• 14 July 2012 Analytical Spaces

    14 July 2012
    9.30am - 5pm

    Architecture, Art and Psychoanalysis

    This conference brings together practitioners and theorists from different fields to think about the emotional experience of architecture and architectural spaces. In home, theatre, church, museum, or transformations of space in contemporary art, architecture and mental space interact in ways that indicate the role of  unconscious process in the built environment.

  • 2021 - 3 July CFAR Annual Conference

    Psychoanalysis and the Pandemic

    SATURDAY 3 JULY 2021 (on Zoom)



    10:00 am – 10:15 am

    Welcome & Introduction Anne Worthington(CFAR)



    Chair: Anouchka Grose (CFAR)

    10:15 am – 11:30 am Disillusionment & Hope

    The Significance of Disillusionment and Passivity in Dark Times Eve Watson
    Psychoanalyst, Dublin
    What is so Dreadful about Hope? Carmen Wright





    Chair: Berjanet Jazani (CFAR)

    11:45 am – 01:00 pm Dreaming in the Pandemic

    Dreams in the Time of the Pandemic Astrid Gessert
    Dreams of the Pandemic; a Pandemic of Dreaming Arturo Bandinelli


    01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch Break


    Chair: Luca Bosetti (CFAR)

    02:00 pm – 03:30 pm Social and Political Aspects of the Pandemic

    The Slippery Slope Towards Psychotherapy Guy Le Gaufey
    Psychoanalyst, Paris
    A Gift from Chaos Lucia Corti
    The Structure of Feeling: Part 6 Andy Holden


    Chair: Anne Worthington (CFAR)

    03:45 pm – 04:45 pm Panel discussion


  • 2021 - November - Psychoanalysis Events


    Institute of Psychoanalysis - British Psychoanalytical Society.  Psychoanalysis and Mental Health | The True Nature of Suicide (Remotely Via Zoom)

  • Adam Phillips · Against Self-Criticism

    Podcast by psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips

    London Review (LRB) View this content on LRB's website

    Adam Phillips · Against Self-Criticism Self-criticism can be our most unpleasant – our most sadomasochistic – way of loving ourselves.

  • Documentary: Argentina in Therapy


    Director: Adam Barnett and Simon Deeley |

    Producer: Adam Barnett and Simomon Deeley Genre: Documentary |

    Produced In: 2009 |

    Country: United Kingdom

    Synopsis: Buenos Aires is the psychoanalytic capital of the world with twice the number of therapists per head than New York. Through years of state terror and economic disaster, millions of Argentinians have sought refuge on the analyst’s couch. Such a demand for an expensive and time-consuming exercise suggests a neurosis on a national scale. Therefore, like the analyst, this film puts Argentina on the couch to discover the root causes of this unique obsession. Here, psychoanalysts have not only tried to resolve the inner conflicts of their patients but also fought violent repression from cruel dictatorships that still haunt Argentina today.

    Watch the documentary HERE

  • Grossmark, Robert. The Unobtrusive Relational analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning

    Robert Grossman book

      Psychoanalysts increasingly find themselves working with patients and states that are not amenable to verbal and dialogic engagement. Such patients are challenging for a psychoanalytic approach that assumes that the patient relates in the verbal realm and is capable of reflective function. Both the classical stance of neutrality and abstinence and a contemporary relational approach that works with mutuality and intersubjectivity, can often ask too much of patients. 

      The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst introduces a new psychoanalytic register for working with such patients and states, involving a present and engaged analyst who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s inner world and the flow of mutual enactments. For the unobtrusive relational analyst, the world and idiom of the patient becomes the defining signature of the clinical interaction and process. Rather than seeking to bring patients into greater dialogic relatedness, the analyst companions the patient in the flow of enactive engagement and into the damaged and constrained landscapes of their inner worlds. Being known and companioned in these areas of deep pain, shame and fragmentation is the foundation on which psychoanalytic transformation and healing rests. 

    In a series of illuminating chapters that include vivid examples drawn from his work with individuals and with groups, Robert Grossmarkillustrates the work of the unobtrusive relational analyst. He reconfigures the role of action and enactment in psychoanalysis and group-analysis, and expands the understanding of the analyst’s subjectivity to embrace receptivity, surrender and companioning. Offering fresh concepts regarding therapeutic action and psychoanalytic engagement, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

  • Leader, Darian. Why Can’t We sleep?

    Why can't we sleep

    "we really need to think more about sleep and what happens within it. So much about sleep and dreaming remains unknown, and it is a genuinely exciting field of research, which can no doubt illuminate the underlying question of how our minds and bodies work, and the modes of their intersection".

    One in four adults sleeps badly.
    Sleeping pill prescriptions have increased dramatically over the last three decades, as have the incidence of sleep clinics.
    Sleep used to be a natural state, easy as breathing, but increasingly it is an insecure commodity.
    ...Isn't it?

    Our relationship to sleep surfaces and resurfaces throughout human history, each time telling us something new about our indivudual and collective psychology. From the industrial revolution to blue-light on our phones, from the ancient art of dream interpretation to the modern science of Freud, sleep is connected to wider social patterns, to shifting norms and expectations. 

  • On Addiction

    "On Addiction" 

    by Claudio Rosso


    The Cocaine Papers
    Civilizations and its Discontents 


    Freud's ideas on Pain
    Cancellation of Pain
    The Pharmakon
    Administration of Enjoyment





  • Psychoanalysis Around the World

    American Psychoanalytic Association (APA)

    The American Psychoanalytic Association, valuing the development and complexity of the mind and human relationships, seeks to advance clinical, scholarly, scientific and social progress.


    APPI is the largest group of psychoanalytic clinicians in Ireland who share an interest in psychoanalysis and drawn to the work of Freud and Lacan. Freudian Lacanian psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy remains our focus to this day.

    IPA International New Groups

    The aim of these committees is to expand the profession both within current and new geographic areas while maintaining high professional standards.


    New York City-based training organization founded in 1987

    NCP New Center for Psychoanalysis

    Los Angeles nonprofit membership organization and training center. They provide a variety of postgraduate programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for licensed mental health professionals and distinguished academics.

    European Psychoanalytical Federation 

    The task of the European Psychoanalytical Federation is to function as an arena of exchange and an intellectual forum for all psychoanalytical societies of Europe. The European Psycho-Analytical Federation (EPF), the scientific federation of all European psychoanalytical Societies and Study Groups belonging to the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), has been in existence for more than 50 years. Today, it incorporates around 5.000 members coming from 36 Societies in 25 European countries in which more than 20 languages are spoken.  (Belgium)



  • Psychoanalysis Organisations and Institutions in the UK



      AGIP offers a UKCP recognised training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. They are based in Archway, North London. They also provide a highly regarded Psychotherapy Service, and offer consultations, assessments and referrals for ongoing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


  • Psychoanalysis: An Introduction

    An overview of the theory, practice, and research aspects of psychoanalysis. Clinicians discuss the nature of the unconscious, the work of Sigmund Freud, the process of gaining self-awareness and the opportunities for growth using the psychoanalytic approach. Produced by Anne Frances Johnson ( with support from the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation.
  • What is Psychoanalysis? Part 1: Is it Weird?

    'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers. Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought. IN THIS EPISODE: Is psychoanalysis weird? A talking cure The unconscious The ego is not master in its own house Psychoanalysis and the 'cognitive approach' More info:
  • What is Psychoanalysis? Part 2: Sexuality

    'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers.

    Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought.

    An enlarged concept of sexuality
    Infantile sexuality
    Normal and abnormal
    Psychosexual stages of development: oral, anal, phallic
    Sexuality and symptoms

    More info:

  • What is Psychoanalysis? Part 3: The Oedipus Complex

    The emotional world of children
    His Majesty the Baby
    The mother as first love object
    Is it sexual?
    Jealousy, rivalry, hatred and anxiety
    The role of the father
    Gender: Freud didn't think you were just 'born a boy' or 'born a girl'
    There is no perfect resolution of the Oedipus complex
    It marks us for life

    More info:

  • What is Psychoanalysis? Part 4: The Ego, the Id and the Superego

    'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers.

    Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought.

    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: