The APT-Birmingham Public Lecture

Saturday 14th March 2020


Robert Withers

Most trans people tend to experience discomfort in their bodies rather than their minds. So, to them the suggestion that therapy may be able to alleviate their gender dysphoria can feel like a misunderstanding of their condition, and/or an accusation of madness. Under these circumstances, medical transition can appear attractive. But if this is sought as a way of avoiding painful psychological issues that have become embodied, it is unlikely to be effective. In this talk I will be exploring some ways that analytical psychotherapists can help overcome this impasse and engage trans clients in meaningful psychotherapeutic work. Participants are welcome to bring relevant case material ? subject to the usual requirements of confidentiality.

Robert Withers is a training analyst with the Society of Analytical Psychology. He is in private practice at the Rock Clinic in Brighton, which he co-founded in 1990. He has published several papers on trans phenomena including The Seventh Penis, which jointly won the Michael Fordham prize for 2015. He has taught on numerous psychotherapy and university trainings.

Time and Place

This event will be held at The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS ( between 10:15 – 12:45.
The cost for the lecture is £50.00 for WMIP members and £60.00 for non-WMIP members.


Please email your application form and make payment by BACS or send your cheque with your application form by post. Bookings should ideally be made at least a fortnight before the lecture to be attended.

Please make BACS payments as follows:
Bank: Barclays, Sort Code: 20-08-44, Account No: 03737950
Account Name: The Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy
(Please use your name as a reference)

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:

Download APTC Public Lecture A5 Booklet (pdf) >>

The APT-Birmingham
Public Lectures

For enquiries contact Sue Harford,
Administrator to the Training Committee
Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park,
Stockwith Road, Misterton,
Nottinghamshire DN10 4ES.

Telephone: 07789 545908

Current lectures >>

Previous lectures >>

If you would like to know about future lectures and events sign up to receive news by email >>