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Coltart, N. (1990). Attention. Brit. J. Psychother., 7(2):164-174.

(1990). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 7(2):164-174

Arbours Association 20th Anniversary Lecture


Dr Nina Coltart

It was very pleasing to me to be asked to give the paper tonight for the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Arbours Association. I have been one of their supporters from the beginning, and for ten years I had the privilege of being on their Training Committee. During that time I had a special function which meant that I came to know a large number of them in a very special way. It linked up directly with one of my other interests which had been the building up and running of a consultation practice at home: nearly 30 years ago now, it struck me that there was a gap in the London scene where it seemed that a sort of broker was needed. There were not as many good psychotherapists around then as there are now, but even so there were quite a few, and quite a few analysts who too often were short of patients. On the other hand, when I was still working in the NHS, I not only discovered that it is almost impossible to do good, detailed, long therapy there, but also that there were plenty of potential patients for such therapists and analysts and that many of these patients could get together the price of a couple of sessions a week, simply by deciding that having some therapy might be more important than two or three nights in the pub or a visit to the movies. So I started the consultation practice to try to bring the two together and ‘match’ them if possible, a process I became more interested in as time went by. When I worked for Arbours, all the students to

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