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About Ruth Calland

I am an experienced therapist and supervisor. I have been in private practice since 1996, and am a qualified Jungian psychoanalyst, and couples therapist. I am a senior member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

I started off by working as a volunteer counsellor for Relate in 1989. In 1996 I was awarded the Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling (theory and practice).

I worked with teenagers for six years, when I ran a counselling service in a VIth Form College in Newham, London. There I experienced working with people from many different cultures, including refugees.

In 1999 I set up a counselling service for unemployed people, and ran this until 2002. I have also worked as a counsellor in two GP surgeries, receiving referrals directly from the GPs.

In 2002 I was accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and accepted onto the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors. I became a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP.

In 2004 I graduated from an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development (Jungian stream) from the British Association of Psychotherapists and Birkbeck College. As part of this course I undertook a 2 year infant observation with written paper.

In 2007 I established Connect, an assessment and referral service for people in East London, with an attached peer support group for therapists of diverse backgrounds, making connections between different ways of working .

In 2018 I completed an advanced training in three times per week Jungian Analysis, run by the British Jungiain Analytic Association at the British Psychotherapy Foundation.

I have teaching experience on many courses, including the Psychotherapy Today course and the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course at the British Psychotherapy Foundation. 

During the Covid pandemic I was the Chair of the British Jungian Analytic Association, and in this time initiated the once weekly training in Jungian Psychotherapy. I am now the Creative Workshops Coordinator for the BPF Jungian trainings, and also run the BPF Jungian Dream Workshops course.

In 2023 I qualified as a supervisor with the Society of Analytical Psychology, and also became a Training Analyst for the British Jungian Analytic Society. 

I have written two clinical papers, both published in the international Journal of Analytical Psychology: 'Race, power and intimacy in the intersubjective field: the intersection of racialised cultural complexes and personal complexes', 2019, which won the Fordham Prize and ' Facilitating the emergence of hidden dissociative identity disorder: finding the lost maiden Medusa', 2022.             

 I am also an artist.