The Association of Arbours Psychotherapists

professional work of the association of arbours psychotherapists (AAP)

Spring Lecture 2017Lecture 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

All cultures develop their own modes of self explanation, but such explanations, somewhat like symptoms, inevitably conceal as much as they reveal.

In this sense psychoanalysis may be well placed to enter into a critical relationship with the forms of consciousness that characterise our age. The ideology of the market has so penetrated into social consciousness that it appears as "normality", but this normality can be problematic.

The presentation will, then, fall into two parts. In the first some broad socio-cultural considerations will be offered as regards our contemporary world with an emphasis on its impact upon mental health.

Special reference will then be made to the work of the Fitzjohn's Unit, a specialist service based within the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic, that provides a unique psychotherapeutic treatment for patients enduring severe psychiatric disorders. The lecture will then focus on the deterioration in psychiatric care. This deterioration creates an environment which is increasingly hostile to the kind of thinking that psychoanalysis represents. This latter part should hopefully be understood in the context of the former exploration.

Dr. David Bell is past President of the British Psychoanalytic Society.

He is a Consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock where he directs a Specialist Unit (the Fitzjohn’s Unit) for serious/enduring complex disorders. In 2012-2013 he was Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck College, London. His writing and lecturing interests include the development of psychoanalytic concepts, psychosis and borderlines states. Throughout his professional career he has been deeply involved in the relation between psychoanalysis and other disciplines: literature, philosophy, culture and socio-political issues and has published extensively in these areas. His publications include: “Paranoia, psychoanalysis and Culture”, “Reason and Passion”, “Living on the Border”. He is one of the UK’s leading psychiatric experts in asylum and human rights.

Dr David Bell has also written about the deterioration in the care of the mentally ill (PDF available here).

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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

Screening of the film HER

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