David Sedgwick – JAP Co-Editor in Chief

Co-editor in Chief, Journal of Analytical Psychology
Training Analyst, Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts
Vice-President, North Carolina Society of Jungian Analysts
Member, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Member, Virginia Psychoanalytic Society


Contact details:

phone: (in U.S.) 1-434-971-4747 (ext. 108)

email: dwsedg@gmail.com


David SedgwickI was born and raised in New York City. My father was an ad man for Newsweek magazine and my mother a housewife and later a social worker. My grandmother was a theatre critic and the editor of pre-World War II magazine called Stage; for a time, in high school, I thought I wanted to be a journalist and an editor. I returned, I suppose, to some of this in mid-life, working on the side as a manuscript and copy editor. I have always liked to read and write.

I was schooled at Friends Seminary, Phillips Academy (Andover), Princeton University,  the New School for Social Research , and the University of Colorado. An early interest in urban politics changed soon after my university years into an interest in psychology that was clearly a better fit. Although I came to psychology through analytical psychology, I was exposed throughout graduate work and work experience to multiple teachers and many, mostly analytical perspectives, several of which made particular sense to me and supplemented an evolving Jungian perspective. This process later continued during  seven years of analytic training with the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts, which I completed in 1991. I have found the work of Searles, Winnicott, and, in the last decade, Relational psychoanalysis very informative (and formative). But others, too, speak to me.

I am not an SAP member, but I feel its work, as mirrored in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, has been crucial to the ongoing development of Jungian psychology, especially in its clinical aspect (which is the heart of the matter). The Journal  itself is the journal of record for analytical psychology, and has been for 60 years. It is international in all senses: not just in terms of its widening readership but in terms of being able to monitor and debate the complex scope of Jungian practice and theory today. Promoting this task, among others, while striving to maintain its high standard as a journal, is an editorial challenge I enjoy.



1993.  Jung and Searles: A Comparative Study. London: Routledge.

1994.  The Wounded Healer: Countertransference from a Jungian Perspective. London: Routledge.

1997. ‘Some images of the analyst’s participation in the ana­lytic pro­cess’.  Journal of Analytical Psychology, 42, 1, 41-46.

1997. ‘The technique of analysis: reconsidering Freud’.  San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, 16, 1,  5-25.

1997. ‘Hysteria’s notorious history’. San Fran­cis­co Jung Insti­tute Li­brary Jour­nal, 16, 3, 39-46.

2000. ‘“Nine questions about Jungian psychology” and response to Stephen Mitchell’s case material’.  Psychoanalytic Dia­logues, 10, 3, 457-472.

2001. Introduction to Jungian Psychotherapy: The Therapeutic Relationship. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

2002. ‘“Answer to Job” revisited: Jung on the problem of evil’.  San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, 21, 3, 5-21.

2006. ‘Countertransference.’ In The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2008.  ‘Winnicott’s dream: some reflections on D. W. Winnicott and C. G. Jung’. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53, 4, 543-60.

2015. ‘On integrating Jungian and other theories’. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60, 4, 540–58.

(Forthcoming). Jungian Analysis and Relational Psychoanalysis: A Selective Integration. Hove: Routledge.