Matthew Harwood

Jungian Analysis, Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems

About Me ….

I was born in 1951. At the age of 16 I discovered Jung and immediately sensed that here was something that was of vital importance to my life. However I was well aware of Jung’s advice that it was best to go out and make a career in the world first. At 18 I spent a year in Kenya as a volunteer teacher in a secondary school. After returning to the UK I studied law and become a barrister specialising in criminal law. Between 1976-1988 I went back to Kenya and served as a (Principal) State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Nairobi & Mombasa. During this period I appeared as counsel for the government in a number of high-profile trials including corruption, murder, anti-poaching and state-treason.

During my time in Africa I had a series of dreams which prompted me to to return to the UK and eventually, after many detours, and not a few wrong turns, gave up running away and travelled to Switzerland to embark on the training to become a Jungian Analyst.

In addition to working on my dreams I have a daily Vipassana meditation practice.

My Jungian Training ….

My Jungian training took place at the CG Jung Institute in Küsnacht, near Zürich, and lasted 5 years. My analyst was Dr Hermann Strobel, a disciple of Marie-Louise von Franz, who was in turn a disciple of Jung. My dissertation was a study of Jung’s concept of the ‘Self’ as seen in the story of Parzival and his search for the Holy Grail.  During my time in Switzerland I also studied psychodrama and sand-tray therapy and experienced at first-hand how the practice of Jungian Analysis could be enhanced by the use of these and  other creative tools & techniques.

The CG Jung Institute, Kusnacht, Zurich

Private Practice in Bath & Bristol ….

In 1996 I achieved my diploma, returned to the UK, and opened my private practice as a Jungian Analyst. I also started giving lectures, leading workshops and running dream groups.

During this time I also learnt how to do Focusing and EMDR. It became clear to me that working in trauma required specialist knowledge above and beyond my original training. Further trainings in Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) seemed like a natural development and soon followed.

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‘Life has long been recognised and often declared to resemble dream. And indeed, this comparison with dream permits us to perceive – even if only as at a misty distance – how the “hidden power” that directs and moves us toward its intended goals by means of the outward circumstances affecting us, might yet have its roots within the very depths of our own unfathomable being.’  (Schopenhauer)