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‘Metaphor in Psychoanalysis’ with Dr Jonathan Sklar

May 13, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

£25 – £45

To buy tickets: https://www.hallaminstitute.org/product/metaphorandpsychoanalysis/

Speaker and Content

Dr Jonathan Sklar will speak on this recent paper, which discusses ideas around the uses and functions of metaphor in providing a language which transforms understanding and knowledge in the unconscious. He contrasts the metaphors in the stories about St.Christopher and the Erl King in relation to the psychic function of carrying over or not, as well as discussing the psyche-soma and its need to carry the burden that is too much to bear mentally.

As metaphors are hidden in language and culture, the power of psychoanalysis to transform, lies in the transference or for Winnicott, lies in the ” holding.” Dr.Sklar suggests we should restore the metaphoricity to our metaphors in order to more deeply understand the language of the patient. He discusses being a flaneur in analysis as a metaphor of the analytical journey in finding objects hidden and unobtrusively present. This is a very different form of exploring a city with a guide book or of approaching interpretation with theory in mind.

DR JONATHAN SKLAR MBBS, FRCPsych, is an independent training psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society. He trained in psychiatry as well as in adult psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic, London. For many years he was consultant psychotherapist and head of the Psychotherapy department in Cambridge.  As well as lecturing widely across the world, he has taught psychoanalysis in South Africa, Chicago and across Eastern Europe. From 2007-2011, he was Vice President of the European Psychoanalytic Federation, with responsibility for seminars for recently qualified analysts as well as new analytic groups in East Europe. He has been a board member of the IPA from 2015-2019 and has convened Balint Groups for 25 years. He has also taught at UCL and later at the BPAS on Ferenczi and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


Landscapes of the Dark-history, trauma, psychoanalysis. Karnac 2011.

Balint Matters -psychosomatics and the art of assessment. Karnac 2017

Dark Times -Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Politics ,History and Mourning . Phoenix Press 2018.

The Soft Power of Culture – Art, Transitional Space and Play will be published by Phoenix later this year.

Programme for the day

The Webinar will be hosted on Zoom on Saturday 13th May 2023. Participants will be sent a Zoom link in advance of the day.

  • 10.15. Registration
  • 10.30. Welcome from the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
  • 10.35. Presentation from  Jonathan Sklar
  • 11.30. Short break.
  • 11.45. Q&A with Jonathan Sklar (opportunity for participants to contribute)
  • 13.00 Close

A recording will be made available to all ticket-holders for at least 30 days after the event. 

CPD certificates can be provided for those attending the Webinar.


Buy tickets for £25-45 at https://www.hallaminstitute.org/product/metaphorandpsychoanalysis/

Invitations will be sent out to all those who have registered for the event 24 hours before the event.

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May 13, 2023
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
£25 – £45


Online Event


Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy

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