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Professor Andrew Samuels - ANZAP Pre-Conference Workshop
Contact Anne Malecki: 02 8004 9873


The Wounded Healer: Experiencing vulnerability, illness and death in the countertransference
9am - 12 noon

Workshop Flyer

For many years, I’ve been interested in the impacts on the therapist’s psyche and body of doing our kind of work. Although such impacts will be experienced personally, they are also deeply rooted in collective, social, political and even ethical dimensions of practice. Some impacts are positive, and these won’t be neglected. But what has emerged is that, to paraphrase Freud, the therapy work is not only impossible, but also very difficult. Impacts range from the perception that the work has made us physically ill, to a range of psychological issues including apathy, depression and disassociation.

The idea of the Wounded Healer is constantly hovering, both literally and metaphorically. Yet this idea can also be abused so as to close down exploration of the Shadow aspects of being a therapist. Indeed, the claim that we therapists are Wounded Healers offers us a chance to engage in a whole range of secret power manoeuvres.

A natural extension of this interest has been to probe as deeply as possible into the choice of profession. Whether therapy is an art, a craft, a vocation, there isn’t enough sharing and exploring in a safe and contained group setting of the reasons why we become therapists.


Location Wattle Room, Aerial UTS Conference Centre, Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst, university professor, author, activist and political consultant. He is well known for his work at the interface of psychotherapy and politics. His work on sexuality, relationships, spirituality, men and fathers has been widely appreciated. He is a former Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His many books have been translated into 19 languages.


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Key Contact: Anne Malecki. 
Ph: (02) 8004 9873 from Australia
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Email: info@anzap.com.au

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Anne Malecki is responsible for the ANZAP Secretariat. She is the first point of contact for all matters. 

Telephone: AUS (02) 8004 9873

Email: info@anzap.com.au