The Association of Arbours Psychotherapists

professional work of the association of arbours psychotherapists (AAP)

Annual ConferenceLecture Series

The AAP:An Introduction

The unconscious is the larger circle which includes within itself the smaller circle of the conscious ...

Sigmund Freud, Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners, 1921

It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.

D. W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Social phenomenology is the science of my own and of others' experience. It is concerned with the relation between my experience of you and your experience of me. That is, with inter-experience. It is concerned with your behaviour and my behaviour as I experience it, and your and my behaviour as you experience it.

R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience (1967), Ch. 1 : Experience as evidence

The AAP provides a range of resources, networking support, CPD and social events for graduates of the Arbours Training Programme. Our graduates work in a variety of settings including the NHS, higher education, community services, specialist teams, services or clinics and private practice. While the majority of us are based in London we feel privileged to have a diversity of graduates across the UK, Europe and as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

The background of Arbours is in the provision of care in a community setting, either as long term communities or in a shorter term Crisis Centre. The philosophy is that of group or community collaboration. This has given Arbours graduates the opportunity to participate in not only individual therapeutic work, but gain experience of the way in which individuals can play out and, sometimes, resolve their difficulties in the immediacy of other people.

Further details of the work of Arbours are here.

The diversity of the Arbours training background leads Association members into various roles, often in team and group settings.

Many of our therapists are available as speakers and teachers with particular areas of interest and expertise for the provision of training courses, supervision and group work within specialist teams or clinics.

telephone: 020 8340 7646


In times of political turmoil, where does one turn to for insight? Faith is the persistence and continuity of humanity. (Updike)

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”? (Yeats)

“The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear” (Gramsci)

“Everything must change so that everything can stay the same." (Tancredi in "The Leopard")

Freud like Tancredi was pretty pessimistic about social change, despite at the beginning of his career recognising the profound effects of trauma and inequality on his patients. He contributed enormously to our understanding of the mind. However, nothing human can be understood in the abstract. We also have to interpret thoughts, feelings and behaviours in their social context. In his lecture David Morgan will provide a framework to address these issues.

DAVID MORGAN is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst both in the NHS and private practice. He worked for many years as a Consultant at the Portman Clinic.

He is a training/supervising analyst of the BPA; Fellow of the BPAS; training therapist/supervisor of the BPF and Tavistock Clinic; Organiser and Chair of the "Political Mind Seminars" at the Institute of Psychoanalysis; Honorary Senior Lecturer at City University, London and Essex University.

He is the presenter of "Frontier Psychoanalyst" and has also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on various topics. He lectures on a variety of subjects within the UK and abroad, and was main guest speaker with Ruth McCall at the Freud Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2016. He is the guest speaker at the Bob Gosling Memorial Lecture 2017.

David Morgan|Psychologist

Psychologist David Morgan, support in Asylum Cases and Psychological Support for Whistle-Blowers, London NW3

Psychoanalysis and Politics | David MorganBooking

The Association of Arbours Psychotherapists is the professional association for therapist who have trained with The Arbours Association.

We are responsible for holding the registration of our members, the relationship between our professional body and others, in particular our immediate umbrella organisation CPJA (Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis) and the UKCP (UKCP).

We take an active interest in ethics, access to psychotherapy services both in terms of cost, physical access and “equal opportunity”, that is to say promoting understanding therapy without excluding preconceptions or prejudice. We encourage the engagement of our members in developing their own practices.

We organise various continued professional development (CPD) events including a public lecture series.

The forthcoming lecture on 26 November is Psychoanalysis and Politics given by David Morgan. Further details can be found here.


Annual Lecture


The lecture series since November 2014 is detailed here.


Lecture Series