There is no membership requirement nor fee to attend the regular meetings of Lacan Toronto. All are welcome.

If you wish to become a member of Lacan Toronto, please write to us telling us about yourself  and your interests in Lacan. Send in to our Membership person, Dr. Claire Lunney at: Then you will be asked to pay the annual fee of $150 to the Treasurer, Joan Guenther, at the next meeting you attend.

All members are listed on the Members page in alphabetical order by their surname. Once listed you are eligible to apply for a password to the Member’s area where we are holding on-going discussions about our studies.

Your email address will be treated confidentially.

Ines Lara de Anderson is a Lacanian analyst from Venezuela now resident in Toronto. She is a member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAPOL) and La Nueva Escuela Lacaniana (NEL) since 2000. In 1992 she started her readings and formation into the Lacanian Orientation through her own analysis, seminars & amp; Cartels in the School in Caracas. She has presented papers in the WAPOL congress in Caracas, Paris and Barcelona and after 2000 attended conferences in Miami and New York. Most of her papers have been a product of her participation in a Cartel that is a working group that has some organizing principles defined by Lacan and that take into consideration each one’s specific relationship to knowledge. She is the Cartel Coordinator for Lacanian Compass. She also has a Masters in Social Work and has her private practice in downtown Toronto.

Ramiro Armas-Austria

Dan Collins

Joan Guenther taught in elementary and secondary schools in downtown west Toronto for twenty years. Over a ten year period she served as local president and provincial treasurer of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association with a special interest in labour negotiation, teacher counseling and political activism. She wrote and published under the auspices of the teacher federation. She began reading Lacan while on a sabbatical at York University in 1994. Joan holds undergraduate and education degrees from St Francis Xavier and York Universities. She is currently writing and critiquing contemporary English language Canadian poetry and publishing with a concentration on various internet literary sites.

Judith Hamilton is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, a co-founder of Lacan Toronto, and in private practice in downtown Toronto.  She took her medical and specialist degrees at the University of Toronto and became a psychoanalyst through the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis in 1982. She is a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. She began her Lacanian studies in 2000, attending the Stockbridge Lacanian Clinical Forum, reading  groups with colleagues and conferences in Toronto with Speaking of Lacan, and increasingly, international Lacan conferences in the U.S., Paris and London, England.  She teaches both Freud studies and Lacan to psychoanalytic psychotherapy students of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. She shares with anyone interested her reading lists, teaching and student notes here on her website and also supervises psychotherapists.  She had, herself, a Lacanian analysis, and is passionate about learning and spreading what the Lacanian orientation adds to the perspectives and tools of work with contemporary patients.

Debora Kirschbaum Nitkin holds a Lecturer position at LSB Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto where she has taught since 2010 in the graduate and undergraduate program. Prior to this appointment she was an Associate Professor at State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil and the Director of the research group “Nucleum of Research in Psychoanalysis, Nursing and Mental Health Care”. In Brazil, she had an extensive experience as academic and clinical supervisor of PhD, master and undergraduate students at university mental health services, and her clinical practice drew upon the Lacanian psychoanalytical approach.

Claire Lunney is a psychoanalyst in Toronto, Canada and a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. She is a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. She is Director of the Advanced Training Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and teaches in the TPS Extension Program on Lacan and in the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis and in the ATPPP.

Thomas O’Brien is a faculty member and past president of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. His analytic locus could be described as transatlantic with an ongoing study of Freud, Lacan, Winnicott, Bion and others.

Concetta Principe

Carlos Rivas studied psychology in his native country, Venezuela, where he also continued postgraduate studies in philosophy and social sciences. He began studying Lacan in 2000 in the context of the research project “Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society”. He is also trained in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Focusing, Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. From 1998 to 2007 Carlos worked as a professor and researcher, and in 2005 he was the recipient of the National Award for Research in Psychotherapy, granted by the Venezuelan Psychotherapy Association. He has lived in Canada since 2007, where he continues his private practice in psychotherapy and works as a Manager at Family Service Toronto. He is a member of OACCP ( Ontario Association of Consultants Counsellors and Psychometrists and Psychotherapists), EMDR Canada and Lacan Toronto. Carlos is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on contemporary sexual identities from a Lacanian perspective. He works both in English and Spanish.

Duane Rousselle

Ali Taheri

Clive Thomson is a psychoanalyst, graduate of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and a Guest of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, with a private clinical practice in Toronto. He is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. He has been co-teaching a course on Lacanian psychoanalysis in the Extension Program of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society for the past seven years. He is Professor and Director of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph. His recent publications are listed here.  Clive’s website is here .

Chris Vanderwees

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