Marcus West

Marcus West

After doing a degree in Philosophy and Economics at University College London, I went into teaching, then business, before working for the NHS and Social Services for a number of years and training as an analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology, where I am now a Training Analyst. I served as Chair of Psychotherapy Sussex between 2013 and 2016.





My primary interest is my clinical work in the consulting room and I have enjoyed writing and teaching alongside that, giving talks and lectures extensively in the UK and abroad. My clinical work led me into the field of trauma, with early relational trauma becoming a particular interest.


Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self – a new perspective on identity, affect and narcissistic disorders. Karnac Books 2007.

Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice. Karnac Books 2011.

Into the Darkest Places: Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. Karnac Books 2016.


'Identity, narcissism and the emotional core', Journal of Analytical Psychology, Volume 49, no 4, pages 521-552, 2004. This paper was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize.

'There you are but where did I go? A problem with otherness and a critique of analytical psychology'. Cape Town 2007, Proceedings of the 17th International Congress for Analytical Psychology.

'The narrow use of the term ego in analytical psychology: the 'not-I' is also who I am'. Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol 53, pages 367-388, 2008.

'Envy and difference', Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 55, pages 459-484, 2010.

'Attachment, sensitivity and agency: the alchemy of analytic work', Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 56, pages 354- 361, 2011.

'Trauma and the transference-countertransference: working with the bad object and the wounded self'. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2013, vol. 58, pgs. 73-98.

'Defences of the core self: borderline functioning, trauma and complex'. In: Transformation: Jung's Legacy and Contemporary Clinical Practice. Eds. Cavalli, Hawkins & Stevns. London & New York: Karnac.

'Trauma, participation mystique, projective identification and analytic attitude'. In: Participation Mystique. Ed. Mark Winborne; in press 2013.

‘Working in the borderland: early relational trauma and Fordham's analysis of "K"'; Journal of Analytical Psychology, 61: 44-62; 2016.

‘A Strange Fire: an exploration of psycho-spiritual development aided by Jungian analysis and Vedanta’; with David Sagar; Journal of Analytical Psychology, 61: 625-646; 2016.

‘Self-disclosure, trauma and the pressures on the analyst’; Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62: 585-601; 2017.

‘To the beginning and back again: trauma, splits and confluences’, in: Re-Encountering Jung - Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Robin S. Brown (Ed); Routledge.