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Jane Haynes is a psychotherapist who originally trained as an actor at the Royal Court Theatre, but after reading The Divided Self and working with R.D. Laing at Kingsley Hall, she trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst. Jane has since detached herself from this limiting orientation although she has not thrown out the baby with the bathwater and now Jane Haynes refers to herself as a relational psychotherapist. Jane is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Jane Haynes is a psychotherapist who works from the premise that psychotherapy needs to be a therapeutic dialogue between two equals and rejected the psychoanalytic mode of the authority of the analyst. considers that people not only have unspeakable experiences, or thoughts they may have been waiting to express all of their lives, but that such experiences can be made more unspeakable, more painful, by the absence of a trained listener as originally described by Adam Phillips. Using this modality she also co-convenes monthly meetings for GP’s and other consultants to explore their own lives rather than focussing on those of their patients. In other words a ‘play group’. She works with her daughter Tanya Haynes who is the director of The Blue Door Practice which they co-founded along with Dr Jamie Arkell FRCPsych. Tanya leads a multi-disciplined team of highly qualified practitioners.

Jane is interested in creativity, all relationship and GLBTQ gender issues, as well as the psychology of infertility, and postnatal depression. She is experienced at working – in collaboration with psychiatric colleagues – with individuals who suffer from clinical depression and suicidal ideation. She is also interested in the collective epidemic of Internet pornography, and contributed to the Financial Times Magazine cover story: ‘Not Tonight Darling, I’m Online.’

She is concerned that the public is not provided with enough information about how psychotherapy works and wrote a book in which she describes her own experiences of being a patient and also provides other patients with an opportunity to express their voice. ‘Who is it that can tell me who I am?’, with a foreword by Hilary Mantel. Other publications include: ‘Doctors Dissected’ which she co-authored with Dr. Martin Scurr (Quartet 2015) Jane Haynes latest book ‘If I Chance To Talk A Little Wild’ which is about her life working as a psychotherapist with contributions from many. of her patients was published by Quartet in September 2018 and is also available on Amazon. In September of this year Jane published a Kindle edition of the diary she kept during Lockdown which combined her clinical experiences as a psychotherapist with the daily events of a domestic life after she moved into the family home to undertake her clinical day working on Zoom.

Jane also offers mentoring consultations – independent to her work as a psychotherapist – exploring creativity and writer’s block