Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (M1)

Course overview

This course is the most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the UK for people working in the public sector and is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). It offers you a unique combination of intensive analytic teaching and practice alongside training in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to a variety of patient groups both in mental health and general medicine. Read the most recent external examiner's report that was sent to the BPC about this course.

A requirement of this course is that you are in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy at a minimum frequency of three times per week. The course consists of theoretical and clinical seminars, clinical supervisions, tutorials and therapeutic work with patients. The training follows the British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis. You will study the history of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to all the major contributors to psychoanalysis in Britain, including more recent analysts who have influenced current practice and thinking.

You will explore the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood, latency and adolescence, personality structure and psychopathology, psychosomatic disorders, and theories of depression and anxiety. There are a number of specialist workshops that you might also join, for example trauma, working with couples and groups. All aspects of analytic understanding and technique including transference, countertransference, free association and dreams will also be covered. You will receive close supervision on all of your clinical work – intensive and non-intensive. You may also choose to train in conducting assessments, brief dynamic interventions and groups. You may wish to gain experience in becoming a clinical supervisor, teaching analytic principles and getting involved in current research and audit projects.

This course will lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and enables you to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). In order to achieve this, the course can be completed by two routes:

Route one (full public sector training) will equip you to work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at a consultant level in the NHS through gaining competence in a large range of public sector applications as well as training in the intensive analytic treatment of patients. The applications include individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, applied work and supervision.

Route two (core training) is less demanding, focussing on the ‘core’ intensive analytic work as well as on gaining expertise in once weekly work. With this route, you may still be able to partake in additional clinical work aside from expertise in once weekly and three times weekly but it is not an expectation that you will become proficient in other areas.

Both routes lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and registration with the BPC. However, the full public sector training will equip you if you intend to pursue a senior position in the NHS (at consultant level) and if you intend to apply your analytic skills to a broad range of clinical situations.

In our most recent external examiners report that was sent to the BPC, the examiners "remain impressed by the standard of teaching, supervision and tutoring on this course." Read the full report here.

This course is for people who are clinicians who already have experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and are interested in developing their skills in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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

  • a working knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and technique
  • a graduate degree
  • at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst. Currently being in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy minimum three times a week
  • 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).


Thursday afternoons between 1.30 -5pm during term time

However, you will be expected to be present for the whole day on Thursday as there are other key clinical meetings and supervisions that take place in the morning and lunch time period.

This is a demanding course and whilst it can be done on a part time basis you should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on the key components. The key components include the academic afternoon on a Thursday, clinical work with patients, personal analytic therapy (minimum frequency of three sessions per week), supervision and clinical unit meetings. In addition you will need to allow time for writing up sessions, reading theoretical texts, and attending to clinical admin.


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

Your progress is assessed throughout the course through our bi-annual  progression board. These progression board meetings comprise all of the key people involved in your training – your tutor and your supervisors and the Course Lead. They take place in December and July each year.  Formal reports from your supervisors alongside feedback from your tutor are discussed at the board and this information informs the board’s decisions regarding whether you are given permission to progress further in the training.  When you have completed all of the clinical and academic requirements, the board decides whether you have reached the level required for qualification.


£ 6,285 per year


£ 12,570 per year

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Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

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

Professional qualification and clinical training
Course length:
4 years
Thursday afternoons
The Tavistock Centre, London
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
Course lead:
Katrina Wynne