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The Introductory Course is both a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to study at the PA. Students who complete the IC can apply to the one year Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training. 



The course will take place on Thursday  evenings from October 2022 at our premises in Hampstead, north London, and consists of a weekly seminar and an experiential group. Each student will be allocated a personal tutorYou will be invited to study past and current psychological theories and treatments of human suffering taught in conjunction with philosophy, in particular phenomenology as well as ideas drawn from art, literature, the politics of psychiatry, power and lived experience. 


The PA has never prized academic qualifications over other skills and experience. Sometimes people who never intended to become psychotherapists find that the Introductory Course inspires them to follow this path after all. 

Being a student at the PA means you will have access to our small library and you will also be invited to attend regular PA events and contribute to the PA newsletter.



Application is by interview. The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

Interviewing now Click here to apply.


In addition to the regular meetings of each individual course, students from all the courses will be invited to attend a series of Study Programme Saturday morning online seminars and a reading group. 


Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King 

Experiential Group Facilitators: 

Laura Lauberte & James Mann

PA Office:

Sophia Raja

Reading Group Facilitators;

Daniel Bristow & Iain Strong

See Details Here 

Autumn Term Saturday Study Programme Seminar

25 November & 2 December 2023

See HERE for details


Jan Resnick 




Thursday Evenings 

Experiential Group begins at 6.15pm and lasts ninety minutes.


The experiential group has no agenda apart from attending to how this particular group forms and develops, the contribution each person makes, and whether we can learn from the experience to understand what a group is.


7.45pm break


Seminars are 90 mins long and begin at 8pm


October 19 & 26 2023

Nietzsche & Psychotherapy

Onel Brooks 


November 2 & 9  

Why Philosophy ?

Barbara Latham 


November 16 & 23  

Laing & Anti-Psychiatry 

Kevin Ball 


30 & 7 December

Theory: It's use and misuse

Lucy King 


December 14 


Ben Scanlan   


Spring Term Saturday Seminars


January 27 2024

10 - 11.30am

PA Communities- What are we doing there ? 

Amy Ison, Kay Holmes, Nina Shores

February 3 & 10


Kingsley Hall Journals

Paul Zeal



January 25 & 1 February 2024 

On Community 

Jake Osborne 


February 8  

Critical Psychiatry

Emma Stroker 


February 15

Psychotherapy and the Decentred Subject 

Del Loewenthal


February 22 & 29

Virtue and Character in Psychotherapy

Elie Jesner 


March 7 & 14 

The Psychoanalytic Concept of Transference 

Jeremy Cutler


March 21 

Power of Relations 

Alia Butt



Saturday Seminar

April 20 (POSTPONED, new date to be confirmed)

10 - 11.30am


Del Loewenthal


April 11 & 18 

Societies Heteronormativity and understanding the queer experience in our world and the consulting room.

Lakis Georghiou


25 & 2 May 

Buddhism & Psychotherapy

Andreas Constandinos 


May 9 & 16 

Social Class & Psychotherapy

Paul Gurney 


May 23 & 30 

Learning how to read again (and again), or teaching how to curse: counter-colonial conversations (can reading poetry help us to listen? Can writing help us to read? And what of responding in kind or with kindness?)

Robbie Lockwood 


June 6 

Course Ending

Lucy King & Andrea Heath

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