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BJAA Forum - Serena Willmott

Coming out about valuing longer term , intermittent, low frequency applied psychotherapy with patients struggling with complexity.


Using case studies, Serena Willmott will reflect on the possible reasons why  infrequently  seen,  difficult  to refer patients with complex needs are seemingly able to make constructive use of contact and make significant changes in their lives over time. She will also explore why sometimes (with some patients) less intense contact over a long time frame might be more beneficial than what is usually offered.

She will be thinking about how intermittent or infrequent  applied psychotherapeutic work with this group of people is often by necessity carried out, rather than being recognised and offered as a valid programme. Infrequent contact is not often acknowledged, or perhaps  valued,  in either psychoanalytic (or even psychiatry circles). An implicit sense of ‘shame’ about this kind of work may need re- evaluation. In conflict with this, to value infrequent work has   the worrying potential for political ramifications with NHS Commissioners and funding for more intensive services.


Serena Willmott is a Senior Member of the bpf and a Training Analyst with BJAA. Besides her private practice, teaching and supervision, she has worked part time for 25 years in a GP Practice specifically employed to see patients who may have particular difficulties with the onward referral processes within the NHS and other non-statutory services. She also sits  on the Primary Care Committee of the APP and is Co-chair of the bpf Training and Education Committee.