ANZAP presents The Sense of Spirit in Psychotherapy


One Day Event

The Sense of Spirit in Psychotherapy

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Russell Meares


384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

(entry from Bourke Street opposite the side of St Vincent’s Public Hospital)

Saturday 25th May 2013, 9.30 AM – 4.30 PM

The subject of spirituality is not one that usually comes into the therapy room, but it is often implicitly present.  In this Full-Day seminar we will be exploring this crucial but hidden issue.


Keynote Address

Professor Russell Meares: Spirituality in Therapy

Abstract: In this paper an attempt is made to understand the origins and significance of a sense of the spirit that sometimes emerges when therapy has gone well. My approach is from a secular viewpoint. The possible import for psychological rehabilitation of religious faith and belief is not considered.

The main theme depends upon a hierarchial emergence of self, or mind, in which the “top of the notional hierarchy is open. Matter and mind are sensed as aspects of a continuum as suggested by Henri Bergson and the great neurologist C.S. Sherrington. The metaphoric ascent might involve an increasingly inner conversation with an illusory other.

Brief references will be made to a number of writers including Virginia Woolf, Albert Einstein, Arthur Koestler, Marghanita Laski, C.G. Jung and William James.

Professor Russell Meares:  Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University.  Trained at Audsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, 1963 -1968, co-founding with Robert Hobson the Conversational Model of Psychotherapy.  Founder of Academic Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital 1969. Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Sydney University at Westmead Hospital, 1981, Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989. 

Author of about 250 scientific publications.  Most recent books are: "Intimacy and Alienation", 2000; "Metaphor of Play", revised and enlarged edition, 2005; Dissociation Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012) and the Conversational Model (with colleagues) (2012).  Awarded Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year, at UCLA, 2007.


The Sense of Spirit in Psychotherapy

Also speaking

Dr Richard Wu

Ink-Play: Rhythms and Transformations of Inner and Outer Life.

Dr Colette Rayment

One impulse from a vernal wood: Wordsworth, Hobson and the ineffable something

Dr Judith Pickering

The Psychoanalytic Mystic

Dr Rosemary Schneider

The Psychological Journey and the Spiritual Journey

Dr Brendan McPhillips

The Tears of Things – The Melancholia of Orlando di Lassus

Biographical Details:

Dr Richard Wu is the son of a Chinese historian, born in Taiwan and immigrated to Australia at age 12. He qualified as a Psychiatrist with the RANZCP.  He is the designer of East West Learning Centre (based in China and Singapore), and has given seminars/ workshops on Psyche and Creativity in Beijing, Singapore and Sydney (e.g. Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, Beijing Normal University, National Art School (Sydney), University of Sydney).  Richard’s recent exhibitions include - 2010 Dobell Finalist, group exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW, 2011 Art Asia Expo, Beijing.  Richard has commenced writing a book series in Chinese on Chinese creativity and cultivation

Dr Colette Rayment has a research, teaching and writing background in literature, religion studies and the arts and at the University of Sydney convened many seminars, lectures, and conferences on the intersection between these fields particularly the relationship between mysticism, poetry and personal transformation. As founding editor of RLA Press she published works on Jung, Indigenous Art, Esotericism, Poetry and Mental Health.  Her writing, since training with ANZAP and practising psychotherapy, has explored the interface between psychoanalytic and literary understandings of transformative experience. Colette conducts writing workshops for groups and individuals.

Dr Judith Pickering is a Jungian Analyst, Psychoanalytic Couple Therapist and Psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney. She is a Training Analyst of The Australian and New Zealand Association of Jungian Analysts and faculty member for the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy. She holds tertiary degrees in Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Music Education, Musicology, Psychotherapy, Analytical Psychology and has a doctorate in Psychology. She is the author of Being in Love: Therapeutic Pathways Through Psychological Obstacles to Love (Routledge, 2008). A second book, Transformations in Love, has been commissioned by Routledge.

She has published widely in Psychoanalysis and presented plenary papers, lectures and workshops in Australia, USA, and Europe including the Society of Psychoanalytical Marital Psychotherapists at the Tavistock Centre London; The International Family Therapy Association, Turkey, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Oxford, St Petersburg, and Orta, Italy, Bion in Boston, C. G. Jung Societies in Australia, ANZSJA and ANZAP.  Judith has been a student and practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over twenty years and is writing a book on meditation in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Dr Rosemary Schneider is a psychiatrist who trained in London but migrated to Australia in 1986 and has practiced in Tasmania ever since, mostly in general psychiatry. Currently she is working in consultation-liaison psychiatry and in private psychotherapy. Her first exposure to psychotherapy was Kleinian in London. She completed the ANZAP Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2011 and uses the Conversational Model. She has pursued a personal interest in mysticism and spiritual development for many years.

Dr Brendan McPhillips is a psychotherapist working in Sydney.  Although not Christian himself, he has an interest in the parallels between the processes of transformation of Christian mysticism and those of psychotherapy.








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