Who Is The Psychotherapist Stuart MacFarlane?
Some know him as a student of Tibetan Buddhism and philosophy, others know him as an educator, but Stuart MacFarlane is best known as an analytical psychotherapist. MacFarlane has more than 30 years of experience in the psychology field that started back in the 1970s when he left his home in Australia to study in India. At the school of Yoga-Vedanta Forest University, located in Rishikesh, India, MacFarlane studied philosophy as well as Advaita Vedanta. After he graduated, MacFarlane returned to Australia with the interest of becoming a bereavement counsellor and psychotherapist. During 1984, MacFarlane opened his own private practice and wanted to integrate his knowledge from the east to his therapy sessions.
MacFarlane began accepting referrals for bereavement counselling and became the founder of the Blue Mountains Bereavement Support Group, which continues today as The Blue Mountains Palliative Support Service. While running his private practice, MacFarlane obtained his Graduate Diploma in Social Communications at the University of Western Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. In 1985, he began working under Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in loss & grief therapy training. He went on to organize her workshop and became President of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Association of Australia in 1987.
Stuart MacFarlane psychotherapist also attended University of NSW to study psychology, whilst running his private practice in Australia. In 1998 he moved to London. His move was initiated by the interest in Jungian analysis, which transpired by meeting the internationally known Jungian Analyst Gregg M. Furth. MacFarlane began to study analytical psychology at The Guild of Analytical Psychology (GAP) and received his Diploma of Analytical Psychology. While MacFarlane was in London, he opened up another private practice as a psychotherapist/analytical psychologist and expanded his patient services to cover individuals suffering with bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, bereavement and anxiety.
His practice continued through 2008 when he became more involved in the organizational workings of GAP. Up until he resigned in 2014, MacFarlane would lead numerous workshops throughout the year that focused on bereavement and care of the caregiver, and using art and drawings in the healing process. Additionally, MacFarlane held training sessions to psychotherapy students for GAP. Currently, MacFarlane continues to study developments in psychology and maintains his psychotherapy practice in London.