Michael Briant is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists and an associate member of the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy. A Cambridge graduate, he worked initially for the British Council, where he was involved, amongst other things, in the peace initiatives represented by the cultural exchange agreements with the former Communist bloc. He left to pursue post-graduate studies at the L.S.E., where he was a pupil of Ernest Gellner and wrote a thesis on psychoanalysis, for which he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1973. Most of his experience as a therapist has been in various parts of the education system – for the last 30 years at Cambridge University and for several individual colleges. For some 15-16 years he also directed a 3-year training programme, a post-graduate diploma, run jointly by the University Counselling Service and the Department of Continuing Education.