ALL workshops and talks are held at The University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, The Cedars, Building 55. Please see the Map and Location tab for directions and a map of the campus.

Doors open from 7.30pm for registration. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Free to members or £10 on admission for non RTG members.

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12 November Echoism
Donna Christina Savery
10 December The Arts Therapies: Differences and Similarities in Schools and Forensic Settings
Art therapist Sydney Klugman and Dramatherapist Lauraine Leigh Klugman


14 January CBT for OCD and Phobias
Lisa Thomson
11 February Psychotherapists as Agents of Equality and Social Change - a  focus work with socially excluded young people and people with learning disabilities
Tamsin Cottis
10 March Using EMDR Therapy with Individuals in an Acute Mental Health Crisis
Simon Proudlock
Half-day Workshop Saturday
21 March
Understanding & Recognising Sex and Porn Addiction (tbc)
Justine Marsh
21 April AGM, 7.30-9.30pm
(All members welcome)
12 May Psychoanalysis in an age of transparency
Rosemary Risq
9 June Pluralism in Psychotherapy
Mick Cooper
13 October An examination of therapist’s subjectivity when working with emergence of transgenerational trauma
Helena Hargaden
10 November S.O.S Recovery - Contemp. Psychotherapy model for whole-brain healing from trauma and facilitating post traumatic growth
Pamela Gawler-Wright
Half-day Workshop Saturday
21 November
Neuronal network during attachment(tbc)
Justine Marsh
8 December Dark Times: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Politics, History, and Mourning
Jonathan Sklar

Past Presentations

Summaries of RTG's past presentations can be found by following this link.



Presented by Donna Christina Savery

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 8.00-9.30pm

Synopsis: In my book Echoism: The Silenced Response to Narcissism, I propose a new theory of Echoism. This phenomenon is observed most often in those who find themselves in repeated relationships with narcissistic partners, or who are recovering from narcissistic parenting. I base my research on seven years work with patients who have come to identify themselves as echoistic, or who have echoistic traits that may predispose them to seeking out, often unconsciously, relationships with narcissists, resulting in what I call an Echoistic-Narcissistic Complex. I return to the myth of Echo and Narcissus, as it is correctly called when referring to the work of Ovid, and consider the roles and feelings of the character Echo, in much the same way as Näcke and Ellis used the same version of the myth to provide understanding from the presentation of Narcissus, for the condition Narcismus, which later became widely known as narcissism. This talk questions why so much attention has been given to Narcissus from the original myth, in the extensive studies into narcissism, while the character Echo as a subject, has been largely ignored in psychoanalytic theory. I go on to discuss how Echo’s clinical counterpart the echoist is prone to being missed, silenced and even mistaken for a narcissist unless we as therapists stay open to experience and to our countertransference.

Biography: Donna Christina Savery is a daseinsanalyst, psychotherapist and analytic group therapist. Having trained originally as an existential therapist, she has recently completed an intensive training under Alice-Holzhey Kunz in Daseinsanalysis – an integrated form of psychoanalysis and existential therapy – in Zurich, Switzerland. She is also a qualified Groupwork Practitioner, having studied at the Institute of Group Analysis. Her research, clinical approach and analytic thinking are informed by the many years she spent working in the field of drama, as an academic and a theatre director. After working for MIND as an individual and group therapist and in Harley Street as a therapist, she is currently in private practice in Buckinghamshire.

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