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talkingcure
Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Auckland New Zealand, working with individuals, couples and groups.
Interests: Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Group-Analytic Therapy, Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Conjoint Psychotherapy, Object Relations, Klein, Lacan, Freud, Meltzer, Winnicott, Philosophy, Literature, Poetry, Film, Art,
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I find it useful to think of shame as the experience we are left with when we reach out in distress to an expected source of comfort or containment only to have that source of comfort or containment reject us, either by turning away (neglect) or punishing us for having expressed our need (persecution). Then we are left not only with the original distress but also with the experience of being left rejected and uncontained in our distress. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at talkingcure
I was reminded this evening (in one of the psychotherapy groups I conduct) how helpful I find Freud's concept "Nachträglichkeit". This is translated in the English Standard Edition as 'Deferred Action" but Laplanche more helpfully translates it as "apres-coup" or "afterwardsness". Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at talkingcure
Freud's views on the nature of affect and the implications of Damasio's view of the body/brain relation for this aspect of psychoanalysis. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at talkingcure
I have been thinking about the horribly high youth suicide rate in New Zealand and made a connection in my mind with the kindness of the environment here. In New Zealand, children are commonly encouraged to "go and play outside" in a way that seems quite different to my experience in other parts of the world. Here, "outside" is seen as a kind, friendly and nurturing place since we are blessed with wide open spaces, beautiful bush and beaches, almost no poisonous creatures, mainly quiet streets, and not many people about. There are of course lots of natural hazards, such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at talkingcure
The vital relationship between faith and doubt. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at talkingcure
Barbara Tholfsen on LinkedIn alerted me to this Ella Sharpe Quotation from 1930 about the necessity of reading "three blind mice" etc. if you want to be an analyst: "In any reading for analytical qualification I would make compulsory the following books: Nursery Rhymes, the Alice books, Hunting of the Snark, Grimm, Andersen, the Brer Rabbit books, Water Babies, Struwelpeter, Undine, Rumpelstilzkin, Peter Ibbetson, Greek Myths and Tragedies, Shakespeare's Plays. Were I an arbiter of training, I should set an examination on those books as a final test by which the would-be analyst should stand or fall. My final examination... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at talkingcure
'Just as Winnicott says, "There's no such thing as a baby", There is no such thing as a group'. In this post I will discuss the proposition that 'Just as Winnicott says, "There's no such thing as a baby", there is no such thing as a group', in relation to the work of Bion. The proposition implies a connection between Winnicott's remark and there being "no such thing as a group", so I will begin by exploring what Winnicott had in mind, in order to provide a context for thinking about Bion's observations in this regard. From within this context... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at talkingcure
The suggestion that "the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and ensuing attacks around the world including Bali, Madrid, Mumbai and London show just how right Freud was about our malaise" is shown to exist within a discourse that is terrorist itself. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at talkingcure
Euphemisms for dummies ...
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Fathering for dummies ...
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Me too!
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Freud's cigar for dummies ...
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Mar 15, 2010
The following article is from American Psychologist, Vol. 65. No.2, and is a review of a paper by Jonathan K. Shedler "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,". Jonathan K. Shedler PhD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Brings Lasting Benefits through Self-Knowledge WASHINGTON—Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at talkingcure
As I drive back from analysis several times a week I pass a billboard advertising plastic surgery. "The Six-Pack Redefined" it proclaims, and shows a 'before' and 'after' picture of a man who has been given a sexy "six-pack body". Even at the darkest moments of my analysis I have not been tempted. I think the 'before' picture looks more like my cup of tea so to speak, apart from not being able to afford what I imagine is expensive surgery. But I am very curious about the red slash across one corner of the billboard which says "As seen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at talkingcure
I hugely enjoyed listening to Neville Symington last night speaking on 'Ethiics: From Socrates to Psychoanalysis'. His thinking as always ranges across the gamut of civilisation and thought. However he located his argument by referring to an intellectual act originating with the pre-socratic philosopher Parmenides that grasps the universe as a singularity, being everything that is. He suggests that since it is 'everything that is', it must be 'good' since the very notion of 'bad' inherently implies something 'other'. I woke up this morning thinking there is an element of rhetoric in this that disturbs me. I connected it with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at talkingcure
I was having a conversation with a colleague today and they were asking me about the group I conduct. Their questions helped me to articulate some thoughts. I am unusual here in New Zealand in that I choose to conduct psychotherapy groups on my own rather than with a co-facilitator. I have had experience of both and whilst I can see advantages and disadvantages to each, I believe I am better off in a psychotherapy group conducting on my own (as distinct perhaps from a teaching group). My thinking revolves around how two people facilitating interferes with the unconscious group... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at talkingcure
I was having a conversation with a colleague today and they were asking me about the group I conduct. Their questions helped me to articulate some thoughts. I am unusual here in New Zealand in that I choose to conduct psychotherapy groups on my own rather than with a co-facilitator. I have had experience of both and whilst I can see advantages and disadvantages to each, I believe I am better off in a psychotherapy group conducting on my own (as distinct perhaps from a teaching group). My thinking revolves around how two people facilitating interferes with the unconscious group... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at talkingcure
I have been thinking about a 'tweet' I received recently: "caffeine_addict@psychotherapynz See U are interested in how people can be free 2 b themselves - except if they want to smack kids! On yr own terms perhaps" Caffeine_addict challenged me to think about the apparent paradox that I am interested in how people can be free to be themselves and yet I support the movement here in New Zealand to maintain hitting children as a criminal offense. 

I have been listening this week to a free podcast from Oxford University of an Introduction to Philosophy and somehow Caffeine_addict's challenge and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2009 at talkingcure
I was reading my colleague Lynne Holdem's Blog on guilt and forgiveness this afternoon and as Lynne referred to a conversation we had a couple of years ago I thought I would comment. As it happens I had been reading the first chapter of Roy Schafer's book "Bad Feelings" (2002) and also a paper by him "Taking/Including Pleasure in the Experienced Self" (2006) and thinking about guilt in this context so I thought I would post my response to Lynne here as well: "Thanks for letting me know about this Lynne! It makes great reading and I enjoyed remembering our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2009 at talkingcure
I have been reading Freud's 1919 paper "A Child Is Being Beaten" and reflecting on the absurdly worded referendum we are being subjected to at the moment here in New Zealand. I sent an email to all the MP''s recently encouraging them to vote "yes" and thought it might be interesting to see some of the conversations that have developed: This one is from David Garett: Hello Crispin Thank you for your recent email to me about the Citizens' Initiated
Referendum on child smacking. I will be voting NO in the referendum. Child abuse was already illegal before the anti-smacking law... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2009 at talkingcure
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