Desmond King trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock clinic when Dr Bowlby was a member of staff in the Children’s Department then developing his ideas on the central importance of ‘attachment’; he taught a module on Ethology. Dr John Padel taught Psychoanalytic Theory, a truly inspirational series of lectures. Subsequently his supervision made an equally profound contribution. Therapy with Dr David Malan was another transformational influence.
After completing training, Desmond worked in one of the first psychiatric units in a District General Hospital in Bromley in Kent. This was an exciting period when local mental health services were in the process of transformation; he had the good fortune to play a key role in the contribution which psychologists made to this process. Harold Bridger a founder member of the Tavistock Institute, was another major influence; his deep understanding of organisations and the primacy of task was revelatory.
He subsequently trained as a Group Analyst and he counts his long association with Tirril Harris since his retirement from full time the NHS work as amongst the most rewarding.
He continues to work part time in individual & group therapy, and in supervision with colleagues and in consultation to organisation. His current preoccupation is with the profound a far reaching effects of internalised neglect, which not surprisingly mostly passes unnoticed. his workshop on this subject is scheduled for August 2016.
Desmond is married to Angela, formerly Head of Special Needs at a Bromley Comprehensive and latterly Priest in Charge of the local Parish. They have four children and eight grandchildren.