Society of Analytical Psychology

Dear all,


Please find below the inspirational upcoming events to start 2016, including The Sound & The Fury Series By W.Faulkner with Toby Brothers and International guest lecturer: Verena Kast discussing «The Meaning of Anger» an event not to be missed. 

  • Sat talk: Reflections on thinking
  • Clinical Dialogue: Children of anonymous sperm donor and their family
  • Film: Pan’s labyrinth
  • Short story: In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All

All events can be booked online or by clicking on the link, within the newsletter.

Best wishes,

SAP Public Events Team


Monday 1st February

19:00 — 21:00





Five evenings exploring Faulkner’s modernist vision with Toby Brothers, Director of the London and Paris Literary Salon

February, Monday, 1st, 8th (15th break) 22nd, 29th and March, Monday 7th, 2016 

Location: The SAP ,1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

In William Faulkner’s first truly modernist work, he attempts to break through the confines of time and sequence to get at the essence of human nature as Malcolm Bradbury explains, “Faulkner’s preoccupation with time has to do with the endless interlocking of personal and public histories and with the relation of the past to the lost, chaotic present.” The Sound and the Fury exposes a crumbling world through inference and allusion rather than through direct social critique. In the modernist method, Faulkner employs stream of consciousness and symbolism as connecting fibres against interior realities that must competing for authority.

This study will draw upon participants’ questions and ideas to shed light on this complex text. The book is richer when discussed, enabling the first time reader access to Faulkner’s vision while those re-reading will find greater depth and resonance. Upon a first reading, the narratives appear jumbled and opaque but as the pieces start to fit together, the complex and careful become apparent planning that Faulkner uses and to what end? This is what we must grapple with our study.

We will be reading from the Norton Critical edition of The Sound and the Fury; if you have a different edition, the specific textual references may not cohere.

Toby Brothers conceived of, developed and leads the Literacy Salon in London and Paris. Her experience includes teaching literacy seminars ranging from creative writing to women’s literature and film, world religions and wisdom traditions, African American Literature to Shakespeare for adults and students. She has over 30 years of innovative teaching and seminar experience in France, the USA, Japan and the UK.

Full price: £95

SAP members: £47.50



Tuesday 2nd February

10:00 — 12:30 pm

Reflections on thinking, feeling, thinking about feeling and about thinking

with Richard Mizen

Location: Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW



In this talk I want to consider the way that analysts have tended to conceptualise and think about affect, emotion and feeling and what the implications of this are for the ways in which they then think about their own and their patients’ affective states and the relationships between these. One of the criticisms that is often made of the findings of empirical research in relation to analytic practice is that it has little to contribute to the analyst’s understanding or practice in the consulting room; indeed that it may even be obstructive. I don’t agree that this is necessarily the case and I want to go on to consider some of the ways that developmental studies and neuroscience have recently altered the ways that we might think about emotion and feeling and what the implications of this might be for the work that analysts do.

Richard Mizen is Programmes Director for the MSc in Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic); the Doctor of Clinical Practice; the Professional Qualifying Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (in collaboration with the British Psychotherapy Foundation), & the Professional Qualifying Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programmes at the University of Exeter, school of Psychology. He is also in private practice as an analyst and supervisor at Exeter and has published numerous articles. With Jan Wiener and Jenny Duckham he edited and contributed to ‘Supervising & Being Supervised’ (Palgrave 2003) and with Mark Morris is author of ‘On aggression and Violence – an analytic perspective’ (Palgrave 2007).

Full price: £20.00    

Students & Trainees: £16.00    

SAP Members: £10.00


Friday 12th February 2016

19:30 to 21:00


Location: The SAP, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


Katie Beard will talk about her research project with Adults who have been conceived with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. She will talk about how the anonymity of the donor affects their identity.


Katie Beard works with autistic children, both in the home and at school. She also works as a learning mentor for  students with dyslexia. She is currently completing her MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development.

Full price: £20.00    

Students & Trainees: £15.00    

SAP Members: £10.00




14:00 — 17:00pm

Location: The SAP, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


The Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy written and

directed by Guillermo del Toro has won numerous awards.

After the screening of the film participants will use the film as a springboard for our conversation; participant questions, responses and ideas are welcomed to help navigate the challenges of the work. the discussion will be led by Morris Nitsun.  There is no expectation of previous study or work with the film.

Morris Nitsun is a consultant psychologist in group psychotherapy in Camden and Islington NHS Trust, in private practice at the Fitzrovia Group Analytic Practice, and a training analyst at IGA London. He has published widely and two of his books, “The Anti-group” and “The Group as an Object of Desire” have been described as ‘classics in the field’. In his latest book, “Beyond the Anti-group”, he includes a chapter on group analysis and film – and it is in part this interest that has brought him to the SAP film society. He is also a practising artist whose last exhibition was in London in 2015. Morris was recently given the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists award for dedicated services to mental health.

SAP Public Programme Jung & Film Series Co-Convenor: Graham Fuller

Full price: £12.00


Wednesday 17th February

19:30 — 21:00



Location: Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD


Grace Payley was born to Ukranian immigrant parents in New York City in 1992. In the early 1940s, Paley studied with W.H. Auden at the New School for Social Research, after which she taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College for two decades from the late ’60s. Her first collection of short stories was published in 1959, and one of the stories, ‘Goodbye and Good Luck’ was adapted as a musical in 1989.

On the subject of writing, Paley had this to say to the Paris Review: ‘The best training is to read and write, no matter what. Don’t live with a lover or roommate who doesn’t respect your work. Don’t lie, buy time, borrow to buy time. Write what will stop your breath if you don’t write.’

Elizabeth Urban is a training analyst with the SAP and a member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Her clinical experience has included all age groups, although over time she has specialised in parent-infant research, and has worked in the community with parents and their babies and an in-patient perinatal mental health unit. Currently she is in private practice with adults and supervises trainees.

All stories in this series can be found in The Granta Book of the American Short Story (vol. 1) edited by Richard Ford; available for purchase at Waterstones.

This session will be chaired and supported by Basil Lawrence

SAP Public Programme Jung & Literature Series Convenor: Louise Dymoke

Full price: £5.00


Friday 4th March

18:30- 20:00





«The Meaning of Anger»

Location: The SAP, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


If our self-preservation or our self-development is threatened, we defend our boundaries and react with anger we draw back in a motivated aggression and anxiety, depending on the normal narcissistic self-homeostasis. We can open up our fantasies of revenge and, also, why we did not act them out.  Passive aggression must be seen and avoided.

With insight into one’s shadow, it is easier to fight, consider that we can be wrong in a situation, that we may well have reacted in an unfair way. Otherwise  people can be totally convinced that they are right, the other one wrong – and in this situation, a fight cannot become constructive.

It would be easier to have personal conflicts in a society in which it is understood that all people have the same right; integrity of the other is as important as their own integrity.

The readiness to forgive and to reconcile helps – and it is to be found especially in people in a love relationship, in loving people with a great heart, and in people who are a bit conscious about their shadow. But the reconciliation should not be too early: we have to find out what created the anger. The emotion and the feelings of anger, is an emotion that requires a lot of energy, allows us to change situations in a way that self-preservation and self-development are continuously possible in dialogue with a significant other, who wants the same.

 Dr. Verena Kast, former Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, is a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Küsnacht and president of the Curatorium. Her numerous books include:The Dynamics of Symbols; Father-Daughter, Mother-Son;Freeing Ourselves from the Complexes that Bind Us (Element, Dorset).

Full price: £20.00