John Colverson MA, UKCP(reg.)

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Jungian analysis, psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and eating disorders treatment Hove, Brighton, Sussex.

I offer psychotherapy and Jungian analysis for a range of issues including: abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, and eating disorder: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and compulsive eating. My practice is located in Brighton Hove, Sussex.

”One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”

“A dream is a small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens up to that primeval cosmic night that was the soul, long before there was the conscious ego.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

Carl Jung.


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My name is John Colverson, I am a professional member of the Association of Jungian Analysts.

My psychotherapy and Jungian analysis practice is available to anyone living in the Sussex area, and indeed beyond.

I also offer clinical supervision to fellow professionals.

I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and also the International Association of Analytical Psychology. I previously trained in integrative psychotherapy with the Minster Centre.

I am an Jungian analyst, experienced psychotherapist, and psychotherapy supervisor. I have been in private practice as a qualified psychotherapist for over twenty years, . I have been a Jungian analyst since 2011. I also have over fourteen years experience of working in the mental health field, and consequently I have a wealth of experience to offer.






Jungian analysis Sussex.


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 psychotherapy, and particularly 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.

I am interested and experienced in helping people who have experienced difficulties with:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating
  • Eating disorder
  • Personal development
  • Relationships
  • Mid-life transition
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Self esteem
  • Traumatic stress
  • Recovery
  • Disturbing dreams or nightmares
  • Abuse
  • Borderline Personality Disorder


This is not an exhaustive list, I work with individuals with a wide range of presenting problems, and I am happy to help work with you on whatever is troubling you.

I see a lot of people with relationship issues, sometimes they feel there is something about their past, such as childhood trauma, which is affecting what they expect for their relationship. Others suffer from loneliness, and feel incapable of finding or keeping a partner.

Stress and anxiety are all too common in today's society, and I have worked with these issues in their many different manifestations over the years.

Loss is part of all our lives to some degree. Unresolved feelings about past losses can create a backlog which then makes coping with more major losses such as bereavement, redundancy, or relationship breakdown, very difficult to cope with.

Eating disorder treatment Hove Brighton.

Eating disorders are becoming increasingly common. I offer psychotherapy for eating disorder in my practice in Hove Brighton. I have written about eating disorders - please see the side panel for details of this. Eating disorders cover a spectrum from anorexia through bulimia and binge eating to compulsive eating. I have experience of working with all aspects of this spectrum, and people suffering from eating disorders can occupy different places on it over time. I mostly see people suffering from anorexia, binge eating and bulimia, but I have also worked with compulsive eaters. The psychotherapy I offer for eating disorders aims to address the underlying issues, not just the symptoms. Body image distortion is often an aspect of eating disorder, particularly anorexia - which is an issue we will address.

An emotional crisis, or irrational fears, which reaches a point in which your ability to cope with your world completely breaks down could have a multitude of issues as the root cause, but whatever the reason the effect can be devastating.

I have long experience of providing treatment for depression. Depression is a condition which can effect us all at some time in our lives. Sometimes unexpected events plunge us into the depths of depression for a while until we manage to eventually surface again. For other people depression is an ongoing reality with which they struggle.

abuse comes in many forms and always leaves pain and damage in its wake. Abuse at any stage of our lives can be a harrowing and traumatic experience. Trauma therapy for such experiences must be done with care and sensitivity. I am particularly interested in working with experiences of abuse and trauma be that from childhood or a more recent painful experience.

Personality disorder is often the result of early childhood abuse and/or neglect. I have worked with these issues, and particularly borderline personality disorders, both within a therapeutic community context, and in private practice.

I am experienced in treating a broad spectrum of presenting problems, but you may not be able to identify what your problems are, rather you have a vague feeling of being blocked and that your life is limited, stunted in some way. Perhaps you feel locked into repeating patterns of behavior, that your creativity is blocked, or that your life is devoid of meaning. I encourage you to contact me and together we can discover the most appropriate therapy for you.

Short term goal focused psychotherapy is appropriate for specific issues. While short term it operates at a greater depth than counselling would over the same period. Explorative psychotherapy involves a longer term commitment, and perhaps more than one session a week, to work on deeper entrenched issues that endogenous depression, trauma, abuse, anorexia or bulimia, generally involve.

I prefer an initial session to be in person, but if circumstances make that impracticable we can begin with Skype. Please contact me to arrange this, I will then give you my Skype name.

In addition to offering psychotherapy and Jungian analysis, 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.


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