The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy

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The Society of Analytical Psychology

26 March 2022

Time: 10:30 - 13:00

Price: £15 - £30

Location: online


This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy. When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain. Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference – countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens. The countertransference is revealed in drawings made by the analyst towards the end of the analysis. Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London). Formerly a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology she has published and lectured extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology. Her recent books include: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (a new edition was published by Routledge in 2020) and Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.

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