A dissociated patient with terrorist defences: Malcom Rushton

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Date(s) - 24/03/2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cambridge - Friends Meeting House


A dissociated patient with terrorist defences 

Malcolm Rushton

Head of MedusaI have found myself facing terrorising behaviour with a small group of patients at assessment. How will I cope with the psychotic parts of their personalities before they feel safe to trust me and commit to analysis? Will I be like their  unyielding, terror-inducing mothers, or can I address unresolved areas of my own psyche which would serve to facilitate analysis? A capacity for the analyst to change seems central to any change being possible in the patient. With such patients it isn’t more supervision that is needed but more analysis. I would like to describe the experience of an analysis with one such patient. I will add a few thoughts about shamanism, which plays its part in this analysis, and some reflections about terrorism in the wider world, related to what I find in this   patient’s presentation.

Malcolm Rushton is an SAP training analyst and works full time in private practice with a variety of deeply traumatised patients. He has an interest in shamanism, and his collection of ancient art with particular reference to shamanism, located in his consulting room, plays a significant part in his work.

Chair: Mary Chadwick


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