Please accept my sympathy and very best wishes. For me, my thoughts go to WPF as it was way back in the 1970s and 1980s, under Bill Kyle and then Derek Blows - very much past history for most people! But even so, I’d assumed it would continue, however changed, into the future.
As you say, it has been a good place, with many excellent people and many excellent projects. But I remember someone once saying that institutions have their lives, and their deaths, just as people do. Perhaps we can hope, and with reasonable confidence, that its trainings and its good qualities will not be simply “lost” but will be carried more widely out into society by the people who have benefited from it. - I don’t have any doubt that will be the case
I am utterly heartbroken that W.P.F. Therapy has been struggling. This is so very unfair indeed.
You and all of your colleagues have undertaken utterly magnificent work over more than half a century and you should be extremely proud of all that you have achieved.
I am honoured to have contributed to W.P.F. Therapy from time to time. Needless to say, I am thinking of you all and wishing you a successful chapter ahead.
I am so sorry to hear that WPF is closing its doors. This is very sad and must be difficult for all of you who work at WPF including for us who have studied with you.
Thank you for everything you have done for us and for the local community. You’ve provided an amazing service to so so many.
Salima Bhatia (ex WPF and CPD attendee)
I am so incredibly sorry to hear that WPF is closing. I wish all the staff the very best for their futures. This is a very sad day for the London and indeed the UK therapeutic community.
Sally Anderson (ex WPF CPD Course and CPD attendee)
WPF Therapy is not only a particular place or group of people although it is both for each of us: it is a 'whole climate of opinion' as Yeats said of Freud. For me it has been the foundation of my professional life. I learnt care for people, ethics and a rational theoretical base. What it has been will be kept alive by countless people whose lives have been changed and who will always remember and thank WPF.
I’m sorry to hear about your impending closure. It’s so sad. I can only speak from my own experience but I benefited greatly from your online programs especially during the pandemic. I am so grateful that you managed to stay open during that difficult time and I appreciate how hard it was for you. You offered access to learning and I learnt a lot from my psychoanalytic colleagues.
Sometimes the work we do is invisible and bears fruit years later and I think that is the case for your organisation. You may be closing your doors now, but you opened many more for others who will also hold doors open in their turn.