The 'IAallPT' project: towards a multi-disciplinary, multi-modality mental health and well-being service
How can we make a broad-spectrum therapeutic response accessible and available to the community?
A year ago, after much preparation, my colleague Justin Smith initiated the Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development Centre (OTS). Now, in 2016, we have a vibrant and growing community of 20-odd therapists who are aiming at developing a one-stop access point for the general public, to provide a wide range of psychological therapies in terms of professional disciplines, therapeutic approaches and formats.
We might have hoped that some service like that could have been developed from within the NHS, but in Oxfordshire it hasn't (although in other regions there may be the odd NHS-led inter-disciplinary multi-modality project - please tell us if you know about or are connected with any such initiative).
You can find out more details about what we are trying to do in the presentation we gave to the Oxford Psychotherapy Society last November. Amongst other things, one of our aims is to put group therapy back on the map, and especially an integrative version of group therapy that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions of group work.