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The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by RD Laing and others to challenge accepted ways of understanding and treating mental and emotional suffering. This continues to be our aim.

We do this through our;

Community households where people with serious emotional difficulties can live with others for substantial periods of time and try to make sense of their difficulties and live more productive lives.

Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

Psychotherapy training programme which encourages critical thinking and open mindedness.

Introductory course which provides an introduction to some of our ideas and ways of working.

We continue to hold the values which brought our founders together, above all:

We believe in the value of community as a way out of isolation and despair and as a way of fostering dignity, responsibility and greater autonomy.


     The Divided Laing: A Conversation with Patrick Marmion

                 Friday 29 January 2016 at 4 Martys Yard

                                7 - 9 pm - Admission free


The Philadelphia Association, a psychotherapy organisation founded by the pioneering psychiatrist R. D. Laing and colleagues, marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. One of its first projects – the rule-breaking therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall in East London – continues to fascinate decades later. Patrick Marmion's play The Divided Laing, or The Two Ronnies revisits Kingsley Hall, focusing on the relationships between Laing and two other Philadelphia Association founders, the militant David Cooper and the more cautious Aaron Esterson. Often comic, sometimes chilling, The Divided Laing was called "a bleakly hilarious account of an overlooked corner of hippy culture" by the Spectator, "commendably ambitious" by the Guardian and "a sincere tribute to one of the 20th century’s most radical, and now underrated, thinkers" by The Stage. The play also raises the important question of whether Kingsley Hall's "anti-psychiatric" agenda, with its rebellion against medical authority, was a reckless counterculture adventure or a radical experiment that is powerfully relevant today.  


At this event playwright and critic Patrick Marmion will be joined by a panel (Hilary Cooper, Chrysanthi Nigianni, Rob White and Stephen Woodhams) to discuss The Divided Laing and explore different dimensions of Laing's life and legacy.



        PA Introductory Course 2016

The Introductory Course is the first step to applying for the training at the Philadelphia Association. If you would like further information please contact the PA office or email


How you can help

The PA needs money to maintain the two houses that it has and to help residents pay for their therapy. In the longer term we would like to have a third house. This might be one that was loaned to us for a reasonable period.

You can support the work of the houses by giving to the Community Houses Support Fund.

Please also remember the Philadelphia Association in your will. The organisation 'Remember a Charity' offers a will guide, highlighting the benefit of including a charity in your will. For further information please go to

Contact us on 0300 123 1708 or

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                                   *** Other recent publications by PA members ***                                                                        Click here for further details


                         Link re Psychiatry/Anti Psychiatry Revisited








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     List of Seminars

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Starts 11 October 2016


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        PA Film Club

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     Friday 26 February


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