Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex
What is the Centre like?
Founded in 1993, the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex is internationally recognised as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health as well as in culture and society generally. Its work is deeply grounded on knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which the highest standards of academic thinking are then applied. The Centre enjoys an outstanding reputation for research and has consistently achieved the highest rating in the UK's Research Assessment Exercises, most recently in 2008. It is also distinctive in its provision of a pluralistic and non-sectarian environment in which various depth psychological models of the unconscious (especially Freudian, Jungian, and British Object Relations) are critically examined. Centre programmes make use of experiential components and clinically-oriented teaching. Many members of staff are clinicians as well as scholars. And strong links are maintained with the local NHS and other services, institutions, and centres of excellence.