the free psychotherapy network

free psychotherapy for people on low incomes and benefits

Ian Parker

Ian Parker

I am involved in the FPN group in Manchester, where I work as a psychoanalyst. One of the aspects of FPN that is important for me is that it connects with and brings alive again the radical history of psychoanalysis that tends be obscured in psychology degrees and even in many psychotherapy trainings. Psychoanalysis is represented as an elite private practice approach, whereas in fact Freud and many of the early psychoanalysts in Vienna, Berlin and Budapest were active in the 1920s setting up free psychotherapy clinics. The other aspect that is important within FPN is that we bring together different modalities of therapy, and by working together to provide free psychotherapy we can begin to break down the boundaries between psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and counselling.