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

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.

Her application of philosophical ideas to psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching has been instrumental in establishing the existential paradigm firmly in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and around the world.  She lectures internationally and her many books have been translated into well over a dozen languages.

She is visiting Professor with Middlesex University and has been a professor with Regent’s College, honorary professor with Sheffield University and Schiller International University and a visiting fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.

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.

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  Goldsmithst.  He holds a diploma in Supervision from 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),


Digby Tantam (Director, Existential Academy)

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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