What is the BPA?
The British Psychoanalytic Association is a Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), a worldwide body that safeguards professional and ethical practice. The BPA became a member in 2006 and commenced its training in 2009. We are one of two IPA Societies in the UK, and as such represent an exciting development for psychoanalysis in this country. The BPA not only provides a training in psychoanalysis but also provides scientific and clinical events as well as treatment opportunities through its Low Fee Service. The BPA is also a constituent part of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf), a longstanding training body in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Psychoanalysis is a psychological therapy based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behaviour. It involves exploring how these unconscious factors affect patterns of behaviour and past and current relationships. Through these explorations people are helped to understand better their internal worlds and to lead richer and more fulfilling lives.

Training to become a psychoanalyst is both challenging and rewarding. It can take four to five years and involves a personal training analysis, theoretical and clinical seminars, and the psychoanalytic treatment of two patients, four to five times a week, under supervision.

The BPA is looking for applicants from various backgrounds who are interested in undertaking a training in psychoanalysis and in contributing to the development of one of the two IPA Societies in the UK. The BPA is currently receiving applications for the training to commence in September 2018. Anyone interested should contact Lesley Bell, the Chair of Selection, on 07757 636849 or Joyce Samuel-Ouadjo, the Training Co-ordinator, on +44 (0)20 8452 9823 or by email at

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