​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 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. 


The PA is seeking to appoint a house therapist at the Grove Community, North London. For further information please contact office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

The closing date is 30 April 2021





Saturday 8 May 2021, 1 - 2.30pm


The open day will focus on the PA’s courses but there will also be information available about the affordable psychotherapy service and PA community houses. Email office@Philadelphia-association.org.uk to reserve a place.

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

Due to the ongoing situation surrounding Covid-19, the meetings will be held online.


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 currently have spaces in both houses.

you can apply 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 PA is hosting a series of free online events.

If you are interested in attending email the office who will send you the link.

All Welcome

APRIL 16 2021

7 - 8.30pm

Facilitated by Emma Stroker



0207 794 2652 

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

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