Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy

Course overview

This is the most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the UK for people working in the public sector. It offers you a unique combination of intensive analytic teaching and practice alongside training in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to a variety of client groups, both in mental health and general medicine. 

The course can be studied in two ways; the first will train you to work at a consultant level in the NHS, and includes training in individual weekly and intensive therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, applied work, supervision and clinical assessments.  The second route will train you as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and focuses on weekly and intensive individual psychotherapy and would be more suitable for students for whom it is not possible or desired to undertake the broader route. 

The Consultant Level training includes

  • one group
  • up to five weekly client cases
  • twenty clinical assessments
  • two intensive client cases
  • theoretical and clinical seminars
  • applied work
  • three times weekly personal analysis
  • clinical workshops and supervisions
  • tutorials

The Second, also known as Core, version of the training includes

  • two intensive client cases
  • up to two weekly client cases
  • three times weekly personal analysis
  • theoretical and clinical seminars
  • three times weekly personal analysis
  • clinical workshops
  • tutorials

The training follows the British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis and you will study the history of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to all the major contributors to psychoanalysis in Britain - Abraham, Klein, Winnicott, Bion, Rosenfeld -  as well as the more recent analysts who have influenced current practice and thinking.

You’ll also explore the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood, latency and adolescence, personality structure and psychopathology, psychosomatic disorders, and theories of depression and anxiety. All aspects of analytic understanding and technique, including transference, countertransference, free association and dreams, will also be covered.

In the clinical part of this course, you will be supervised in how to treat intensive psychotherapy cases three times per week.

You will be able to attend workshops and seminars, such as our transference workshop, and numerous seminars covering subjects such as couples work, trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders and working with the medically ill. 

In order to achieve professional accreditation you will be required to submit a 10,000 word written case study for assessment.

You will study with us every Thursday afternoon during term time. There are also clinical supervisions and tutorials that you are required to attend in addition to the clinical work you will be doing.

If you are undertaking the consultant training you will also be trained in conducting assessments, individual once-a-week cases and brief dynamic interventions and groups.  You will also learn how to become a clinical supervisor and how to teach, and you can participate in our current research and audit projects as well as develop your own projects.

This course will lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and full accreditation with the British Psychoanalytic Council and in order to achieve this, the course can be studied by one of two routes.

The second, newly established, route is less demanding in terms of your clinical requirements, focussing on the ‘core’ intensive analytic work as well as on gaining expertise in once weekly work. You may still be able to partake in additional clinical work, but it is not an expectation that you will become proficient in these other areas. On qualification, you are still eligible to work as an adult psychotherapist and you will still qualify as psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the BPC.  However, you will not have gained the full range of competencies expected from a consultant level graduate.

We hope that by introducing these two routes to qualification we are offering flexibility to those who are in a position to pursue the broader range of clinical activities as well as those who wish to focus on the core analytic aspects of the training whilst still gaining a rich insight into the application of psychoanalytic work in the NHS.

This course is for you if you are a clinician with some experience (at least 18 months) in psychodynamic or psychoanalytic  psychotherapy and are interested in developing your skills in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy, applied psychoanalytic psychotherapy, case management, research and audit.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have completed a graduate degree
  • have a minimum of three years’ clinical experience (including at least 18 months of having worked with a patient in weekly psychotherapy,  supervised by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist)
  • have a working knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and technique
  • have had at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst

The annual fee for this course is £4920 for Home/EU students and £9840 for International students. 

Please note that this fee excludes the cost of intensive case supervision on both training cases.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Please note that course fees will increase by 2% each year.

The previous code for this course was M1.

Professional Qualification & Clinical Training
Course length:
4 years
Thursday afternoons
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
Course lead:
Francesca Hume