Introduction to Psychotherapy with Dr Mark Vernon

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If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Freud, Jung and Melanie Klein, but were afraid to ask, now is your chance. Our psychotherapy course with Dr Mark Vernon takes you through the life and work of six key figures in the world of psychotherapy.

Your teacher is Dr Mark Vernon, broadcaster, author and therapist. Mark also runs the ancient and modern philosophy courses at the Idler Academy, and works as a therapist at the Maudsley Hospital in south London. Mark is a wonderful communicator who knows his subject inside out and can convey difficult subjects with great clarity and precision. Visit his website here.

As well as being a fantastic primer in the key developments in psychotherapy since its birth in late 19th century Vienna, Mark’s course will help you to think about your own life – who you are, where you are going, where you came from.


Mark’s course consists of six 20-30 minute video lectures, notes with key dates and concepts, plus practical exercises and a further reading list. Students can discuss the course and put questions to Mark in the forum.

Course Outline

Lesson One: Sigmund Freud and the Stages of Life

Lesson Two: Melanie Klein and Inner Life

Lesson Three: John Bowlby and Relationship Styles

Lesson Four: Donald Winnicott and the True Self

Lesson Five: Wilfred Bion and the Behaviour of Groups

Lesson Six: Carl Jung and Dreams

About the tutor

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist with a private practice in London, as well as working at the Maudsley Hospital. He is also a writer, broadcaster and teacher. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark contributes regularly to publications in the UK, including the Guardian and Church Times, and also broadcasts on the BBC. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit,