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PhD, The Wright Institute
Psychoanalytic Training, Philadelphia Association (London)
Michael Guy Thompson, PhD, received his psychoanalytic training from R. D. Laing and associates at the Philadelphia Association in London, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute, Berkeley.
Dr. Thompson teaches courses in the psychodynamic and existential psychotherapies at CIIS. He is also a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Dr. Thompson is Founder and Director of Free Association, Inc., a not-for-profit organization devoted to the relief of severe psychopathology.
Dr. Thompson is the author numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and schizophrenia, as well as five books: The Death of Desire: A Study in Psychopathology (1985), The Truth About Freud's Technique: The Encounter with the Real (1994), The Ethic of Honesty: The Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis (2004), The Legacy of R. D. Laing: An Appraisal of His Contemporary Relevance (Ed.), and The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness (2nd Edition), a completely revised and expanded edition of his first book.
Dr. Thompson serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, including Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, the Journal of European Psychoanalysis, and the Journal of Existential Analysis. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, and Australia, and is a member of various psychoanalytic organizations, including the International Psychoanalytical Association, the College of Psychoanalysts, and the Philadelphia Association, Ltd., all in Great Britain. Dr. Thompson also convenes an annual workshop at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, R. D. LAING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, devoted to Laing's legacy.
His most recent project is Gnosis Retreat Center, a residential treatment program for psychotic states, modeled on Kingsley Hall, in which numerous CIIS students are involved. Dr. Thompson practices existential psychoanalysis in San Francisco and lives in Marin County, CA.