About us

Executive committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Stephen Pearce 2018 (E) Chair
Dr Jessica Yakeley 2018 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Mark Morris 2018 (E) Financial Officer
Dr Maria Podlejska-Eyres 2018 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Sophie Atwood 2014 (C) Committee Member
Dr Parveen Bains 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Lucy Buckley 2019 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr William Burbridge-James 2015 (C) SAC Chair
Dr Ronald Doctor 2010 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Marcella Fok 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Jonathan Garabette 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Rachel Gibbons 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Simon Graham 2010 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Nora Gribbin 2011 (C) Committee Member
Miss Stephanie Guidera 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Hamideh Heydari 2015 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Simon Heyland 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Anis Janmohamed 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Alison Jenaway 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Haroula Konstantinidou 2016 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Tennyson Lee 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Ravi Lingam 2011 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Caroline McCurrie 2018 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Marina McLoughlin 2016 Committee Member
Dr Judith Mirsky 2018 (C) Higher Trainee Representative
Dr Sue Mizen 2018 (C) Committee Member
Dr Mary Murphy-Ford 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Josephine O'Reilly 2016 (C) Committee Member
Miss Aakta Patel 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Florian Ruths 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Padakkara Saju 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Dinesh Sinha 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Harriet Slater 2018 (C) PTC Rep
Dr Catherine Smith 2016 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Gerti Stegen 2019 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Julian Stern 2010 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Svetlin Vrabtchev 2013 (C) Committee Member
Dr Andrew Williams 2016 (E) Committee Member

  • To advance both within and without the college all modalities of psychotherapy (cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic) as an integral part of psychiatry
  • To improve public knowledge of psychotherapy in the treatment of mental illness
  • To increase theoretical and clinical knowledge of psychotherapy in the training of psychiatrists
  • To promote research in psychotherapy.

We will advance these aims by:

We are committed to furthering understanding of, and advancing appropriate psychological treatment for, diverse forms of human distress and disorder.

The approach to understanding people and the systems within which they are located integrates biological, psychological and social levels of explanation, and pays special attention to the significance of relationships in a lifespan developmental perspective. This is an approach to understanding and promoting wellbeing, as well as shaping and informing interventions for ill-health and social dysfunction. We recognise the potential significance of trauma and transitions in mental illness and of resilience in mental health.

We seek to teach and disseminate this perspective both within and outside the College, and to ensure it is embedded in the training and practice of psychiatry. We encourage and support research in psychotherapy and related fields. We are committed to raising public awareness of the profound importance of relationships throughout development and in treatment.

In all this we work collaboratively with our patients and with their families and friends, respecting their privacy and dignity, as well as with other colleagues, professions and organisations.

We support clinicians to deliver this approach across a range of settings including:

  1. The direct delivery of clinical care to individuals to promote their recovery from mental distress
  2. The targeting of psychological and social interventions to reduce distress in families, in communities, and in the broader systems in which an individual lives
  3. The provision of clinical supervision to raise the quality of health care
  4. The provision of robust clinical governance frameworks for psychological therapy services
  5. The training of undergraduate and postgraduate medical staff
  6. The development and maintenance of psychological, social and cultural health in
    institutions
  7. The promotion of public understanding of mental health.
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