Thursday 4 January 2001

Inner Circle Seminars (Sixth Series: 2001 – 2002)

Inner Circle Seminars

An Ethical, Existential, Phenomenological Search for Truth in Psychotherapy

conducted by
Anthony Stadlen
starting in September 2001

There are only four more of the current unique series of fifty monthly Freud Centenary Seminars, which has now lasted five years:

1 April 2001
‘Does this mean that perhaps its “day” has come?’

29 April 2001
‘I remain loyal to thought reading...’

27 May 2001
‘“Dreams and Hysteria” is sent off...’

24 June 2001
‘I notice he knows nothing of what is behind dreams...’

The series started on 21 April 1996 (the centenary of Freud’s double announcement of his seduction theory and of the name ‘psychoanalysis’). Each seminar takes as its text a sentence indicating a stage on Freud’s way during his most creative period as recorded in his letters to his friend Wilhelm Fliess a hundred years ago (to the day where possible). This opportunity cannot be repeated, as Freud’s running commentary to Fliess does not continue much after 1901.
A superficial glance may suggest that this series has been about Freud. But the open secret of these seminars is that Freud’s quest a century ago is only the starting-point; it has given the series a structure. The point of the seminars is the search for fundamental ethical, existential and phenomenological principles in psychotherapy.
In September, the seminars will resume, as a continuing ethical-existential-phenomenological exploration, with a new structure, under the title INNER CIRCLE SEMINARS.
You are cordially invited to participate, and experience for yourself how, as others have reported, these seminars throw immediate light on urgent questions of practice and theory in psychotherapy today. They are a place where most of those who have attended have said they feel safe to develop their own psychotherapeutic position in relation with others.
Distinguished therapists and scholars have travelled from the United States, Austria and the Netherlands to attend individual seminars. The seminars have been reported as far afield as in the Czech press. They are at the cutting edge of authentic historical and philosophical research on psychotherapy. But they are open to anyone, at whatever stage, who is seeking truth. They will make sense to anyone who has the sense to see that existential and phenomenological are not what comes with those labels but, rather, what is in tune with what those words point to.

The venue is Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1.

Cost per seminar for the present series is £56 for students and £70 for others (some bursaries).

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 64 Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1SN
Tel: 020 7485 3896 E-mail:

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