Unconscious Processes in Bilingual Counselling

Tuesday 19th November

Unconscious Processes in Bilingual Counselling
Dominique Cornwall

In our on-going counselling work we often have clients who speak different languages. In this presentation I will attempt to explain what bilingual work involves, and what it means to work in a different language than our mother tongue. Using case material, I will speak of my understanding of unconscious processes that are taking place in the transference and countertransference and discuss the advantages and pitfalls of being bilingual or working with a bilingual client.

About the Speaker

Dominique Cornwall is a Psychodynamic Counsellor, having completed a post graduate diploma in Adult Psychodynamic Counselling at Birkbeck in 2007. She is a counsellor for the Wimbledon Guild and a volunteer counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care since 2005. In 2012 she became a group facilitator for a joint project Cruse/Samaritans for people bereaved by suicide. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Birkbeck Counselling Association and has a small private practice.

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