Jungian analysis and clinical supervision in central and north London.
The issues for which I offer treatment in both my Islington and central London locations include: trauma and traumatic stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, borderline personality disorder, depression, and eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and compulsive eating.
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”
“There is no birth of consciousness without pain."
"The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach."
My name is John Colverson, I was trained as a Jungian Analyst at the Association of Jungian Analysts, where I now teach on the analyst training programme.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. I previously trained in integrative psychotherapy with the Minster Centre. I am an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor, and I have been in private practice for almost twenty years. I have been a Jungian analyst since 2011.
I have experience of working with a broad spectrum of problems, but specialise particularly in working trauma, and the stress that experience has created. My Jungian analysis practice is in north London, upper Holloway Islington, within easy reach of Hampstead and Finsbury Park; and central London - Wimpole Street W1.
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In addition to offering Jungian analysis in Islington north London and central London, I also offer clinical supervision to fellow professionals.
Carl Jung was very much focused on the symbolic nature of our inner world. The symbolic, as it is revealed particularly in dreams, allows for a bridging to new awareness which takes us beyond inner conflict, and can help us in developing a firmer sense of our true identity. Engaging with your dreams, and understanding the inner drama you are caught up in can greatly facilitate personal development. Our dream world is with us all the time. But like the stars in the night sky they are obscured by the solar nature of our waking consciousness. Access to our inner dream world during our waking experience requires a dimming of this waking consciousness. This dimming of consciousness can allow you to use art to express themes from our inner world, a process I encourage in your personal journey of self discovery both within and between sessions.
Counselling is a term which is often searched for in looking to resolve personal problems, but Jungian analysis goes far deeper than a counselling model allows. Jungian analysis involves a journey of self discovery. It is an inner journey into your personal depths which will ultimately be enriching and life enhancing. Dreams, fantasies and other manifestations of the unconscious are given special attention, and the meaning or lack of meaning life holds, is explored. The feelings you have, the images you create, and the personal experience you have of living your life, provide the fabric of this endeavour. The goal of the work is a feeling of wholeness and of being the one unique individual one is meant to be.
Jungian analysis is a long-term process of personal development with usually at least two sessions per week. It is not always easy, and although there are often moments of humour during this journey, looking at what you have come to consider normal in your life can uncover painful recognition of issues you have avoided, and aspects of your self you have consigned to shadow. But the prize to be gained through this process of personal development is greater depth, groundedness, confidence, purpose, direction, and meaning which often brings in a spiritual dimension to your life in whatever way is meaningful to you. This spiritual dimension is at the heart of Jung's psychology, and it's development is what he meant by the individuation process. Your relationships will also become healthier, because you are no longer confusing your partner with aspects of your inner world and unresolved conflicts from childhood, you are able to have a relationship with the person they really are – which is more satisfying for both of you. For a fuller explanation of Jungian analysis click here.
I am interested and experienced in helping people who have experienced difficulties with:
- Binge eating
- Personal development
- Mid-life transition
- Self esteem
- Emotional balance and well being
- Disturbing dreams or nightmares
- Personality disorders
This is not an exhaustive list, and I am happy to help work with you on whatever is troubling you.
I am particularly interested in working with experiences of trauma in all its myriad forms, and associated traumatic stress. This may have it's roots back in childhood, or perhaps it is a more recent experience which has left you shaken, and traumatised. Many refugees suffer war trauma for example, and many people in abusive relationships may feel controlled, frightened, and in the grip of an ongoing traumatic stress.
For some early childhood abuse may result in the formation of a borderline personality disorder. I have worked with many people with a borderline personality disorder in therapeutic communities, hospitals, and in my private practice.
I also have an interest in eating disorders, and I have worked with many people suffering from anorexia and bulimia and binge eating. I have also written about eating disorders - please see the side panel for details of this. Eating disorders occupy a spectrum ranging from anorexia at one extreme through bulimia, binge eating, to compulsive eating. People suffering from an eating disorder often occupy different places on this spectrum during different phases of their disorder.
In addition to offering Jungian analysis in Islington north London and central London, I offer clinical supervision to fellow professionals. Clinical supervision is an opportunity to explore the work done in psychotherapy and analysis with some objectivity. The value of clinical supervision is multi-layered, but perhaps it foremost quality is the ability of the clinical supervisor to look at the relationship between patient and psychotherapist or analyst, and to enable an understanding of this relationship as a communication regarding the patient's inner world. I can offer clinical supervision at my practice in Islington north London, and at consultation rooms in central London.