David Henderson, Ph.D

David Henderson, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He teaches across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as supporting PhD supervision. Before joining the department in August 2019 he was a member of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University for eleven years. His current research interests include comparative psychoanalysis, apophasis and psychoanalysis, Jung and Deleuze, Jung and Lacan, cultural homelessness, the history of psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis and religion.

He has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice for over 35 years He is a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA), the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision (BAPPS).

He has been involved in a number of small, creative educational projects, including Pendle Hill, a Centre for Study and Contemplation (Wallingford, PA); Holy Cross Abbey, Cistercian (Berryville, VA); Polycultural Institute (Wash. DC); and Some Friends Community (Bethnal Green, London). In 1988 he was a founding member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP). He devised the AIP’s training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and had oversight of the qualification of 42 UKCP-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapists until the AIP closed its doors at the end of 2018.

He has lived in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Relevant publications include: Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo- Dionysius and C.G. Jung, 2012, Routledge. ‘The coincidence of opposites: C. G. Jung’s reception of Nicholas of Cusa,’ 2010, in Studies in Spirituality. ‘Aspects of Negation in Freud and Jung,’ 2011, in Psychodynamic Practice. ‘”A life free from care” – the hermit and the analyst,’ 2017, in Psychodynamic Practice. ‘Apophasis and Psychoanalysis,’ in Depth Psychology and Mysticism, 2018, T. Cattoi and D. Odorio (eds.), Palgrave.


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On Not Knowing – Psychotherapy and the Search for Meaning
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