About the CPJA

Welcome to the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. This is the website for those seeking a psychotherapist with an extensive and prolonged training. You can search our listings database for practitioners near you. It includes Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Jungian Analysts, Lacanian psychoanalysts, Group Analysts and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists.

These psychotherapists and psychoanalysts come from a range of independent psychotherapy organisations so that the individual and diverse needs or relational and developmental processes can be met for each prospective person. The range includes individual psychotherapy from such perspectives as Freudian, Kleinian, Jungian/Analytical Psychology, Lacanian and Attachment based therapists. There are group analysts for those who prefer to work in a group, and couple psychotherapists for those who want to explore their marriage or partnership.

All these psychotherapists adhere to the UKCP code of Ethics and Practice and that of their member organisations. They are respectful of diversity and sensitive to all aspects of equality.

Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic relationships are generated by the desire to find meaning as well as relief from psychological suffering. Different schools of psychotherapy have emerged and continue to develop from Freud’s original work. In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, particular attention is paid to analysing transference and resistance issues, so that the patient is helped to find a more creative relationship between conscious and unconscious processes and to discover his/her own personal truths.

Finding a therapist can be through deliberate research, but is crucially a process of discovering the right ‘fit’ between the two human beings involved. In training, the therapist has also been in the role of patient, providing the commonality of experience which we think lies at the heart of the enterprise. Psychotherapy, whether long or short term, may be with individual clients, with couples or with groups.

Psychoanalytic theory explores the connection between events in early life (which may be unconscious) and current disturbance and distress.  The therapy offers a reliable setting for free association to past and present fantasies, feelings, dreams and memories.  Particular attention is given to the developing relationship with the therapist as it is through this that the patient is able to re-experience relationships from his/her early life and explore new ways of relating, freer of the characteristics that previously caused distress.  Through this transference relationship, the patient may achieve a new and better resolution of long-standing conflicts and overcome resistances to change and growth.

Analytical Psychology (Jungian Analysis)

In Analytical Psychology, the theories of analysis stem from the work of Jung, which, along with other schools, has emphasised that psychological development occurs through relationships. The creativity and intelligence of dreams and the imagination are recognised, with particular attention drawn to the inter-active connection between unconscious and conscious processes. Individuation, Jung’s term for self discovery, is seen as a realisation of oneself within the psychological, spiritual, political and economic networks of society. Jungian analysts consider that we all have in us the capability of healing ourselves and this is what Jungian analysis aims to develop.