Programme of Studies 2019 – 2020

Seminars are held at The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT

It is essential to book seminars in advance – at the latest by the weekend before the seminar.

All reading lists are supplied by the speaker.


Dr Spyros Karvounis

Date Thursday 23 January

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Psychopathology, Fairy Tale & Myth, Individuation, Transference and Countertransference, Jungian and Post-Jungian Theory and Practice

The aim of the seminar is to approach transference phenomena from different angles: as an expression of the dialectical development of the objective psyche, as a dynamic element between two people in the therapy room and finally as a constant movement of development between them. In examining the complexity of transference phenomena, traditional Jungian and post-Jungian approaches will be juxtaposed.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 16, The Psychology of the Transference, §§ 353-539

Giegerich, W., ‘What is Soul? Excursus on emotions and the ‘numinous’ in therapy’, Spring Journal (2012), pp. 234-256

Hillman, J., The Myth of Analysis, New York: Harper-Collins (1972), Part One: 'On Psychological Creativity'


Katerina Sarafidou

Date Friday 24 January, Saturday 25 January

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Developmental Models, Psychopathology, Fundamentals

These seminars aim to provide an overview of developmental approaches to the understanding of the emergence of the self and mind. This will include key intra-psychic and relational perspectives and will cover an introduction to various expressions of object relations theories, post-Jungian developmental theories as well as attachment theory and neuroscience. The seminars will examine the emergence and interrelationship of these approaches, their joint application to clinical practice, and their implications for the understanding of pathology and the analytic task. Their relevance for analytical psychology and the Jungian model of the psyche will also be considered.

NB Katerina Sarafidou has very kindly made the essential reading available in electronic form. Please contact the office to receive a copy.

Essential Reading:

Hinshelwood, R.D., ‘The paranoid-schizoid position’, in Clinical Klein, London: Free Association Books (1994)

Britton, R., ‘Keeping things in mind’, in Anderson, R., (ed) Clinical Lectures on Klein and Bion, London: Routledge (1992)

Winnicott, D. W., ‘Ego distortion in terms of true and false self’, in The Maturational Process and the Facilitating Environment: Studies in the Theory of Emotional Development, New York: International Universities Press (1960)

Music, G., ‘Attachment’, in Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children’s Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development, Hove: Psychology Press (2010) Chapter 6, pp. 59-70

Further Reading:

Fordham, M., ‘Integration-Deintegration in Infancy’, in Explorations into the Self, London: Academic Press, (1985)

Winnicott, D.W., Ego integration in child development (chapter 4) and The development of the capacity for concern (chapter 6), in The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment, London: Hogarth Press, (1965)

Bowlby, J., ‘The Origins of Attachment Theory’ in A Secure Base: Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory, Hove: Brunner-Routledge, (1988)

Knox, J., ‘Feeling for and feeling with: developmental and neuroscientific perspectives on intersubjectivity and empathy’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, (2013) 58, pp. 491–509

Astor, J., ‘Fordham’s Developments of Jung in the Context of Infancy and Childhood’, Ch.1 pt.1., in Alister, I., and Hauke C., (eds) Contemporary Jungian Analysis: Post-Jungian Perspectives from the Society of Analytical Psychology, London: Routledge, (1998)

Klein, M., ‘Our adult world and its roots in infancy’, in Envy and Gratitude, London: Hogarth Press, (1959)

Bion, W.R., ‘A theory of thinking’, in, Second Thoughts, London: Karnac Books, (1967)

Vermote, R., ‘On the value of late Bion to analytic theory and practice’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 92, pp.1089-1098 (2011)

Symington, N., The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion, London: Routledge, (1996)

Winnicott, D.W., ‘Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena’ (chapter 1), and ‘The Place Where We Live’ (chapter 8), in Playing and Reality, London: Penguin Books, (1960)

Damasio, A., The Feeling of What Happens: body and emotion in the making of consciousness, London: Heinemann, (1998)

Fonagy, P., Gergely, G., Jurist, E., and Target, M., Affect Regulation, Mentalisation and the Development of the Self, New York: Other Press (2005)

Schore, A.N., Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: the neurobiology of emotional development, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, (1994)


Maggie Stanway

Date Thursday 27 February

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fairy Tale and Myth, Fundamentals

Instigated by the horror of situations he encountered as a human rights lawyer, Dexter Dias spent some years researching human characteristics involved in atrocities such as female genital mutilation, slavery and war. He looked at them through the lenses of evolutionary theory and neuroscience. The resulting book, The 10 Types of Human, identifies ten archetypal images, such as The Ostraciser, The Aggressor, The Tamer of Terror, The Tribalist etc. The seminar will link each of Dias’s ‘10’ with Greek gods and their myths, to give perspectives which may help us to work with them.


Dias, D., The 10 Types of Human: Who We Are and Who We Can Be, London: Windmill Books (2018) - Greek gods/goddesses to look up: Aloedai, Ares, Athena, Demeter, Eleos, Hephaestus, Hera, Hercules, Hermes, Hestia, Nemesis, Perseus, Prometheus, Pthonus, Typhoeus and Zeus.


Josephine Evetts-Secker

Date Friday 28 February, Saturday 29 February

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects Covered:

Fundamentals, Psychopathology and History of Neurosis

‘Complexes are in truth the living units of the unconscious psyche …’ Jung 8, § 210

At the Burghölzli Hospital early in his professional life, Jung began working on word association with a number of colleagues. He was convinced that this could provide direct evidence of the kind of unconscious conflicts that Freud was exploring.

The Word Association Experiment (WAE) was the result of this research, using what we would now regard as very primitive equipment, to manifest certain behaviours scientifically. Jung devised this experiment to demonstrate the reality and autonomy of unconscious complexes. From recorded responses of participants, he could plot a ‘map’ of particular psychological charges, indicating the activation of unconscious complexes. This term, ‘complex’ was one of Jung’s earliest contributions to depth psychology that led him further in understanding archetypal energy active at the core of each complex. He insisted: “The via regia to the unconscious …is not the dream, as [Freud] thought, but the complex, which is the architect of dreams and symptoms”. (CW 8, § 210). The energy of such a constellation of complexes activated in the WAE directly reveals how “conscious intention is overwhelmed”. (CW 8, § 200). This illuminates the subject’s immediate psychic state, and also deepens understanding of Jung’s model, which at that time he wanted to name “complex psychology”.

This course will follow the development through this early work and consider its continuing, potential clinical value in analysis today.


Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 2, Experimental Researches, §§ 1349-1356. And whatever you can of the rest of this volume but that is not essential.

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, A Review of the Complex Theory, §§ 194-219

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 7, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology. It would be helpful for participants to be familiar with the papers in this volume, which cover Jung’s early thinking about the psychology of unconscious processes.

Further reading (post-Jungian) will be suggested when we are more deeply involved with the issues raised in the introductory lectures.


Ailish O’Driscoll

Date Thursday 26 March

Time 7.30–9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects Covered:

Fundamentals, Psychology and Religion, Alchemy, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

Exploration of these concepts will be made by referring to work by Jung and von Franz. Consideration will be given to the relationship between matter and spirit. This will be amplified by reference to some different belief systems, such as an Irish vision of nature and alchemy among others. This methodology belongs to an analytic approach. The exploration will hopefully prepare the ground for further work on alchemy, the significance of the Assumption of the Virgin, and synchronicity.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 8 Spirit and Life, §§ 601–648

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9i The Phenomenology of the Spirit in Fairy Tales, §§ 384–453

Von Franz, M-L., Projection and Re-collection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul, London: Open Court, (1980), Chapters 3 and 9


Catherine Bygott

Date Friday 27 March, Saturday 28 March

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Alchemy, Individuation, Fundamentals, Psychology and Religion, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

What is the nature of life beyond the struggle to establish ego?

How is this crossing to be made?

Where is the ‘still point’ to be found in our turning, changing world?

The second journey of life invites us to take ‘the road less travelled’ beyond cognitive processes of differentiating and dividing, and to recognise archetypal energies as having psychoid, as well as psychic, expression. Through this experientially oriented seminar-workshop, we will explore these questions and others, drawing on Jung’s own life journey, his psychology of opposites and the sacred mystery of alchemical transformation.

Please wear comfortable clothing.

Suggested Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol 12, Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy, §§ 1-43

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol 13, The Philosophical Tree, §§ 251-351

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol 14, The Paradoxa, §§ 36-50

Adler, G., Dynamics of the Self, London: Coventure (1989)

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