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The Cradle of Events with Prophecy Coles

February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£35 – £50

From the speaker: “My talk is going to be centred around the evolution of my ideas in the books I have written. The first book I wrote was on The Importance of Sibling Relationships. I was unhappy with the way sibling relationships were characterised within therapy. I used my own experience with my siblings to explore the idea that sibling relationships were fundamental to our psychic life but were also complex and interwoven with love and hate. It seemed only a short step from thinking about sibling relationships to take a more wide-angled view and think about patterns of family life around which sibling relationships were reflected. I moved on to the more general history of child-rearing and this exploration became my third book, The Shadow of the Second Mother. I discovered a world of wet-nurses (Freud and Klein employed them) that I knew little about, and then their later incarnation as nanny / au pair / creche. What imprint did these caretakers have upon the psyche of the child they nurtured? Surely we had ignored them.

I will give a brief summary of these books, with some vignettes, and then in our discussion, I hope we might take up some issues, such as the nature of sibling relationships, intergenerational history, second mothers, divorced families and adoption”.

Prophecy Coles retired from psychotherapy about five years ago, so she could have more time to write. During her thirty years of work, she ran a low-cost therapy centre called the Inner City Centre in the City for fifteen years. She also had a private practice and was a training therapist at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She has given talks on her work in Australia, Romania, Russia and Poland and her work has been translated into Italian. She has worked on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychotherapy since her student days. On retirement, with her husband Walter, they both ran a Job Club in Tooting. A charity, in the five years they ran it they saw at least two hundred people and learned of the suffering of austerity and Universal Credit but also the strength of a support group for those out of work.

2020 workshops cost £35 for ACPNL members, £50 for others.

To book, please email sharon@silver-myer.com stating which workshops you would like to attend and she will give you payment instructions.


February 23, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
£35 – £50


Terapia @ The Bothy
19 East End Road
London, N3 2SU
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