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Psychotherapy for psychotic patients

Neville Symington

In this talk Neville Symington challenges the view that psychotic or seriously disturbed people cannot be treated with psychotherapy. He instances a clinical case of a therapist treating a very disturbed patient who made a striking recovery. Neville then goes on to elaborate on some of the core concepts necessary when treating these patients.

ANZAP- Australia & New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy
Satuday Morning Seminar Series
Recorded: 30 October 2010. Australian Museum,Sydney

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Neville Symington

Neville Symington is a psycho-analyst in private practice with his wife (who is also a psycho-analyst) in Sydney, Australia. As a young man he took a diploma in Philosophy and then in Theology. He later did a degree in Psychology and took a diploma in Clinical Psychology. Neville did his psycho-analytic training in London and is a Fellow of the British Psycho-Analytical Society.
He held a senior staff position in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic from 1977-85. He was also Chairman of the Psychology Discipline for the Adult and Adolescent Departments at the Tavistock Clinic in London. In 1986 Neville migrated to Sydney, Australia where he was Chairman of the Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis from 1987-93. He was President of the Australian Psycho-Analytic Society from 1999-2002.
He is the author of The Analytic Experience published by Free Association Press and St. Martins Press, of Emotion and Spirit published by Cassell and later re-published by Karnac Books, of Narcissism: A New Theory, The Making of a Psychotherapist, The Spirit of Sanity, A Pattern of Madness, How to Choose a Psychotherapist, The Blind Man Sees, A Healing Conversation and Becoming a Person through Psycho-Analysis which are all published by Karnac Books. Neville is joint-author with Joan Symington of The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion published by Routledge. He also published a novel called A Priest’s Affair published by Free Association Press and a book of poetry INGRATITUDE and other POEMS published by Karnac.
He has lectured in Britain, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, the United States, Brazil, Israel, India, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Neville has a website at:

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