Smita Rajput Kamble is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has been working in private practice in Milton Keynes for 20 years.
She runs CPD workshops and training within the psychotherapeutic community with a special interest in anxiety and will be joining Brighton Therapy Partnership on Saturday 8th October at our training day Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body.
Where it all began…
It was Smita’s father who first gave her a taste for psychotherapy when he introduced her to Freud and Jung at a young age – they had had a big influence on him. She told us :
“It felt like a way of understanding oneself without a religious or cultural lens. It felt liberating – from the limitations that society puts on us and the limitations we internalise.”
Teaching and training
When she was in her thirties, Smita began training professionally, first in Oxford and then six years of psychoanalytical training in London. She would travel back and forth from Milton Keynes over that time, in a journey that she described as “sheer madness”, but one she is happy she undertook:
“When I look back, I think good. I did it. Because I like where I am now. I feel like I am doing something, which gives meaning to each day of my life.”
Experience of working with anxiety
Although Smita works with clients with a range of presenting issues, she has become very experienced with anxiety. At our Anxiety training day: Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body, for psychotherapists and counsellors on 8th October, Smita will be delivering several case studies from her years of practice.
In the presentation she will share some of Freud’s original ideas on anxiety, and will discuss how we might define anxiety, how it manifests and how it functions.
She will explore a number of case studies that show how early traumatic experiences can lead to separation (attachment-related) and castration anxiety (body parts and its internalised components) and its role in human development.
Smita will also explore how psychotherapy can contribute to the ‘lessening/reduction’ of anxiety disorders as well.
We asked her how she became an expert in this field and she told us (modestly!): “I am not sure I can say I specialise in anxiety. However, the psychoanalytic position would be to give it consideration. Betty Joseph, a renowned psychoanalyst wrote in her 1978 paper Different Types of Anxiety and their Handling in the Analytic Situation:
‘After all, the reason which brings patients into analysis is fundamentally that they cannot manage anxiety. Though it does not, of course, mean that the patient is consciously aware of this.’
Helping the patient become conscious of their anxiety and begin to explore reasons for it is the beginning of any mental [health] journey and a good way into the work. If one doesn’t find out what makes a patient anxious, then how does one find a way into their inner psychic world?”
Smita has a particular interest in psychoanalysis, culture and mythology and, between focusing on her practice and leading CPD workshops is working on finding links between them. We are very much looking forward to hearing Smita speak in October.
Trainer Trailer Video
In this video Smita Rajput Kamble introduces her talk for the BTP *Anxiety Conference* – 8th October 2022:
If you would like to hear more about working with Anxiety from Smita Rajput Kamble, then why not join us for the upcoming BTP online conference Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body on Saturday 8th October 2022.
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