The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association (PPA), has over four hundred members and is the largest of the four associations in the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
- All our members are registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and many are also registered with the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists in the NHS.
- The PPA provides training in three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy; continuing professional development (CPD) and eligibility to apply to become a Training Therapist or Training Supervisor.
- In 2012 three major London psychoanalytic psychotherapy training organisations merged to become the British Psychotherapy Foundation, of which the PPA is one association. These were The British Association of Psychotherapy, The London Centre for Psychotherapy and The Lincoln Clinic and Centre for Psychotherapy.
- Our aim is to promote and strengthen psychoanalytic thinking in theory, training and practice by providing a robust and professional training and lively post qualification life for all our members.
Contact details and PPA staff directory.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training
The PPA offers an in-depth training in three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy which leads to membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
This is a part time course, with seminars held in the evening, together with occasional Saturdays, so as to enable people to integrate the training with the rest of their lives. The training comprises attendance at clinical and theoretical seminars taught by senior psychotherapists, supervised clinical work with training cases, and the trainee’s own personal psychotherapy/analysis. Whilst the course is rigorous, trainees find it enormously rewarding both personally and professionally, as it equips graduates to work intensively and in depth with a range of adult patients in a variety of settings such as private practice, the NHS, higher education and the third sector. We welcome applications from all areas of society and aim to make access to training as a psychotherapist as inclusive as possible.
Find out more about the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training
Modified Entry Scheme
The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association offers a Modified Entry Scheme to train in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.
The aim of this scheme is to enable qualified child psychotherapists (ACP), couples psychotherapists (BSCPC), and adult psychotherapists who are not registered with the BPC to train as adult psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Successful completion of the scheme leads to membership of the PPA and to registration with the BPC in work with adults.
Find out more about the Modified Entry Scheme.
The bpf runs a Clinical Service for the whole organisation. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for people whose lives are inhibited by emotional difficulty in ways which are limiting work and/or personal life. Feelings of anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts or phobic behaviour can get in the way of living life to the fullest. Intense feelings of anger, jealousy or lack of self-worth are also examples of limiting and distressing states of mind. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can help people with difficulties such as these.
Details of therapists are listed on our online seach directory. A reduced fee scheme is available for those with limited funds. If you are seeking an assessment consultation and referral, please contact the Clinical Administrator or Co-ordinator for further information.
Visit Clinical Sevices page
Scientific Meetings and Events
PPA regularly organises and hosts events such as PPA Forum, Audiences with Authors and other public events, as well as CPD courses.
For our latest events go to bpf events page.
How to become a bpf member
There are currently 2 ways for therapists who have not completed a bpf training to become bpf members:
- Psychotherapists who are registered with the BPC and for those who have trained in other organisations to the equivalent standard of a bpf training.
- Psychotherapists who have completed a BPC training or a non BPC training which is comparable with a bpf training can apply for bpf membership.
- Applicants will need to complete a membership application form and attend an interview. To be put in touch with a senior advisor to discuss your wish to apply before filling in the application form, please send a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Psychotherapists and counsellors who do not have equivalent training may join a Modified Entry Scheme.
- The bpf runs two Modified Entry Schemes (MES) that lead to bpf membership and registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
- The programmes are open to people who have completed a BPC or non BPC training such as UKCP.
- The Modified Entry Schemes are individually tailored programmes which take account of previous trainings and experience. The schemes are based in the PPA for a qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and in the BJAA for an Analytic Jungian qualification.
- The MES are open to speople such as Psychotherapists, Psychodynamic Counsellors, Arts Therapists, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Couples Psychotherapists, Group Analysts and Humanistic Psychotherapists.
- Successful completion of an MES leads to membership of bpf in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association (PPA), or the British Jungian Analysts Association (BJAA).