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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 Philadelphia Association remains open even though our doors are physically closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid 19.
The work of the community houses continues as does the training, study programme and affordable therapy service.
At this time all therapy consultations are being conducted remotely online or by phone. Details of how to contact the referrals team can be found on our THERAPY page.
We are not currently able to welcome new residents to our houses but please do get in touch with us to discuss whether a stay in one of our communities might be possible for you when it is safe to open our doors again.
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PA Community Households
We run two community houses in London. People who are suffering or confused 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 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.
The PA runs various training course in psychotherapy at different levels. The one-year introductory course provides an overview of our way of working and reflects the importance we attach to philosophy. The one-year experiential course and the one-year diploma both explore the idea of community. The full training programme encourages independent thinking. In the tradition of Laing's objections to the psychiatry of his time, we foster a sceptical view of established institutions and conventional theories. Links to the different training course can be found below.
Interviews take place from May 2020
Events include theme lead conversations, film evenings, experiential and support groups and seminars. Upcoming events listed below.
If you would like to attend a PA Open Event please contact Mary Enright at email@example.com
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.
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