WPF Therapy began life in 1969 as the Westminster Pastoral Foundation at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Minister Bill Kyle, and his wife Benita recognised how therapy could transform pastoral support work with communities. Guided by the vision of ‘Caring in the heart of the nation’ we have grown to become a significant national provider of psychodynamic counselling, therapy and training.
For 30 years our home was in Kensington Square, at the Convent of the Sisters of the Assumption. In 2008, we moved to London Bridge, to a modern, purpose-designed centre. In the heart of the city, we are close to areas of wealth and of deprivation, but because we know that people on low incomes are more likely to suffer psychological problems, we work hard to make therapy affordable for all, with an affordable clinic and subsidised therapy based on household income.
Today we continue in the spirit of our founders, and although Bill Kyle died in 1980, Benita keeps in touch with us. As she sees it:
‘Although it started within a church, WPF Therapy is now a charity independent of any religion and works with people, whether as staff, trainees or clients, of all faiths and none. It is a source of thankfulness, wonder and pride that the WPF Therapy of today, with its size, standing and reputation, has been achieved from those fragile, idealistic, embryonic beginnings of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. It has taken commitment, expertise and dedication over the years by many people, as any worthwhile venture always does.’