Psychoanalysis Unit


Psychoanalysis for Beginners - Clinical Seminar with Kannan Navaratnem (please note this seminar has been CANCELLED)

20 March 2015, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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1-19 Torrington Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7HB


Building on the interest generated by the Interdisciplinary seminar series that ran from 2009 to 2012, the Psychoanalysis Unit is now offering a series of monthly seminars where those with no knowledge of clinical psychoanalysis will have the opportunity to discuss what psychoanalysts do in the consulting room when they do psychoanalysis.

Each seminar will have a brief introduction covering use of the couch, frequency of sessions, and working in the transference after which participants will focus on some clinical material and discuss how the material can be understood along with the informing assumptions of the analyst and what the material shows about the psychoanalytic way of working.

Speaker Biography:

Kannan Navaratnem is a Member of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and the British Psychoanalytical Society and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He was a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Forest House Psychotherapy Clinic in North East London NHS Foundation Trust where he worked for 25 years and, as a Team Leader/Senior Psychotherapist at the Arbours Crisis Centre for 10 years.

He works as staff group consultant and supervisor for the mental health charity SANE, a clinical seminar group leader, supervisor and tutor at the Tavistock Clinic and, a clinical seminar group leader on the post-foundation year course at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he also teaches on the course on the Independent Tradition within British Object-Relations Theories for the qualifying course.

In his other roles, he is the editor of News & Events and Beyond the Couch publications of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and, editor of the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is a member of the Audiovisual Project Group of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a member of the organising committee of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (EPFF).

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