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 Richard Mizen

Richard Mizen

Associate Professor & Director of the 'Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy' programmes Portfolio

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 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Richard Mizen has worked as a psychotherapist for forty years and qualified as an analyst over thirty years ago. He trained with the Society of Analytical Psychology where he is a training analyst. He has worked for the last eighteen years at the University of Exeter and is an Associate Professor and Director of the Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy portfolio of programmes, part of the Psychology School, in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. He has designed and led several programmes including the Doctor of Clinical Practice (Research), a training programme to enable clinicians to become researchers and the Doctor of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice programme that provides British Psychoanalytic Council accredited clinical trainings to become either a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. These programmes are designed and delivered in way that allows access to clinical and research training from across the UK and Internationally. He has published widely and works as a consultant and clinical supervisor to both trainee and qualified analysts and psychotherapists. He also consults to organisations. He supervises post-graduate research at doctoral and masters level and has acted as an External Examiner to both academic and clinical programmes across the UK.



Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist/Analyst


I have worked for over forty years in health and social services in the fields of adult mental health, forensic mental health and child protection and spent over thirty years working as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist/analyst in various settings.

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Mizen R, Morris M (2007). On aggression and violence. london, Palgrave MacMillan. Abstract.
Weiner J, Mizen R, Duckham J (2003). Supervising and being supervised. London, Palgrave McMillan.

Journal articles

Mizen R (2019). The affective basis of violence. Infant Mental Health Journal, 40(1), 113-128. Abstract.
Mizen R (2016). Book Review: Violent Adolescents: Understanding the Destructive Impulse. Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 11(4), 622-623.
Mizen R (2014). Fanaticism in Psychoanalysis: Upheavals in the Institutions. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 59(3), 457-459.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2014). Intersubjectivity in therapeutic interaction: a pragmatic analysis by Knox, J. & Lepper, G. J Anal Psychol, 59(4), 594-596.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2014). On the capacity to suffer one's self. J Anal Psychol, 59(3), 314-332. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2013). On session frequency and analytic method. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29(1), 57-74. Abstract.
Mizen R (2013). What is Psychoanalysis? 100 years after Freud's 'Secret Committee'. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 58(5), 712-714.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2011). Self-Agency in Psychotherapy: Attachment, Autonomy and Intimacy. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 56(5), 712-715.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2009). Some limitations of analysis. J Anal Psychol, 54(4), 461-473. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2009). The embodied mind. J Anal Psychol, 54(2), 253-272. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mizen R (2009). The so-called mindlessness of violence: Violence as a pathological variant of aggression. Global Crime, 10(4), 416-431. Abstract.
Mizen SC, Mizen R (2009). ‘Il ruolo dell’Analisi nella Salute Mentale’. Rivista di psicologia analitica(79), 215-230.
Mizen R (2009). ‘The So-called Mindlessness of Violence’. Global Crime(10), 416-431.
Mizen R (2003). A contribution towards an analytic theory of violence. J Anal Psychol, 48(3), 285-305. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mizen R (1998). Evolutionary psychiatry: a new beginning. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 43(1), 185-187.  Author URL.

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