The APT-Birmingham Public Lecture

Saturday 8th June 2019


Debra Harris

I use Fat Jesus as an icon for our times. Using him/her as a symbol of the shadow of fatness pervading our culture, I explore the division between body and soul, and how the shadow can reconnect us to the sacred. I hope to show how the journey of individuation can enable us to become more embodied: a re-incarnation or ensoulment of the flesh.


Sixty-four per cent of the British population is classified as overweight. What is the function of food in our culture? Why does Fat Jesus eat too much? Links between disordered appetite and unmet dependency needs will illustrate one way of thinking about answering these questions. I draw on case material from my consulting room to “flesh out” my talk.

Debra Harris graduated from the Jungian Training in the West Midlands in 2003. She spends her working week in private practice where she sees individuals and couples for short or long-term work. Her love of psychotherapy is rooted deeply in her spiritual life and practice. Debra occupies a liminal space in so many ways, and as such is to be found on the edge of most things. Paradoxically, this enables her to be deeply connected to the centre.

Time and Place

This event will be held between 10:15 – 12:45 at The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF

Please make BACS payments as follows:
Bank: Barclays, Sort Code: 20-08-44, Account No: 03737950
Account Name: The Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy
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Alternatively please send cheque made payable to ‘The Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy’ and return with the completed form to:
Sue Harford, Administrator to the Training Committee, Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park, Stockwith Road, Misterton, Nottinghamshire. DN10 4ES.

For further details and queries contact:

Sue Harford, Administrator to the Training Committee,
telephone: 07789 545908, email:

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Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park,
Stockwith Road, Misterton,
Nottinghamshire DN10 4ES.

Telephone: 07789 545908

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