Paths to Closeness: How to cultivate closeness within the therapeutic relationship

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Friday November 11th, 2016    
1000 - 1630


Ersta Konferens
Erstagatan 1K, Stockholm

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Overall Learning Objectives

It can be hard to help your client experience closeness when you struggle with it yourself. Cultivating an honest and close relationship with your client is an essential therapeutic goal, but it leaves many clinicians feeling lost or anxious, especially if they have not worked through their own blocks to closeness. In this workshop, we’ll teach you a step-by- step approach on how to cultivate closeness with your client. You’ll learn how to avoid inadvertently encouraging compliance, dependency or a therapeutic rupture. You’ll learn how to help your client experience a deep sense of self-compassion, self-love and self-care. You’ll then learn how to assess your client’s capacity for closeness and how to intervene where they are at, rather than where you want them to be. You’ll also learn how to help your client feel an increased sense of trust and develop the skills to set limits within their relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to build a working alliance
  • How to identify a block to closeness
  • How to cultivate self-compassion, self-love and self-care
  • How to use exposure and desensitization for a positive ‘sense of self’
  • How to assess your clients attachment style
  • How to use exposure and desensitization for a realistic ‘sense of other’

Learning Methods:

  • Video-segments of psychotherapy sessions
  • Interactive Exercises
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • APT-Forms


  • Donovon, J., Osborn, K., & Rice, S., Parverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, 2016
  • Brown, S. & Vaugn, C., Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, 2010
  • McCullough, L. et al, Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, 2003
  • L.M., ‘Researching therapist emotions and countertransference’. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 2000; 7:322-328
  • Panksepp, J. & Biven, L., The Archeology of the Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions, 2012
  • Perry, B., The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories by a Child Psychiatrist, 2006
  • Searls, H., Coutertransference and Related Subjects: Selected Papers, University Press, 1979
  • Maroda, K., Psychodynamic Techniques: Working with Emotion in the Therapeutic Relationship: Guilford Press, 2010

Kristin Osborn, video segment

One- Day Workshop
10:00-11:00            Malan’s Two Triangles Core Conflict Psychodynamic Formulation – Kristin Osborn, video segment

11:00-11:15            Break

11:15-12:00            Cultivating self-compassion, self-care and self-love – Kristin Osborn, video segment

12:00-13:00             Lunch

13:00-14:00             Cultivating Closeness – Kristin Osborn, video segment

14:00-14:15             Break

14:15-16:15             Demonstration

16:15-16:30             Break

16:30-17:00             Q&A

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