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​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 PA COMMUNITY HOUSES 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 responding to distress. For more than fifty years we have offered an open-minded alternative approach to psychotherapy that is unique in Britain.


Are you looking for a place to live, a shelter and an opportunity to explore your experience and situation with others? 

For over fifty years the PA community houses have provided a unique and increasingly rare space from the endless pressures and expectations of modern life. We try to hold the balance between care, concern, attention, mindfulness and letting be.   

You can apply online here or contact the PA office who will put you in touch with a house therapist to go through the application process with you.

There are currently vacancies in Freegrove Community 


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