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‘The Spirit of Psychotherapy’ with Jeremy Holmes (online event)

March 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

£20 – £45


We know that psychotherapy is ‘effective’, but the ‘dodo bird verdict’ also tells us that with a few exceptions,  no one form of therapy is definitely superior to another, nor does it tell us what it is about therapy that helps.

In this talk, Jeremy will try to move away from a utilitarian outcomes-oriented approach, and, draw partly on the neo-psychoanalytic ideas of Barnaby Barratt, partly on Jeremy’s own development of the Free Energy Principle, suggesting that psychotherapy is an existential praxis, and an onto-ethical project.

The background to this is a qualitative study in which Jeremy interviewed people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, looking for parallels between spiritual religious journey and the trajectories of psychotherapy.

Jeremy suggests that while religion provides a spiritual framework for a good life, in our 21st Century milieu psychotherapy has vital contribution to make with its emphasis on the uniqueness of the individual and how to develop narratives which encompass and reflect it.

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013),   The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

Programme for the day

The Webinar will be hosted on Zoom on 12th March 2022. Participants will be sent a Zoom link in advance of the day.

  • 10.15. Registration
  • 10.30. Welcome from the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
  • 10.35. Presentation from Jeremy Holmes
  • 11.30. Short break.
  • 11.45. Q&A with Jeremy Holmes (opportunity for participants to contribute)
  • 13.00 Close

A recording will be made available to all ticket-holders for at least 30 days after the event. 

CPD certificates can be provided for those attending the Webinar.


Standard tickets are priced at £45. Student tickets are priced at £20.
There is a £10 discount for members of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy.

Invitations will be sent out to all those who have registered for the event 24 hours before the event.

Any enquiries about the event, please contact admin@hallaminstitute.org




March 12, 2022
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
£20 – £45


Online Event


Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
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