Nora Swan-Foster


I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve as North American Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Analytical Psychology, which has consistently provided diverse and rigorous ideas and vital clinical work from its authors. Joining the efforts to expand the Journal’s readership, I am also invested in enhancing the knowledge and visibility of analytical psychology as it is practiced around the world.
I come with a background in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Expressive Arts Therapy Masters from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1986) with a focus in art therapy. My initial therapeutic training was with children at the Community Therapeutic Day School, an early intervention program that included a Tavistock method of observation and reflection - this immersion in developmental, attachment, and psychoanalytic theories established sustaining ideas within my clinical work that were interwoven with Jungian studies.

For many years, I was faculty at Naropa University’s graduate art therapy program and conducted independent art therapy research in a Denver hospital. This period inspired my interest in student research, presentations and publications. I graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA) in 2010 and then, for six years, coordinated the Boulder Jung seminar, during which time, it was formally accepted as an official training seminar with the IRSJA where I continue my professional engagement as a Senior Training Analyst. I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado, USA, where I have had a full-time private practice for nearly 30 years.


Swan-Foster, N. (Ed). (2020). Art Therapy and Childbearing Issues. (In Press). New York, NY: Routledge.
Swan-Foster, N. (2018). Jungian Art Therapy: A guide to dreams, images, and analytical psychology. New York: NY: Routledge.

Papers and Reviews:

Swan-Foster, N. (2018). [Review of journal article Going too far: Relational Heroines and Relational Excess by J. Slochower.] Journal of Analytical Psychology, 63(4): 554-557.

Swan-Foster, N. (2014). [Review of the book Melodies of the Mind: Connections between psychoanalysis and music by J. Jaffee Nagel]. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 59(5): 726-730.

Swan-Foster, N. (2012). 'Pregnancy as a feminine initiation'. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 26(4) Summer, 207-235.

Swan-Foster, N. (2011). [Review of the book Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body's Wisdom and Creative Intelligence]. Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 28, 191-192.

Swan-Foster, N. (2010). 'Pregnancy as a feminine initiation'. Unpublished Thesis, IRSJA.

Swan-Foster, N., Foster, S. & Dorsey, A. (2003). 'The use of the human figure drawing during pregnancy'. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21(4), 293-307.

Swan-Foster, N., Lawlor, M., Scott, L., Angel, D., Ruiz, C., Mana, M. (2001).  'Inside an art therapy group: The student perspective'. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 28(3), 161-174.

Franklin, M., Farrelly-Hansen, M., Marek, B., Swan-Foster, N., & Wallingford, S. (2000). 'Transpersonal art therapy education'. Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 17(2), 101-110.

Peterson, G. (1993). 'An Easier Childbirth'.  (Case study sample included in text.)  San Francisco, CA: Tarcher Press.

Swan-Foster, N. (1989). 'Images of Pregnant Women: Art Therapy as a Tool for Transformation'. The Arts in Psychotherapy, l6(4), 283-292.

Swan-Foster, N. (1986). 'Images and Fears of Pregnant Women', Masters Thesis.