The Southern Region of the American Academy of Psychotherapists is a very active part of AAP. We’re dedicated to keeping the art of psychotherapy alive and dynamic. AAP believes in the value of experiential, expressive, depth- and humanistically oriented psychotherapies. AAP also believes in the importance of the development of the therapist on all levels. Our members believe in the essential value of these therapies and the emphasis on personal development of the therapist. Toward this end, AAP’s activities have process groups and experiential groups throughout.

Experience the AAP Southern Region

The Southern Region provides additional local opportunities for new and seasoned psychotherapists to meet and network. We also provide an opportunity for graduate students and new therapists to get a taste of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. Our mission is to help grow the Academy by introducing new therapists, graduate students and practicing therapists to our regional events. Those events include two informal Salons each year and an annual Spring Conference.

Learn and grow at a Spring Conference

Our yearly Conference occurs in the Spring in settings across the Southeastern United States. We try to choose Conference sites that offer beauty and an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Past venues include the Balsam Mountain Inn in the North Carolina mountains and the Daufuskie Island Resort along the coast of South Carolina.

Our Spring Conferences are imbued with a warm and inviting atmosphere. In this supportive aura, attendees can learn, grow, and experience a unique organization of psychotherapists devoted to the highest caliber of personal and professional growth

Southern Region events are open to all.

Our Salons are entertaining, educational and enriching

Southern Region Salons are informal functions in the home of an AAP member or a cozy professional space. We normally hold one Salon in September/October, prior to the national AAP Institute and Conference, and another in January/February, prior to our own Spring Conference.

At our Salons, some of our most seasoned psychotherapists offer an experience of the Academy that is always entertaining, often educational, sometimes provocative, and frequently uplifting and healing. We all share in bringing food for a delicious potluck dinner that precedes the presentation.

Graduate Students Are Our Future

One of the goals of the Southern Region is to attract and welcome students. Over delicious potluck suppers at salons and through experiential workshops at our conferences, you get an “unplugged” experience with seasoned therapists who practice depth psychotherapy. Conference workshops are primarily experiential instead of didactic, emphasizing the emotional/psychological process of the participants over content. We are the beacon for long-term therapy in a time when graduate programs focus on short-term, empirical interventions.

We offer students free registration at our Spring Conference and make every effort to welcome and encourage those who pursue this rewarding profession. So, all students please join us and bookmark this web site to keep posted on our activities.

We look forward to sharing the Academy with you.

Southern Region Committee

Barbara Sachs, Chair
Diana Woodruff, Secretary
Maureen Martin
Vanessa Herbert
Barbara Thomason
Nancy Moser
Bhavana Goel
James Bird
David Terraso
Marquita Johnson

We look forward to sharing the academy with you. Come to a Southern Region event and share in an experience you won’t soon forget.

Please join us for an evening potluck dinner and salon experience.
Contact person: Barbara Sachs, Chair, Southern Region Committee