Category Archives: mental health

Pope reveals he had weekly psychoanalysis sessions at age 42

Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship.

The pope’s disclosure was made in a book based on 12 in-depth interviews with the French sociologist Dominique Wolton, to be published next week.

Francis said the weekly sessions with the psychoanalyst helped him a lot. “For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things. She was a doctor and psychoanalyst. She was always there,” he told Wolton for the 432-page book Pope Francis: Politics and Society.

[Read the rest of the article on the Guardian website]

Lacan’s Concept of Clinical Structures – CFAR/Bristol University 2017/2018

CFAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRISTOL UNIVERSITY 2017/2018

Lacan’s Concept of Clinical Structures

Four public seminars on the topics of Neurosis (hysteria and obsession), Psychosis and Perversion will take place throughout the year.  No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

THE STRUCTURES WE CALL CLINICAL – VINCENT DACHY – Psychoanalyst in London and member of CFAR; NLS and WAP

 Date:  Saturday, October 7, 2017

Attendance Fee: £15 students £10

Venue: Merchant Venturers Building, Room 1.11

Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB

Time: 10am – 12 midday

Registration: 9.15am on the day

 Please address enquiries to

Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk

Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com  

Kurt Lampe at clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

3rd CFAR/Bristol University Lecture: ‘Repetition’ with Darian Leader

CFAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRISTOL UNIVERSITY 2016/2017

 Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

 Four public seminars on the topics of transference, the unconscious, repetition and the drive will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

REPETITION with DARIAN LEADER Psychoanalyst and Author

Date:  June 10, 2017

Attendance Fee: £15 students £10

Venue: Merchant Venturers Building, Room 1.11

Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB

Time: 10am – 12 midday

Registration: 9.15am on the day

 Please address enquiries to

Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk

Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com 

Kurt Lampe at clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

 Future date: July 1, 2017. The Drive

First CFAR & Bristol University Public Lectures of 2016: Transference

CFAR-Bristol

CFAR In Association With Bristol University 2016/17

Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

Public lecture 1: TRANSFERENCE
with Dr Anne Worthington,
Psychoanalyst and Senior Lecturer,
Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University

Four public seminars on the topics of transference, the unconscious, repetition and the drive will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Date: October 29, 2016
Attendance Fee: £20 students £15
Venue: Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Registration: 10.00am on the day

Please address enquiries to
Lesel Dawson at Lesel.Dawson@bristol.ac.uk
Jill Brown at mjillbrown@hotmail.com
or Elizabeth O’Loughlin at elizaariadne@blueyonder.co.uk

Psychoanalyst & Author Anouchka Grose on life, training and practice as a psychoanalyst.

Recorded at the launch event of Lambeth and Southwark MIND psychotherapy clinic, psychoanalyst and author Anouchka Grose talks with Ajay Khandelwal about her life, the difficulties that took her into analysis as well as her subsequent training and practice as a psychoanalyst.

Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud – Guardian Article by Oliver Burkeman

therapy wars

[Click here to visit the Guardian site and read Oliver Burkeman’s article.]

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?

“…researchers at London’s Tavistock clinic published results in October from the first rigorous NHS study of long-term psychoanalysis as a treatment for chronic depression. For the most severely depressed, it concluded, 18 months of analysis worked far better – and with much longer-lasting effects – than “treatment as usual” on the NHS, which included some CBT. Two years after the various treatments ended, 44% of analysis patients no longer met the criteria for major depression, compared to one-tenth of the others.”

What is Psychoanalysis? Part 4: The Ego, the Id and the Superego – Freud Museum

Ego Id Superego

IN THIS EPISODE:
A fractured self
The ego, the id and the superego
Why did Freud develop a new model?
Devils and angels
People fall ill of their moral ideals
A horse and a rider
The ego is like a politician
The goal of analysis is to stop the ego being so silly

More info: www.freud.org.uk/education/

Oliver Sacks on his analysis: ‘The longest running psychoanalysis on record’

Oliver Sacks

Please click here to visit ‘Web of Stories’ site and listen to Oliver Sacks the neurologist and author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat talking about his 46-year-long analysis. “I think that we are beginning to get somewhere now…”