Individuality and mental health



Nancy McWilliams is a leading global figure in the field of psychoanalytic diagnosis and psychotherapy. Having published two of the most widely respected tomes on the subject (Psychoanalytic Diagnosis,1994; and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2004), she has a nuanced grasp on the most pressing clinical and political questions that are at the heart of psychological diagnosis and case formulation and how they are leveraged for effective treatment. McWilliams has cultivated a sophisticated alternative to the hard-edged DSM approach and her humanity and empathic presence are inspirational to thousands of therapists who have encountered her highly accessible teaching style around the globe.

Workshop outline

In the first day of the workshop, McWilliams examines the essential task of understanding individual differences between clients and how these impact on the therapist’s approach. In addition, she factors in the individuality of the therapist and how this in turn impacts on the dynamics between therapist and client. Factors discussed include:

• Attachment style;

• Clinical patterns;

• Defensive organization;

• Implicit cognitions;

• Affective patterns;

• Motivational systems;

• Core conflicts and relational themes;

• The severity of the presenting client’s functioning.

Day 2 of the workshop focuses on the concept of psychological and emotional wellness, what that means and how we propose to nurture it as psychotherapists. A special focus on borderline-range pathology and paranoid and schizoid personality styles considers the approaches that appear to be most effective in light of the first day’s work and the material is illustrated with a case study video.

As a growing body of research is demonstrating, a therapeutic approach that is mindful of the individuality of the therapist and client enhances the therapeutic alliance, manages potential resistance to therapeutic gains and ups the likelihood of favorable outcomes for both therapist and client.


This workshop is accredited for 11 Continuing Professional Development points for Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychologists and Registered Counsellors.


For more details download brochure here: Download

Bookings are CLOSED for this workshop