The decision to retire is  complex and, in our profession,  ideally requires several years of planning although, for various reasons,  some  may have to retire at shorter notice than anticipated.  Retirement  can be a lonely process, it is a time of change but,  positively  brings with it the potential for new opportunities, doing things there has never been time for. The   aim of the evening  is to offer  members planning or beginning to think  about   retirement, and also retired members,   a space to reflect on and share their experiences, personal and professional.    The discussion  will be led by Miranda Feuchtwang and Tim Fox, both senior members of the bpf who have been active in the organisation  for many years. The event will be chaired by Joanna Lee.

All bpf members are welcome but the meeting is aimed at those beginning to think about  retirement, about to retire and already retired. 

About the speakers

Miranda Feuchwang

Miranda  describes herself as a late starter. She  married young and had children early subsequently completing  a sociology degree her early thirties. The degree introduced Miranda  to Marx, Freud, Durkheim and Weber and she contemplated  an academic career.  In the event  Miranda met Juliet Mitchell and Margot Waddell  at a party who suggested she  might prefer psychoanalysis and clinical practice.  Miranda’s mother had been a Jungian analyst so she was familiar with the field.  Thus, in the late ‘70’s,  Miranda trained as a  Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre.  She was particularly stimulated by  cross department and multidisciplinary  collaboration she experienced during her  training.    Also by the inspirational teachers: Meg Harris, Donald Meltzer,  Ron Britton, John Steiner, Margaret Rustin, Margot Waddell and many others. Group Relations Training with luminaries such as Eric Miller and Anton Obholzer was mandatory for all trainees.  Miranda  attended her first Leicester Group Relations Conference in 1984 which inspired her to take up leadership roles,  first as Chair of ACP  followed by many senior  organisational roles in former BAP and  bpf. Miranda also became   an active staff member in International Group Relations Conferences.  With Lydia Tischler and others,  she was involved in the founding of the EFPP and also  with Lydia,  in training  child psychotherapists in Prague. Miranda particularly enjoyed meeting  colleagues from across Europe and beyond, many of whom became  friends.

 After she qualified Miranda worked  at the Cassel Hospital and then, as Head of Child Psychotherapy,  in a CAMHS team.  She subsequently qualified as an adult psychotherapist with the BAP.   In 2005 Miranda  retired from the NHS  but continued working in private practice. Over the last 2 years she has   stepped down from  many organizational roles  sometimes with regret and sometimes with relief. Miranda is now  moving towards full retirement.  She acknowledges that this is not easy to contemplate in a world where the future for us all looks so uncertain.  Is it a  new beginning? She  hope’s so but  points put that, as  psychoanalysts we know facing reality is a hard task. She  quotes  Gramsci who said   what is needed is ‘Pessimism of the Intellect but Optimism of the Will’.

Tim Fox

Tim  enjoyed a varied working life before training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the BAP.  He studied medicine at St Georges’ Hospital – then located on Hyde Park Corner - qualifying as a doctor in 1973.. For several years he continued on the path of a hospital physician in London before putting down roots in rural East Anglia and taking up general practice. He is somewhat coy about a parallel occupation in his 20s and 30s that included several stage runs in Edinburgh and the West End and elsewhere , and co-writing two successful TV sitcom series under a closely-guarded nom de plume.

His first encounter with psychoanalytic thinking, through membership of a Balint Group, was a watershed experience that led eventually to his qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 1997.  He maintained his contact with mainstream medicine, both as a senior editor for a major evidence-based medical journal and later resuming a part-time role in general practice alongside his private work as a psychotherapist.  He retired from the NHS medical practice in 2010 to concentrate all his energies in psychotherapy – a step that meant relinquishing the skills of physical examination (reluctantly) and of prescribing (less reluctantly).  After an active professional life in the BAP and later the bpf, including some years as a Training Therapist,  he is now having to contemplate retirement from clinical practice – which will be another difficult ending.  Professionally he has found a new beginning as a founder member of The East Anglian Psychotherapy Network where he hopes to contribute towards an enduring legacy for the growth of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic practice in the region where he first had his own life-changing encounter with psychoanalysis.

Join them and listen to their thoughts on the subject - book or register for the event  04 November 2021 8pm-9.30

Online via Zoom





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