"The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway" - Couples Therapy as an Arena for Healing Relational Trauma


A Presentation by Paul B. Gibney, Ph.D

Thursday April, 6 2017  7.30-9.30
The Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Terrace)
Members and Concession: $10, Non-members $15


Trauma is a matter of great interest and  study in the therapeutic world at this point in time. Little mention, however, is made of the matter of Relational Trauma: that trauma that occurs when two traumatised persons form a relationship and the          
negative aspects of their interactions further traumatises both parties. 

This presentation looks at that process and suggests ways in which couples therapy can arrest the escalating distress  and institute healing. The  film "Frozen" (Disney's 2013 adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen's tale "The Snow Queen") will be analysed as a metaphor for both the inner life of the trauma and it's resolution. 



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Paul Gibney, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and family therapist who has been in full-time private practice in Brisbane since 1988. His doctoral thesis (1993) focused on the theoretical relationship between psychoanalysis, systemic therapy, time in therapy, and the matter of context. His theoretical and academic interests and practical contributions to the field have been in the areas of brief therapy, systemic practice, Jungian psychotherapy and psychoanalytic thought. He has a deep interest in ‘everyday therapy’, and how to apply complex frameworks to the practical demands of the real world. He has consulted and supervised across a wide range of institutional settings. 

Paul worked as a psychiatric social worker for a decade in public practice and for ten years held a part-time senior lectureship, teaching Advanced Casework and Family Therapy in the Social Work Department at the University of Queensland.  Paul currently provides consultation and professional supervision to agencies providing services in trauma recovery, child health, trans-cultural psychiatry, child protection and residential care. His current research interests are in the areas of professional supervision and developing personal frameworks for practice.