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Engaging with Multilingualism in Psychotherapy

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Mental health practitioners and applied linguistics researchers are invited to an interdisciplinary workshop exploring the therapeutic implications of multilingualism. Through a combination of research presentations and an interactive practitioner-led session, this half-day event aims to provide an overview of the issues which therapists and clients may be faced with when a client knows more than one language (without an interpreter present) and to foster interdisciplinary dialogue in this growing field for research and practice.


  • Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London): Multilingualism, intercultural communication and emotion
  • Louise Rolland & Sally Cook (Birkbeck, University of London): Client perspectives: the role of multilingualism in the therapeutic journey
  • Chrysa Chlomisiou (University of Leicester): Bilingual therapists’ experiences of language switching in therapy
  • Leigh Gardner (University of Salford): Counselling in English as an additional language
  • Beverley Costa (Birkbeck, University of London & Pasalo): Case examples of psychotherapy across languages
  • Panel: future directions for research and practice

This room is located on the basement floor and is wheelchair-accessible via a lift. To book tickets, please see the workshop eventbrite page.

For further information, please contact Louise Rolland: lrolla01@mail.bbk.ac.uk.