomena that come under the umbrella of dissociation will be defined and clinical examples given, helping with the ongoing assessment of dissociation. Practical strategies will provide a taster of how to work safely with dissociative experiences. We will consider dissociation as a personality adaptation, and shed light on the experience of ‘part-selves’. Finally, we will consider the ways therapists also get caught in dissociation, again providing some ways of working. 


Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the Open University Press in 2014.



Venue: Engineer’s House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB

Lunch and refreshments are included in the price

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