Study group

Listening to the unknown

A study group for psychotherapists

Are you a psychotherapist with at least 5 years of post-qualification experience in private practice? Are you finding that your clients are moving into territory that your original training did not prepare you for? Are you sometimes at a loss as to how to think about what is happening in sessions? Are you uncertain about how to engage with negative transference and regression? Do you have doubts about your vocation as a therapist?

Places are available in this on-going study group. The group offers and opportunity to read psychoanalytic and Jungian literature and to discuss clinical and vocational dilemmas. It is a community of enquiry. We engage in critical reading of theoretical papers and books. We are sensitive to the clinical, historical and philosophical contexts of the theories we are seeking to understand.

According to C.G. Jung: Very many theories are needed before we can get even a rough picture of the psyche’s complexity. It is therefore quite wrong when people accuse psychotherapists of being unable to reach agreement even on their own theories. Agreement could only spell one-sidedness and desiccation. One could as little catch the psyche in a theory as one could catch the world. Theories are not articles of faith, they are mere instruments of knowledge and of therapy, or they are no good at all. (CW16 198)

The group meets for two hours on Monday mornings between 10:45 and 12:45 for 30 sessions per year between September 2019 and July 2020. The fee is £32 per session. The group meets at North London Group Therapy, Manor Gardens, London N7.

The group is led by David Henderson, PhD. He is a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association, the British Psychotherapy Foundation and the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision. He is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of joining this group, email David Henderson at or phone 020-8365 4628.