What we're about

Psychoanalysis on the Street is a Meetup group run by Stillpoint Spaces London, and is for all people who are interested in the psychology of society, culture, and the arts. We understand "psychoanalysis" in its widest inclusive sense, from honouring (and challenging) its roots in Freud and Jung to its most cutting edge developments today. We are dogmatically undogmatic and inclusive of all therapeutic perspectives that work at psychological depth.

We acknowledge that humans are meaning-making beings, and we look to the world of psychotherapy to help us understand how we come to these meanings.

But why "Psychoanalysis"? Because at its root, psychoanalysis has always been about meaning-making, and its founding principles were at the same time human and subversive. We recognise it's a provocative word, yet we choose it to reclaim it - not for psychoanalysts and not for academics - but for everyone.

We're taking psychoanalysis and its related disciplines out of the consulting rooms and institutions to the streets. Our hope is to provide people from all walks of life with an opportunity to engage with the exciting insights of depth psychology. The purpose of POTS is to dialogue, share, embody, experience and explore how psychoanalysis and psychotherapy - it their broadest senses - can be used to better understand ourselves and each other in the context of everyday contemporary life.

We want to break it open, reclaim it, understand it and understand ourselves. We also want to celebrate it, enjoy it, and have some fun.

Psychoanalysis on the Street is presented by Stillpoint Spaces (https://london.stillpointspaces.com/), an online and offline community for people interested in searching for purpose and meaning in their lives. Our London-based bricks and mortar venue is now fully open, and we will continue to build our community through the space, Meetups and community events.

Upcoming events (5)

Mindful Deep Work for Writers: Creating space for your writing practice

*Please note these writing groups are currently taking place online* Join us for a new iteration of our deep work sessions for writers series, led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Paul Christelis, and Sebastian Kola-Bankole. In today’s over-distracted world, creating the time for deep work can be difficult. We know that “the book (or email or poem or article) won’t write itself” but often find it difficult to find the discipline to create uninterrupted mindfully present writing time. These writing sessions are inspired by Cal Newport's book Deep Work which suggests how we can better focus on our creative ideas in a distracted world. After some mindfulness exercises led by Paul, we will quietly write, simply supported by others quietly writing around us. These are not traditional writing workshops where your work will be shared. Rather, the sessions offer the space for quiet, mindful, uninterrupted writing amongst colleagues who share the same aim. "The writing group has become somewhat of a sacred space for me. With a mindfulness ritual to begin and a verbal reflection at the end, I feel I am in a comforting and holding space where I can work through any writing mindblock. There is something magical about sitting together in silence with our phones and WiFi off. We are somehow able to hold each other accountable - and stuff gets done! This has helped me gain greater focus and concentration. It's a great space that has helped me get unstuck. I've been able to produce some of my most thoughtful, creative and meaningful work whilst working along other members in this group. Highly recommended!" - Jamie Kelly, writing group attendee.

Mindful Deep Work for Writers: Creating space for your writing practice

*Please note these writing groups are currently taking place online* Join us for a new iteration of our deep work sessions for writers series, led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Paul Christelis, and Sebastian Kola-Bankole. In today’s over-distracted world, creating the time for deep work can be difficult. We know that “the book (or email or poem or article) won’t write itself” but often find it difficult to find the discipline to create uninterrupted mindfully present writing time. These writing sessions are inspired by Cal Newport's book Deep Work which suggests how we can better focus on our creative ideas in a distracted world. After some mindfulness exercises led by Paul, we will quietly write, simply supported by others quietly writing around us. These are not traditional writing workshops where your work will be shared. Rather, the sessions offer the space for quiet, mindful, uninterrupted writing amongst colleagues who share the same aim. "The writing group has become somewhat of a sacred space for me. With a mindfulness ritual to begin and a verbal reflection at the end, I feel I am in a comforting and holding space where I can work through any writing mindblock. There is something magical about sitting together in silence with our phones and WiFi off. We are somehow able to hold each other accountable - and stuff gets done! This has helped me gain greater focus and concentration. It's a great space that has helped me get unstuck. I've been able to produce some of my most thoughtful, creative and meaningful work whilst working along other members in this group. Highly recommended!" - Jamie Kelly, writing group attendee.

Mindful Deep Work for Writers: Creating space for your writing practice

*Please note these writing groups are currently taking place online* Join us for a new iteration of our deep work sessions for writers series, led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Paul Christelis, and Sebastian Kola-Bankole. In today’s over-distracted world, creating the time for deep work can be difficult. We know that “the book (or email or poem or article) won’t write itself” but often find it difficult to find the discipline to create uninterrupted mindfully present writing time. These writing sessions are inspired by Cal Newport's book Deep Work which suggests how we can better focus on our creative ideas in a distracted world. After some mindfulness exercises led by Paul, we will quietly write, simply supported by others quietly writing around us. These are not traditional writing workshops where your work will be shared. Rather, the sessions offer the space for quiet, mindful, uninterrupted writing amongst colleagues who share the same aim. "The writing group has become somewhat of a sacred space for me. With a mindfulness ritual to begin and a verbal reflection at the end, I feel I am in a comforting and holding space where I can work through any writing mindblock. There is something magical about sitting together in silence with our phones and WiFi off. We are somehow able to hold each other accountable - and stuff gets done! This has helped me gain greater focus and concentration. It's a great space that has helped me get unstuck. I've been able to produce some of my most thoughtful, creative and meaningful work whilst working along other members in this group. Highly recommended!" - Jamie Kelly, writing group attendee.

Mindful Deep Work for Writers: Creating space for your writing practice

*Please note these writing groups are currently taking place online* Join us for a new iteration of our deep work sessions for writers series, led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Paul Christelis, and Sebastian Kola-Bankole. In today’s over-distracted world, creating the time for deep work can be difficult. We know that “the book (or email or poem or article) won’t write itself” but often find it difficult to find the discipline to create uninterrupted mindfully present writing time. These writing sessions are inspired by Cal Newport's book Deep Work which suggests how we can better focus on our creative ideas in a distracted world. After some mindfulness exercises led by Paul, we will quietly write, simply supported by others quietly writing around us. These are not traditional writing workshops where your work will be shared. Rather, the sessions offer the space for quiet, mindful, uninterrupted writing amongst colleagues who share the same aim. "The writing group has become somewhat of a sacred space for me. With a mindfulness ritual to begin and a verbal reflection at the end, I feel I am in a comforting and holding space where I can work through any writing mindblock. There is something magical about sitting together in silence with our phones and WiFi off. We are somehow able to hold each other accountable - and stuff gets done! This has helped me gain greater focus and concentration. It's a great space that has helped me get unstuck. I've been able to produce some of my most thoughtful, creative and meaningful work whilst working along other members in this group. Highly recommended!" - Jamie Kelly, writing group attendee.

Past events (191)

Insidious snake: women in psychoanalysis & culture

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