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Dr David Henderson

Lecturer
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr David Henderson
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872921

  • Location

    5A.204, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment

Profile

Qualifications

  • MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies University of Essex,

  • PhD Goldsmiths, University of London,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Jungian Studies, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (1/8/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Senior lecturer, Post-graduate school of medicine, University of Central Lancashire (1/9/2002 - 2004)

  • Senior lecturer in psychoanalysis, Centre for Psychoanalysis, Department of Psychology, Middlesex University (1/9/2008 - 31/8/2019)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Apophasis and psychoanalysis

I am interested in ways in which apophatic thinking from late antiquity and the medieval period can enable psychotherapists to think about unknowing in the theory and practice of psychotherapy.

Open to supervise

Psychoanalysis and religion

Historical and conceptual study of the relationship between psychoanalysis and religion.

Open to supervise

Comparative psychoanalytic theory

Investigating the history of the relationships between diverse psychoanalytic schools. Seeking to establish the conditions for productive dialogue between theortical approaches.

Open to supervise

Wilfred Bion

The work of Wilfred Bion.

Open to supervise

Delueze and Jung

Using the thought of Deleuze to amplify Jung's thought.

Open to supervise

Jung and Lacan

Exploring the dialogue of Jungian and Lacanian theory and practice.

Open to supervise

Cultural homelessness

Reflection of the psychological consequences of living in multiple countries/cultures in early life. Third culture kids.

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Unknowing in practice

Guild of Pastoral Psychology, Essex Church, London, United Kingdom, 4/10/2018

The practice of unknowing

Jung Forum, British Jungian Analytical Association (BJAA), London, United Kingdom, 21/7/2018

'What were you thinking of? Jung as symptomatologist'

Holism: possibilities and problems, Colchester, United Kingdom, 9/9/2017

Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

The Specter of the Other in Analytical Psychology, International Association for Jungian Studies, Cape Town, South Africa, 29/7/2017

The varieties of ecstasy (ordinary ecstasies of the analytic life)

Ecstatic ancient/archaic thought, and analytical psychology, International Association for Jungian Studies (Regional conference), London, United Kingdom, 15/7/2016

Psychoanalysis and religion

International Society for the Development of Jungian Psychoanalysis, Valencia, Spain, 25/6/2016

Cultural homelessness: a challenge to theory and practice

3rd European Conference on Analytical Psychology: Encounters, Traditions, Developments: Analysis at the Cultural Crossroads, Trieste, Italy, 29/8/2015

Jung and apophatic discourse

Psyche, Spirit and Science: negotiating contemporary social and cultural concerns, 4th Joint Conference of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS), New Haven, United States, 11/7/2015

"A life free from care" - the hermit and the analyst

Merton 100: Living the Legacy, International Thomas Merton Society 14th General Meeting, Louisville, United States, 6/6/2015

The ordinary sublime

The Notion of the Sublime in Creativity and Destruction: A Joint Jung/Lacan Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 13/9/2014

Teaching psychoanalysis in the university

Psychotherapy meets Africa, 4th World Congress for Psychotherapy, Durban, South Africa, 27/8/2014

The contemplative dimension of psychoanalysis

Pscyhotherapy meets Africa, 7th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Durban, South Africa, 27/8/2014

Nkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship

Psychotherapy meets Africa, 7th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Durban, South Africa, 26/8/2014

Apophasis and psychoanalysis

Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy, Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 12/7/2014

Shame, unknowing and the between

20th Anniversary Conference: Recent Developments in Psychoanalytic and Jungian Studies and Refugee Care, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, Colchester, United Kingdom, 23/11/2013

Freud and Jung: the creation of the psychoanalytic universe

The Fragmented World of Psychoanalysis: Is Dialogue Possible?, The Higher Education Network for Research and Information in Psychoanalysis (THERIP), London, United Kingdom, 27/7/2013

Nkisi nkondi: an image of transference and projective identification in the analytic process

IV International Academic Conference of Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies, International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS), Braga, Portugal, 20/7/2012

Flirting with re-enchantment: anima and objet a

The Psyche in Transformation, International Association for Jungian Studies (Regional conference), London, United Kingdom, 15/7/2011

The shame of the psychotherapist

Conversations in the Community, Philadelphia Association, London, United Kingdom, 8/3/2007

Apophatic elements in the theory and practice of analytical psychology

International Association for Jungian Studies, London, United Kingdom, 7/2006

Neoplatonism and analytical psychology

International Association for Jungian Studies, College Station, United States, 7/2005

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Counselling Contexts (PA215)

  • Psychodynamic Concepts (PA217)

  • Current Debates in Depth Psychology (PA407)

  • Key Texts of C G Jung (PA971)

  • Jung in Contexts: Historical, Philosophical, Cultural (PA972)

  • Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology (PA974)

Publications

Journal articles (9)

Henderson, D., (2017). ‘A life free from care’ – The hermit and the analyst. Psychodynamic Practice. 23 (1), 80-88

Henderson, D., (2016). Cultural homelessness: A challenge to theory and practice. Psychodynamic Practice. 22 (2), 165-172

Henderson, D., (2015). Freud and Jung: The creation of the psychoanalytic universe. Psychodynamic Practice. 21 (2), 167-172

Henderson, D., (2014). Nkisi nkondi: An image of transference and projective identification in the analytic process. Psychodynamic Practice. 20 (1), 62-67

Henderson, D., (2013). Where is love? Contribution to a symposium on Plato's Symposium and psychoanalysis. JCFAR: Journal of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. 23

Henderson, D., (2011). Aspects of negation in Freud and Jung. Psychodynamic Practice. 17 (2), 199-205

Henderson, D., (2010). The coincidence of opposites: C.G. Jung's reception of Nicholas of Cusa. Studies in Spirituality. 20

Henderson, D., (2006). Shame as an achievement in analytic training∗. Psychodynamic Practice. 12 (3), 327-332

HENDERSON, D., (2003). Carl Jung and Thomas Merton - Apophatic and Kataphatic Traditions in the 20th Century. Studies in Spirituality. 13 (0), 269-291

Books (4)

McMillan, C., Main, R. and Henderson, D., (2020). Holism: Possibilities and Problems. Routledge

Henderson, D., (2015). Psychoanalysis Philosophy, Art and Clinic. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 1443882046. 9781443882040

Henderson, D., (2013). Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung. Routledge. 1135098913. 9781135098919

Henderson, D., (2012). Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 144383811X. 9781443838115

Book chapters (7)

Main, R., McMillan, C. and Henderson, D., (2020). Introduction. In: Holism: Possibilities and Problems. Editors: McMillan, C., Main, R. and Henderson, D., . Routledge

Henderson, D., (2018). Apophasis and psychoanalysis. In: Depth Psychology and Mysticism. Editors: Cattoi, T. and Odorisio, D., . Palgrave Macmillan. 3319790951. 9783319790954

Henderson, D., (2017). Staying alive: anima and objet a. In: Re-encountering Jung Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Editors: Brown, R., . Routledge. 1138225347. 9781138225343

Henderson, D., (2003). Colonising the heart: shame and the regulatory project. In: The Future of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Editors: King, L. and Randall, R., . Whurr. 1861563744

Henderson, D., (2002). Self-experience in Thomas Merton and C.G. Jung. In: A Mind Awake in the Dark: papers from the 2000 Oakham Conference of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Editors: Pearson, P., . Three Peaks Press. 1902093062

Henderson, D., (1999). From shaman to therapist. In: Therapy on the couch. Editors: Greenberg, S., . Camden Press. 9780948491542

Henderson, D., (1997). Solitude and solidarity: a philosophy of supervision. In: Supervision Psychoanalytic and Jungain Perspectives. Editors: Clarkson, P., . Whurr. 189763594X. 9781897635940

Other (5)

Henderson, D., (2013).[Review of book] On Freud's "Negation," Mary Kay O'Neil and Salman Akhtar (eds.), 2001, London: Karnac. Psychodynamic Practice. 19(3),Informa UK Limited

Henderson, D., (2010).[Review of journal article] '"Tomorrow belongs to me": an image of the dangerous puer' by Bortz, Mark. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 55(4),Wiley

Henderson, D., (2009).[Review of journal article] The nodal self in the wide wide world - adolescents signing-on by Steinberger, Claire Beth. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 54(4)

Henderson, D., (2006).[Review of book] The therapist at work: personal factors affecting the analytic process, Dimitirs Anastasopoulos and Evangelos Papanicolaou (eds.). Psychodynamic Practice. 12(1),Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Henderson, D., (1991).[Review of book] Dreams, a portal to the source by Edward C. Whitmont and Sylvia Briton Perera, London: Routledge 1989. Skoob Review

Grants and funding

2016

One World': Logical and ethical implications of holism

Arts And Humanities Research Council

Contact

david.henderson@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872921

Location:

5A.204, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment