WPF Therapy Open Evening @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
Sep 3 2019 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 4 2020 @ 8:30 pm
WPF Therapy Open Evening @ WPF Therapy Limited

This free open evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, is for those who want to know more about counselling and psychotherapy and possible training options with WPF Therapy.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you been thinking about, or are looking for, a reputable foundation level course that will fit in with your life, challenge you and move your ambitions forward?
  • Are you looking for an introductory level course that can lead to a BACP, BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?
  • Have you completed a foundation level course and are now looking for an accredited training (BACP) that will equip you with a professional qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (BPC and UKCP)?

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday , 8 November 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday, 3 January 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday, 20 February 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday, 29 May 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday, 4 September 2020, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean?, what do our courses involve?, when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Find out more about our foundation level certificate courses, the essential first step when embarking on a training to become a therapist or a valuable aid to self development and enhanced work performance. Or our Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BACP registered and accredited, BPC and UKCP registration) which leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

If you would like to speak to one of our current trainees, or one of our graduates to find out more about the practicalities and the student experience of training with us, please indicate this when you book a  place.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the April, July/August, October and January intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2020 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training.

Please contact us to book a place.  All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”
The Introductory Lectures – London @ Institute of Psychoanalysis Tickets
Sep 18 2019 @ 5:45 pm – Mar 26 2020 @ 8:30 pm
The Introductory Lectures – London @ Institute of Psychoanalysis

Whether you are completely new to psychoanalysis, or you wish to deepen the knowledge you already have, the Introductory Lectures will help you discover key psychoanalytic concepts and how they apply in the consulting room and beyond.

You’ll hear from renowned psychoanalysts at the forefront of psychoanalytic practice, including those who have trained, taught and supervised at leading universities and treatment centres like the Tavistock Clinic, The Portman Clinic and the Maudsley Hospital.

  • Lectures start at 5.45pm and are held on Wednesdays in Maida Vale, London
  • Each lecture lasts approximately one hour, including time for questions
  • There is a short break before moving into smaller discussion groups
  • Groups start at 7pm and last for around one hour
  • You will stay in the same discussion group throughout the term, so that you can explore the themes in a group setting and deepen your understanding together
  • You will be provided with a reading list and core reading material for each lecture

Autumn 2019: 18 September – 27 November

Spring 2020: 15 January – 25 March

For more information: Click here

Early bird rates are available until 19 August

The Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis @ Institute of Psychoanalysis Tickets
Sep 20 2019 @ 9:00 am – Mar 23 2020 @ 5:30 pm
The Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis @ Institute of Psychoanalysis

The Maudsley Lectures is a series of talks and discussion groups exploring the application of psychoanalytical concepts to clinical work and beyond. This year our lectures will explore: ‘The unconscious and dreaming’ & ‘Identity’

These lectures will be of particular interest to clinicians and trainees working in psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, nursing and other areas of mental health. However, anyone is welcome to attend.

Lectures start at 6.30pm and are held on Mondays

  • Each lecture lasts approximately one hour, then there is time for questions
  • There is a short break before moving into smaller discussion groups
  • Groups start at 8pm and last for around one hour
  • You will stay in the same discussion group throughout the term, so that you can explore the themes in a group setting and deepen your understanding together
  • You will be provided with a reading list and core reading material for each lecture

Autumn 2019: 20 September – 09 December The unconscious and dreaming

Spring 2020: 13 January – 23 March Identity

For more information: Click here

Early bird rates are available until 2 September


Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2019-2020 @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
Sep 27 2019 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 26 2020 @ 8:30 pm

This study group has been lively and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed.

Did you study Kleinian theory on your training? Maybe you would like the opportunity to explore it in more depth now that you have more clinical experience.  Theory only really comes alive when we can connect with it from our clinical practice. Maybe you did not cover Klein during your training and would like to know more about her work and how it might help you in your practice.

This study group sets out to explore developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. The course is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with Kleinian thinking as well as those who wish to deepen and enrich their understanding and use of psychoanalytic concepts.

Melanie Klein and those influenced by her have formed a central strand in British psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking since the Second World War. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and understanding.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group: participants have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, connections and insights, including reflections on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings; there are suggestions of secondary sources that discuss and summarise the main readings and of further relevant material.

If you attend these study groups, you can expect:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed session reading will be sent on booking.

10 session course
Session 1: The Paranoid-Schizoid position: splitting and projection, 27 September 2019
Session 2: The depressive position: loss and guilt, 25 October 2019
Session 3: Pathological organisation of the personality, 22 November 2019
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 13 December 2019
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle, 24 January 2020
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference, 21 February 2020
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 20 March 2020
Session 8: Confusion and perversion, 24 April 2020
Session 9: Gender and sexuality, 22 May 2020
Session 10: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 26 June 2020
Time 7pm – 8.30pm

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

These sessions will be of interest to practicing counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to participants who can attend all 10 sessions.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Training Administration on 020 7378 2050/ in order to be sent an application form.

WPF Therapy Reading Group @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WPF Therapy Reading Group @ WPF Therapy Limited

This unique reading group is now entering its 15th year and has gone from strength to strength. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

Although many participants have been trainees and practising counsellors or psychotherapists, everyone is welcome to attend. If you are thinking of attending for the first time or have enjoyed one of the previous sessions, why not tell a friend and encourage them to come along too. Please read the book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

Friday 18th October  2019
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

Friday 17th January 2020
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Led by Pat MacDonald

The remainder of the programme will be published shortly.

There are still opportunities to facilitate reading groups, so please e-mail if you are interested.

The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients @ WPF Therapy Limited
  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with distress and anxiety about their gender?

  2. Would you like to learn more about Gender Dysphoria and how to work with it clinically?

  3. Would you like to learn more about Gender Diversity and Transgender clients? (There is a separate workshop on Gender Diversity)

  4. What is the role of shame and how do you work with it in the consulting room?

  5. Do you feel that you lack practical knowledge about transgender identities?

  6. How can you work with clients who are part of a community currently feeling very threatened and vulnerable?

  7. Do you feel anxious or frightened around gender identity and would like to learn more about this challenging field?

“Having a gender identity which is in conflict with your body is one of the most distressing experiences any person can face.”

During this workshop we will begin to understand more about gender identities, learn the terminology and start to feel comfortable with it, understand the process your clients may be going through and develop some more knowledge and confidence to work with clients presenting with gender identity issues.  The workshop will be clinically focussed on working with clients who want to change their gender identity which may or may not include their body.  There will be some experiential space in the day.

During the day Michelle will use presentations, pairs and small groups to discuss the issues around working with gender identity including current challenges – NHS – Treatment – DSM – Pathology-v-identity, history and definitions and terminology.  There will be consideration of the role of diagnosis and the legal framework as well as the countertransference experienced in this work.  There will be some clinical presentations and case studies as well as space to discuss discomfort or areas of concern that we may feel with this challenging area.

This is a companion workshop to “Gender diversity and sexuality”.  There will be some overlap but this workshop is more focussed on clinical work with transgender clients but will include gender diversity and the role of shame including working with clients who may not want to change their gender identity but who feel that their expression of gender does not fit into a binary system. Those booking onto The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients workshop will receive a 25% discount off of this workshop if booking both workshops at the same time.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Bridgman
 is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgendered Health) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Programme with Middlesex University where she is researching the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

Shelley works with children and adults who are Transgender or are struggling with their gender identity and is a regular commentator in the media. As a Keynote Speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with Gender Dysphoria.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Training Administration on 020 7378 2050/ in order to be sent an application form.

Using Our Ethical Thinking @ The Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) Tickets
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
We often think of ethics in terms of things we should not do rather than as an integral part
of being an analyst or therapist and where holding an ethical attitude is as much about what
we choose to say or do as what we don’t. The need for ethical thinking does not only refer to
what we do in the consulting room but extends outside to other aspects of our work and to
our relationships with colleagues. Ethical problems are often complex and unclear; we can
find ourselves between a rock and a hard place.
In this talk and also in thinking together I would like us to work through several hypothetical
situations where the need for ethical thinking could be an important part of what we decide
to do. Is mediation always a better solution than making a formal ethical complaint? What
is the difference between a grievance and a breach of an ethical code? These are basic issues
that can lead us into many more complex decisions when considering ethical action or
Penny Pickles
is a training analyst at the SAP. She is currently Chair of the IAAP ethics
committee having been the Chair of the SAP ethics committee and a member of the BPC
ethics committee. She is a past Chair of the SAP and was the co-ordinator and a supervisor
on the IAAP training programme in Moscow for seven years.
Chair: Lucinda Hawkins
Venue: SAP
Fee: £30
A CPD event
Using Our
Kill Bill @ SAP Tickets
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is the second film in the CAP/SAP film series on Powerful Women.
A discussion, led by Ruth Williams, will follow the screening.
The lead character (Uma Thurman), called ‘The Bride,’ was a member of the Deadly Viper
Assassination Squad, led by her lover Bill. Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill’s child,
‘The Bride’ decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who,
on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill and his
deadly squad. Four years later, ‘The Bride’ wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is
gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the people who destroyed her life and killed
her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins.

This is Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film in which Uma Thurman stars, she redefines what it
means to be a woman. Tarantino and Thurman conceived of ‘The Bride’ together while
shooting Pulp Fiction, so there was only ever one actress to play the role. Tarantino told the
BBC, “Yes, this is my samurai movie; yes, this is my badass chick movie”.
Please do not be put off by the idea of violence! Tarantino is a most witty and intelligent

[Of interest: In 1967, Thurman (Uma’s dad) returned to the United States and renounced his
monk status (which required celibacy) to marry his second wife, German-Swedish model
and psychotherapist Nena von Schlebrügge, who was divorced from Timothy Leary


Ruth Williams is a Professional Member and Supervising Analyst (with AJA) in private
practice. She is the author of Jung: The Basics (Routledge 2019).

Venue: SAP
Fee: £25 (including refreshments) Book:
This is a CPD event

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent @ Omnibus Theatre Tickets
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In this event Coline Covington and Christopher Wintle will speak and expand upon their chapters in the book ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent’.

Coline will look at the personal psychological repercussions and conflicts that children of Holocaust perpetrators face, as well as more recent material covering the shadow with which ordinary people whose parents were involved in brutalities contend, particularly in terms of the cultural shadow that the younger generation inherits from the previous one.

Christopher will look at the question of why Electra dies in the opera by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss when in Sophocles – its source – she lives on? He will present two interpretations: Elektra epitomizing self-sacrifice to an ideal on the one hand, and on the other, falling prey to the ‘shadow of the object’. He will look at the overshadowed space occupied by the troubled children in Agamemnon’s family but also sibling relationships – they too overshadowed by jealousy and the legacy of murder, love and deceit.

The event, to be introduced by Serena Heller, will be chaired by Jonathan Burke who is the editor of the book.

Please do join us for this stimulating event. Refreshments will be available. This event counts as 2.5 CPD hours.

Cost: £25 standard / £20 bpf members /£10 trainees
10% early bird discount using code SHADOW10 if booked before 1st july

Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of ‘Privileged’ Children (with Prof. Joy Schaverien) @ St Antony's College Tickets
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is the first of an annual series of bpf Wessex events in which analytic consideration is given to themes of social importance.

In her book ‘Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child‘ Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma. The children are also unsafe because, in some schools, they are at the mercy of bullies and sexual predators.

To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. In psychotherapy the transference dynamics may replay the hidden childhood trauma of repeated losses. Based on additional clinical material the talk will draw attention to the ways in which this syndrome may present in psychotherapy. It will give a sense of the depth of trauma, including sexual abuse, which is often missed when a patient mentions they attended a boarding school.

Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £22.

about the speaker

Professor Joy Schaverien, PhD , is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: ‘The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy‘ (a single case study of an erotic transference/countertransference, which is soon to be republished by Routledge) and ‘Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child‘ (June 2015), which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.