Getting To Know Stuart MacFarlane Psychotherapist
Psychology is an evergrowing field of scientific study of mental processes and human behaviors. It shares borders with many other fields such as neuroscience, sociology, philosophy and others; touching on all human experience. In fact, many people seek help from psychologists and psychotherapists to help them cope with and understand a vast variety of personal issues. Whether it be depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationships, body image or another psychological issue, professionals in the field can help individuals overcome problems and grow towards wholeness as a result.
One well-known psychotherapist is Stuart MacFarlane who has over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. MacFarlane specifically specializes in Jungian analytical psychotherapy, which was developed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jung provided the foundational framework behind the study of the unconscious mind and its influence on personality. The relationship of the conscious to the unconscious is the focus. It has undergone further investigation and elaboration over the years, making it a highly studied branch of psychology. Its main emphasis is the importance of finding a balance between an individual’s psyche and their path in life. This is often where dream interpretation comes into play as the individual attempts to find the meaning behind their dreams and how the unconscious may be informing conscious life.
MacFarlane has a long history of experience in the field of psychology as a counsellor, educator, facilitator and as a psychotherapist. Over the years, MacFarlane worked in private practice in Australia and England, where he has helped hundreds of adults and adolescents overcome psychological problems like anxiety, depression, coping with the loss of a loved one, relationship counselling and much more.
Education & Experience
MacFarlane, an Australian native, began his professional career after he returned from studying philosophy and Advaita Vedanta at Yoga-Vedanta Forest University in Rishikesh, India during the 1970s. MacFarlane began private practice in 1984, initially focusing on bereavement counselling as he undertook further training in psychotherapy. As time progressed, MacFarlane gained an interest in Jungian analysis following a meeting with an internationally recognized Jungian analyst, Gregg M. Furth. After working with Furth for a number of years, MacFarlane wanted to expand his knowledge of Jungian analysis and began studying at the Guild of Analytical Psychology (GAP) in London.
After MacFarlane graduated, he became very involved in GAP and led many workshops training psychotherapy students, until he resigned in 2014. Currently, MacFarlane resides in London and continues to study and practice psychotherapy.