Josephine Davies will talk on “Neither Motherhood nor Otherhood: philosophy and ‘childfree’ women” on Tuesday 20th. April 2015. Talk preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the SoP at 6pm

Josephine Davies says this about her topic: Women are often considered primarily in terms of biology and fertility, resulting in many misconceptions and assumptions about those who choose not to become mothers.

This presentation is based upon Josephine’s doctoral research into the experiences of deliberately childfree women (yes, this problematic terminology will be discussed!)  Using existential philosophy, she argues for a more holistic view of allwomen that embraces the other dimensions of female existence, and brings to the fore the search for meaning that was found to be integral to the lives of her participants. It is hoped that a lively discussion will be generated concerning freedom and choice, meaning, responsibility, and how all of this impacts upon us as practitioners.

Josephine is an existential psychotherapist and coach in private practice. She is also a jazz musician and composer and runs workshops helping other musicians to re-learn the joy of creativity that so often becomes cramped by fear and competition.

Josephine’s talk is preceded by the:

Society of Psychotherapy Annual General Meeting

Existential Academy, 61-63 Fortune Green Road, London NW6 1DR

Tues 21 April 2015 at 6pm


  • Welcome from the Chair
  • Minutes of last AGM and matters arising
  • Chair’s report
  • Hon Treasurer’s report and presentation of accounts for 2014/15
  • Hon Secretary’s Report
  • Marketing Officer’s Report
  • Election of Executive Committee members
  • Any Other Business
  • Close of business meeting