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The medical complex

Dr. Mary Emeleus

Most of us have had interactions with Western medical systems and practitioners which have left us at least mystified and confused, if not traumatised; particularly in the field of mental health. Sometimes it is impossible to make sense of what happened. The author of this paper is both a General Practitioner (family physician) and psychotherapist (with an interest in Jungian thought). She experiences the tension between the paradigms of medicine and psychotherapy as a source of both anxiety and possibility. In Jungian psychology, complexes are understood as a collection of ideas or concepts around a particular archetype or archetypes, and they contain both conscious and unconscious elements. Whilst they remain unconscious, they may wield a powerful influence on both individuals and 'the collective'. This presentation proposes the existence of a Medical Complex constellated within individuals, systems, and wider culture in the West, which is primarily unconscious and influences us in ways of which we are mostly unaware.

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
Visit The World Council for Psychotherapy at http://www.worldpsyche.org

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Dr. Mary Emeleus

Dr mary Emeleus is a GP and Psychotherapist working at headspace Townsville. I have a mixed role as Senior Clinician, including seeing clients for medical, psychological medicine and psychotherapy appointments, supervising counselling staff and contributing to management. She is also GP Advisor to Mental Health Programs for Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University.
 
Professional interests include lifestyle medicine, adolescent mental health, Balint groups and  Psychoanalytic, Jungian and Existential theory & practice. 

MBBS BSc(Med) UNSW 1996
FRACGP Grad Dip Rural 2001
MMH (Psychotherapy) UQ 2004

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