The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist

Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Managing our personal lives in relation to clinical work


Dr Marie Adams will facilitate a full-day workshop relating to ‘The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist’.

Marie's workshop will highlight her research into the personal lives of forty therapists to prompt discussion on why we become therapists, and why we become the kinds of therapists we do. When does our history help us in our work, and when does it hinder our relationship with clients? How do we manage the pressures of clinical work (and training!) while also attempting to juggle our lives outside the therapy room.

With over half the therapists in Marie’s study admitting they faced periods of depression since beginning work, how do we support ourselves and one another during challenging periods in our lives?


Early bird tickets (bought in advance, before 4th March 2017): £30 SGPC members, £40 non-members, £20 counselling students currently in training.

To purchase a ticket please use the contact form.


Dr Marie Adams is a writer and psychotherapist with a private practice in Dorset.  She is on the DPsych staff at Metanoia as well as the Institute for Arts Therapy in Education. A former journalist, she has a research interest in how therapists’ personal lives impact their work. A former journalist with the BBC, her book, The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist is now a standard text on counselling and psychotherapy courses throughout the country. She is also the author of Telling Time, a novel, and has written extensively on creativity in academic writing. Marie’s current research focus is on how therapists’ self-sooth, an emergent theme from her earlier study