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Therapeutic Errors and Psychotherapeutic Presence – with Dr Ruth Birkebaek

February 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm

£95 – £105

In-person event (Newbury/Marlborough venue TBC)

Ruth Birkebaek event Feb 2022


How is it that we sometimes fail a client even when we are so carefully trying not to? We may even reproduce a real failure in the therapy which is very close to the experience of client’s own childhood trauma. During this workshop Dr Birkebaek will speak about small and subtle mistakes made by the therapist as a result of misattunement, which can lead to ruptures in the therapeutic relationship. As therapists are infallible, therapeutic errors are inevitable, and clients will use these errors to reinforce their self-protective life script system. We will discuss the significance of therapist responsibility taking as a way to disrupt client’s old patterns.

Through lecture, case-vignettes, and clinical discussions, this workshop will focus on the significance of an involved therapeutic relationship while emphasising the in-depth methods of a psychotherapy that integrates client’s affect, cognition, physiology and behaviour. This workshop will be useful to psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.

At this workshop participants will:

  • Learn how to create a healing therapeutic relationship through the reparation of inevitable therapeutic errors
  • Master the four-stage model for therapeutic rupture resolution
  • Understand the significance of psychotherapeutic presence to recognise the early signs of rupture
  • Be able to use therapeutic errors to establish or deepen the client’s internal and external contact

Ruth Birkebaek

Ruth Birkebaek is an Integrative Psychotherapist, having trained for 5 years with Richard Erskine. Additionally Ruth has trained in Psychosomatic Medicine, Jung Therapy and Transactional Analysis. Ruth started her career in Brazil in 1989 as a Plastic Surgeon. After graduating from medical school she became interested in the impact of the mind on the development of physical illness. She now works full time as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in London, and delivers training in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy. Ruth is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, a Certified Integrative Psychotherapy Trainer & Supervisor (CIIPTS) by the IIPA (International Integrative Psychotherapy Association) and a Certified Transactional Analyst – Provisional Trainer & Supervisor (PTSTA).

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This seminar will be open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and health professionals.

CPD certificates, refreshments and a light lunch will be supplied (parking not included).

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Book tickets

In-person event

£95 Early Bird booking before 12th January 2022

£105 from 12th January 2022

Dependent on Covid restrictions, it may be necessary to transfer our in-person events to online at short notice. It is a booking requirement that delegates are able to attend both in-person and online and to remain flexible please.

Location: Marlborough/Newbury venue TBC

Book tickets

In-person event

£95 Early Bird before 12th Jan 2022

£105 from 12th Jan 2022

Dependent on Covid restrictions, it may be necessary to transfer our in-person events to online at short notice. It is a booking requirement that delegates are able to attend both in-person and online and to remain flexible please.

“There was a very ambient, warm and inclusive feeling about this workshop which echoed the content of her relational approach. It felt much more personal than many other online workshops that I have been on. The organisation presented and hosted the workshop very competently.”

“Ruth is an excellent speaker and shows by example the value and efficacy of the truly supportive therapeutic alliance, which gives us such gentle guidance into seeing past the ‘headlines’ to the client’s story.”

“Very good speaker, good pace, very informative”

“Ruth had a very engaging manner and huge confidence / knowledge of her subject”

“Engaging information / theory; clearly presented; good collective atmosphere”

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


February 12, 2022
10:00 am-4:00 pm
£95 – £105


Marlborough/Newbury venue TBC


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566