Catriona Wrottesley

Postgraduate Research Student
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Catriona Wrottesley


Ask me about
  • analytical psychology, couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy


CATRIONA WROTTESLEY is a Jungian analyst (Society of Analytical Psychology) and senior couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor at Tavistock Relationships, London, privately and abroad. She writes and reviews for a wide range of journals and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Her particular interests are in analytical psychology, couple relationships, developmental psychopathology, transgenerational transmission of trauma, narcissistic and authoritarian power relationships, and the nature of psychic reality and subjectivity. She joined Tavistock Relationships (TR) faculty as a clinical lecturer in 2012. She was Head of the MA in Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and MSc in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy from 2016-2019, and then Head of Psychoanalytic Training until July 2020. She is currently a training supervisor on TRs couple psychoanalytic training, an accredited training analyst for the Association of Child Psychotherapists and training therapist for the Society of Analytical Psychology Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training. Publications Boerma, M., & Wrottesley, C. (2020). The development of integrated training at Tavistock Relationships. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 10(2), 198-202. Wrottesley, C. (2023). Fratriarchy: The Sibling Trauma and the Law of the Mother by Juliet Mitchell. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 13(2), 221-224. Wrottesley, C. (2023). Film Review: Chaos Dragon and the Light. Journal of Analytical Psychology. Wrottesley, C. (2023). Stevns, Martha & Hawkins, Lucinda (Eds.). Transforming Infantile Trauma in Analytic Work with Children and Adults. The Clinical Writings of Alessandra Cavalli. Routledge. 2023. Pp. 175.Pbk. £29.99. Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol 68, Issue 2, pp. 448-450. Wrottesley, C. (2023). The Physical and Virtual Space of the Consulting Room: Room-Object Spaces by Deborah L.S.Wright. Published by Routledge, Abingdon, 2022, £23.99 paperback. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 39: 404-408. Wrottesley, C. (2023). The Marriage Portrait by Maggie OFarrell. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 13(1), 97-99. Wrottesley, C. (2023). Music, G. Respark: Igniting Hope and Joy after Depression and Trauma. London: Mind-Nurturing Books, 2022. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 68, 1, 180191. Wrottesley, C. (2022). Arts review. After Love, Aleem Khan (director, 2021). Supernova, Harry Macqueen (director), 2021. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Vol 12, Number 2, pp.227-229. Wrottesley, C. (2022), Sulking as a declaration of dependence. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 38: 515-532. Wrottesley, C. (2021). Interpretation in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Cross-cultural Perspectives edited by Keogh, Timothy and Palacios, Elizabeth. Published by Routledge, Abingdon. British Journal of Psychotherapy. Volume 37, Issue 2, May 2021, pp. 333-336. Wrottesley, C. (2019). Davids, M. Fakhry & Shavit, Naomi (Eds). Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick. London & New York: Routledge. 2018. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 64(2), 283-289. Wrottesley, C. (2019). Book Review. Ruthless Winnicott: The Role of Ruthlessness in Psychoanalysis and Political Protest, by Sally Swartz, London: Routledge, 2019. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis 9(2) 202-206 (2019) Wrottesley, C. (2019). Couple Stories: Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Thinking About Couple Interaction edited by A.Novakovic and Marguerite Reid. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 35(2), 337-340. Wrottesley, C. (2018). Three in the Room. Therapy Today, March 2018. pp.24-27. Wrottesley, C. (2018). Review of Couples on the Couch. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. pp. 82-84. Wrottesley, C. (2018). Response to The disintermediation of desire : from 3D (esire) to 2D (esire) by Alessandra Lemma. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Volume 8 (2), pp. 123-130. Wrottesley, C. (2017) Brief Intervention With A Chinese Couple Commentary, Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 7(1), pp. 102-112. Wrottesley, C. (2017). Edipo non muore Mai? La coppia di nonni alle prese con Edipo. INTERAZIONI. Clinica e ricerca psicoanalitica su individuo-coppia-famiglia. Wrottesley, C. (2017). Does Oedipus Never Die? The Grandparental Couple Grapple With Oedipus. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 7(2), 188-207. Wrottesley, C. (2016). Tea with Winnicott, by Brett Kahr, with illustrations by Alison Bechdel, Karnac, 2016. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 6(2), 221-224. Wrottesley, C. (2016). Meeting the Author: An Interview with Joy Schaverien. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Volume 6 Number 1, 96. Wrottesley, C. (2014). An Interview with Barbara Dearnley. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 4(2), 193-203. Wrottesley, C. (2013). Men, Women and RelationshipsA Post-Jungian Approach: Gender Electrics and Magic Beans by Phil Goss. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 58(4), 547-549. Wrottesley, C. (2013). An Interview with Pauline Hodson. Couple And Family Psychoanalysis, 3(1), 94-102. Wrottesley, C. (2013). Meeting the Author: An Interview with Deborah Cohen. Couple And Family Psychoanalysis, 3(2), 244-250. Wrottesley, C. (2012). An Interview with Prophecy Coles. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2(1), 99-106. Wrottesley, C. (2012). An Interview with Dr Paola Mariotti. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2(2), 247-254 Recent and forthcoming events 2023 November 11, 2023 - In conversation with JULIET MITCHELL about her recent book Fratriarchy, The Sibling Trauma and the Law of the Mother (Routledge, 2023) at Wolfson College, Cambridge November 17-19, 2023 Speaker and co-convener at the International Autumn Conference Thinking About Analytic Training In A Changing World (Society of Analytical Psychology, online). Her paper was entitled Unaccountable Power and Prejudice in Our Training Institutions. 2024 16 July, 2024 Delivering a paper, Superego Deadlock in the Couple Relationship, at Tavistock Relationships Advanced Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Summer School.


  • Jungian analyst Society of Analytical Psychology, London (2022)

  • MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Tavistock Relationships, London (2015)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Psychotherapy Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. (2012 )

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (2005) /MA in Psychoanalytic Studies (2007) WPF Kensington, London (2005)

  • MA in English Language and Literature University of Aberdeen (1978)

Research and professional activities


"Marks on the body-psyche: the impact of transgenerational transmission on individuation"

Supervisor: Dr Deborah Wright , Dr Mark Saban

Research interests

Transgenerational affect transmission

Experiences of Civilian Internment by the Japanese (Second World War)

Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy - Narcissistic power relations



Colchester Campus