Psychotherapy and the Literary: Exploring Literature as an Imaginative Resource

Convened by: Martin Weegmann & Cheryl Moskowitz

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (both days)

Institute of Group Analysis, London NW3 5BY

Why do we read? Or write? How do we create? What inspires us? How do I free myself up? Is therapy a re-writing of our lives?  

These and many other questions are explored in this exciting and innovative two-day event where each day covers two presentations, a creative / interactive small group (different content day one and two) and a large group.  You are welcome to join either as a (any) one-day or two-day delegate.


Prof Jeremy Holmes (Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist, Author):  “Everything’s gonna be al-write: finding space”  

Martin Weegmann (Psychologist, Group Analyst, Author):  “Life writing: psychotherapy and literature”


Cheryl Moskovitz (Writer, Poet):  
"The Words to Say it - Putting the Couch on the Page

Maggie Turp (Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author): 

“Help me to think: how fiction enables us to engage with difficult thoughts, feelings and possibilities” 


9:30 AM  Registration and refreshments

10:00 AM  Presentation 1 with Q&A

11:10 AM  Refreshment break

11:30 AM  Presentation 2 with Q&A

12:40 PM  Lunch break (provided)

13:30 PM  Creative small groups

14:30 PM  Refreshment break

14:45 PM  Large Group

16:15 PM  End

WORKSHOP FEES // Early Bird until 3 Jan 2018

Both days One day

IGA Students £229 / £249 £145 / £159

IGA Members £249 / £269 £155 / £169

Public fee £269 / £289 £165 / £179

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Professor Jeremy Holmes was Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at University College London and then in North Devon, UK.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. His many books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (2013), The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014) and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017).

Martin Weegmann is Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, working in the NHS in London & in private practice. His latest book is Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and he has completed a new edited book, Psychodynamics of Writing (Karnac, 2018).

Cheryl Moskovitz is a poet and writer, and a leading contributor to the field of therapeutic writing. She co-founded LAPIDUS, the organisation for writing and well-being, taught on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex University and currently facilitates writing in a wide range of healthcare, community and educational settings. Her publications include Wyoming Trail (Granta), The Girl is Smiling (Circle Time Press) and Can It Be About Me? (Frances Lincoln Books).

Maggie Turp is a psychotherapist and psychologist. Her publications include journal papers and two books, ‘Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word’ (2001 Palgrave) and ‘Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy’ (2003 Jessica Kingsley). An area of current interest is the integration of narrative and psychodynamic approaches within psychotherapy.


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