Confer provides innovative conferences and seminars for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors, and allows them to step out of their usual training regimens and step into a space which enriches their practice with varying points of view. I have been to many of their conferences and have learned so much from all of the incredible speakers. I am now proud to be amongst this group of excellent female psychotherapists chosen to participate in the unique seminar series entitled Women on the Couch – a series of presentations for psychotherapists on the inner lives of women.
Seminars have been held on Thursday evenings this autumn in honour of Confer’s 20 year anniversary. The aim of this seminar series is to explore experiences that are of particular concern to women. The speakers touch on a variety of issues ranging from sex work, addiction, and women in war zones to name a few.
On November 15, 2018 I will be speaking on the topic of body image: how we feel about ourselves physically impacts us emotionally. This can have detrimental effects on ourselves and those around us, and can ultimately hold us back from living our fullest lives. Body image is a topic of concern that is more prevalent today than ever before. Whilst not a new topic, its impact is that much more substantial because of the rise of social media and the online lives we find ourselves living.
I will discuss how we as therapists can recognize both in ourselves and our patients, the difference between common body image discomfort as well as explore the warning signs that one might be entering more dangerous territory. I will also include helpful tips and techniques to overcome these difficulties.
As the day approaches, I am looking forward to contributing to this wonderful seminar series. I hope to see you there!