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Commentary (GW) on Chapter Eight: Lines of advance: increasing access to psychoanalytic therapy

ByJonathan Pedder

In this chapter, we glean some of the philosophical underpinnings of Pedder’s motivation to see an increased access to psychological therapies and the background to his book, Introduction to Psychotherapy, co-authored with the late Dennis Brown. Introduction to Psychotherapy has now been a staple text for psychotherapists across several generations since it was first published in 1979. The book was initially aimed at a widened gateway of psychoanalytically informed practitioners, and became an introductory text for trainings in the fields of counselling, group, and arts therapies, as well as formal psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training. The title of this next chapter; “Lines of advance”, is taken from Pedder’s Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (APP) lecture in 1988, which was the second annual APP lecture and deepens his debate about access to psychoanalytic therapy in the public sphere. Pedder begins with his own interest in seeing psychoanalysis spread beyond the confines of London and, drawing on a European history, Pedder asserts the place for a vitalized interest in European psychotherapy. Freud’s (1919a) paper; “Lines of advance in psychoanalytic therapy”, is the appealing backdrop for Pedder’s theoretical elaboration.