Psychoanalysis Unit


Wilson Gallego Hoyos

Wilson Gallego Hoyos is Clinical Psychologist, and completed the PhD programme at the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit

What drew you to study at the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit? 

As someone interested in psychoanalysis for quite some time, I was interested in the collaboration with the Institute of Psychoanalysis and the clinical and research experience of the lecturers in the course. 

What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?

By far the most interesting aspect for me was the wealth of clinical experience and the capacity to bring abstract concepts to life by the lecturers. A second aspect was the interweave with research in its many forms. From conceptual to empirical, we were able to consider critically psychoanalytic knowledge. Finally, the possibility to be in a very rich and stimulating environment where I could hear diverse voices through the many conferences and lectures that UCL and the Institute of Psychoanalysis would have regularly. 

Who do you think would benefit from the course, and what advice would you give students as they are starting?

I think that the course would suit people who are curious about psychoanalysis and the more advanced students of it. My advice is to allow yourself to talk and discuss during the seminars. It is hard to get bored with such interesting faculty, so do all your readings and enjoy the discussions. 

How do you feel that the course helped shape your personal and/or professional trajectory?

As a clinician, the course has allowed me to focus more on the subjectivity of the people I work with, going beyond the expressed behaviour. It has also helped me be critical of psychoanalytic literature and appreciate the hard work of a psychoanalytic process – for both the analyst and the patient.