Contributors to 20th. Anniversary Conference on May 26th.


Picture of Susana AbseSusanna Abse (Member, executive board, British Psychoanalytic Council)

Susanna Abse is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked in private practice with couples, parents and individuals since 1991. She was CEO of the charity Tavistock Relationships from 2006 until 2016 and now also works as an Executive Coach and Organisational Consultant. She is an accredited member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and serves as a member of its Executive Board.







Emmy van Deurzen (Principal New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and first chair of the United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy)

Emmy is a Philosopher, Counselling Psychologist and Existential Psychotherapist.  She founded the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University, the Society for Existential Analysis and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Existential Academy in London, of which she continues to be Principal. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and has chaired and directed many other organizations and institutions. Amongst her 16 books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012, Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010).  The second edition of Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy appeared with Wiley in 2015.   Two further books are currently in press and at editing stage.


Myira Khan (Governor and Trustee of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Myira is an Accredited Counsellor and qualified Supervisor, working in her own private practice, where she works with children, young people, adults and couples from across diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures.  She is the founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapists Network.   Myira was given a Mental Health Hero Award (2015) by the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in 2015.

Maureen McIntosh  (chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology, British Psychological Society)

Maureen McIntosh  is a Chartered psychologist with an NHS appointment as a Senior Counselling Psychologist working with older adults. She is a Mindfulness [level 1] Teacher. She has co-authored three book chapters, she is the co-editor of the Leadership and Diversity book, co-editor of Working Relationally with Ethnic Minorities and co-editor of Race, Culture and Diversity.


Malcolm Peterson Chair, Society of Psychotherapy)

Picture of Malcolm PetersonMalcolm Peterson  is a UKCP registered group analytic psychotherapist and supervisor. He trained at the University of London,  initially trained in psychodynamic counselling at Birkbeck in group analytic psychotherapy at  Goldsmiths University.  He holds a diploma in Supervision from the  Institute of Group Analysis London (with distinction). .Malcolm’s current clinical work involves supervising staff in various organisations, such as a private forensic hospital and addiction treatment setting. His background for a number of years was working in specialist personality disorder services in the NHS, working with people diagnosed with Borderline and Anti Social Personality Disorder.

Martin Pollecoff (Chair of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

I was trained in the Metanoia Institute and have a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. I also hold their Diploma of Clinical Practice plus their Certificate of Supervision, which is for Senior Practitioners, and means that you supervise the work of other therapists.

I have been Chair of The Minster Centre (6 years),  Chair of the Association of Humanistic Psychotherapists, a board member of the UKCP (three years) and what else… oh yes ….eight years ago I started which is a national network of Psychotherapists who offer reduced cost work to ex-services personal and their families. We are now linked with ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘Walking with the Wounded’ who both use our services.

My work in the field of ‘change’ goes back to 1977 when I became a group trainer with ‘Exegesis’, today I prefer to work on a one-to-one basis.

Christopher Williams (President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)

Picture of Professor Chris Williams

Dr Chris Williams is President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (, and is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. His main work is in the development and evaluation of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches that aim to provide wider access to care. This includes the free-access life skills course which receives over 25 million hits a year and is the most recommended cCBT product in NHS England IAPT services and mental health trusts (Bennion et al, 2017 BMJ Open).   He is medical adviser to Anxiety UK ( and Patron of the charity Triumph over Phobia ( His  online and class-based life skills programmes have been translated into Somali, French, Chinese, Urdu and Romanian,  and more than 1.5 million copies of his books have been sold.

Digby Tantam (Director,  Septimus group)

Photo of DigbyDigby is an emeritus professor at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting professor at Middlesex University.  He was the second chair of UKCP, the founding chair of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association, former registrar of the European Council for Psychotherapy, and the founding chair of the Society of Psychotherapy.


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