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Exploring the Future of Psychology: A Free Open Discussion

5:30pm - 6:30pm BST, 6:30pm - 7:30pm CEST, 12:30pm- 1:30pm EDT
Social Media
Mental Health


At the turn of the 19th century psychoanalysis was a new technology. It subverted and replaced the ongoing model of mental illness that was based on organic disturbance, or even worse, genetic degeneracy. Though it had its flaws, after 1900, psychiatrists started listening to patients, to a large extent, thanks to psychoanalysis. Now we’re more than two decades into the 21st century and what’s happened to psychology? On the one hand, mental health is being talked about more than ever, and the stigma of mental illness is slowly dissolving. On the other hand, psychological treatment has been manualised and hypnotised by outcome measures and evidence base. While there are good arguments for these developments, especially with regard to accountability, is standardisation detracting from the human art of therapeutic practice?

Technology is becoming more and more central. People are meditating, getting coaching, and even therapy by apps. Artificial intelligence is gaining speed as a mental health intervention, and AI robots are being used more and more as emotional support, for example, in care homes. What can we expect to see for psychology in the future, at a time when the future seems to develop closer and closer to the now?

Join us for a free open discussion and share your ideas and guesses about the future of psychology - your fears and your hopes. No background in psychology or psychoanalysis is needed. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr Aaron Balick, author of The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Connected-up Instantaneous Culture and the Self and director of Stillpoint Spaces.


DATE: Monday, 26th of July

TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm BST, 6:30pm - 7:30pm CEST, 12:30pm- 1:30pm EDT

Our free open discussions are a regular meetup for people curious about psychology, psychoanalysis, and adjacent disciplines. We invite mental health professionals and non-professionals alike.

About the facilitator

Aaron Balick, PhD, is an author, media consultant, and director of Stillpoint Spaces, an international hub for the exploration of psychology. As both an academic and psychotherapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience, Aaron is committed to sharing psychological ideas widely and in ways that people can directly apply to their lives.

Learn more about Aaron´s publications:

How to join

Stillpoint Spaces is committed to exploring psychology, in depth, inside and outside the consulting room. Rather than a presentation, this will be an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. In order to attend this event, join our online STILLPOINT COMMUNITY where you will be able to access the Zoom link, and lots of other community discussions, events and resources. Being a part of our network is free, there's no obligation, and you can leave anytime. Click HERE to create a profile and RSVP.

About Stillpoint Spaces

Through psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, events, workshops, artist encounters, and more, Stillpoint Spaces offers a new way to explore psychology outside the consulting room.


Please note that the views, opinions, and values expressed by presenters, participants, or any other individuals in relation to this event are not necessarily those of Stillpoint Spaces. Our aim is to provide a respectful space for open dialogue between our presenters, facilitators, workshop leaders and those who attend. If you would like to ask questions or provide feedback, please contact us at

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