Dear All,

We have great pleasure in inviting you all to our next Pluralogue – The danger of getting better

With: Liat Levy

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016

About the Pluralogue

For those new to this event, the Pluralogue is a space where we get together to both learn and socialise, meet some new colleagues and find out what others are up to, as well as enjoy some food and drink whilst digesting new ideas.

The term ‘Pluralogue’ was coined by Doron many years ago, to depict moving beyond monologue to dialogue… to Pluralogue (the conversation of many).

We hope to learn together and from each other in the form of a learning community in a friendly atmosphere with the added fun of dining together. The added bonus is that we structure it as a CPD event so you will actually be able to count it as CPD hours (a CPD certificate will be provided as well).

About the topic

Getting better is painful as it often involves a degree of overwhelming sadness, and a capacity to mourn. In the process of attempting to help our patients, one may become aware of “a force which is defending itself by every possible means against recovery and which is absolutely resolved to hold on to illness and suffering” (Freud 1937).

Specifically during treatment the availability of someone who is emphatic, reliable and constant provides an arena where archaic relationships get repeated, as well as providing an entirely new experience for the patient. Such dynamic is likely to stir up a wide array of contradictory feelings such as, yearning, hunger of wanting more, uneasy feelings of greed and envy, as well as feelings of love and hate transferred from early frustrating objects. Thus in the attempt to help our patients, we stirs up affects and longing that are truly difficult to bear.

In this clinical forum, Liat will describe a case of a long-term patient. Focusing on some of the challenges, as well as the ways in which the therapy aimed to support and promote psychic change, in such manner that it is not acted out nor defended against, but rather tolerated within the patient’s psychic life.

About Liat Levy

Liat Levy is an experienced adult psychotherapist and supervisor. She is qualified as a psychoanalytic (attachment-based) psychotherapist as well as an integrative psychotherapist.

Liat is a training therapist, supervisor and a teacher on the training programme at the Bowlby Centre. For the last ten years she has worked part-time as a senior adult psychotherapist within the NHS for Lambeth Integrative Psychological Therapy, which is part of South London and Maudsley Trust. Liat has a lively private practice based in North London, where she offers psychotherapy, as well as clinical supervision.


1pm–2pm: Lunch

2pm–3pm: Presentation

3pm–3.30pm: Tea break

3.30pm–5pm: Discussion

Venue and booking information

When: Sunday 4 September 2016 1pm–5pm

Venue and to book: Email us at

Please use your name + PL14 as reference.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Warm regards,

Doron and Darren

Doron Levene – 07932 844 023
Darren Cheek – 07956 891110