The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy


The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy

Desire, Dreams and the Erotic Transference

Professor Joy Schaverien

Saturday 30 November 2019

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

at The Guild of Psychotherapists

47 Nelson Square, London SE1 0QA


This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy. When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain. Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens. Theoretical and clinical material will give the back-ground to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.


Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She has published extensively on topics relat-ed to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: The Dying Patient in Psy-chotherapy (which is soon to be republished by Routledge) and Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.