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Geraldine Fogarty

Ph.D.; Psychotherapist; Psychoanalyst; Lecturer

Geraldine Fogarty

Geraldine Fogarty has worked in private practice as a psychotherapist for twenty-eight years and has practiced psychoanalysis for the past eight years. Geraldine holds a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Religion (Psychoanalysis) from the University of Toronto and she is a graduate of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis (TIP), where she is now on faculty, teaching courses such as “Dreams”, “Ethics of Clinical Practice,” “Psychoanalytic Listening,” and “Gender and Sexuality in Psychoanalysis.” Geraldine Fogarty has given presentations to the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, the European Association of Psychotherapists, and has lectured on C.G. Jung’s Analytic Psychology in Dublin, Ireland.

Geraldine Fogarty is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association, a member of the Curriculum Committee for the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, a member of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Program for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She is an Honorary Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, and, instrumental to its formation, served as the Society’s first and founding President. 
Geraldine Fogarty spent her childhood in Ireland and immigrated to Canada at age twelve. The subjective experience of being an immigrant has allowed her to appreciate how cultural and emotional differences underpin fundamental understandings of the self and of relationships with others. Throughout her professional life, Geraldine has remained deeply committed to the prospect that the meaningful exploration of conscious and unconscious ways of knowing can lead to psychic change and thereto to healing, growth, and fulfillment.
 
Professional History
 
 Geraldine Fogarty graduated from Toronto’s Lakeshore Teachers’ College, Toronto, in 1966. She taught elementary school for the Etobicoke Board of Education for eighteen years, primarily teaching Language Arts and History to gifted adolescents in the Special Education Program. She developed a particular interest in the fostering of creativity and in addressing the challenges of feeling different that gifted students often face in childhood and adolescence. She gave presentations on designing and modifying programs for the gifted student that focussed on optimal classroom conditions for learning.
 
In 1975 Geraldine Fogarty was a member of the Ministry of Education Review Team of the Ontario Teacher Education College in Toronto and worked with the Research and Curriculum Branch of O.I.S.E. to explore classroom climates conducive to a positive Values Education program in Ontario schools.
 
That same year, 1975, Geraldine Fogarty completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at York University.  In 1992, she completed her Masters Degree in the Psychology of Religion (Psychoanalysis) at the University of Toronto, with a thesis entitled King Lear as an Embodiment of the Dark Side of Jung’s Individuation Process. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in 2009, completing a cross-disciplinary dissertation in Early Irish Literature and psychoanalysis, entitled Madness and Transformation in Early Irish Literature: A Psychoanalytic Perspective.
 
Throughout the 1980’s Geraldine Fogarty studied with Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, and incorporated a Jungian analysis with an apprenticeship-training in psychotherapy.  This training included theoretical material, dream analysis, supervision, and participation in the “Psyche-Soma Group for Psychotherapists.”
 
Between 1985 and 2000, Geraldine participated in a variety of courses and workshops that investigated different psychotherapeutic modalities and approaches, including Bioenergetics abreactive technique, British Object Relations, and Past Life Therapy with Jungian analyst Roger Woolger, a process involving Jungian interpretation of dissociative states that take the form of past life memories and become available through archetypal imagery, body memory and abreaction.
 
From 1993 to 2000, Geraldine Fogarty organized a Supervision Group in Toronto for psychotherapists with New York Jungian analyst Nathan Schwartz-Salant, who focussed on counter-transference issues from Jungian and psychoanalytic perspectives. Geraldine has presented papers on the theories of Jung and on the subject of  transference and countertransference: “Transference and Countertransference Resistance,” at the Annual Meeting of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, Toronto, Ontario (1996); “What is Jungian Psychotherapy?” at the AGM of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, (1999); and “Working with Distorted Realms in Ordinary People in Long-term, Depth Psychotherapy,” at the Annual meeting of the European Association of Psychotherapy, Dublin, Ireland (2000).
 
Geraldine Fogarty was one of ten psychotherapists who in 1989 formed the Steering Committee of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and founded Ontario’s first professional association of psychotherapists in private practice. The Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP) was instrumental in establishing a code of ethics, providing standards of qualifications and contributing to the development of a professional identity for theoretically divergent individual psychotherapists in private practice. Geraldine served as the Founding President of OSP, and is currently an Honorary Member of the Society.
 
Seeking to extend her theoretical and clinical knowledge of contemporary psychoanalytic theory, Geraldine Fogarty enrolled in the psychoanalytic training program at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis in 2004.  Her training as a psychoanalyst was concurrent with her doctoral studies providing the opportunity to bring together the theories of diverse modalities in clinically useful and meaningful ways.
 
Geraldine Fogarty has given papers that reflect her increasing appreciation of the importance of the changing inner states of the psychotherapist’s/ psycholyanalyst’s mind in the clinical setting. In 2005 she chaired a panel discussion on countertransference resistance, “Sexual Fantasies Behind the Couch” at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society in Toronto, and gave a paper “Ethics and Psychoanalysis: Towards an Ethics of Liminal Subjectivity,” at the Literature and Psychoanalysis Symposium held at the University of Toronto, 2010.