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 an 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 either instruments of knowledge and of therapy, or they are no good at all. (CW16, 198)

 The group meets for two hours on Monday mornings from 10:45-12:45 for 30 sessions a year between September 2018 and July 2019. The fee is £30 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 Association of Independent Psychotherapists and the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision. He is a Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis 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.