A Consultation Service for twins and the parents of twins
I have a special interest in twin relationships and have written two books and several papers in the subject – see publications.
The first book, “The Twin in the Transference” (2004/14), offers an in depth exploration of the essential nature of the twin relationship; the development of twins; the relationships between the family and the twins; and relationships between twins, and with the outside world. I highlight the importance of recognising the factors that affect twins in the therapeutic setting where twinning will occur between the patient and the psychotherapist. I am particularly concerned about enabling twins to develop as individuals within the twin relationship while still maintaining their deep connection with each other.
Twin relationships have long been a source of fascination to us, and have aroused both idealisation of, and fears about, twins. This fascination and dichotomy is reflected in cultural and religious practices around the world. The way twins are portrayed in literature gives us further insight into our perceptions of the twin relationship and what the twin relationship represents for us. I explore these themes in the second book, “The Twin Enigma. An Exploration of our Enduring Fascination with Twins” (2016).
In addition to writing about twin relationships, I offer a consultation service to twins and others who are involved with twins:
- for twins who encounter difficulties in their lives or relationships, the opportunity to explore what is going on and what help might be most useful to them in resolving their issues.
- for parents of twins, to provide the opportunity for them to discuss and explore any issues that arise in their relationship with and management of their twin children.
- for partners or spouses of twins, where powerful twinning processes may occur, affecting the relationship.
- for psychotherapists working with twins to help them recognise the twinning processes active in the transference relationship.
I supervise research into twin relationships, and I offer consultation for practitioners, researchers and authors on the subject, focussing on the nature of the unconscious dynamics in the twin relationship and how this will be played out in working with twins.