Dr David Henderson

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr David Henderson
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    +44 (0) 1206 872921

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    5A.204, Colchester Campus

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My role in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies includes teaching across a number of degree programmes – MA in Jungian Studies, MA in Psychodynamic Counselling, and BA in Psychoanalytic Studies, as well as supporting PhD supervision. Before joining the department in August 2019 I was a member of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University for eleven years. My current research interests include comparative psychoanalysis, apophasis and psychoanalysis, Jung and Deleuze, Jung and Lacan, cultural homelessness, the history of psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis and religion. I would be happy to hear from anyone who thinks that they might be interested in pursuing PhD research under my supervision. I have been a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice for over 35 years. I am a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA), the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision (BAPPS). I have been involved in a number of small, creative educational projects, including Pendle Hill, a Centre for Study and Contemplation (Wallingford, PA); Holy Cross Abbey, Cistercian (Berryville, VA); Polycultural Institute (Wash. DC); and Some Friends Community (Bethnal Green, London). In 1988 I was a founding member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP). I devised the AIP's training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and had oversight of the qualification of 42 UKCP-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapists until the AIP closed its doors at the end of 2018. I have lived in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States and the United Kingdom. PhD Supervision I am available to supervise PhD research in the following areas: Psychoanalytic theory and practice; analytical psychology; history of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and analytical psychology; Jung, Bion, Winnicott and other analysts; cultural homelessness; psychoanalysis and religion; Jung and Deleuze; Jung and Lacan; mysticism; medieval/ancient thought and psychoanalysis; politics of psychotherapy; psychotherapy regulation; contemplative dimensions of culture and the arts. I am currently supervising the following PhD projects: Rui Shi - Cultural Homelessness: Research on Mental Health of Migrant Children in China Emanuela Santini - Synergy of Thoughts and Making: The creative process of drawing as an expression of the unconscious (co-supervisor at Middlesex University) Kate Brown - A legacy of love and hate, transference, counter transference, trauma and gender at the Cotswold Community. (or "Where is the love?") (co-supervisor at Middlesex University)


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

  • PhD Goldsmiths, University of London,


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

Analytical psychology

Open to supervise

Psychoanalysis and medieval/ancient thought

Open to supervise

Current research

Jung and Deleuze

Using concepts from the work of Deleuze and Guattari to amplify themes in analytical psychology, including notions of time, symptomatology, minor language, body without organs, becoming, etc.
More information about this project

Conferences and presentations

Unknowing in practice

Guild of Pastoral Psychology, 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

  • Advanced Jungian and Post-Jungian Approaches (PA402)

  • Current Debates in Psychosocial Studies (PA407)

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

  • Key Concepts in Jungian and Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology (PA973)

  • Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology (PA974)


Journal articles (12)

Henderson, D., (2020). Groundwork for a Transpersonal Psychoanalysis: Spirituality, Relationship, and Participation by Robin S.Brown. Published by Routledge, Abingdon, 2020; 204 pp, £27.99 paperback. British Journal of Psychotherapy. 36 (4), 650-653

Henderson, D., (2020). Black, A. (2018). ‘Happiness and the end of psychoanalysis’. Journal of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (JCFAR), 28, 15‐37.. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 65 (4), 756-759

Henderson, D., (2020). Editorial. Psychodynamic Practice. 26 (3), 209-214

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, 101-113

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 (5)

McMillan, C., Main, R. and Henderson, D., (2020). Holism: Possibilities and Problems. Routledge. 978-0-367-42482-4

Main, R., Henderson, D. and McMillan, C., (2020). Jung, Deleuze, and the Problematic Whole Originality, Development and Progress. Routledge. 036742875X. 9780367428754

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. Routledge. 1135098913. 9780203797259

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

Book chapters (9)

Main, R., McMillan, C. and Henderson, D., (2020). Introduction. In: Holism: Possibilities and Problems. Editors: McMillan, C., Main, R. and Henderson, D., . Routledge. 1- 14. 978-0-367-42482-4

Main, R., McMIllan, C. and Henderson, D., (2020). Introduction. In: Jung, Deleuze, and the Problematic Whole. Editors: Main, R., McMillan, C. and Henderson, D., . Routledge. 1- 231. 9781349284238

Henderson, D., (2020). Jung as symptomatologist. In: Jung, Deleuze, and the Problematic Whole Originality, Development and Progress. Editors: Main, R., McMillan, C. and Henderson, D., . Routledge. 1000171345. 9781000171341

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. 183- 194. 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


One World': Logical and ethical implications of holism

Arts And Humanities Research Council

+44 (0) 1206 872921


5A.204, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment