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Only the wounded physician heals.

Dr John Merchant

Research continues to indicate a connection between the choice of psychotherapy as a profession and one's own woundedness. Mander (2004) concluded that the wish to help was rooted in an experience of suffering and Barnett’s (2007) interviews pointed to early emotional losses. Not surprisingly then, the concept of the 'wounded healer' has become a particularly popular notion so that its use occurs across a range of strikingly diverse modalities including humanist psychology, transcultural psychiatry and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
Effectiveness, What works?
Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Dr John Merchant

Dr John Merchant is a Psychologist and Jungian Analyst providing private psychological services to adults in Sydney as the principal consultant for John Merchant & Associates Pty Ltd. John supervises intern psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors both in Australia and overseas. John Merchant is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Psychology and Zoology with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney. His career began in welfare work running residential programs for troubled youth with drug and alcohol problems. On returning from fieldwork in the USA with the GROW movement (an Australian based self-help group for people recovering from mental illness), he moved into secondary education with a primary focus on student welfare. In response to his clinical interests, John subsequently undertook Jungian Analyst training. John is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Association for Analytical Psychology and is a Training Analyst and previous Vice-President of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts.He is the Author of: Shamans and Analysts; New Insights on the Wounded Healer. Routledge 2011

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