Venue: The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Whiteladies Road,
Bristol, BS6 6SA

10.30am - 12.45pm

There will be one price for online Zoom lectures: £10 plus Eventbrite fee of £1.01




Due to the Coronavirus situation the first lectures will take place on-line using Zoom. The first lecture will be on Saturday, October 10th. About two weeks before we will provide detailed instructions on how the lecture will work, how to join it, how it will be structured and how to pay.

Later in the year we hope that we can have live lectures in the hall with streaming online for people who prefer to be at home or who are shielding. This all depends on how the situation with Covid 19 develops through the winter and spring.



Matthew Appleton

October 10th 2020

The Mythic Aspects of the Birth Journey


Birth is an archetypal journey that each of us has made. Crossing the threshold between the amniotic world of the womb and the world in which we take our first breath is a powerful transition. Along the way we encounter obstacles that often feel overwhelming and even life-threatening. The experience of birth could well be the primary template for the hero’s journey. Drawing from many decades of research in the field of pre and perinatal psychology, this talk explores how the mythic themes of birth show up in popular culture and in the therapy room.

Matthew Appleton is a Body Psychotherapist living and working in Bristol. He is co-founder of Conscious Embodiment Trainings (www.conscious-embodiment.co.uk ) with more than 20 years’ experience of international lecturing and workshop facilitation. He is a member of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine and developed Integrative Baby Therapy, which is now taught in a number of countries, to health practitioners working with babies and their families. He worked for 9 years as a houseparent at A. S. Neill’s famous democratic school Summerhill and his book A Free Range Childhood, based on his experience, has been published in several languages. Although not a Jungian, his work is influenced by Jung and his contact with indigenous elders of the Native American tradition.

Judy RydeWhitePriviledge

November 14th 2020

Understanding White Privilege


As white people, it is very hard to understand the depth and breadth of the way that whiteness is embedded within the structure of our culture and society. This workshop is designed to help white people not only get a clearer understanding of this but to start to look at how we may move to a genuinely more inclusive society.

Dr Judy Ryde is an integrative psychotherapist who is a founder of the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and a member of the Centre for Supervision Training and Development. She is also the founder of Trauma Foundation South West, which provides counselling and psychotherapy for refugees and asylum seekers. Her doctoral research was into whiteness in psychotherapy and psychotherapy organisations. She has written two books on this subject: Being White in the Helping Professions (2009) and White Privilege Unmasked (2019).  www.judyryde.com



Mary-Jayne Rust

December 12th 2020

Towards an Ecopsychotherapy


Psychotherapy is known for its focus on trauma and healing within human relationships; yet when we listen carefully, we will hear stories of deep love and shattering loss in our relationships with the more-than-human world - and of our continuing struggle to come to terms with ourselves as animals. As ecological and social crises worsen, many are experiencing a range of emotional responses including eco-grief or eco-anxiety, part of what some call ‘separation sickness’, a cultural trauma passed down through many generations. As we re-member our deep bonds with the whole earth community, and the potent healing power of Nature, we may find our way into an experience of living inside a conscious, sacred matrix. This way of being in the world is ancient, as Jung has often described. This shift in perspective can often be supported by taking therapy outdoors as well as through the dream world.

In this talk I will be exploring the many facets of the process of ecopsychotherapy. I will also be asking how psychotherapy, as a profession, can offer helpful insights and interventions for a culture in crisis.

Mary-Jayne Rust is a psychotherapist, inspired by trainings in art therapy, feminist psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. Journeys to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) in the early 1990’s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice she lectures, teaches and writes about ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into the psychological dimensions of ecological crisis. She is author of Towards an Ecopsychotherapy (Confer Books, 2020) and other numerous papers and book chapters which can be found on www.mjrust.net. She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming. Now she lives and works beside ancient woodland in North London.


Kurt LampeOrestes

January 9th 2021

Orestes, Rebirth, and Aggrieved Masculine Entitlement


Both ancient tragedians and modern psychotherapists have been fascinated by the myth of Orestes, who avenges his father by killing his mother, is driven mad by his mother’s avenging spirits, and then undertakes a journey of suffering, purification, and new beginnings. This entire process is authorized by the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. In some versions Orestes attempts to repeat his initial murder, attacking his aunt, his half-sister, and his (female) cousin.

Psychological interpreters are divided over whether this story tells us more about depravity and insanity or healthy mental integration. In this talk I’ll suggest that one of the causes of this disagreement is that they’re asking the wrong question: the key is not to analyze the mythical character himself, but rather to investigate how he functions psychodynamically for people or groups in specific times and places. This requires both a psychological method and detailed attention to specifics. For the former, I’ll turn primarily to Jungian analyses of myths of transformation. For the latter, I’ll focus on obscure texts and archeological evidence concerning the Greek colony of Rhegium. The two together will allow us to tell a plausible story about an elaborate series of rituals and festivals in the fifth century BCE and the psychospiritual work they aimed to accomplish. In brief, I’ll suggest that Orestes was supposed to function as a kind of transitional object for both the citizens as a whole, who were coping with a political revolution, and the annual transformation of adolescents into young men. I’ll conclude my talk by proposing some connections between this enactment of a myth of Orestes and the controversial phenomenon of “aggrieved masculine entitlement” today, with particular attention to one of its most well-studied public manifestations. If we take great care not to over-simplify this complex problem, I will suggest that this comparison can shed some light on it.

Kurt Lampe is a Senior Lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Bristol. He is also a trainee psychotherapist at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. His academic interests extend across ancient Greek and Roman and modern French philosophy, ancient Greek and modern ‘pagan’ religions, and the history of psychology and psychotherapy. He has published books and articles in all of these areas, details of which can be found at his university website https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/kurt-w-lampe

Andrew JamiesonAgape Eros

February 13th 2021

Therapeutic Love – Goldmine or Minefield, Eros or Agape?


The Psychotherapeutic profession often uses numerous euphemisms to sidestep the word ‘love’. Unconditional positive regard, attuned responsiveness, animus / anima projection, I-thou relationships, erotic transference, primary self-object relatedness, are just a few of these euphemisms. In his talk Andrew Jamieson will explore the concept of ‘love’ within our profession with particular focus on how it affects our relationships with our clients. He will consider how ‘love’ impacted on the work of the earliest pioneers of Psychoanalysis, with reference to the work of Freud, Breuer, Jung, Ferenczi and Rogers. He will explore the more recent thoughts on the subject by Ian Suttie, Karen Maroda, Ethel Person, Harold Searles and David Mann, writers who seldom are included on our training syllabuses. He will look at both Agape love and Erotic love and how these two differing experiences can have a profound effect on our psychotherapeutic relationships. Andrew has interviewed over 25 therapists about this subject and these interviews have proved extremely revealing. Using these interviews and considering his own clinical experience he will examine the precarious field of erotic and romantic transference and countertransference, with particular reference to Carl Jung’s experience of this complicating element of his own practice and theory.

Andrew Jamieson is a UKPC registered psychotherapist, lecturer and workshop leader.  After a long Jungian analysis, he trained at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and undertook and received an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at Middlesex University.  Alongside his private practice he organises and facilitates quarterly Jungian workshops in Bath and lectures and writes articles on subjects ranging from Eldership to psychotherapy’s interconnection with philosophy, religion, music and literature.

William Blake (1826) Satan smiting Job with sore boils. (Wikicommons image)

Carol Leader

March 13th 2021

Satanic Error – William Blake’s insight for clinical practice and everyday life



The poet and artist William Blake was profoundly affected by the impact of the industrial revolution and railed against ‘Satanic Mills’. For Blake these ‘mills’ represent an aspect of the human mind that is in a state of repetitive ‘Error’ that has an alarming impact on the individual and society.

Blake offers a powerful experiential portal or ‘cipher’ into both this ‘mechanical’ state and liberation from it through his writings and illustrations of ‘Satan.’ Blake’s explorations can be seen to be in the same territory as, but to pre-date the work of, Freud, Jung, Bion and also later analytic writers.

More recently McGilchrist (2012) in The Master and his Emissary powerfully adds to Blake’s insights with a wealth of contemporary research relating to a dangerous over-valuation of left-brain, scientific processing in the western world coupled with a denigration of the profound relational and integrative qualities that right brain functions promote.

This fully illustrated, stand-alone talk, is open to all with an interest in Blake, in self-development, as well as to counsellors, psychotherapists and analysts. It will include a summary and further development of themes explored in Carol’s paper Evil, Imagination and the Unrepressed Unconscious: the Value of William Blake’s Satanic ‘Error’ for Clinical Practice. This paper won the 2014 British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize.

Carol Leader is a training and supervising Jungian analyst and senior psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio before re-training as a therapist nearly thirty years ago. She is in full time private practice, consults in business and for projects in the arts and lectures, writes and leads workshops and seminars for a number of professional trainings.Will Pritchard.


April 10th 2021

Listening at the Edge: an introduction to Focusing and the felt sense

Experience is a myriad richness:
We think more than we can say;
We feel more than we can think;
We live more than we can feel.
And there is much more still.
-Eugene Gendlin

Focusing enables us to access meaning before we have found words for it. We Focus by gently bringing our attention to the felt sense, which is our pre-verbal, bodily sense of a situation. Through giving our attention to this ‘hazy’ edge of our experience, found through the body, we can find words and images to give form to these meanings. This can produce a pleasant “felt shift", like a release of tension in the body, and often feels like a gift to the unacknowledged parts of ourselves. Accessing our felt sense of a given situation can also help us to understand our needs and find a way forward.

The workshop will begin with a brief theoretical introduction to focusing, followed by guided and exploratory group and pair exercises.  We will then discuss the psychological and philosophical implications of this mode of attention; can we give form to the formless, and render speech to the unspoken psyche?

Please bring colouring pens/pencils and paper.

Will Pritchard is a Dramatherapist practising in County Tipperary, Ireland. He is currently working in bereavement and postnatal mental health. He is particularly interested in intersections between philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and the contemplative traditions. He is the author of Listening at the Edge: Attending to Living Process in Sesame Dramatherapy (Dramatherapy Volume: 40 issue: 1). He has an upcoming chapter as part of the volume Dramatherapy: the Nature of Interruption on the relevance of Owen Barfield’s philosophy for dramatherapeutic praxis.

Please note that Will is taking the place of Nick Woodward. Nick’s seminar [An introduction to the Shamanic Journey with reference to the work of C.G.Jung and his use of the Active Imagination] will take place live in the next lecture series 2021-22.


Ian Rees

May 8th 2021

Dennis Wheatley; The Devil Rides Out and the 87th Psalm:  Demonisation and making our foundation in the Holy Mountain


In the early 1960s Dennis Wheatley wrote a popular novel called The Devil Rides Out. As with most of his novels, it was an exciting potboiler featuring black magicians and white magicians, the figure of Satan and Lords of Light. In the midst of the book the Duke de Richleau (the white magician) uses a phrase from the 87th Psalm: “Fundamenta Ejus in montibus sanctis” as a phrase of exorcism. This psalm brings us into relationship with the image of the Holy Mountain that is found in the midst of darkness and confusion and holds out the possibility of aligning with the true image of the human being who draws on the deep springs of life and brings chaos and confusion into harmony and peace. In this lecture we will explore the dynamic of demonisation and reconciliation using the novel and the psalm as our guide.

Ian Rees is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist practising in Glastonbury Somerset UK. He has been a therapist for 30 years and spent 10 before that working in Probation Work and Social Work at all levels from Field Worker, Manager to Education Advisor for Mental Health at national level.  He is an experienced trainer and taught at the Karuna Institute in Devon from 1999 to 2009; he designed and ran their MA programmes as well as being central to the teaching team. Since 2009 he has concentrated on developing the Annwn Foundation workshops and the Awen training and presents this material in the UK and Israel.



Susan Haase-Derrett

June 12th 2021

Susan Haase-Derrett

Returning to Ginnungagap  
    • on cracks, gaps and voids and where they might lead us

The crack is such a powerful image. We tread carefully on eggshells so as not to crack each other’s shells or indeed our own. But where would it take us if we dared to let the surface crack and let ourselves fall? How does a terrifying open space change into a welcoming one, into something benign?

Creation myths, such as the Nordic myth with its Gap of Ginnunga and the Orphic creation myth give us some indications, likewise James Hillman, the art of Anish Kapoor and not least our own dreams and visions.

Susan Haase-Derrett grew up trilingually and tri-culturally on the Danish-German border with an English mother at a time when post war tensions were still high. This experience has led to her interest in intergenerational trauma and in an endeavour to find a rooting in something beyond the historio-sociological field. The power of the image has long captivated and inspired her to deeper exploration of the non-material. She has a background in academia and holds a BA in art history and a PhD in musicology. She trained at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and has been a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor in Bristol for over twenty years.

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The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Whiteladies Road,

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