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Psychotherapy at the Movies

Talking back to the Screen

Course Details

This workshop will look at how the cinema enters the therapy space and the various effects it can have there. We will also look at how therapy has entered the cinema and how it has been depicted there, and how that can shape the expectations of today’s clients. Working within that dialogue we will examine the implications of this ‘gaze’ for conceptualisations of self, the body and relationships. Using case illustrations, we will explore theoretically and clinically, the various positions the therapist can take.  


Our clients have been impacted, shaped and traumatised by many phenomena – parents, family, school, work – but do we, as therapists, take enough account of the role that the moving images of film (and TV, Netflix, YouTube etc) play in the structures of the modern psyche?


Particpents will learn to hear what the client is saying about her / himself when they speak about film and look at film from various theoretical perspectives. You will reflect on how cinematic representations of therapy create expectations in our clients


Course Content:

  • What is Film Theory?
  • How Psychotherapy can learn from the Cinema
  • Representations of Psychotherapy in the Cinema
  • Clinical Implications



Venue:  Butler House, Kilkenny
Next Start Date:
24th February 2018

Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Workshop: €100
PCI College Graduate: €90
PCI College Student: €80

Eligibility:  Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy and students currently in professional training. Entry is by online application form.


This is a Contining Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-642268.


Tom Ryan, MA, MIAHIP


Tom Ryan is a psychotherapist in Cork City. He works for Aspect, a service that supports adults with A.S., and also in private practice. Tom teaches with PCI College. He has a particular interest in psychoanalysis and is a member of ICLO, the Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation. Tom has had a lifelong interest in cinema, has worked at various levels of the video business and has written on cinema and psychotherapy.


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