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Psychotherapy Section

Psychotherapy Section

The Psychotherapy Section is the main forum within the Society for psychologists and others who share an interest in psychotherapeutic psychology. One of the oldest specialist groups within the Society, it has a long and distinguished history as a meeting ground for discussion of psychotherapy and related issues. 

The aims of the Section are:

  • To further psychological understanding of the personal, social and cultural issues involved in psychotherapy and to examine critically and elaborate their meanings for the psychology of human experience and conduct;
  • To promote scientific investigation of psychotherapy which employs research paradigms appropriate to its subject matter;
  • To provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas in relation to the above which avoids aligning itself with any school within the broad discipline of psychotherapy;
  • To work closely with other Sections, Divisions and Special Groups of the Society in pursuit of these aims and, where appropriate, to collaborate with external agencies and organisations.

The specific goals of the Section are:

  • To organise a varied and accessible annual programme of events which promotes the discussion of new ideas and approaches within psychotherapy which are relevant to the Section's aims;
  • To disseminate information about such new ideas and approaches by means of a newsletter;
  • To make available information about psychotherapy within the Society and to relevant external bodies;
  • To represent interest in psychotherapy and the psychology of psychotherapy on the Society's Council and Scientific Affairs Board;
  • To comment and advise on professional issues in psychotherapy only insofar as these relate to the personal, social, cultural, and scientific issues which are the primary concern of the Section;
  • To explore and communicate issues of importance for the discipline of psychology which are especially highlighted within psychotherapy and which challenge more simplistic notions of science.

Membership of the Section does not constitute a qualification in psychotherapy and should not be used to imply professional competence.


  • Discounts at Psychotherapy Section events and annual conferences
  • A twice yearly publication "Psychotherapy Section Review"
  • A forum for discussion and exchange of ideas among fellow psychologists and mental health professionals by contributing to the publications and conferences

How to join

In order to join the Psychotherapy Section you must already be a member, affiliate or student subscriber of the British Psychological Society. 

Annual membership of this Section is currently 15 GBP (7.50 GBP for student members). Membership of the section includes subscription to the Psychotherapy Section Review.

To join this section, please complete application form

If you do not wish to join the BPS or section, you can take out an individual or institutional subscription to the Psychotherapy Section Review. For a subsciption to this, please contact our Commercial Sales Team: 0116 252 955.

Member announcement list

The Section has set up an email list for members to which announcements can be sent. It is hoped that this will make for effective communication of important information both about the Section itself and related matters.

The e-mail list will be for announcements only and you will not be able to reply to the e-mail address. The e-mail lists will only be used to communicate information directly relating to the Section. If at any time you do not wish to continue receiving e-mails from the list, you will be able to unsubscribe.

For more information, please see the Membership Email Lists - Support Information section on our online help centre: 


There are currently 28 members in this group.


The Psychotherapy Section Annual Training Conference
Overcoming the risk of stress and depression in the era of austerity 
7th July 2014

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