Episode 31: Stephen Foster

Stephen J. Foster, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst, author, and lecturer in private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Sussex University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Imperial College, London. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in biochemistry and toxicology at the University of Wisconsin, and in cancer research at Harvard University. He then went on to work as an environmental consultant in hazardous waste for over 28 years.

Dr. Foster became a Licensed Professional Counselor after earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Regis University, and in 2009 earned a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. 

He is currently a training analyst with the Boulder Seminar and is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. In 2011 his book, Risky Business: A Jungian View of Environmental Disasters & the Nature Archetype, was published by Inner City Books, and in 2015 he contributed the chapter “The Archetype of Waste” in Pythia Peay’s book, America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics & Culture.

Dr. Foster lectures widely on nature, alchemy, and the relationship between Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli. His interest in the images in the Tarot, in alchemy and the alchemical process led him to explore how they manifest in books, films, and art. He has written and presented on how certain films reflect the alchemical process and how alchemical transformation occurs within movies.

This interview was recorded on February 25, 2018. It’s 1:03:37 long and 58.8 MB. You can listen to it right here in your browser or download it directly to your computer. This episode is also available on Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or wherever you get your shows.


Inner City Books Dr. Foster’s author page

Nora Swan-Foster Dr. Foster’s wife, who is also a Jungian analyst, will be a future guest

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung

Jung & Tarot: An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols

The I Ching, or, Book of Changes by Richard Wilhelm, Foreword by C.G. Jung

Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C.G. Jung

Atom & Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters Edited by C.A. Meier

Psychology & the Occult Includes Jung’s doctoral thesis, On the Psychology & Pathology of So-called Occult Phemomena

The Archetypes & the Collective Unconscious Volume 9i of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung {contains a reference to the Tarot in par. 81}

Psychological Types by C.G. Jung

Spring Journal: Environmental Disasters and Collective Trauma  A Journal of Archetype & Culture, Volume 88, Winter 2012

Divine Tempest: The Hurricane as a Psychic Phenomenon by David Schoen, Jungian analyst

Jungian Art Therapy: Images, Dreams, & Analytical Psychology by Nora Swan-Foster, Jungian analyst

Naropa University Boulder, Colorado

jungianLaura on YouTube Laura London’s new YouTube channel for weekly video updates


Boulder Jungian Analyst His website

Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts The largest Jungian training institute in North America

Boulder Seminar A regional training seminar of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts