Jung, Fordham, Winnicott and The Body in the Consulting Room: Robert Withers
07/05/2022 Seminar 1
Winnicott; fear of breakdown and the mind body relationship. Papers would include Winnicott’s (1963?) fear of breakdown and Ogden’s (2014) explanation of that paper as well as an outline of Winnicott’s work on mind body dissociation.
11/06/2022 Seminar 2
Fordham; Defences of the self and the search for psychosomatic wholeness. Sidoli’s (1993) paper ‘When meaning gets lost in the body’ would be useful.
09/07/2022 Seminar 3 Autistic encapsulation and the projection of primitive agony into the body. Nissen’s 2018 paper ‘Hypochondria as an actual neurosis’ would be useful here.
Robert Withers is a training analyst and lecturer with the SAP. In his earlier career, as a complementary therapist, he encountered many patients with medically unexplained symptoms. This led to an interest in psychosomatic illness and the mind body relationship. He has taught, researched, and written widely on this and related subjects. His application of some of these ideas to psychotherapeutic work with gender dysphoric individuals has led to a more recent series of papers and lectures on transgendered states