Where Therapy and Literature Meet


This day school explores the way in which psychotherapists approach aspects of the human condition, particularly around the area of attachment and loss.

Drawing on the work of Freud, Jung and Bowlby we will look at their ideas about the formation and maintenance of loving bonds and what happens when those bonds are disrupted.

Writers, also, explore this psychological phenomenon and seek to find resolution using metaphor, symbolism and cognition. They ask questions such as ‘What contributes towards loving attachments and how does it feel when these are flourishing and when they are threatened?”

Although a range of literature will be included, the day will mainly focus on poetry as it is more easily accessed in a day course. We will look at a range of poets from Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy.  The day will be highly participative with plenty of opportunity to read literary works, reflect and ask questions. 

Programme details

9.45am  Registration

10.00am  Psychotherapy and Literature – common themes in forming loving bonds     

11.15am  Coffee/tea

11.35am  When attachments are in peril. Love and loss   

1.00pm  Lunch

2.00pm  What helps restore attachment?

3.15pm  Coffee/tea

3.45pm  Bringing psychotherapy and literature together

5.00pm  Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £80.00
Baguette £5.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Ms Diana Hedges


Diana is the author or 'Poetry, Therapy and Emotional Life' a culmination of her interest in the relationship between psychotherapy and literature.  She holds a degree in English Literature and is a trained counsellor.


Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.