psychoanalytic psychotherapy reading group

  • Summer Term: 2,9,16 & 23 May & 6,13,20 & 27 June
  • 37 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4HJ

Are you interested in the origins and development of psychoanalytic theory and practice? How has psychoanalytic thinking been developed and applied to understanding ourselves and the world we live in?

who is it for

The course may appeal to people who want to acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory out of personal interest, or who see it as a step towards embarking on a psychoanalytic training.

course content

This reading group will discuss and explore the rich psychoanalytic literature from Freud to the current day. We will initially offer two 8 week terms for this group to study with an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Members of the group will be expected each week to read a seminal paper chosen from the psychoanalytic literature. The discussion is an important part of the ethos and is intended to leave room for a variety of different views in a non-judgmental atmosphere.


We are offering two 8 week terms: spring and summer 2019.

Seminars will be held on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 at the bpf

Spring Term 2019:  17th, 24th & 31st January, 7th,14th & 28th Feb (break for half term on the 21st), 7th & 14th March.

Summer Term 2019:   2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May (break for half term on 30th May), 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th June

entry requirements

A personal interest in the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory.


Cost of a term of 8 seminars is £250. Cost for the two terms (16 seminars), if booked together, will be at a discounted rate of £475.

Please note that the bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed. See our cancellation and refund policies for more information.

how to apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form supplied and email it to the PPA Training Administrator at

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Introductory literature reading list for May - June 2019

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Reading list for January - March 2019

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access information

The building has limited access - please call us on 020 8452 9823 to discuss your needs.

contact us

To find out more and discuss your interest, please email Alice Cowley at

For any admin enquiries, please contact the PPA Training Administrator at

The bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society. The bpf values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.