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Silence and Potential Space in the Work of Psychotherapy

This talk explores the idea of silence as a potential space in the work of psychotherapy. The therapist partly represents silence as a kind of receptive state. Into the space offered by silence enters important, often silenced, material. Such silence allows spontaneity and surprise; and ultimately the finding of different experiences.


  • Date:
    • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Time:
    • 10.00 - 11.00
  • Venue:
    • Trinity Long Room Hub
  • Booking:
    • Booking Required

About this event:

We consider how change takes place in a non-verbal sphere, though carried and aided often too by verbal engagement.

Event Facilitator:

John O'Connor is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Course Director of the MPhil in Psychoanalytic Studies in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. He is a former Principal Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health at the HSE and former Course Director of the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.