Byron GaistAnja van Kralingen
Book Club Facilitator
Byron Gaist studied Psychology and Counselling Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level in England in the 1990s and has been a practicing counselling psychologist and psychotherapist for nearly three decades now. He has worked in the areas of gerontology, family violence, addictions and in general private practice with a diversity of clients. Currently he is the head of the Policy Department at the Cyprus National Addictions Authority, and also continues to work with clients in private practice, both in person and online.
In his own words, Byron Gaist has always been drawn to Jungian ideas. In 2009 he completed his PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, which focused on the relationship between Analytical Psychology Orthodox Christianity and the archetype of the Wounded Healer. His thesis was published as a book by the Orthodox Research Institute in 2010.
Byron has also been in personal Jungian analysis. In 2022, he decided to further his personal development along Jungian lines, by enrolling on the Magnum Opus online programme at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. He has just completed Nigredo and Albedo, the first half of a four-part journey through the alchemical stages of personal transformation in Jungian psychology. He is also studying Jungian and Post-Jungian Clinical Concepts with the CAJS.