Aesthetic Conflict and Counterdreaming: Meg Harris Williams on 21 July 2018

The Guild of Psychotherapists Lecture

Aesthetic Conflict and Counterdreaming

Speaker:  Meg Harris Williams

10.00 – 12.30 pm   on Saturday 21 July 2018 47 Nelson Square, London SE1 0QA

Drawing on literary sources and on the psychoanalytic theory of Bion and Meltzer, Meg will discuss the concept of ‘aesthetic conflict’ (first formulated for psychoanalysis by Meltzer in 1988) which has sometimes been found both interesting and puzzling. She will relate this to the nature of ‘counterdreaming’ (Meltzer’s term for the psychoanalytic reverie that is the basis for interior observation) and to the parallel example, in the arts, of life drawing.

Meg Harris Williams has published many articles in psychoanalytic and literary journals on the relation between psychoanalysis, art and literature. Her books include The Apprehension of Beauty (with Donald Meltzer; 1988), The Vale of Soulmaking (2005), The Aesthetic Development (2010), Bion’s Dream (2010), and The Becoming Room: Filming Bion’s Memoir of the Future (2016), and The Art of Personality in Literature and Psychoanalysis (2018).

Tickets for this fund-raising lecture cost £35 (£20 for Trainees, Students and retired members). A light lunch will be included after the talk. To purchase your tickets or book a place please contact the Guild Office.   Tel: 020 7401 3260 or email:

BAPPS Autumn Conference: The Unconscious Work of the Supervisee with Alison Vaspe – Sat 10th Nov 2018

The BAPPS Autumn Conference will take place on Saturday 10 November 2018

The Unconscious Work of the Supervisee with Alison Vaspe at the Tavistock.

There is an early-bird rate of £75 for Non-Members available until the 31st July 2018.

Full details are available at

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