Queering Psychotherapy

Saturday 22 June 2019 - London

With speakers Dr Meg-John Barker, Leah Davidson, Dominic Davies, Pamela Gawler-Wright, Amanda Middleton, Monty Moncrieff, David Richards, George Taxidis and Judy Yellin

This unique conference will explore the advances made in improving the mental health of gender, sexuality and relationship diverse (GSRD) people in the UK. We have enlisted some of the key figures in British LGBTQ+ psychotherapy to share significant developments in the fields of analytic, systemic, person-centred and contemporary psychotherapy, as well as hearing from two British pioneers Dominic Davies, Founder of Pink Therapy and Dr Meg-John Barker, psychologist-activist and author of many books on gender and sexuality.




08.30 – 09:45
Social Dreaming Matrix led by Laurie Slade
An opportunity to share your dreams from the night before in a facilitated group setting
In the Social Dreaming, we share dreams and associations. We don’t interpret the dreams. We’re there to pool the resources of our dreaming minds, seeing where this takes us – with space afterwards to reflect on dream experience as an altered state of consciousness. For anyone interested in dreams, imagination and new thinking.

Registration and coffee

Dominic Davies and Meg-John Barker
Just four years after the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a psychiatric illness, Dominic Davies co-edited the first British textbook on working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. A psychotherapist for over 35 years, he founded Pink Therapy in 1999 and is its course director, delivering specialist professional training for therapists around the world. Meg-John Barker is a psychologist and activist who was a co-author of the BPS guidelines to working with gender, sexuality diverse clients and has written several books on improving the mental health of GSRD people including the BACP practice guidelines. They are a prolific author and editor of textbooks and self-help books.


Monty Moncrieff
How does the Queer Community sees psychotherapy? Our mental health challenges and what do we need from therapists?
Monty will look at the areas of health inequality that LGBT people experience, highlighting research and drawing from the experiences service users bring to support services like London Friend. He will outline some of the factors that can contribute to poor mental health within queer communities that will help therapists working with LGBT clients better understand the experiences that have shaped their clients’ lives and influenced society’s understanding of LGBT people.

George Taxidis, David Richards and Judy Yellin
The contribution of the British Analytic Schools
Psychoanalysis has had a complicated, chequered and often shameful history concerning homosexuality. Many post-Freudian psychoanalysts in the UK and USA have used contradictory applications of psychoanalytic theory to pathologise and cause very significant harm to clients/patients. However, there have been many contributions within the broader analytic tradition that have made substantial advances in understanding gender and sexual diversity. Our panel brings three different perspectives together: George Taxidis will explore Jungian and post-Jungian ideas, Judy Yellin will discuss the contribution of the contemporary Relational turn, and David Richards will present some of the work being done within the British Psychoanalytic Council and his own ideas about helpfully integrating Freudian and post-Freudian thinking with an informed awareness of current understanding of sexual diversity. These current practices aim to ensure that across the analytic modalities LGBTQ+ people can access informed, culturally sensitive and socially aware help from British psychoanalytical