Psychology plays a very important role in how we understand our behaviors, thought processes and more. The scholarly study of psychology dates back to the Ancient Greeks and there is also evidence that it was investigated in ancient Egypt. With that said, it was originally a branch of philosophy until the 1870s when it was developed as a scientific discipline in the United States and Germany. The study of psychology spread around the world and has now become central to our understanding of what it is to be human. Its influence has become highly beneficial. With many practical applications in everyday life. To speak to its extremely beneficial application, it is helpful to know about some of the professionals in the field, like Stuart MacFarlane, a highly experienced therapist and psychology scholar.
Stuart MacFarlane is a therapist, educator and Jungian Analyst that began his psychology career over 30 years ago. MacFarlane, an Australian native, took interest in pursuing a career in psychology following his experiences in the 1970s when he decided to study Advaita Vedanta and philosophy attend at the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University in Rishikesh, India. Once he graduated and returned to Australia, MacFarlane knew the skills he had learned would be useful and he wanted to use them to help others overcome personal struggles. This lead him to open up his own private practice in 1984 to offer therapist services like bereavement therapy.
MacFarlane’s private practice was well received and he accumulated a high number of patients that sought treatment. Due to his desire to achieve more, MacFarlane began training with the well-known psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who was responsible for the five stages of grief theory, which was a groundbreaking development in the field. MacFarlane eventually climbed up the ranks of her foundation and would help her run workshops and conferences. During this time, MacFarlane met one of the most prominent figures in Jungian Analysis, Gregg M. Furth, who served as an inspirational mentor and eventually lead MacFarlane to where he is today.
As MacFarlane’s interest grew in this branch of psychology, he relocated to London, England to study at the Guild of Analytical Psychology (GAP). Upon graduation, MacFarlane opened a private practice in London treating patients with the use of Jungian Analysis therapies. He treated a number of psychological issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bereavement, relationship counseling and drug/alcohol abuse.
Currently, MacFarlane resides in London and enjoys the continuous study of psychology while helping others along the way.