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14:00 - 16:30


bpf house
Online via zoom
37 Mapesbury Rd
London, NW2 4HJ
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Celebrating: Support is Key

This workshop celebrates the initiative and success of ‘support is key’ scheme during the Covid pandemic. Louise Woodhead will present the findings of such an innovative project, i.e. achievements, new findings and challenges of free short term work by Zoom. There will be a second part where Serena Willmott and Deborah Abrahams share their views on short term psychoanalytical therapies and their importance and relevance in times of crises.


Louise Woodhead initially trained as a Registered General Nurse, before training as a Mental Health Nurse, specialising in Therapeutic Community Practice. As a General Nurse she worked in an A+E department then moved to work in an Intensive Care unit in South London. After her RMN training she worked in NHS and Social Services Mental Health settings – this experience encouraged her to embark upon a Psychoanalytic Training, first at the Guild of Psychotherapists and then at the LCP- later to become the bpf. Louise currently works in Private Practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in Tottenham, North London. She is the D59I Course Lead for the Psychodynamic Inter- Cultural Psychotherapy Training at the Tavistock and is the Clinical Services Coordinator at the bpf.


Deborah Abrahams is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and chartered clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience, including 15 years in the NHS. She is a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) practitioner, supervisor and trainer as well as Programme Director of DIT at the Anna Freud Centre. Deborah is a senior member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and has a private psychotherapy practice in North West London offering supervision, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy.


Serena Willmott is a Senior Member and Training Analyst with the BPF and BJAA. Besides her private practice, supervision  and teaching, 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 and is familiar with working in a range of facilitative ways including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Mentalisation Based Therapy.  She also sits on the Primary Care Committee of the APP and played a significant part in developing and overseeing Psychotherapy Today the bpf’s Introductory Course.



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