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The Future of Psychotherapy is Bright

The Future of Psychotherapy is Bright

I write this entry today just before going to the the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy’s conference  “The Future of Psychotherapy: science, politics and best practice”. To show how important this conference is, the 300 allotted places sold out months ago. As a person who has organised many conferences, that is no mean feat.

Last night, UKCP hosted a dinner for around 30 of the movers and shakers within the profession. I was honoured to be one of the diners. Joining us were representatives of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanlytic Council and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

As the title of this piece alludes the future is very bright indeed. Conversations were held and common ground found and fostered. It was a real joy to me to see the sometimes wearing tribes of the profession getting together in the spirit of camaraderie and friendship.

The profession of psychotherapy is at the cusp of change, which of course is exciting and terrifying. However, if the atmosphere generated last night and the conference today being all it is hoped, I believe the the future is bright for our professions. The wearing of shades is optional.

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