Past and future speakers at Symposion events:

Dr Stella Acquarone is a pioneer in the emerging field of infant-parent psychotherapy. She is the Founder and Principal of the Parent Infant Clinic and of the School of Infant Mental Health in London. A practising Adult and Child Psychotherapist, Dr Acquarone has worked in the NHS for 32 years. She has maintained a career-long interest in finding and developing clinical strategies for treating social and communication disorders from birth. She has developed a Scale for Alarm Signals of Emotional Disturbance, and has developed a unique Intensive Infant Family Program called Re-Start, for the treatment of small children with autistic behaviours. She lectures and teaches internationally on all aspects of infant-parent development and psychotherapy and is the author of: Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, A Handbook (Karnac) and Signs of Autism, Recognition and Early Intervention (Karnac).  Changing Destinies: the Re-Start Program for early Autistic Behaviours and Surviving the Early Years: from risk to mainstream.Karnac 2017

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London.  He was a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. He delivered the Samuel Gee lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in 2014. He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, medicine and psychiatry.  He is the author of Against Criticism (Faber 1982), The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009), The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning; Why Are We So Unhappy? (e-book short) and is currently working on a book entitled The Porcupine is a Monkey, or, Things Are Not What They Seem to be published by Penguin Press. He lives on the Isle of Skye.

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Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is also a trained EMDR practitioner. His latest book, Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind, was published by Karnac in 2016. He has written two previous books: Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self: A new perspective on identity, affect and narcissistic disorders (2007), and Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice (2011). He was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004, has written a number of papers, contributed chapters to books, and taught and lectured widely in this country and abroad. He works in private practice in Sussex.

Dr Heward Wilkinson, BA, MA, MSc Psychotherapy, D. Psychotherapy (b. 1945 and married), UKCP and EAIP Fellow, Hon. Member, EAP, Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor, is now trainer with Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute, an MO of UKCP, and Guest Faculty Member with the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada. He is author of The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy, Co-Editor of two UKCP book series books, and Senior Editor of International Journal of Psychotherapy from 1994-2004. Previous Board Member of UKCP, and EAP, and Chair of HIPC/UKCP, he is now Vice President of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP). He has been offering workshops and consultancy in Ireland for nearly 25 years, including with the UCC Higher Diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. Editor of the Leavis Society Newsletter, his emerging and growing field of enquiry is the understanding of Historicity/Historical Consciousness as primary paradigms for human existence.

Dr. Patricia De Young, MA, MSW, PhD, RP, is a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Registered Social Worker working in private practice in Toronto, Canada. She has pursued graduate studies in literature, clinical social work and philosophy of education and has been involved in training Dr. Patricia DeYoungtherapists in psychodynamic and relational modes of therapy since 1988.

Dr. De Young began practicing psychotherapy in 1986 after finishing an MSW at the University of Toronto and a year of psychotherapy internship at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. She continued as an intern at TIHR for two more years and returned to TIHR to work as a Director of Training from 1989 until 1996. Between 1986 and 1991 she also worked as a clinical social worker with the Toronto Salvation Army Family Services.

In 1992, Dr. De Young was part of a group of therapists who founded the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy ( She still teaches at TIRP and supervises psychotherapists and clinical social workers in the community. In 2000, she completed work for a PhD in Philosophy of Education from the University of Toronto, linking contemporary educational and psychoanalytic theories. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario ( and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (

Dr. Gwen Adshead is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. She trained at St George’s Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis in London. Having qualified in medicine in 1983, she was elected a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1987 before being made a Fellow in 2005. She worked, initially as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, and later as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, at Broadmoor Hospital for over 15 years where she ran psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, as well as working with staff and organisational dynamics. In her role as both a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, she has tried to understand the psychological mechanisms that give rise to violence and life-threatening behaviour toward others. Dr. Adshead holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Law and Ethics and a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy. Her research interests include moral reasoning in psychopaths and antisocial men and how psychotherapies work with violent people. In addition to being a practicing clinician, she has published a number of books and over 100 academic papers. She has written book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, psychopathy, post traumatic stress disorder, ethics  in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. Her most recent book, ‘Clinical Topics in Personality Disorder’ (co-edited with Dr. Jay Sarkar) was awarded first prize in the Psychiatry Section at the BMA Book Awards in 2013. Gwen’s principle training is in group analysis, but she also has experience of cognitive approaches to therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and mentalisation-based therapies.

Dr. Adshead is a founder member of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy and has been a member of two Royal College of Psychiatry working parties and three UK Department of Health Sub-Committees. She was Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 5 years. She has also appeared on Radio 4 on a number of different programmes (including Desert Island Discs) and has been involved with public lectures and presentations at the Wellcome Trust (an independent global charitable trust). Dr Adshead is registered with the Law Society as an Expert Witness and approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorder. In 2013 she was awarded the Jochelson visiting professorship at Yale School of Law & Psychiatry and later that year was awarded the President’s Medal for her work in ethics in mental health. She is currently the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry in London. She currently works as Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Ravenswood House, a medium secure unit in Hampshire for persons with serious mental illness, personality disorder and/or a forensic history. She also continues in her work as a writer, researcher and lecturer.

Dr. Diana Shmukler PhD is a clinical psychologist, UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist,Dr. Diana Shmuklerteacher and supervisor. She was formerly Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, visiting Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Derby, and Clinical and Research Psychologist with the South African Medical and Dental Council. She is currently Visiting Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Middlesex, a supervising and teaching member of the International Transactional Analysis Association, primary tutor at The Metanoia Institute and a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Arts in Education and Psychotherapy in London. In addition, she also teaches at the Centrum vir Besigheid and Management in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She consults in the UK, South Africa, Australia and Europe.