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Desert Island Footprints

Desert Island Footprints – Nick Barwick

Tuesday 21st January 2020 

Desert Island Footprints – Nick Barwick

The way we develop as counsellors and therapists can have many influences, sometimes a book, lecture, poem or conversation can have a particular impact. Following in the footsteps of a well-known radio programme, we have invited Nick Barwick to be our ‘castaway’, and to choose which of his favourite books, papers or other literary pieces he would take to a desert island.


Nick Barwick is a group analyst, psychodynamic counsellor, educationalist, writer and gigging musician. He is Professor of Counselling and Student Mental Health and Head of Counselling at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he also teaches on the MA in Music Therapy. He has worked as both teacher and therapist in secondary, tertiary and higher education sectors, in the latter leading groups (both experiential and educational) on numerous psychotherapy trainings. He has also conducted psychotherapy groups both in the NHS and in private practice. Nick has published short fiction, poetry, numerous articles in the field of therapy and four books: Clinical Counselling in Schools (Routledge), The Therapeutic Environment (OUP), Group Music Therapy (Routledge) and, most recently, Group Therapy: a group-analytic Approach (Routledge 2018). He is an editorial board member of the journal Psychodynamic Practice having previously been, for many years, part of the Editorial Team.


Paul Terry will introduce our castaway. During the evening, we will find out more about Nick’s career in counselling and therapy, and discuss the various authors and writings which have influenced him.

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