Attachment and Bereavement

Format: Zoom (via Eventbrite)

Speaker: Dr Vanessa Serio Nahoul

Date: Saturday 18th September 14.00 – 15.30 BST

IAN & AGIP Members fee £35 (enter members discount code at point of purchase) | Non-members fee: £50


This Seminar is also Week 16 of our PG Certificate in Attachment Theory. Registered PG Cert students will be given a code to access free tickets on the Eventbrite page on the day of the seminar.

In this lecture Dr. Vanessa Nahoul Serio explores the complex concept of bereavement, the phases of the bereavement process and the clinical issues arising in its treatment, focusing in particular on the problem of bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seminar opens with an overview of the origins and variants of the clinical phenomenon of bereavement with a focus on Bowlby’s phases of bereavement. Dr Vanessa Nahoul Serio will then explore the many kinds of bereavement suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic; the acute transitory bereavement due to the losses caused by being confined to the lockdown environment and the corresponding requirement that individuals adapt to these changed circumstances, and the ‘Frozen Processes of Bereavement’ in those prohibited from viewing the body of their loved ones and figures of attachment. Vanessa argues that these all may become chronic processes contributing to difficulties in attachment.

Throughout the lecture Vanessa, an expert in the application of art resources in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to help the process of bereavement, will draw on the power of art to work therapeutically with the matters explored in both an individual and group clinical setting.


About the Speaker

Of Lebanese origin, Dra. Vanessa Nahoul Serio is a Mexican psychoanalyst and artist. She is current president of the Institute for Clinical and Social Psychological Research (Instituto de Investigación en Psicología Clínica y Social, A.C., Escuela de Psicología y Psicoanálisis) in Mexico City. Her PhD is in psychoanalytical research. Author of the book: “El duelo: Una mirada psicoanalítica”,“On bereavement: A psychoanalytical perspective” (in Spanish) edited by Psimática, Spain (2018). Expert in application of art resources in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to help the process of bereavement as well as other kinds of emotional psychopathology, both in individual as in group psychotherapy. She´s the author of 30 psychoanalytical articles and coauthor of 24 books, including: “Psychoanalytical Psychology of Art” (“Psicología Psicoanalítica del Arte”, Mexico: Manual Moderno, 2008) as well as “Attachment and Psychotherapy” (“Apego y psicoterapia. Un paradigma revolucionario” Spain: Psimática, 2018), compiled by Dr. Mario Marrone and Mauricio Cortina and “Attachment and Parenting” (“Apego y parentalidad”, Spain: Psimática, to be released in 2021), compiled by Dr. Mario Marrone and Elsa Wolfberg. She has 25 years of teaching experience in Psychology and Psychoanalysis and has given 195 lectures at national and international forums. She has her private practice in Mexico as a psychoanalyst for adolescents, adults, couples and groups as well as a supervisor for psychologists and psychotherapists´ clinical work. She is a member of IAN UK.