Café Psychologique

Café Psychologique is a space to talk about life over a drink from a psychological perspective. It builds on the philosophy of Café Scientifique to take ideas out of universities, laboratories and clinics to make them accessible to people in everyday life. Like Café Scientifique there are trained professionals to provide a resource to the café, but no lectures or seminars. Instead, ideas are dropped into the group to stimulate thought and discussion.

Café Psychologique was created by Chris Powell and after two pilots at Greenbelt Arts festival the first ongoing UK Café Psychologique was set up in January 2011 at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. We meet monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, from 8 to 10 pm. A Café Psychologique was launched in January 2013 by Group Analysis North in Manchester and another in Wolverhampton in January 2014. There has also been one in Bournemouth. The latest was set up in Liverpool in April 2017.

You can read the Café Rules here: Café Psychologique Rules

A list of previous subjects covered in the Café is here

Themes in the coming months:


Tuesday 20 June
Growing a home together: the psychological and social impact of co-housing Lara Eggleton and Liz Lewis, Lilac Members, Pete Richardson, Founder of Chapeltown Cohousing

Tuesday 25 July
Attachment: how our connections from cradle to grave make us who we are Elaine McMullan, Clinical Psychologist, and Rebecca Savage, Health Research Senior Programme Manager

Tuesday 26 September
The Trouble with Cancer: it’s not just in the body Hannah Gormley, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday 24 October
Wellbeing: myth or real possibility? Joshua Paul Malkin, Café Psychologiste

Tuesday 28 November
Seasons and their impact: celebrate or survive? Vicky Ola, Artist and Psychologist

Chris is looking for other venues in the UK to set up more Café Psychologique events.

Cafe Psychologique news

Published 21/11/17   6:09PM

Seasons and their impact: celebrate or survive? Café Psychologique, 28 November

Seasons define our weather, our daylight, our environment; but their impact goes much wider than that. They dominate our diaries and calendars; our holidays are organised around them, they drive […]

Published 16/10/17   5:47PM

Wellbeing: myth or real possibility? Café Psychologique, 24 October

Wellbeing clearly means very different things to different people: health, comfort, contentment, or even possessions or material wealth. However, it’s clear that newspapers, magazines and endless tv programmes think it’s […]