Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis

The CPJA is a College of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. It has an individual membership of over 1800 practitioners and brings together 30 Organisational Members, most of which offer training courses. It is the largest organisation of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and Jungian psychotherapists in the UK.

What kind of psychotherapy do CPJA members offer?

All members of the CPJA believe that unconscious processes shape our behaviour and our lives. Broadly speaking this means that we don’t know as much about ourselves as we think we do.

The unconscious is, as the word suggests, ‘un’-conscious but manifests in dreams, symptoms and patterns of behaviour. Often we know these patterns are damaging to our selves and others, but we feel powerless to change them. More positively, the unconscious is also a source of creativity and imagination.

Members of the CPJA work with people with a very wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, sexual and relationship problems, conflicts at work or in education, and loss of a sense of meaning and purpose in life. However, it is not necessary to have a specific problem but simply desire to undertake a journey of discovery. Read more here.

Are you looking for a psychotherapist?

Our members work with children, adolescents, adults and older people, with people with disabilities, with couples, groups, and families. If you are looking for a psychotherapist, please use our find a therapist page.

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The CPJA Ethics Committee is committed to continue to emphasise the centrality of ethics in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to maintain a forum where ethical issues may be discussed.

The aim of the Symposium is to foster debate and open discussion between psychoanalytic psychotherapists about ethics in clinical practice and promote dialogue and networking in a learning atmosphere.  The day offers opportunity for lively debate and relevant discussion.  It will be held on 18 March 2017 in London.

You are invited to submit an abstract – details are available here or email  The deadline for submissions will be 5pm on 25 November 2016.

CPJA member Patricia Morris’ west coast live radio interview about her book ” Love and Sex : 50 therapy lessons “

Listen to the author being interviewed by Sedge Thomson about her book “Love & Sex: 50 therapy lessons”, on West Coast Live radio –
“Relationships” show number 1171, 18 June 2016.
Click on “LISTEN” after scrolling down this link page:

Patricia Morris, author of “Love and Sex: 50 therapy lessons”.
The interview starts at about 4.25 minutes.
The book can be purchased from Amazon as an e-book or paperback and from Daunt bookstores, UK.

BAPPS Autumn Conference and AGM 26 th November ” SUPERVISION AND THE LAW “

Saturday 26th November 2016
Supervision and the Law:
Confidentiality, Record Keeping and Ethical Dilemmas


Supervisors hold a level of responsibility for maintaining good therapy practice, so need to understand the law, guidance and ethics relevant to their own practice and to assist their supervisees. Issues of confidentiality, record keeping and disclosures often present therapists with questions and dilemmas. These topics involve both law and ethics, and this workshop clarifies the legal and ethical principles and boundaries of our work. We include discussion throughout the day in large and small groups, and the use of scenarios and case studies to bring law and ethics into a practice focus. Participants are invited to share, if they wish, their own anonymised practice or supervision dilemmas around confidentiality, records and disclosures for discussion.

Topics in this workshop include:
• Should we keep case records?
• What makes a good case record or supervision record?
• Which documents would be included in a case record from a legal perspective?
• How long should we keep our records?
• What does the data protection legislation require of us?
• Lawful disclosures of client information.
• How should we make and record a referral or disclosure?
• Scenarios from practice

Dr. Barbara Mitchels PhD, LL.B., FBACP (Snr Accred) is a psychotherapist with the Watershed Counselling Service in Devon. A retired solicitor, Barbara also combines her legal and therapy experience in writing, workshops and providing a web-based resource and consultancy service for therapists at Her special interests and research include post-traumatic stress, post war peace-making, and law and ethics in relation to therapy. This workshop is based on the popular book she co-authored with Tim Bond – Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 2nd Ed. London, Sage. (2014).

9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome & Workshop (with mid-morning break at 11.15)
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Workshop
3.00 AGM
4.00 End

Non Members: £85 / Early Bird £75 /// BAPPS Members: £75 / Early Bird £60 / Retired members £45
Cost includes refreshments and hot lunch Early Bird deadline bookings to be completed by 5 October 2016
Cancellations Policy: 1 month = full refund • 2 weeks = 50% refund • 1 week = no refund

Venue: The Tavistock Centre, 5th floor Lecture Theatre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion weekend 26/27 th November Malmesbury Wilts.

26th / 27th NOVEMBER 2016
VENUE: The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
10 – 4.30 PM
With Carole Bosanko and Linda Thomas
Fee: £180 (Non- Residential) *Book with a a friend discount available
Carole Bosanko Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Mindful Self Compassion Teacher. HCPC registered
Linda Thomas Accredited Counsellor MBACP, Mindfulness Teacher, Mindful Self Compassion Teacher.
Tel: 07770 021584
Tel: 07765 680618
Introduction to Mindful Self -Compassion Weekend
This ‘Introduction to Mindful Self- Compassion ‘weekend combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for wellbeing.
The course provides valuable, research-based tools that can help you integrate self-compassion into your daily life.
Self-compassion involves treating ourselves with kindness, like we would a good friend we care about. Self-compassion helps us to learn to accept our imperfections and learn to deal with life’s inevitable difficulties with more ease. It motivates us to make changes in our lives, start to care about ourselves and want to lessen our distress
The weekend will cover exercises that teach you how to be kind to yourself in times of difficulty. Through discussion, meditation and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to:
 Bring self-compassion into your daily life.  Boost happiness and wellbeing  Stop being so hard on yourself  Learn & practice strategies to respond in a kind, compassionate way when you are experiencing difficult emotions.  Practise Mindfulness  Help you make wiser and more flexible choices  Transform challenging relationships  Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism  Embrace Your Life.
Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by just about anyone!
There are no prerequisites for this workshop. If you’ve already done a Mindfulness course or are just interested in learning more about self-compassion, this is a great way to develop a selfcompassion practice in a more focused way. This workshop is suitable for the general public as well as to practicing mental health

ACCOMMODATION IN Malmesbury – The Queen of Hilltop Towns
Atop a perfect flat hill encircled by the River Avon at the southern entrance to the Cotswolds, sits Malmesbury, said to be the oldest continually inhabited town in England. Malmesbury is rightly called the “Queen of Hilltop Towns” being England’s oldest borough with a rich history over 1000 years.
Officially Malmesbury can be traced back to the fifth century, but modern excavations have revealed the remains of an Iron Age Fort, which casts the settlement possibly as far back as 500 BC. Malmesbury is also home to England’s oldest hotel, the Old Bell, which has been offering bed and board since 1220.

The honey stoned streets, a quaint tumble of 17th and 18th-century shops and inns bustle under the gaze of the imposing and beautiful seventh-century abbey. When St. Aldhelm founded the monastery the site soon became a place of pilgrimage and learning, and in the 10th Century, Athelstan, the first king of (all) England and grandson of Alfred the Great, made Malmesbury his capital. He is buried under the abbey grounds.
The abbey is also famous for its lovely five acres of gardens, a feast of formal landscaping and wild spaces dotted with fishponds that cascade into a valley carved by a tributary of the River Avon. A romantic oasis in the heart of the community, the gardens are often used for concerts and events through the summer.
The town with its medieval streets, old courtroom, and almshouses is lovely to walk around. In the marketplace you’ll find an elaborately engraved 15th-century market cross which is one of the best preserved of its kind in the country. You can also take to the scenic river path on a walking tour and learn some of Malmesbury’s colourful stories.
Malmesbury Abbey
Malmesbury Abbey stands proudly over the town of Malmesbury, the seventh-century abbey is one of England’s most historic sites and the town’s star attraction. The Abbey is at the centre of Malmesbury and can be seen for miles around.
In 1539 King Henry VIII dissolved the monastery, which at the time, was the centre of worship. It was bought by William Stumpe, who arranged for it to become the parish church, and it was consecrated as such on 20th August 1541. Since then it has been a place of worship almost continuously.
Abbey Gardens
The sprawling Abbey Gardens surrounding the abbey are famous for their beauty, walks, history – and particularly roses. The house on the site dates back to the 13th century.
The Garden has an extensive collection of roses – one of the largest in England. With the abbey as dramatic backdrop its five acres feature more than 10,000 plant varieties spread between formal gardens dotted with fish ponds and a wilder section that cascades into a valley cut through by a tributary of the River Avon.
The Old Bell Hotel
The Old Bell Hotel claims to be the oldest in England and has provided refuge for weary travellers since 1220. Today guests still find the sanctuary of a quintessential Cotswolds hotel, where old fashioned values include impeccable service, utter comfort and a focus on the pleasures of eating and drinking.
Athlestan Museum
Named after the first ‘King of all England’, buried in the nearby abbey, Athelstan Museum tells the history of a town built to a Saxon road plan on the site of a 4,500-year-old hill fort and the area surrounding it.
Situated a few minutes away from the historic abbey and Abbey House Gardens, this family friendly museum is located in the town hall facing the main town car park. The newly refurbished museum contains displays of local life and history.
Athelstan Museum, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ. Tel: 01666 829258.
Bremilham Church
Located on Cowage Farm, Foxley-cum-Bremilham west of Malmesbury, Bremilham Church is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest church in use in Britain. It measures just four metres by three point six metres.
Inside there’s scarcely room for a congregation larger than ten, seating for just four and no room for an altar. Only one service a year is carried out at the church – Rogation Sunday Service is held at Bremilham Church on the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum is a few miles west of Malmesbury and is England’s finest collection of trees gathered upon a heritage landscape offering 17 miles of accessible paths fantastic for exploring, walking, relaxing and learning about nature.
Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. Tel: 01666 880220.
Highgrove House
Highgrove House and Gardens, the private residence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Cotswolds home of Prince Charles, Highgrove Estate includes Highgrove House and Home Farm, which produces organic vegetables, beef and other produce – all of which are available locally. The nearest town is Tetbury where Highgrove shop resides on the High Street.
Lacock Abbey and Village
Lacock Abbey & Village is a 30 minute drive south of Malmesbury, Lacock is a village captured in time, a favourite Cotswold filming location for period dramas and films including Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders, Emma and the Harry Potter movies due to its painstakingly preserved historical streets and elegant abbey.
Bath is an iconic English city, unparalleled for its architecture, history and modern amenities and is just a 45-minute drive southwest of Malmesbury. Bath is the only designated World Heritage city in the UK.
The city is far more than museums and old buildings. It has a lively cultural scene with several festivals and all kinds of shows, concerts and exhibitions fi


Lovett Farm B&B
Lower Moor Farm B&B
School House

The Lodge at the Rookery


Launch event with Adam Phillips: ‘Talking about clinical work’ Wednesday 28th September 7.30

Launch event with Adam Phillips: ‘Talking about clinical work’ Wednesday 28th September 7.30pm
The Clinical SITE
The Clinical SITE
8th Oct 2016 Working with couples Haya Oakley
12th Nov 2016 The impact of suicide Paul Gurney
21st Jan 2017
The responsible supervisor
Jim O’Neill
4th Feb 2017 Psychoanalysis & Truth Angela Kreeger
8th April 2017 Working with psychosis Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz
6th May 2017 Psychoanalysis & class Barry Wat
10th June 2017
Working with drug & alcohol addiction
Eric Harper
Time 2-5pm
Venue October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AL
Cost £50.00 per workshop £40.00 each if you book 3 or more workshops
For more info, visit To book, email

RETREATS between June and December 2016 in Sheffield and Derbyshire

Retreats coming up in June,
and a summer Friends and Family Day in Grindleford!

21st June – The Power of Presence with Zohar Lavie
25th June – Relating with Kindness with Sister Metta
26th June – Family and Friends day in Grindleford, with Sister Metta
28th June – evening sitting groups with Sister Metta
21st June – The Power of Presence: one day retreat with Zohar Lavie

We are delighted to welcome Zohar back to Sheffield.

“We will use the tools of Insight and Metta (Loving kindness) Meditation to calm our bodies, brighten our minds and soften our hearts. With clarity and kindness we can see and remove the causes of distress, and cultivate a fresh relationship to our experience.”

Venue: Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. Wheelchair accessible. Map
No pre-booking required, just come on the day with a packed lunch and any meditation equipment you need (we have some mats and blankets to borrow).
£10 / £5 (no-one turned away for lack of funds) plus Dana (donation for the teachings).
All are welcome including beginners and newcomers to meditation.

Relating with Kindness – Sister Metta in June

Bookings now open for a one day retreat with Sister Metta on Saturday 25th June

Booking information here. £5/£10 plus Dana (donation for teachings). No-one will be turned away for lack of funds, please contact us if the fee is beyond your means.
On Sunday 26th June, there will be an opportunity to meet informally with Sister Metta at a Friends and Family Day 12 noon – 4pm in Grindleford. Bring a picnic, all ages welcome.
Tuesday 28th June – Sister Metta will lead our evening meditation groups.
2016 dates:

25th June. One Day Retreat with Sister Metta. Fulwood Old Chapel
26th June. Friends and Family Day with Sister Metta. Grindleford.
28th June. Evening meditation groups with Sister Metta. Quaker Meeting House.
30th July. AGM and Sangha Saturday
10th – 14th August. 5 day residential retreat with Catherine McGee. Dukes Barn, Beeley, Derbyshire.
24th & 25th September. ‘Unconditional Friendliness: Deepening into Tenderness and Joy’. Non-res retreat with Zohar Lavie. Whirlow Spirituality Centre.
29th – 31st Dec. New Year Retreat with Sister Metta

IGA Workshops and Events in July and October

IGA Workshops and Events

Dreams and Relations: Dreamtelling as a Request for Containment and Influence

Speaker and respondent for this workshop are Robi Friedman and John Schlapobersky

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Flyer here | Webpage here | Book here

Psychotherapy Excellence, GASi and IGA presents this Live Event as part of an online Webcast Series —
Confluence and Collaboration: Group Analysis in the 21st Century

Speakers for the Webcast Series and Live Event include Dr Gwen Ashead, Dr Rex Haigh, Dr Marina Mojovic, Dr Farhad Dalal, Sue Einhorn, Dr Earl Hopper and Dr Morris Nitsun.

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Flyer here | More information on Psychotherapy Excellence’s website here

Life and Death in Group Analysis, Bion and Beyond: A Commemorative Conference on Foulkes 40th Anniversary, as well as Cervantes and Shakespeare’s 400th

Speakers for this conference are Prof Michael Bell, Dr Arturo Ezquerro, Prof Bob Hinshelwood and Dr Morris Nitsun

Saturday 8th October 2016 at the Tavistock Clinic

Flyer here | Webpage here | Book here

A Climate Psychology Alliance Conference: ” The Psychology of Climate Action – New Perspectives on Leadership ” November 19th

Save the date for a Climate Psychology Alliance conference

The Psychology of Climate Action – New Perspectives on Leadership
Saturday 19th November 2016
Holloway Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

The aim of the event is to:

Clarify the contribution and links between key elements in climate leadership
Open up for discussion the psychological and psycho-social dynamics which enable/ impede effective climate action

Caroline Lucas MP – Professor Paul Hoggett – Professor Andrew Samuels – Sally Weintrobe – Richard Black – Cate Lamb
+ Workshops
Further details see

ADAM PHILLIPS ” Talking about Clinical Work ” run by THE SITE Sept 28th

‘Talking about clinical work’
Wednesday 28th September 7.30pm
8th Oct 2016 Working with couples Haya Oakley
12th Nov 2016 The impact of suicide Paul Gurney
21st Jan 2017 The responsible
supervisor Jim O’Neill
4th Feb 2017 Psychoanalysis & Truth Angela Kreeger
8th April 2017 Working with psychosis Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz
6th May 2017 Psychoanalysis & class Barry Watt
10th June 2017 Working with drug &
alcohol addiction Eric Harper
October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3AL
£50.00 per workshop
£40.00 each if you book
3 or more workshops
For more info, visit
To book, email siteenquiries20



IGA Foundation Courses aim to familiarise students with the principles of Group Analysis through a range of lectures/seminars, workshops and experiential group work.

A combination of theoretical and experiential learning encourages participants to gain a more informed general understanding of how groups operate. IGA Foundation Courses offer a wonderful opportunity for both personal and professional development.

Please click on the links below to learn more about IGA Foundation Courses across the UK and to book your place.


IGA Open Days / Evenings offer an opportunity to find out more about the various training courses we provide. Course convenors and teaching staff will present the range of courses on offer and will be available to answer your questions about the Institute and our trainings.

Please see below for time and dates or visit our website for more information.LONDON
Friday 27th May, 6 pm- 8 pm
Saturday 25th June, 2 pm – 5 pm
Friday 29th July, 6 pm – 8 pm
Friday 9th Sept, 6 pm – 8 pm

Book online here

Book here

Saturday 25th June,
10 am – 3 pm

Contact: Pat Briskham

Please click on the links below for further information
Friday 1st July


CPJA Discussion Statement: Parameters of Practice/2

We need to address the question ‘what is it we do?’ (and what is it we try not to do). Because it may be unclear, and therefore requires redefinition. This short paper seeks to delineate core principles of psychoanalytic practice, based in a reliable theoretical model that has evolved over time.
Essentially, it is a concrete restatement of our ‘flag statement’ (revised 2012) that in simple but meaningful terms may be listed as a series of principles of practice as follows:
• Rhythm (translation: key arrangements around time, frequency, and regularity, typically longer than shorter, based in an understanding concerning, among other factors, infant development);
• Regression (trans: also concerning time and the importance of early or past experience ,including as re-experienced, possibly re-enacted, in the therapy setting);
• The Unconscious (trans: mental operations , perhaps determining behaviour, not immediately apparent, the meaning of which may be accessed through language, dream and symbol);
• Setting/Frame (trans: the therapeutic space, involving the above, as well as, crucially, attention to boundary and abstinence, as far as possible intellectually, and certainly physically);
• Language and Thought ( trans: the epistemophiliac impulse, aka the desire to know – and fear knowing – as investigated, facilitated and understood , quintessentially, via language and speech);
• Interpersonal Relationship ( trans: the inter-subjective relationship/s between therapist and client, often involving multiple objects of a transferential and countertransferential nature, that may come to be identified and recognised by means of insight and interpretation);
• Supervision ( trans: therapist normally has recourse to the ‘3rd position’ of supervision, wherein there is located some authority of the model, in addition to managing this position internally).

It therefore follows, as distinguishing features of p-a practice, that normally or typically, we do not advise, and try to be judicious in our use of creativity. We are also cautious about, if not actually prohibit, forms of acting-in, which may include touch, extra-sessional contact, or excessive dosages of expertise, sermonising or prescriptions. We may utilise short-term dynamic approaches, but we do not consciously adapt our approach by wandering into territories best occupied by other modalities. We try not to succumb to pressures for a ‘quick-fix’, or be seduced by the fantastic, whether ‘new idea’ or latest toy.
This statement is really a reprise, in edited form, of my thinking of twenty years ago,* which was what many jobbing analytic therapists thought anyway, and what most should be thinking now! Some things do not need to change, for the sake of change. Notwithstanding my claimed adherence to the above rubric, over 25years I have become, subject to client or pathology, relatively more flexible, responsive and creative in my personal style. But, I suggest, it is within, not beyond the pale