November meeting of NPSA Ireland Study Group
Negotiating the Therapeutic Relationship when supporting People with Neurological Conditions
Please note the later than usual start time of 7pm. We will be in the JM Synge Lecture Hall in the Arts Building, TCD.
Dr Giles Yeates
Dr Yeates is a clinical neuropsychologist, working in the field of community neuro-rehabilitation in the UK’s NHS. A previous International Neuropsychoanalysis Fellow, his clinical and research work is dedicated to the delivery, innovation and adaptation of psychological therapies for people with neurological conditions. Dr Yeates disseminates and publishes extensively on these topics, and has a particular interest in the emotional and relationship dimensions of neurological conditions. He has trained in dynamic interpersonal therapy and emotion-focused couples therapy.
Dr Yeates is the editor of the Neuro-Disability & Psychotherapy journal and Karnac Book’s Brain Injury series, which will soon include the long-awaited follow-up to Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis. He has recently co-produced a pioneering series of information leaflets with Headway UK on the impact of brain injury on different family relationships.
Dr Elaine Kelly
Dr Elaine Kelly is a Neuropsychologist employed by Headway, a community based neuro-rehabilitation service for adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Elaine holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wales Bangor, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology from the University of Glasgow. She is a registered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Elaine has been working with Headway for the past 4 years. Elaine has a specific an interest in individual, couples and group psychotherapy post ABI. She is currently training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. EFT is based on the concept that distress in intimate relationships is often related to deeply rooted fears of abandonment, as an individual’s emotional response to these fears may be harmful to relationship partners and put strain on a relationship. When intimate partners are not able to meet each other’s emotional needs, they may become stuck in negative patterns of interaction driven by ineffective attempts to get each other to understand their emotions and related needs. This is particularly relevant in ABI where the trauma and consequences of the injury can alter and disrupt the injured person’s and the family member’s attachments and relational patterns.
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