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Dr Peri Mackintosh

Job title Highly Specialist Psychotherapist
Email address Peri.Mackintosh@slam.nhs.uk

Area of expertise 

Psychotherapeutic approaches with people who are less verbal.


Peri has over 35 years’ experience of working with people with severe and complex psychological difficulties and autistic conditions. Having trained in Zen, dance, music and Aikido, Peri pioneered the use of mindfulness-based movement and music orientated therapeutic workshops in residential mental health units in the early 1980′s. He has been a psychotherapist at the National Autism Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital since 2002. 

Education and training 

  • Shobo-an Zen Centre 1975-87
  • London School of Contemporary Dance 1980 
  • Laban Centre for Movement Studies 1981-3 
  • MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University 2001) 
  • Integrative Psychotherapy additional registration (Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University 2016) 


Young, S., Hollingdale, J., Absoud, M., Bolton, P., Branney, P., Colley, W., Craze, E., Dave, M., Deeley, Q., Farrag, E., Gudjonsson, G., Hill, P., Liang, H., Murphy, C., Mackintosh, P., Murin, M., O’Regan, F., Ougrin, D., Rios, P., Stover, N., Taylor, E. & Woodhouse, E.  (2020). Guidance for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder based upon expert consensus. BMC Medicine18, 1-29.  Mackintosh, P.  Attentional Scope and Mental Illness (2019).  Embodied Relational Gestalt.  Editor: Michael Clemmens, Routledge.

Mackintosh, P. Barber, P. Freeforming; Connecting Without Words (2011). Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now Editors: Dan Bloom and Philip Brownell, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Special interests and treatments Psychotherapeutic approaches with people who are less verbal
Main location Bethlem Royal Hospital
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