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The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling


The WPF story began in 1960 when Bill Kyle, a Methodist minister trained in pastoral counselling, created a network of analysts and therapists who were prepared to donate their time to those who could not afford to pay the full amount for therapy. This work led to the establishment of the Highgate Counselling Centre. 

In 1965, Bill and his wife Benita drafted a proposal to the Methodist Home Mission Department for a ‘London Methodist Centre or Foundation of Pastoral Care’. This proposal developed into the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, established in 1969.

In the 50 years since, WPF has built a reputation as a highly regarded provider of psychoanalytically informed therapy and training. WPF was a founding member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) when it formed in 1977. Inclusivity has always been at the heart of WPF and we continue to champion that ethos in everything we do. Today, WPF is no longer affiliated with any faith, but Bill and Benita’s spirit of compassion, generosity and inclusivity will always be with us.

The WPF mission has always been to increase the availabilty of affordable, inclusive, high-quality therapy through direct provision and by training therapists.

Graduates of WPF between them see over 5,000 clients a week and can be found in the FPC Psychotherapist Directory

Details of the WPF trainings can be found here

Books and Papers published by WPF graduates

The WPF Family of Organisations

A Place for Exploration: The Story of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, 1969-90

David Black

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From Westminster Pastoral Foundation to WPF Therapy: Memories of WPF Therapy 1990-2017

Christine Driver and Lesley Murdin

Available from Amazon

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