Associate Professor Gavin Ivey

Associate Professor Gavin Ivey

BSocSc (Rhodes), MSocSc (Clinical Psychology) (Rhodes), PhD (Natal)

Coordinator, Clinical Psychology Program

Gavin trained as a clinical psychologist at Rhodes University, South Africa, and went on to lecture and supervise trainee psychologists at University of Natal (Durban) and University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). He immigrated to Australia in 2010 and is currently coordinator of the Clinical Psychology Masters Program at VU.

Gavin’s teaching and research interests converge on the process of adult individual psychotherapy, particularly the unconscious influences on the psychotherapy relationship. He practices part-time as a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. 

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Ivey, G. (2010). Plying the steel: a reconsideration of surgical metaphors in psychoanalysis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 58, 59-82.

Ivey, G. (2011). Bion’s therapeutic applications. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 25, 92-104.

Ivey, G. & Partington, T. (2012) Psychological woundedness and its evaluation in applications for clinical psychology training. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Ivey, G. (2013) Cognitive therapy’s assimilation of countertransference theory and practice: A psychodynamic perspective. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29, 230-244.

Ivey, G. & Waldeck, C. (2013). Trainee clinical psychologists’ experience of mandatory personal psychotherapy in the context of professional training. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1-12.

Refereed chapters

Ivey, G. (2007). The Oedipus complex. In M. Flood, M., J. Gardiner, R. Pease & K. Pringle (Eds.), International encyclopedia of men and masculinities (pp. 461-462), London and New York: Routledge.

Ivey, G. (2009). Wilfred Bion: thinking, feeling, and the search for truth. In Developmental Psychology (2nd Ed.). In J. Watts, K. Cockcroft and N. Duncan (Eds.), pp. 112-137. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Ivey, G. (2013). Unconscious meaning and magic: comparing psychoanalysis and African indigenous healing. In G. Loban, M. O’Loughlin and C. Smith (Eds.), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Contemporary South Africa: Theory, Practice, and Policy Perspectives, pp. 142-168. Johannesburg: Wits University Press


Areas of expertise

  • Professional ethics
  • Psychoanalytic theory and practice
  • Psychodynamic case formulation and treatment planning
  • Reflective practice
  • Teaching and learning of adult individual psychotherapy
  • Transference-countertransference aspects of the psychotherapy relationship

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2138