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Psychotherapy Section

The Psychotherapy Section is the main forum for psychologists and others who share an interest in psychotherapeutic psychology.

About

As one of the oldest specialist groups within the BPS, the Psychotherapy Section has a long and distinguished history as a meeting space for discussion of psychotherapy and related issues.

Over time, the landscape of issues around psychotherapy continues to develop – we face new challenges and welcome new voices to the discussions. 

Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy

The Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy (ROPSIP) allows qualified Psychologists to demonstrate their experience in the field of psychotherapy.

Registration can be at either Practitioner or Senior Practitioner level, demonstrating a minimum of two or eight years post-Charter experience respectively.

Strategic Goals

Strategic Goals of the BPS
  1. Promote the advancement in psychological knowledge and practice
  2. Develop the psychological knowledge and professional skills of our members
  3. Maximise the impact of psychology on public policy
  4. Increase the visibility of psychology and public awareness of its contribution to society
  5. Attract new members and broaden our membership
  6. Develop our organisation to support change
Within the context of psychotherapy, these translate into the following aims (Strategic Goals) of the Psychotherapy Section:
  1. Promote the advancement in psychological knowledge and practice of psychotherapy
  2. Develop the psychological knowledge and professional skills of our members within the context of psychotherapy
  3. Maximise the impact of psychotherapy on public policy
  4. Increase the visibility of psychotherapy and public awareness of its contribution to society
  5. Attract new members and broaden our membership
  6. Develop our Section to support change
  7. Promote equality and diversity in psychotherapy (Strategic Goal 7 is not in the BPS Strategic Plan)

Aims

The aims of the Psychotherapy Section are:
  • To further psychological understanding of the personal, social and cultural issues; (Strategic Goal 1)
  • To promote scientific investigation of psychotherapy which employs research paradigms appropriate to its subject matter; (Strategic Goal 1)
  • 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; (Strategic Goal 7)
  • 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. (Strategic Goal 6)

Objectives

The objectives of the Section are:
  • To disseminate information about such new ideas and approaches by means of a Review, e-newsletter and Facebook page; (Strategic Goal 1)
  • 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; (Strategic Goal 1)
  • To make available information about psychotherapy within the society and to relevant external bodies; (Strategic Goal 1)
  • To actively reach out to marginalised and diverse groups and engage with a collaborative approach across people and communities to enhance the input of as many voices as possible; (Strategic Goal 7)
  • To organise a varied and accessible annual programme of events, which promotes the discussion of new ideas and approaches within psychotherapy and are relevant to the Section's aims (Strategic Goal 1)
  • To increase the numbers and breadth of our membership base; (Strategic Goal 5)
  • To represent interests in psychotherapy and the psychology of psychotherapy on the Society's Council and Scientific Affairs Board; (Strategic Goal 6)
  • To work towards becoming a Special Interest Group. (Strategic Goal 6)

Publications

Psychotherapy Section Review

The Section and its publication, Psychotherapy Section Review, is the main forum within the Society for psychologists and others who share an interest in psychotherapeutic psychology. It is concerned with the relationship between psychotherapy and psychology, and seeks to further an understanding of how social and cultural factors have a bearing upon psychotherapeutic theory and practice.

Committee

Chair - Prof Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE

Dr. Zenobia Nadirshaw is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 44 years of clinical and management NHS experience of Health and Social Care Services in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Care. She was recognised and given the MBE by Prince William in June 2019 at Buckingham Palace. Zenobia is also the Chair of several BPS Committees as well as treasurer of 2 other committees. She has worked in a variety of Health and Social Services settings – including projects/initiatives with a commitment to continuous improvements in psychological health care for clients and positive outcomes for their carers.

Zenobia has chaired several health and social services groups/committees providing advice to Health Authority Commissioners. She has also directed and led substantial organisational change at local and national levels within the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and also in the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) - influencing service delivery issues and impacting on the profession of Clinical Psychology and psychologist’s training and development of competencies to work effectively in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic British context.

Chair Elect - Vacant

This position is currently vacant.

Vice-Chair (Past) - Dr Philip Cox

Currently Chair of the Psychotherapy Section, Phil is a Chartered Psychologist (HCPC registered and BACP Snr Accred) with over 20 years of clinical experience. His research publications, conference presentations and lectures focus on unintended harm within psychotherapy (iatrogenesis), and how to support professionals deemed to have upset the delicate balance between good and less helpful practice.

Phil is a passionate advocate for social activism and supporting marginalised groups, which includes therapists and trainees who experience difficulties – his philosophy is that by supporting therapists we support clients. To support his, Phil advises the Psychotherapy & Counselling Union on professional complaints.

Treasurer - Dr Philip Cox

Phil is a Chartered Psychologist (HCPC registered and BACP Snr Accred) with over 20 years of clinical experience. His research publications, conference presentations and lectures focus on unintended harm within psychotherapy (iatrogenesis), and how to support professionals deemed to have upset the delicate balance between good and less helpful practice.

Phil is a passionate advocate for social activism and supporting marginalised groups, which includes therapists and trainees who experience difficulties – his philosophy is that by supporting therapists we support clients. To support his, Phil advises the Psychotherapy & Counselling Union on professional complaints.

Secretary - Ghislaine Regout

Ghislaine is a psychologist, musician and writer. She’s got an MSc in Clinical Psychology and runs her own private practice, in which she offers therapy, coaching and counseling for a range of problems, including depression, anxiety and work-related issues. She is trained in, and often works with several forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Client Centered Therapy.

She's also a (song)writer, musician and producer, and is currently working on her first studio-album.  What drew her into the section, is the wide range of topics and treatments discussed, which has given her in-depth knowledge which she uses in therapy.

Committee member - Joanna North

Bio to follow.

Committee member - Juan Du

Juan is a therapist and mindfulness teacher of Chinese origin and is currently completing a doctorate in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. She comes from a family with a background in Chinese medicine and originally trained in experimental psychology.

She believes psychotherapy is an integration of art and science. Juan is passionate about promoting culturally-sensitive therapy in the community and race equality in mental healthcare services in the UK. Her doctorate research is exploring integrating Chinese Calligraphy Enhance Therapy as a complementary, culturally sensitive psychological approach to bridging the underrepresented Chinese clients in the UK. For more information about me please visit my website: https://juandutherapy.co.uk

Committee member - Steve Heigham

Steve is a lecturer in Counselling on the Foundation degree at University College Weston, teaching Humanistic counselling theory and the Psychology and Sociology of mental health. I also act as visiting lecturer on other subjects; most recently on Evolutionary Psychology and Psychology and Climate change.

As a past chair of the Psychotherapy Section, I’ve helped to arrange and present Continuing Professional Development courses and conferences, and contributed regularly to the section’s Review magazine. 

I am also a member of the Community Psychology section, which I believe is an important direction for the future of psychotherapy, and contribute actively to the South West branch, writing and presenting

Committee Member - Nina Cioroboiu

Nina is in her 3rd year of training in Integrative Psychotherapy and enjoying her journey to becoming a therapist. Having studied in Romania and travelled to France as an Erasmus student, she gained insight into the workings of different schools of psychological thought, educational systems and issues that beginner psychologists are confronted with.

Nina joined the Psychotherapy Committee in the hope that her experience would allow her to address some of the interests and concerns of psychology students and beginner therapists; she hopes to make a contribution by reaching out to those in need of a voice through the online face of the Psychotherapy Section. 

Co-opted Member - Prof Ho Law

Professor Ho Law is an internationally renowned consultant in counselling and coaching psychology, psychotherapy, research & development with over 35 years’ experience. Ho has conducted 100s of training workshops in the UK and abroad (the East and West), in over 15 countries and 50 cities. He was one of the first equality advisors to the Assistant Permanent Under Secretary of State as a senior scientist in the UK Home Office (1988-2003), then senior lecturer at the University of East London (2009-2015) and Programme Advisor to Coaching at the University of Cambridge (2015-2016).

Ho is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, a Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, Research Lead for the BPS Counselling Psychology Division (2018-2021), Founding Chair (2016-17) of the BPS East of England Branch; Chair (2014-15) of the  BPS Psychotherapy Section; Founding Member & Chair (2010-11) of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology; Founding Director of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISfCP) and Empsy® Cambridge Coaching Psychology Group, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; ISfCP; Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (BPS) & Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; Founding Director of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and Empsy® (Empowerment Psychology) Cambridge Coaching Psychology Group; Chair & Convenor of Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Workshops, which run quarterly each year in London.

Ho values diversity in people, respects their cultures and believes in equal opportunities for all. Ho is passionate about empowering people to develop their talents and achieve their full potential through psychological approaches. As a chartered and registered psychologist, he works in accordance to the professional code to uphold the standards of conduct, performance and ethics of the profession.

Co-opted Member - Nisha Gupta

Nisha is a Practitioner Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist (BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered) with over 20 years of clinical experience working in the NHS, private and independent sectors.  She is currently in independent practice.  Her clinical areas of work are mental health, psychological therapies, physical health, psychosomatic presentations, neuropsychological rehabilitation and functional neurological disorders.  She works therapeutically with people across the life span. 

She is passionate about working with people with psychological problems arising from issues related to complex trauma and loss, employment and work related problems as well as identity, cognitive, family and personality changes following a brain injury, facilitating the rebuilding of self-identity, relational life and quality of life.  She also works as an Expert Witness for the Family, Criminal and Civil Law Courts. 

Co-opted Member - Erica Brostoff

Bio to follow.

Co-opted Member - Vacant

This position is vacant

PsyPAG representative - Vacant

This position is vacant

Student Representative - Shengxi (Angela) Miao

Shengxi (Angela) Miao is a Chinese background master student studying psychoanalysis. She had a BA from the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she had worked as an RA in more than five experimental psychology labs and collaborated with Ph.D. students and faculty members on research projects. Meanwhile, she participated in a variety of student social activities to advocate for open communication and dialogue between people with different cultural backgrounds.     

She has a particular interest in Depth Psychology, Spirituality and the intermingle between the mainstream empirical methodological approach and the transpersonal teaching of psychology knowledge. She wants to put her future career focus on protecting and improving the legal system of mental health professional practice across cultures. 

Internal representative - Prof Ho Law (Mindfulness Group)

Professor Ho Law is an internationally renowned consultant in counselling and coaching psychology, psychotherapy, research & development with over 35 years’ experience. Ho has conducted 100s of training workshops in the UK and abroad (the East and West), in over 15 countries and 50 cities. He was one of the first equality advisors to the Assistant Permanent Under Secretary of State as a senior scientist in the UK Home Office (1988-2003), then senior lecturer at the University of East London (2009-2015) and Programme Advisor to Coaching at the University of Cambridge (2015-2016).

Ho is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, a Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, Research Lead for the BPS Counselling Psychology Division (2018-2021), Founding Chair (2016-17) of the BPS East of England Branch; Chair (2014-15) of the  BPS Psychotherapy Section; Founding Member & Chair (2010-11) of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology; Founding Director of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISfCP) and Empsy® Cambridge Coaching Psychology Group, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; ISfCP; Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (BPS) & Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; Founding Director of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and Empsy® (Empowerment Psychology) Cambridge Coaching Psychology Group; Chair & Convenor of Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Workshops, which run quarterly each year in London.

Ho values diversity in people, respects their cultures and believes in equal opportunities for all. Ho is passionate about empowering people to develop their talents and achieve their full potential through psychological approaches. As a chartered and registered psychologist, he works in accordance to the professional code to uphold the standards of conduct, performance and ethics of the profession.

External representative - Martin Polecoff - UKCP

Martin Pollecoff is the elected Chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a transpersonal therapist in private practice in Bayswater, London.

Martin considers himself an activist and entrepreneur of Psychotherapy. His aim in joining the BPS Psychotherapy Section is to create strong bonds within our profession and it is all part  of a wish to bring together all the  professions of Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health – the Healing Arts. Martin holds a Masters in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from Surrey University  and a Masters in Psychotherapy from Metanoia/Middlesex.   He has been the Chair of the Minster Centre and the Chair of the Association of Humanistic Psychology.

In his previous life he was a management consultant and cut his teeth in Advertising and Marketing.   Martin's first introduction to Humanistic Psychology was in Exegesis in 1977.

Join

Membership of the Psychotherapy Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Psychotherapy Section Membership

  • A yearly conference and AGM
  • CPD & networking events throughout the year with a discount for section members
  • The opportunity for members to write for the Psychotherapy Section Review or present a research paper at one of the events
  • Two to three editions yearly of the Psychotherapy Section Review, to include articles on topical issues and research
  • Various forums for discussion and exchange of ideas among fellow psychologists and mental health professionals

Member Announcement Email List

The Psychotherapy Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Psychotherapy Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Psychotherapy Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Psychotherapy Section Committee

The Psychotherapy Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.