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What is Anxiety? Conference on Friday 9th December 2016 Dublin.

The School of Psychothrapy

The conference is organised by The School of Psychotherapy

The School of Psychotherapy was set up in 1983 to develop the teaching of psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Hospital (subsequently St. Vincent’s University Hospital).

Location: Education and Research Centre, St Vincent’s University Hospital

From: 8:45am – 5:45pm

Everyday psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychotherapists, psychologists, nurses and other health practitioners face the challenge of responding to phenomena which fall under the term anxiety. For over 100 years the psychoanalytic field has produced clinical literature that articulates these phenomena. This one day conference provides an opportunity to hear psychoanalytic perspectives on this most relevant question: what is anxiety? The clinical findings from the psychoanalytic field can inform the response to the handling of the phenomena of anxiety.

Psychoanalysis has found that anxiety is related to our wishes, desires and our relation to enjoyment. In other words it constitutes activity fundamental to subjectivity. Anxiety, therefore, is complex and its sufferer can be recommended a psychoanalytic listening alongside any other intervention.

Contributors include:

  • Dr. Aisling Campbell (psychiatrist) Cork

  • Dr. Christian Fierens (psychiatrist, doctor of psychology, psychoanalyst, author) Brussels

  • Prof. Brendan Kelly (psychiatrist, author) Dublin

  • Guy LeGaufey (psychoanalyst, author) Paris

  • Dr. Anthony McCarthy (psychiatrist, clinical director) Dublin

  • Dr. Patricia McCarthy (psychoanalyst, psychiatrist) Dublin

  • Malachi McCoy (psychoanalyst),Dublin

  • Dr. Charles Melman (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, co-founder of Association Lacanienne Internationale [ALI]) Paris

  • Dr. Barry O Donnell (psychoanalyst, Director of the School of Psychotherapy) Dublin

  • Dr. Helen Sheehan (psychoanalyst) Dublin


Friday, 9 December 2016 from 08.45 to 17.45


Education and Research Centre, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

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