A conversation with Rob Leiper around psychotherapy and clowning.
Rob Leiper is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and a Psychoanalytic
Psychotherapist. He is a Visiting Reader at Canterbury Christ Church
University College, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Kent Institute
of Medicine and Sciences and until recently Head of Psychotherapy
Services at the Invicta Trust. 2400 words
"I have been trained in the psychoanalytic frame where
there is an emphasis on distance and on letting things unfold
and not contaminating what the other person is putting in. But
there is a movement both in psychodynamic theory and in my practice
over the years, to get back in there, to be more spontaneous and
"... humour has a significant place in therapy and change.
What you learn, almost more than anything else when you go through
an in-depth psychotherapy, is the capacity to be playful. You
learn to be playful in areas of your life in which there was no
lightness. Psychotherapy loosens that up and gives some distance
so you are not completely identified with something and you can
start to play with it. This is the quality I have appreciated
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