Panza Workshop, April 2021

John O’Connor


Encountering the Unconscious

The Discovery of Home and the Recovery of the Self.

A PAnzA Professional Development Event

St Luke’s Community Centre
130 Remuera Road, Auckland
via ‘Zoom’

Thursday, April 15th 2021

7.30 – 9.00 pm


John writes:  As I explored in my presentation to the psychosynthesis community in 2020, intrapsychic destructiveness persecutes so many of our patients. In this presentation the emphasis will be on the nature of the therapeutic presence which might enable the discovery of an inner “home” and the recovery of the Self.

The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes in length, ensuring ample time afterward for a spacious exploration about the ideas offered.

Bring openness to your own clinical work, associations and reverie as these will enrich our discussion.  We might dream together, inhabiting the poetic stance to which Ogden (1999) so evocatively invites us as he noted that poetry can convey ‘what I can only talk about’.

John O’Connor has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 30 years, and has a wide range of clinical experience, particularly in working with patients with severe trauma histories, in providing group psychotherapy, and in working cross culturally. He is a former Director of Youthline Counselling Service (Auckland) and the Human Development and Training Institute. He also formerly worked at Segar House (which is part of ADHB Mental Health Services), and was a founding member of the therapeutic team at Segar which developed a residential treatment service (currently operating as a day programme) for patients with personality disorder diagnoses. He worked as a lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology within the Psychotherapy Discipline from 1999 to 2019 and was formerly Programme Leader of the Master of Psychotherapy (adult programme) at AUT. He is co-editor of Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand. John also conducts a private practice in Mangere Bridge. John is currently a candidate in training as a Jungian Analyst with the Australia New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts and is also undertaking his PhD exploring the discourses underpinning bicultural clinical encounters in Aotearoa New Zealand.

PAnzA members – Your attendance fee is covered by your subscription.

Non-members – The workshop fee is $20.