Jason Ross is a psychologist in private practice on the East Coast of Southern Africa. He has significant experience in working with concerns regarding sexuality, relationships, trauma and addiction. Jason is associated with the Global Centre for Advanced Studies as a PhD Student Researcher.
He takes a non-pathologizing approach to these concerns that is particularly interested in how we language our own existence. He believes that Psychology, as a discipline, is at risk of self-reification (providing overly rehearsed answers to our anguish) and has, therefore, turned to Philosophy as a practice for better understanding and embracing our human experience. His PhD with GCAS explores the intersection of Secular Buddhism, Psychotherapy and Existential Philosophy, read through a Psychoanalytic lens, with a particular interest in the discourse of self-transcendence. He has set up a live-in therapy Centre where he hopes to continue to develop philosophical practices that speak to what it means to be alive in our times while being vigilant to falling prey to spiritual materialism in aid of neoliberal ideology. He believes in “embracing the totality of experience” as we open ourselves up to being in the world in ways that contribute to its sustainability.