Six Themes in Psychoanalysis

Aug 29, Sept 5, Sept 12, Sept 19, Sept 26, Oct 3, 2020


Aug 29, Sept 5, Sept 12, Sept 19, Sept 26, Oct 3, 2020

(Saturdays 14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT, by Zoom)

Description: This unique course offers an introduction to fundamental concepts in
psychoanalysis to those new to psychoanalysis and those seeking a refresher in the
various themes. The 6-week course is designed to be accessible in its content, clinical
applicability, and also its cost. Participants are encouraged to enroll in all six seminars,
although it is possible to enroll for an individual seminar. Prior knowledge of the themes is not a requirement. Each weekly seminar is taught by dynamic tutors who are also highly experienced psychoanalytic practitioners. The seminars will consist of an interactive combination of lectures and facilitated discussion. Readings will be
available in advance for each seminar and will provide a basis for analysis and
discussion of the weekly themes. The seminars will take place by Zoom and tutors will
use a range of audio-visual aids. Seminar descriptions and full tutor bios are below.

Cost: €125 euro (all six seminars). €55 (individual seminar).

Registration via Eventbrite:

Award: 12 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points awarded by APPI.

Certificate of Attendance.


Week 1: Eve Watson (Exploring the Unconscious and the History of

Week 2: Marie Walshe (Fraught Nature of Identity: Ego and the Mirror Stage)

Week 3: Kevin Murphy (Beyond the Binary: Sexuality & Desire)

Week 4: Harriet Parsons (Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Hysteria & Obsessional Neurosis, with special focus on the treatment of eating disorders)

Week 5: Pauline Twomey (Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Demystifying Psychosis)

Week 6: Maryrose Kiernan (The Psychoanalysis of Groups)



Tutor: Eve Watson

Date: August 29, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: This seminar offers an introduction to the history of
psychoanalysis with a special emphasis on the contributions of the psychoanalysts
Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan who emphasized the unconscious as being in
speech and expressed in symptoms, dreams and the famous “slips.” The seminar
demystifies the unconscious and outlines its importance in our structure and
personality, showing its clinical relevance in a variety of applications such as
symptoms, dreamwork, parapraxes (mistakes, bungled actions, slips of the tongue)
and even jokes. We cannot know ourselves without knowing something of our
unconscious motivations and desires!

Tutor Bio: Eve Watson (PhD, MICP, RegPract. APPI) is a psychoanalytic practitioner
and university lecturer. She has published over two dozen articles on psychoanalysis,
sexuality and film. She co-edited the book Clinical Encounters in Sexuality:
Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (2017: Punctum) with Dr. Noreen Giffney.
She is the editor of Lacunae, the APPI International Journal for Lacanian
Psychoanalysis (, and is course director of the Freud-Lacan
Institute. She is currently working on a book project on the drive and in 2021 will take
up a residency at the Austen-Riggs Centre in Massachusetts as the Erikson scholar.


Tutor: Marie Walshe

Date: September 5, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: This seminar explores the psychoanalytic approach to identity.
Given the explosion of identity politics and gender categories, this seminar considers
that far from settling things, identity, while necessary to the ego and a sense of self, is
fraught due to its inconclusiveness and does not come close to capturing the entirety
of who we are. Identity, which forms during the mirror stage, a concept formulated by
Jacques Lacan, is assessed in terms of how history, language and the familial and
socio-cultural big Other conspire in a mirroring process to determine selfhood in highly
individual and singular ways. Marie Walshe, who has many years of experience in
working with children, adolescents, and adults, will explore identity as formative but
unfinished, and its significance for the psychoanalytic clinic.

Tutor Bio: Marie Walshe (MICP, MIECFT, RegPract. APPI) is a psychoanalyst,
supervisor and Director of Leeson Analytic Centre, a practice in which she treats
adults, children and couples. Marie, who has been in clinical practice for over two
decades, has also lectured on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in
psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and has presented clinically-oriented papers in
Ireland and the UK. Her articles have been published in the Letter and Lacunae
journals ( and she contributed a chapter on her adolescent
practice to a textbook on Lacanian perspectives on child and adolescent
psychoanalysis, Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children, and Adolescents:
Further Notes on the Child, edited by Carol Owens and Stephanie Farrelly Quinn
(Routledge, 2017).


Tutor: Kevin Murphy

Date: September 12, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: Psychoanalysis since Freud emphasises that sexuality is at the
heart of desire, symptoms, human relations, and even reality itself. We don’t even
have to be directly sexual for it to find its way into our thinking, our speaking and even
our dreaming. When Freud proposed that who we desire is immaterial once there is
someone we desire, he revolutionised the popular notion that men desire only women
and women desire only men. After Freud, Lacan proposed that gender is based not
on biology but on the effects of language, and further revolutionised our understanding
of what a man and a woman is. This seminar contextualises these ideas within the
enormously varied field of human sexuality and explores how a psychoanalytic
approach to sexuality never does so in relation to “normality” but approaches sexuality
as unique and determined by an unconscious that is singular to each of us. Kevin
Murphy, who is an experienced clinical psychoanalyst and researcher in the field of
sexuality, explores the origins of the sex drive, Freud and Lacan’s ideas about how we
become desiring beings, how these theories can accommodate gender fluidity and
why the human sex drive can often be as problematic as it can be pleasurable.

Tutor Bio: Kevin Murphy (PhD, MICP, RegPract. APPI) is a psychoanalytic
psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin for nearly twenty years. In his clinical
practice, he works, among other things, with sexual issues and his doctoral and
ongoing research is in the area of asexuality, defined as the experience of no sexual
desire for another person. He completed his doctoral research under the supervision
of Russell Grigg at Deakin University in Melbourne. He regularly presents conference
papers in Ireland and abroad and is currently working on a monograph of his doctoral


Tutor: Harriet Parsons

Date: September 19, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: Diagnosis in psychoanalysis is radically different to that of
mainstream psychiatry and psychology which diagnoses in standardized ways using
the DSM/ISD manuals. The work of Freud and Lacan advances a small number of
general categories of diagnosis which are designed to manage the transference and
appropriately direct the treatment. This seminar, under the guidance of Harriet
Parsons who has almost two decades of experience working in clinical practice in the
public and private sectors, explores hysteria and obsessional neurosis as categories
of diagnosis. There will be a special focus on the treatment of eating disorders.
Tutor Bio: Harriet Parsons (MICP, Reg. Pract. APPI) is a fully accredited
psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She holds an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Psychotherapy, an MA in Addiction Studies from
DBS, and a BA (Psychology) from DBS. Harriet joined Bodywhys: The Eating
Disorders Association of Ireland in 2005 and as the current Training and Development
Manager, works to provide Bodywhys support to the HSE National Clinical Programme
for Eating Disorders. In addition, Harriet gives frequent training and lectures on the
subject of eating disorders. Harriet is a RegPract. member of APPI, the Irish Council
of Psychotherapy, and a member of the Editorial Board for the peer-review APPI
journal, Lacunae.


Tutor: Pauline Twomey

Date: September 26, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: Freud was adamant that when initially agreeing to work with a
patient, the clinician should determine if the patient is psychotic or neurotic. While
psychoanalytic practitioners might not often work with someone who is psychotic, it is
important to have some knowledge of it. This seminar explores what psychosis is,
looks at its distinct and unusual symptomatology and how psychoanalysis approaches
it as a diagnostic category. Psychoanalysis approaches psychosis differently to how it
is approached using the standardised methods of the DSM and ISD. Working with a
psychotic client requires careful management so that a therapy can effectively support
the client and the transference is managed appropriately.

Tutor: Dr. Pauline Twomey (MB., BCh., BAO, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, MCPsychI,
MMedSc Psychotherapy) is a Consultant Psychiatrist trained in Ireland and Australia
with long experience of working with patients with psychosis. Specialising first in
rehabilitation psychiatry linking in with community services, she specialises in the
more acute area of psychiatric intensive care and low secure care. Her experience as
a psychiatrist is unusual in that she has predominantly worked with severely mentally
ill patients in hospital who have been actively psychotic and commonly are diagnosed
with schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or bipolar disorder. Many of her patients
are detained under the Irish Mental Health Act, 2001, and have complex comorbidities
with substance abuse and emotionally unstable personality traits. She has a worked
with the Mental Health Commission serving as an Inspector of services. In the past,
she has worked as Director of a Brain Trauma Programme in a Psychiatric Service in
Australia. She has chaired the Human Rights and Ethics Committee of the College of
Psychiatrists of Ireland which recently published the ethical guidelines for
psychiatrists. At her suggestion, the theme for the College of Psychiatrists for 2021 is
the Right to Treatment.


Tutor: Maryrose Kiernan

Date: October 3, 2020 (14:00-16:00 Dublin-GMT)

Seminar Description: Psychoanalysis, beginning with Freud, has much to say about
culture and how the individual psyche is destined to be discontented due to what it
sacrifices for the sake of culture and group membership. This seminar explores the
history of group work, how groups function, and what their applications are in clinical
and non-clinical settings. Everyone, at some stage, invariably finds themselves
involved in a group and having knowledge of group dynamics can be important.
Drawing upon the work of Freud, Foulkes, Lacan and Bion, experienced group and
Lacanian psychoanalyst, Maryrose Kiernan, considers the significance of groups and
group work in contemporary settings.

Tutor Bio: Maryrose Kiernan (MICP, RegPract APPI, IGAS, IGA, Member GASi) is a
clinical psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a clinical group analyst and a Clinical Group
Supervisor. She has a diploma in Fine Art from NCAD. She has lectured in TCD, DIT
and facilitated groups in DBS. She has sat on the executive of APPI and is currently a
member of the Psychoanalytic Section of ICP. Maryrose has organized international
group seminars with European colleagues. She has many years’ experience of
working with individuals and as a group analyst privately and within the Irish Health
Service (HSE), in particular with survivors of institutional and childhood abuse. She
has also worked in the public and private sectors as a clinical supervisor.


The Freud Lacan institute (FLi)

FLi is dedicated to supporting and promoting psychoanalysis in Ireland and around the
world. It brings together clinicians, students, scholars, researchers and anyone
interested in Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a unique
practice in treating mental suffering and is a revered approach to thinking about the
world. It is used in cultural, literary, film, and art theory and has links to philosophy,
medicine, and neuroscience. FLi collaborates with organisations such as APPI
(Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland) to support the
exploration of important and topical issues of local, national and international interest.
FLi aims to make psychoanalysis accessible to all those who are interested in it.