Annual Lecture

Annual Lecture

Annual Lecture 2019 – Coming soon.

Monday 14th May 2018, 19:45
Cost: £35 // Sold Out

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My Fatal Mistake: Guilt, blame and the role of the psychotherapist in a patient suicide

Dr Rachel Gibbons

Suicide is something that is at the back of our minds in a lot of our work with patients. Given its importance and the fear that it generates, it is surprising that there is very little known about it’s nature or aetiology.

This lecture aims to confront the ‘Truth’ about suicide. It will look at the psychoanalytic understanding of suicidal states of mind and test this by looking at real cases. What leads someone to take their own life? Can it be prevented? The profound effect the suicide of a patient has on the psychotherapist or clinician working with them will be discussed. Knowledge gained about how to process and work with this trauma will be shared.


Dr Rachel Gibbons is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Adult Psychotherapy at St Ann’s Hospital. She is a practicing psychoanalyst and completed the group analytic training. She has been working and collecting data, on suicide over the last 9 years. She is currently the Suicide Lead for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, a member of the Haringey Suicide Prevention group, is the Clinical Lead for the London Transport Police Suicide Prevention Team and has been co-facilitating a Suicide Group for consultant psychiatrists for the last 7 years.


The Annual Lectures began at the MHCPC in 1999. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage persons recognized for scholarship, wisdom, and creativity to undertake serious thought on an issue of significance for the counselling field and to promote the sharing of such thoughts through the public lectures.


The MHCPC is a charity that has provided counselling to the local community for over 30 years. Our charitable status enables individuals on low incomes to have access to affordable, long term psychodynamic counselling which is not widely available elsewhere. Our training programme promotes personal development and growth whilst supporting communities through the provision of further qualified counsellors providing talking therapy..

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Past lecturers include: Christopher Bollas, Prophecy Coles, Dr Andrew Elder, Nina Farhi, Sue Gerhardt, Lavinia Gomez, Dr Sotiris Zalidis, Neville Symmington (2006), Patrick Casement (2007), Adam Phillips (2008), Doctor Julian Stern (2010), Professor Howard Jacobs (2011), David Vincent (2013), Professor Alessandra Lemma (2014), and Dr Margot Waddell (2016).


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