Miriam Taylor 2019 Conference Keynote - Recording
Miriam Taylor 2019 Conference Keynote - Recording
Keynote address at the 2019 PACFA Conference

The Context of Trauma - by Miriam Taylor
Although traumatic events may be experienced as random and meaningless, they always happen in a context. The hidden story of how trauma weaves its way into many aspects of society is every bit as clinically relevant as the one the client is aware of. Altered perception of the whole situation can result in a perpetuation of splits, dissociation and hopelessness, and limit the effectiveness of therapy. This presentation will attempt to contextualise trauma, starting from the individualistic and reductionistic focus of neuroscience research, and trace a journey towards an expanded relational field model. From this perspective, it is both necessary and ethical to take account of ourselves as agents within the traumatised relational field, and we will open some ideas about this dynamic. The presentation aims also to investigate the resolution of some of the dichotomies inherent in trauma, and consider how psychotherapy may implicitly reinforce them.

Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered and accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the Open University Press in 2014.

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