Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

Date: Friday, 23 June 2023

Time: 9am – 5pm BST

Location: The Institute Of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY, United Kingdom

Cost: From £22.38

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A one-day event using a series of group activities to reflect on our individual & collective experience of virtual reality By The Association for Psychosocial Studies

Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality

‘Psychoanalysis Meets Virtual Reality’, an upcoming theoretical-experiential event convened by Dr Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Ulster University, Belfast), Prof Lynn Froggett (University of Central Lancashire and Chair of the Association for Psychosocial Studies), Prof Jill Bennett (Director of the Big Anxiety Research Centre and the felt Experience & Empathy Lab at the University of New South Wales, Sydney) and Dr Gail Kenning (The Big Anxiety Research Centre and the felt Experience & Empathy Lab at the University of New South Wales, Sydney).

The event will take place at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) in London on Friday 23 June at 9am-5pm. It is sponsored by the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), the Big Anxiety Research Centre (BARC), the felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL), Psychoanalysis +, the UCLan Psychosocial Research Unit, and the Institute of Group Analysis in London.

There is a significant amount of work happening at the interface between research on mental health and Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). This work brings together artists, curators, clinical practitioners, patient advocates, academics, and activists. VR, AR, and MR make use of arts-based technologies to facilitate individuals having an immersive sensuous experience by means of wearing a headset. This event will include an individual VR experience, Perinatal Dreaming (fEEL 2023), which will be launched at the event. This will be followed by a number of small and large group activities to help us to reflect on, and talk about, our individual and collective encounters with Perinatal Dreaming. We will also have an opportunity to hear from Prof Jill Bennett and Dr Gail Kenning about their work, and discuss what VR, AR and MR might offer psychoanalysis and vice versa. We will consider the importance of VR, AR, and MR experiences within the context of arts and mental health projects more broadly. The emphasis will be on experience, reflection, and conversation throughout the day.

What kinds of feelings might be evoked and/or contained while engaging in VR, AR, and MR experiences? How might our engagement with VR, AR and MR experiences help us to become more aware of, and reflective about, the operation of introjection and projection? Might VR, AR and MR have a place in our clinics and/or as part of our clinical training programmes? What, in particular, might the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience contribute to our thinking about the long-term impact of early life experiences? How might our participation in group activities, underpinned by psychoanalytic thinking, help us to make meaning of our individual encounters with the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience? These questions will frame our event.


Contact Dr Noreen Giffney ( and Prof Lynn Froggett ( for further details about registration fees and how to register. Places are limited so early registration is advised. This is an in-person event only; it will not be possible to attend online. It will not be recorded.

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The image on the poster is a still from the Perinatal Dreaming VR experience, which was produced by felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL).