Reading list

Staples for your Relational Library


Aron, Lewis, and Adrienne Harris, eds. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 5: Evolution of Process. Routledge, 2014.

Aron, Lewis. (1996). A Meeting of Minds; mutuality in psychoanalysis. Hilsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Aron, Lewis. and Harris, Adrian. (2005). Relational Psychoanalysis; Volume 2, Innovation and Expansion. Hillsdale NJ and London: The Analytic Press.

Aron, Lewis. and Harris, Adrian. (2011). Relational Psychoanalysis; Volume 4, Expansion of Theory. Hillsdale NJ and London: The Analytic Press.

Benjamin, J. (1988). The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the Problem of Domination. New York: Panthenon.

Benjamin, J. (1995). Like Subjects, Love Objects: Essays on Recognition and Sexual Difference. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Benjamin, J. (1997). Shadow of the Other: Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.

Dimen, M. (2011). With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories. New York: Routledge.

Lowenthal, Del and Samuels, Andrew (2014). Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; appraisals and reappraisals. Hove: Routledge.
Mitchell, Stephen A., and Lewis Aron. Relational psychoanalysis: The emergence of a tradition. Analytic Press, 1999.

Mitchell, Stepehen. and Black, Margaret. (1995). Freud and Beyond: a history of modern psychoanalytic thought. New York: Basic Books.

Mitchell, Stephen. and Greenberg, Jay. (1983). Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.

Mitchell, Stephen. (1988). Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis: an integration. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.

Mitchell, Stephen and Aron, Lewes. (1999). Relational Psychoanalysis; the emergence of a tradition. New York and London: The Analytic Press.

Orbach, Susie.(2009). Bodies. London: Profile Books.

Orbach, Susie. (1999). The Impossiblity of Sex: stories of the intimate relationship between therapist and patient. New York and London: Simon and Schuster.

Suchet, Melanie, Adrienne Harris, and Lewis Aron, eds. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 3: New Voices. Vol. 3. Routledge, 2013.

Written by members of TRS

Aaron Balick

Balick, Aaron. (2014). The ultimate private/public partnership. In: Bainbridge, C. and Yates, C. [Eds.]. Media and the Inner World: psycho-cultual approaches to emotion, media and popular culture. (153 – 167). London: Palgrave.

Balick, Aaron. (2014). The human being operating system. In: McCarthy, C. [Ed.]. On! The Future of Now: making sense of our always on, always connected world. New York: Crowdcentric.

Balick, Aaron. (2014). How to think about psychotherapy in a digital context. In. Weitz, P. [Ed.]. Psychotherapy 2.0: where psychotherapy and technology meet. (23 – 40). London: Karnac.

Balick, Aaron. (2014). The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self. London: Karnac.

Balick, Aaron. (2013). Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress. London: Franklin Watts.

Balick, Aaron. (2013). The Radio as Good Object; an object relational perspective on the curative and protective factors in a BBC public service broadcast for young people. In: The Radio Journal; international studies in broadcast. 11:1. (13 – 28).

Balick, Aaron. (2012). TMI in the transference LOL: psychoanalytic reflections on Google, social networking, and ‘virtual impingement’. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 17(2): pp. 120 – 136.

Balick, Aaron. (2012). Memory memorials and who we are now: encountering our ‘cobbled together’ identities in the face of a very different kind of loss. The Holocaust in History and Memory. 4.

Balick, Aaron. (2011). Speculating on sexual subjectivity: on the application and misapplication of postmodern discourse on the psychology of sexuality. Psychology and Sexuality. 2(1): pp. 16 – 28.

Balick, Aaron. (2009). ‘Relational ethics beyond the sex and gender binary.’ In Relational Ethics in Practice: narratives from counselling and psychotherapy. Eds. Lynne Gabriel and Roger Casemore. London: Brunner Routledge.

Balick, Aaron. (2001). ‘Shifting paradigms – psychotherapy, neuroscience, and a changing world: the seventh professional conference of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.’ International Journal of Psychotherapy. Vol. 6. No. 3. Pp. 289 – 295.

Jon Blend

A Chapter ( No.12 ) entitled , Am I Bovvered? in Relational Child, Relational Brain, Harris N & Lee R (eds), 2011, Gestalt Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis.
[link to an extended version of the 2007 BGJ article of the same title attached.

Articles a) on on stepfamilies (BACP’s CCYP journal)

b) on music making in therapy ( IGJ, 2010)
I Stand Up Next To A Mountain: Adolescence, Anger and the Abyss. (a keynote lecture delivered to Friends of the British Gestalt Journal in 2008).

Sue Cowan-Jenssen

Relational Psychotherapy,Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals, edited by Del Lowenthal and Andrew Samuels. Published by Routledge: Chapter 7, 2014.

Envy: Everyday and Everywhere. Psychotherapy and Politics International
Psychotherapy and Politics International. 9(1): 43-51 (2011).

Narcissism: Fragile Bodies in a Fragile World. Co-authored with Dr. L. Goodison.
Part 1, Psychotherapy and Politics International Vol.6, Issue 3 2008.
Part 2, Volume 7 Issue 2, (June 2009).

Mortality in the Consulting Room , European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, March 2007 9 (1):77-89.

How Does Psychotherapy Work: edited by Jane Ryan, published by Karnac Books: Chapter 7, 2005.

Celebrity and the Flight from Mortality: Free Associations: Vol.11, Part 4. No.60. 2004. Co-authored with Dr. L. Goodison.

Media Malice 2: The Psychotherapy Review: Vol.2. No.11. December 2000.

Media Malice: The Psychotherapy Review: Vol.2. No. 6. June 2000.

Anna Fodorova


Psychodynamic Practice, Volume 10 No. 1. 2004: Lost and Found: The fear and thrill of loss

Psychodynamic Practice, Volume 11 No. 3. 2005: Mourning by proxy: Notes on a conference, empty graves and silence

Tales of Psychotherapy (collection of short stories), edited by Jane Ryan, Karnac Books, 2007: Criss Cross

Mary Lynne Ellis


Time in Practice; Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Times of our Lives. London: Karnac, 2008.

Questioning Identities; Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice. Co-authored with Noreen O’Connor. London: Karnac, 2010.

The link to both these books is:

Chapters and Journal Articles:

Languages of trauma: towards a phenomenological response. Psychodynamic Practice, Vol. 20, No. 4. London: Taylor and Francis (Routledge), 2014.

Dynamic identities: time and recognition. PRAXIS. Journal of Psychology, Año 15, Nº 23, I Sem. Santiago, Chile: Faculty of Psychology, UDP: 2013.

Places lived in time. Chrono-topologies. Hybrid Spatialities and Multiple Temporalities, Ed. Kavanaugh, L. Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2010.

Images of sexualities: language and embodiment in art therapy. International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, Vol. 12, No. 2, Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis (Routledge), 2007.

Who speaks? Who listens? Different voices and different sexualities. Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference. Ed. Schaverien, J. London: Routledge, 2006.

Sexual languages/cultural Bodies: transforming psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic Practice, Vol.11, No. 4, London: Routledge, 2005.

Clinical commentary. British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.17, No 2. London: Artesian Books, 2000.

Shifting the ego towards a body subject. Who am I? The Ego and the Self in Psychoanalysis. Ed. Seu, B. London: Rebus Press, 2000.

Challenging Socarides: new Psychoanalytic responses. Feminism and Psychology. London: Sage, 1997.

Lesbians, gay men and psychoanalytic training. Free Associations. Vol. 4. Pt 4. No. 32, London: Free Association Books, 1994.

Women: the mirage of the perfect image. The Arts in Psychotherapy: An International Journal, 1989.

Painting their way out of the blues (with O. Otway), Community Care, London,1987.

Websites: and

Lyn French

Therapeutic Practice in Schools: Working with the Child Within edited by Lyn French & Reva Klein (Routledge 2012)

Therapeutic Practice in Schools: Vol 2 The Contemporary Adolescent edited by Lyn French & Reva Klein (Routledge 2014)

Boxed Sets of Emotional Learning Cards with text written by Lyn French and co-published by A Space with the Institute of International Visual Arts: These sets feature artwork by internationally known culturally diverse artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Yayoi Kusama as well as emerging artists along with psychologically and emotionally resonant commentary and questions designed to facilitate personal exploration:

Set 1: What do you feel?

Set 2: Who are you? Where are you going?

Set 3: How do we live well with others?

Set 4: The A to Z of Emotions (out Dec 2014)

Set 5: What makes relationships intimate? (out April 2014)

Read Lyn French’s blog and visit for more information on these resources + free worksheets & exercises to download for use in therapy groups or individual sessions.

Christina Moutsou


‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Maternal: Matricide and Maternal Subjectivity’ (ed. With Ros Mayo), forthcoming Routledge, 2015.

‘Rethinking Audit Cultures: A Critical Look at Evidence Based Practice in Psychotherapy and Beyond’(ed. with Lucy King), PCCS, 2010.

Crossing European Boundaries: Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories, Edited book (ed. with Jaro Stacul and Helen Kopnina), Berghahn, 2006.


‘The Maternal and the Erotic: A Personal and Theoretical Exploration of the links between the Maternal and Erotic Subjectivity’, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Maternal, forthcoming, Routledge, 2015

‘The Fieldwork Model: An Anthropological Perspective on the Process of Change in Long Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy’ in EJPC, September 2011.

‘Introduction (with Lucy King). Rethinking Audit Cultures: A Critical Look at Evidence Based Practice in Psychotherapy and Beyond, PCCS, 2010.

Book Review: James Davies, ‘The Training of Psychotherapists: An Anthropological Analysis, EJPC, June 2009.

‘When Philosophy meets Practice: Setting up a Philadelphia Association Therapeutic Community Household’ in Therapeutic Communities for Psychosis (Ed. Gale et al), Routledge, 2008.

Introduction (with Jaro Stacul and Helen Kopnina). Crossing European Boundaries: Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories, Berghahn, 2006.

Representing Europe: A Stroll in Brussels. Crossing European Boundaries: Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories, Berghahn, 2006.

Fabricating and Consuming Greek-Turkish Relationships: An Ethnographic Account of Relationships and the Individual, Cambridge Anthropology, June 2004.

Dreaming Anthropology: Unfolding Intersubjectivity in Complex Anthropological Research. Journal of Irish Anthropology, Vol. V, 2000

When Ethnicity Matters: The Shifting Images of Greek Restaurants in Brussels. Roots and Rituals: The construction of ethnic identities (ed.), T. Dekker, J. Helsloot, C. Wijers.Het Spinhuis, 2000

The White Acropolis Association: The Presentation of Greek Ideals and the Perpetuation of Internal Conflicts. Ethnologia Balkanica, Vol. 2, 1999


‘The Fieldwork Model: An Anthropological Perspective on the process of change in long term psychotherapy’, in EJPC, September 2011

‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Maternal: Matricide and maternal subjectivity’ (ed. with Ros Mayo), Routledge, 2015 (forthcoming)

‘Rethinking Audit Cultures: A critical look at evidence based practice in psychotherapy and beyond’ (ed. with Lucy King), PCCS, 2010

Books by Noreen O’Connor

Wild Desires and Mistaken Identities: Lesbianism and Psychoanalysis

Noreen O’Connor & Joanna Ryan. London: Virago, 1993 & Karnac, 2003.

Questioning Identities: Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice

Mary Lynne Ellis & Noreen O’Connor. London: Karnac, 2010

The link to both of these is:

Chapters and articles by Noreen O’Connor

‘Here I am!’ – Irreducible invocation of the other. The Bonds of Love at 25; A Collection of Essays, Part II (Special Issue), Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Vol. 14, No. 1, Philadelphia, PA: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2013.

Theorizing lesbian desires: challenges to psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol. 11, No. 1, Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 2001.

Subjects of perversion. Where Id Was, Eds. Molino, A. & Ware, C. London: Continuum, 2001.

Passionate differences: lesbianism, post-modernism and psychoanalysis. Disorienting Sexuality. Psychoanalytic Reappraisals of Sexual Identities, Eds. Domenici, T. & Lessie, R. C. London: Routledge, 1995.

‘Truth’ and ‘reality’: Joyce McDougall and gender identity (with J. Ryan). Free Associations, Vol. 4. Pt. 3. No.31, London: Free Association Books, 1995.

Who suffers? Re-reading Levinas. Eds. Bernasconi, R. & Critchley, S. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Is Melanie Klein the one who knows who you really are? Women: A Cultural Review Vol. 1, No.2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

The an-arche of psychotherapy. Abjection, Melancholia and Love. The Work of Julia Kristeva, Eds. Fletcher, J., & Benjamin, A. London: Routledge, 1990.

The personal is political: discursive practice of the face-to-face. The Provocation of Levinas. Eds. Bernasconi, R. & Wood, D. London: Routledge, 1988.

Intentionality analysis and the problem of self and other. The Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology, Vol. 13, No. 2, London, 1982.

Being and the good: Heidegger and Levinas. Philosophical Studies, Vol. XXVII. Dublin: National University of Ireland, 1980.

Websites: and

Els van Ooijen


Spencer, L and van Ooijen, E (2012) Making the Most of Supervision. Leabrink, Fownhope, Hereforshire, UK: Counselling DVDs in association with University of Wales, Newport.


Van Ooijen, E. (2013) Clinical Supervision Made Easy. A creative and relational approach for the helping professions. Second edition. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Faris, A and van Ooijen, E (2012) Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, a relational approach. London: Sage publications.

Journal Articles

Van Ooijen, E (2012) Healing Past Hurts: Reflections on a Practitioner Doctorate. The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Vol. 9, Issue, 1, pp17-28.

Van Ooijen, E (2012) A personal reflection on the praxis of integrative psychotherapy. Members’ reports on their own research. The Psychotherapist. Issue 51, Summer, pp23.

Van Ooijen, E (2012) Why I became a counsellor. Therapy On line Magazine May. Vol.23, Issue 24.

Faris, A and van Ooijen, E (2009) Integrating Approaches, Therapy Today; June, Vol.20, Issue 5, pp24-27

Book Reviews

Johnstone, L. and Dallos, R. (eds.) (2014) Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy (second edition). London: Routledge. In Therapy Today, March, 2014. Vol. 25/Issue 2. Pp46/47.

Knox, R., Murphy, D., Wiggins, S. and Cooper, M. (eds.) (2013) Relational depth: new perspectives an developments. Palgrave Macmillan. In Therapy Today, February. 2014, Vol.25/Issue 1, pp49/50.

Reeves, A. (2013) An introduction to counselling and psychotherapy: from theory to practice. London: Sage. In therapy Today, Dec. 2013, Vol. 24/ Issue 10, pp46/7.

Macdiarmid, S. (ed) (2012) Century of insight: the 20th century enlightenment of the mind. London: Karnac. In Therapy Today, October, 2013, Vol. 24/ Issue 8, pp45/

Holmes, J. (2012) Storr’s The art of psychotherapy. (3rd edition). Hodder, Arnold. In Therapy Today, July, 2013. Vol.24 / Issue 6. Pp46/47.

Cooper, M (2012) The existential counselling primer: a concise, accessible and comprehensive introduction. PCCS Books. In Therapy Today, February 2013, Vol.24, Issue 1, pp47.

Buechler, S Still practicing: the heartaches and joys of a clinical career. Routledge 2012. In Therapy Today, October 2012, Vol.23, Issue 8, pp42.

Renn, P The silent past and the invisible present: memory, trauma and representation in psychotherapy. Routledge 2012. In Therapy Today, July 2012, vol. 23, Issue 6, p45/

Wilcock B, Bohm L C, Coleman Curtis E (Eds) Loneliness and longing: conscious and unconscious aspects. Routledge 2012. In Therapy Today, April 2012, Vol 23, Issue 3, pp46/7.

Van Deurzen, E and Adams, M (2011) Skills in existential counselling and psychotherapy. Sage in Therapy Today, March, 2012, Vol.23, Issue 2,

Harris, M and Brockbank, A (2011) An Integrative approach to therapy and supervision: a practical guide for counsellors and psychotherapists. Jessica Kingsley. In Therapy Today, September, 2011, Vol. 22, Issue

West, W (ed.) (2010) Exploring therapy, spirituality and healing. Palgrave Macmillan. In Therapy Today, July, 2011, Vol.22 / Issue 6.

Eleftheriadou, Z (2010) Psychotherapy and culture: weaving inner and outer worlds. London: Karnac. In Therapy Today, April 2011, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp

Paul Renn

The Silent Past and the Invisible Present: Memory, Trauma, and Representation in Psychotherapy, Routledge (2012)

Chapters and articles by Paul Renn

(2013). Moments of Meeting: The Relational Challenges of Sexuality in the Consulting Room. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29(2), 135-153.

(2010). Psychoanalysis, attachment theory and the inner world: How different theories understand the concept of mind and the implications for clinical work. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 4(2), 146-168.

(2008a). Attachment, Affect Regulation and Trauma: The Transmission of Patterns Across Generations. In E. Arnold & B. Hawkes (Eds.), Internalizing the historical past: Issues for separation and moving on. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholoars Press.

(2008b). The Relational Past as Lived in the Interpersonal Present: Using Attachment Theory to Understand Early Trauma and Later Troubled Relationships. In E. Arnold & B. Hawkes (Eds.), Internalizing the historical past: Issues for separation and moving on. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholoars Press.

(2007). Stop Thief! But What Has Been Stolen and By Whom? Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol. 1, 71-77.

(2006a). Russian translation of paper published in 2003 in A Matter of Security: Using Attachment Theory in Forensic Psychotherapy. Paper published in Russian internet journal:

(2006b). Attachment, Trauma and Violence: Understanding Destructiveness from an Attachment Theory Perspective. In C. Harding (Ed.) Aggression and Destructiveness: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

(2006c). Gewalttätige Männer: Wie Traumatisierung und desorganisierte Bindung zusammenhängen. Recht & Psychiatrie, Vol. 1 (4), 18-25.

(2003). The link between childhood trauma and later violent offending: the application of attachment theory in a probation setting. In F. Pfäfflin & G. Adshead (Eds.), A Matter of Security: Using Attachment Theory in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

(2002). The link between childhood trauma and later violent offending: the application of attachment theory in a probation setting. Journal of Attachment & Human Development, Vol 4 (3), 294-317.

(2000). The link between childhood trauma and later violent offending: a case study. In G. Boswell (Ed.), Violent Children and Adolescents: Asking the Question Why. London: Whurr Publishers.

Andrew Samuels – publications July-November 2014


Passions, persons, psychotherapy, politics

Jacket copy:
Andrew Samuels is one of the best known figures internationally in the fields of psychotherapy, Jungian analysis, relational psychoanalysis and counselling and in academic studies in those areas. His work is a blend of the provocative and original together with the reliable and scholarly. His many books and papers figure prominently on reading lists on clinical and academic teaching contexts.

This self-selected collection, Passions, Persons, Psychotherapy and Politics, brings together some of his major writings at the interface of politics and therapy thinking. In this volume, he includes chapters on the market economy, prospects for eco-psychology and environmentalism; the role of the political Trickster, particularly the female Trickster; chapters on the father; on relations between women and men and his celebrated and radical critique of the Jungian idea of ‘the feminine principle’. Clinical material consists of his work on parents and on the therapy relationship. The book concludes with his seminal and transparent work on Jung and anti-semitism and an intriguing account of the current trajectory of the Jungian field.
Samuels has written a highly personal and confessional introduction to the book. Each chapter also has its own topical introduction, written in a clear and informal style. There is also much that will challenge long-held beliefs of many working in politics and in the social sciences. This unique collection of papers will be of interest to psychotherapists, Jungian analysts, psychoanalysts and counsellors – as well as those undertaking academic work in those areas.

Relational psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals (edited with Del Loewenthal)

Jacket copy:
Is therapy’s relational turn only something to celebrate? It is a major worldwide trend taking place in all the therapy traditions. But up to now appreciation of these developments has not been twinned with well-informed and constructive critique. Hence practitioners and students have not been able to engage as fully as they might with the complex questions and issues that relational working presents. Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals seeks to redress this balance.

In this unique book, Del Loewenthal and Andrew Samuels bring together the contributions of writers from several countries and many therapy modalities, all of whom have engaged with what ‘relational’ means – whether to espouse the idea, to urge caution or to engage in sceptical reflection.

Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals presents clinical work of the highest standard in a way that is moving and draws the reader in. The more intellectual contributions are accessible and respectful, avoiding the polarising tendencies of the profession. At a time when there has been a decline in the provision and standing of the depth therapies across the globe, this book shows that, whatever the criticisms, there is still creative energy in the field. It is hoped that practitioners and students in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy counselling and counselling psychology will welcome this book for its cutting edge content and compassionate tone.


Psychotherapy and Politics International, 12:2 (2014)

Appraising the role of the individual in political and social change processes: Jung, Camus and the question of personal responsibility – possibilities and impossibilities of ‘making a difference’

The paper is an attempt to open discussion on the role of ‘the individual’ in contemporary progressive and radical political discourse and criticism. Academic stress on the contexts in which individuals operate whilst necessary and useful, cuts us off from sources for thinking about such a role. Jung’s ideas about the relations of individual and social/collective are important and suggestive yet require extensive revision. Camus’s book The Rebel is useful in making such revisions. Centrally, the paper proposes new thinking about ‘broken’ and fractured’ individuals as it probes the limits of personal responsibility. Questions of individual political ‘type’ or ‘style’ are posed, intended to provide a novel account of how political attitudes, engagements and behaviours may be conceptualised.

International Review of Sociology, 24:1 (2014)

Economics, psychotherapy and politics

The paper explores the application of ideas derived from psychotherapy to questions of economic and social policy. It is argued that disputes concerning human nature underlie many debates on economic theory. Class is reviewed from internal and emotional perspectives. Psychological obstacles to the achievement of economic inequality are explored and ways of overcoming them critically discussed. Particular attention is paid to the operation of economic sadism in the behaviour of individuals and societies. A range of possible gender differences in relation to money is reviewed. Inherited wealth is explored from the perspective of ‘therapy thinking’. The paper proposes that we reconsider what is deemed to be realistic and what is deemed to be (hopelessly) idealistic in thinking about economics. The paper concludes by proposing a deeper discussion of the problematic of sacrifice in connection with sustainable economics.

European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 16:3 (2014)

Everything you always wanted to know about therapy (but were afraid to ask): Social, political, economic and clinical fragments of a critical psychotherapy

Three seemingly consensual propositions concerning psychotherapy and counselling are examined critically. All turn out to be unreliable, tendentious and even damaging: (i) Psychotherapy and counselling can be free and independent professions provided therapists, acting together, fight for them to be that way. (ii) Psychotherapy and counselling are private and personal activities, operating in the realms of feelings and emotions – the psyche, the unconscious, affects rooted in the body. Above all other factors, the single most important thing is the therapy relationship between two people.

(iii) Psychotherapy and counselling and psychotherapy are vocations, not jobs. Therapists are not only motivated by money. In developing his critiques of these propositions, the author utilizes social, political and economic perspectives. The author reviews new clinical thinking on the active role of the client in therapeutic process and suggests that a turn to the legendary figure of the Trickster might be of benefit to the field. The author locates his arguments in his experience of the politics and practices of psychotherapy and counselling and engages in self-criticism.

Journal of Analytical Psychology, 58:5, (2014)

Political and clinical developments in analytical psychology, 1972-2014: Subjectivity, equality and diversity – inside and outside the Consulting Room

Utilizing Jung’s idea of theory as a ‘personal confession’, the author charts his own development as a theorist, establishing links between his personal history and his ideas.

Such links include his relationship with both parents, his sexuality, his cultural heritage, and his fascination with Tricksters and with Hermes. There follows a substantial critical interrogation of what the author discerns as the two main lines of clinical theorizing in contemporary analytical psychotherapy: interpretation of transference-countertransference, and the relational approach. His conclusion is that neither is superior to the other and neither is in fact adequate as a basis for clinical work. The focus then shifts to explore a range of political and social aspects of the clinical project of analytical psychology: economic inequality, diversity within the professional field, and Jung’s controversial ideas about Jews and Africans. The author calls for an apology from the ‘Jungian community’ for remarks about Africans analogous to the apology already issued for remarks about Jews. The paper is dedicated to the author’s friend Fred Plaut (1913-2009).

Kathrin Stauffer

‘Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists: Connecting Body & Soul’ (W.W. Norton 2010).

Nick Totton


Reichian Growth Work (with Em Edmondson). Prism Press, 1988

Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling (edited, with Richard House)’ PCCS Books, 1997

The Water in the Glass: Body and Mind in Psychoanalysis. Karnac/Rebus Press, 1998

Psychotherapy and Politics. Sage, 2000.

Character and Personality Types (with Michael Jacobs). Open University Press 2001..

Psychoanalysis and the Paranormal: Lands of Darkness (edited) Karnac Books 2003.

Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction. Open University Press, 2003.

Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems. Salt, 2004.

New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy (edited). Open University Press 2006.

The Politics of Psychotherapy: New Perspectives (edited). Open University Press

Reichian Growth Work: Second Edition (with Em Edmondson). PPCS Books, February 2009.

The Problem with Humanistic Therapies. Karnac, 2010.

Wild Therapy. PCCS Books, 2011.

Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis (co-edited with Mary-Jayne Rust). Karnac, 2011.

Not A Tame Lion: Writings on Therapy in its Social and Political Contexts. PCCS Books, 2012.

Book Chapters:

Inputs and outcomes: The medical model and professionalization. In R House and N Totton, eds., Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling. PCCS Books, 1997.

Not just a job: Psychotherapy as a spiritual and political practice. In R House and N Totton, eds., Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling. PCCS Books, 1997.

The Independent Practitioners Network: A new model of accountability. In R House and N Totton, eds., Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling. PCCS Books, 1997.

Learning by mistake: Client-practitioner conflict in a self-regulated network. In R House and N Totton, eds., Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling. PCCS Books, 1997.

Foreign bodies; Recovering the history of body psychotherapy. In T Staunton, ed., Body Psychotherapy. Brunner-Routledge 2002.

The future for body psychotherapy. In T Staunton, ed., Body Psychotherapy. Brunner-Routledge 2002.

The baby and the bathwater; ‘Professionalisation’ in psychotherapy and counselling. In Y Bates and R House, eds., Ethically

Challenged Professions: Enabling Innovation and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Counselling. PCCS Books, 2003.

Scapegoats and sacred cows: Towards good enough conflict resolution. In R. Casemore, ed., Surviving Complaints Against Counsellors and Psychotherapists. PCCS Books, 2001.

Embodied-relational therapy. In N Totton, ed., New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy. Open University Press, 2005.

Conflict, competition and aggression. In N Totton, ed., The Politics of Psychotherapy. Open University Press, 2006.

Power in the therapeutic relationship. In N Totton, ed., The Politics of Psychotherapy. Open University Press, 2006.

The institutions of psychotherapy. In N Totton, ed., The Politics of Psychotherapy. Open University Press, 2006.

‘Perversion’: A Reichian psychoanalytic view. In D. Nobus and L. Downing, eds., Perversion: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Karnac Books, 2006.

A body psychotherapist’s approach to touch. In G. Galton, ed., Touch Papers. Karnac Books, 2006.

In and out of the mainstream: Therapy in its social and political context. In S. Paul and S. Haugh, eds., The Therapeutic Relationship. PCCS Books, 2008.

Not a tame lion: Psychotherapy in a safety-obsessed culture. In L. Bondi, D. Carr, C. Clark and C. Clegg, eds., Towards Professional Wisdom. Ashgate, 2011.

‘Nothing’s out of order’: Towards an ecological therapy. In N. Totton and M-J. Rust, eds., Vital Signs. Karnac, 2011.

Selected Papers and Articles:

Independent Therapists Network founding conference: A personal view. Self and Society 22, 6, 1995.

The Turing test. Ps: Journal of the Universities Association for Psychoanalytic Studies 1, 2, 1998.

Death, sex and enlightenment. Self and Society 26, 6, 1999.

The baby and the bathwater: ‘Professionalisation’ in psychotherapy and counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 27, 3, 1999.

In search of the body. Self and Society 16, 2, 1998.IPN, UKCP and statutory regulation (with Heward Wilkinson). Self and Society 28, 3, 2000.

Beyond complaint: Client-practitioner conflict and the Independent Practitioners Network. Self and Society 28, 1, 2000.

‘A fair field full of folk’: Humanistic and psychodynamic therapy. Self and Society 28, 3, 2000.

Psychotherapy and politics: A crucial link. Psychodynamic Practice 9, 3, 2003.

The ecological self: Introducing ecopsychology. CPJ 14, 9, 2003.

Psychotherapy and politics. CPJ 14, 2, 2003.

Turning to the body. CPJ 14, 4, 2003.

Do bodies tell the truth? Association of Chiron Psychotherapists Newsletter 30, 2005.

Can psychotherapy help make a better future? Psychotherapy and Politics International 3, 2, 2005.

Wild at heart: another side of ecotherapy. Therapy Today 16, 10, 2005.

In defence of dependency. Therapy Today 17, 5, 2006.

Munching through the rainforest: Expertise and its resistance. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 8, 4, 2006.

Democracy and therapy. Therapy Today, 2006.

Funny you should say that: Paranormality, at the margins and the centre of psychotherapy. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 9, 4, 2006.

Therapy has no goal. Therapy Today, 2007.

Editing The Politics of Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 6, 2, 2008.

Body psychotherapy and social theory. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 4, 3, 2009.

Being, having and becoming bodies. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 5, 1, 2010.

Boundaries and boundlessness. Therapy Today, 2010.

Wild therapy. Therapy Today, 2011.

The body in the world, the world inb the body. Therapy Today, 2012.

Philippa Weitz

Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet, Philippa Weitz (ed), 2014, UKCP Book Series published by Karnac Books

Setting Up and Maintaining an Effective Private Practice: A Practical Workbook for Mental Health Practitioners, Philippa Weitz, 2006, Karnac Books

Training and Training Standards: Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, Douglas Hooper and Philippa Weitz (eds), 2006, Karnac Books

Kate White


Touch: Attachment and the Body. Karnac London. White, K. (Ed.), (2004).

Unmasking Race, Culture and Attachment in the Psychoanalytic Space; What do we see? What do we think? What do we feel? Karnac: London. White, K. (Ed.), (2006).

Trauma and Attachment. Karnac: London. White, K., & Benamer, S, (Eds.), (2008).

Shattered States, Disorganised Attachment and its Repair, Karnac: London. Yellin, J., & White, K. (Eds.) (2012).
Talking Bodies: How Do We Integrate Working with the Body in Psychotherapy from an Attachment and Relational Perspective? London: Karnac. White, K. (Ed.) (2014).

Book Chapters:

Introduction. In: K. White (Ed.) Talking Bodies: How do we integrate working with the body in psychotherapy from an attachment and relational perspective? London: Karnac. White, K. (2014).

Die Verflechtung von Bindung und Sexualität in der klinischen Arbeit (The Interwoven Themes of Attachment and Sexuality as they Emerge in Clinical Practice.) Ch. in Karl Heinz Brisch, (ed.) Bindungen – Paare, Sexualität und Kinder. (Attachment, Couples, Sexuality and Children), pp. 80-95. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta. White, K. (2012)

Attachment and Sexuality in Relation to Mothers and Daughters. Ch in Mothers and Daughters by Claudia Harmann. White, K. (2012)


Developing a secure-enough base: teaching psychotherapists in training the relationship between attachment theory and clinical work. Attachment and Human Development Journal 6:117-130, 2004. White, K. (2004).

Sexuality and attachment from a clinical point of view. Attachment and Human Development Journal 6: 151 – 164. Laschinger, B., Purnell, C., Schwartz, J., White, K., & Wingfield, R., (2004).

Routes to Relationality: An Attachment Theory Perspective (Editorial). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 2, vii -x. White, K. (2008).

Lynda Woodroffe

Book Review (pending): Sexual Diversity and Sexual Offending. Research, Assessment and Clinical Treatment in Psychosexual Therapy (2014). Ed. Glyn Hudson Allez. Contemporary Psychotherapy Vol. 6, Winter Issue. 2014.

Editorial of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 6, Summer Issue, 2014.

Exhibition Review: Mind Maps at the London Science Museum, Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 6, Summer Issue, 2014.

Art Review: You Are What You Dream – Jung’s art. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 5, Winter Issue, 2013

Theatre Reviews: Two psychological plays. The Effect and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 5, Summer Issue, 2013.

Interview: Ilana Machover, Alexander Technique teacher. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 4, Spring Issue, 2012.

Book Review: The Groups Book by Caroline Garland. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 3, Spring Issue, 2012.

Art Review: Venice Biennale. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol. 3, Winter Issue, 2011.

TV Review: The Promise. Channel Four. Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 3, Spring 2011.

Book Review: Solar by Ian McEwan. 2010, Book Review – The Groups Book by Caroline Garland. In Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 2, Spring 2010.

Art Review: A Psychological Perspective of the Venice Biennale 2009. Yoko Ono at the Venice Biennale. In Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol. 1, Winter 2010.

Judy Yellin

Yellin, J. (2005): ‘Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On’: Sexuality as Re/creation in Sexuality and Attachment in Clinical Practice (Kate White & Joseph Schwartz, Editors, Karnac Books)

Yellin, J. & White, K., Editors (2012):  Shattered States: Disorganised Attachment and its Repair (Karnac Books)
Yellin J. & Badouk Epstein, O., Editors (2013): Terror Within and Without: Attachment and Disintegration: Clinical Work on the Edge (Karnac Books)
Yellin, J. (2014): Miles to Go? Towards Relational Supervision in Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol. 8, No. 3