You can expect high quality and a rich depth of expertise from an event hosted by The Bridge.

Upcoming events

We have run a regular series of public conferences and other events since our formation in 1984. These events link psychoanalytic theory and practice with the arts and society, and provide a forum for reflection and discussion of clinical issues.

The format we use is a paper presenting work by a child psychotherapist and a paper presenting work by an adult psychotherapist.

The Bridge Foundation 40th Anniversary

Clinical Conference:

Working Across Boundaries

SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2024, 10.00 – 1PM

Watershed, Bristol and Online

With Margaret Rustin, Verity Emanuel and Diane Turner.  Chair: Audrey James.  CPD certificates.

To book tickets to attend in person click here

£25 low waged, student, trainee – £39 general admission

To book tickets to attend online click here


Margaret Rustin and Verity Emanuel | Child Psychotherapists at work across boundaries: the search for a psychic home in a harsh and fractured world

Margaret Rustin is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and a Child Analyst at the BPAS. She was Head of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock 1986 – 2009, Dean of Postgraduate Studies 1993-99, and subsequently Chair of the Professional Committee. She continues to teach at the Tavistock and the British Psychoanalytical Society and also in many countries across the globe.

In 2005 she was made an Honorary Affiliate Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society.

Her publications include many journal articles and books, and a volume of her collected clinical papers entitled “Finding a Way to the Child” was published in the International Library of Psychoanalysis in 2023.

Verity Emanuel is a member of the ‘Association of Child Psychotherapists’. She is a Child Psychotherapist working in both an NHS Community ‘Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service’, and a 0–3-year-old ‘Parent-Infant Relationship Service’ in Sheffield, UK. She is a visiting lecturer at ‘Sheffield Hallam University’, and a Trustee of the ‘Manchester Psychoanalytic Development Trust’

Diane Turner| Metabolising psychic states: Traversing the Mind/Body boundary in a chronic disorder

Diane Turner is a consultant psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Clinic, and a psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, working in The T1DE Service (Type 1 diabetes and disordered eating) at Kings College Hospital, and in private practice. She originally trained as a general and psychiatric nurse, working at The Cassel Hospital and  the eating disorders service at Springfield Hospital. She is a training analyst for the Association of Child Psychotherapists, and is editor of the British Psychoanalytical Society bulletin.

Chair: Audrey James, Audrey is an adult psychotherapist who trained with Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) and Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is the founder of Restore Counselling & Psychotherapy, a private practice, based in Gloucester. Audrey is also the founder of Restore Black, a new initiative that is committed to helping restore mental well-being in the black community. She works at The Bridge Foundation as an adult psychotherapist.

Tickets £39, £25 reduced, £25 online

Book online at: Eventbrite

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All profits from events go towards our Bridge in Schools service which helps the most vulnerable children and young people access psychotherapy from our highly trained staff, where mainstream support is inaccessible or unavailable.  Find out more about our services on our website or donate now to help improve a child’s life chances.

Feedback from the 2023 clinical conference:
‘The conference yesterday was BRILLIANT. I have been to quite a few now, organised by other organisations, and this was by far the best. Really interesting topic, well-structured, with just the right balance of theory and clinical aliveness.’ 

‘The speakers used the clinical material to bring their psychotherapeutic work with this client group to life and highlight both the complexities and the vitality of the work. They conveyed this in a way that was relatable, demystifying and inspiring. It was great to see the return of the conference ‘in person’ and feel a sense of community with fellow child and adult psychotherapists.’

All profits from our events are channelled into our Bridge in Schools service, which helps the most vulnerable children and young people access psychotherapy from our highly trained staff, where mainstream support is inaccessible or unavailable.

Contact us for more information.

The Bridge has hosted and run public conferences and events for nearly 40 years

Past events

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Annual Clinical Conference

The annual clinical conference explores issues and topics central to psychoanalytic practice. We have been holding these events for over 35 years. Past speakers have included Edna O’Shaughnessy, Margaret Rustin, Michael Rustin, Margot Waddell, David Bell, Mike Brearley, Ron Britton, Kate Barrows, David Morgan, Fakhry Davids, Richard Rusbridger, Kate Pugh, Ricky Emmanuel, Joanne Stubley, and many more. 

Our most recent clinical conference (May 2021) on the subject of Grief, with Jane Milton and Eve Ashley, was very well received. This was our first online hosted event, run in the context of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Arts Conference

Our events expertise includes highly successful and popular arts conferences around opera, literature, poetry, cinema, and art.

Our annual arts conference, in partnership with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, ran from 2006 until the Covid-19 pandemic sadly led to the closure of its theatrical productions, in 2020. Previous events have featured Sir Jonathan Miller and psychoanalyst David Bell discussing Miller’s production of Hamlet, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Jane Cheshire and Lesel Dawson from the University of Bristol’s English Department discussing The Tempest.

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Bob Gosling Memorial Lecture

These biennial events commemorate Dr Robert Gosling OBE, former Chair of the Tavistock Clinic and founder member of the Bridge Foundation. The BGML takes a variety of forms to explore the application of psychoanalytic thinking in organisations and society. Previous events have featured the former Guantanamo prisoner, Moazzam Begg, and a discussion of “Internal Racism” by the psychoanalysts, Fakhry Davids and Mike Brearley.

Feedback from our events

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