​The PA offers THERAPY to individuals, couples and groups. Therapy opens up a space for thinking that is helpful when things go wrong in our lives. The therapeutic relationship unfolds new, creative and liberating perspectives on difficulties outside.


We run two COMMUNITY HOUSEHOLDS in London. People who are suffering and need space away from the pressures and demands of modern day life can live with others in these houses for extended periods, using the time spent with each other to reflect on their experiences. More fulfilling lives become possible as a consequence.


The Philadelphia Association (PA) study programme includes an Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy, an Experiential and a Diploma Course in Community and Psychotherapy, and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training. 

The PA is a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJA) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

We organise EVENTS, including discussions, film screenings and publish a newsletter.




​The PA favours a creative approach to therapy that involves being ready to question the social norms that often contribute to someone's unhappiness. 


An engagement with philosophy and other fields, including anthropology, spirituality and the practice of art, is a fundamental part of our approach. So is a belief in the value of ordinary ways of living and being together. Community and inclusive conversation have the power to alleviate what disturbs people.

Once conversation begins, paths open up that lead away from isolation and despair towards dignity and greater freedom.




THE PHILADELPHIA ASSOCIATION was founded in 1965 by R. D. Laing and colleagues in order to challenge established ways of thinking about and treating mental distress. For more than fifty years we have offered an open-minded alternative approach to psychotherapy that is unique in Britain.


The work of the community houses continues as does the training, study programme and the affordable therapy service. 

At this time all therapy consultations are being conducted remotely, online or by phone. 



For over fifty years the PA communities have provided a unique and increasingly rare space from the endless pressures and expectations of modern life.

We currently have spaces in both houses.

For further information please contact office@philadelphia-association.org.uk or apply through our online form here

You will be put in touch with a house therapist who can say more about the ethos of the communities and go through the process of application with you.





FRIDAY EVENTS  7 - 8.30pm

The Philadelphia Association is hosting a series of events, creating a space to meet during this period of hardship and social restrictions. The programme includes discussions, workshops and a weekly drop-In.

If you are interested in attending any of the events, please contact the office@philadelphia-association.org.uk who will send you the link.

All Welcome

Free, Online, Zoom 

See HERE for details


Find out more about the PA courses, community houses and therapy.

Saturday 10 April    1 - 2.30pm

Saturday 8 May      1 - 2.30pm

Online, Zoom

To book a place email office@phildadelphia-association.org.uk


Interviews for the Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy, Experiential and Diploma courses in Community and Psychotherapy begin in April 2021.

MARCH 5 2021

7 - 8.30pm

Happiness is it worth it?

Discussion facilitated by Paul Atkinson


0207 794 2652 

4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1QW

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