Rachel will speak about working psychodynamically with women who have been raped. Her focus will be on thinking about rape as a form of projective identification in which the rapist’s disturbance is forced into the woman. This can become accessible within the transference/countertransference interplay. In order to elucidate some of these dynamics and preserve confidentiality she will make use of literature as well as some case material based on composites of women with whom she has worked.
Rachel Gould read English at Sussex before working within domestic violence services in Brighton. She then returned to Sussex where she trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, before developing her psychodynamic thinking at the Tavistock. Rachel has worked as a counsellor for 20 years with adults, adolescents and children within the NHS, schools, colleges and the voluntary sector. She has a particular interest in working with socially marginalised groups and in psychosocial perspectives. Rachel holds a clinical post at the University of Westminster where she leads on clinical approaches for working with people who have been raped. She also teaches on the Adult MSc at Birkbeck and is undertaking a Clinical Doctorate at the University of Exeter.