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.

Interviews for 2022/23 begin in April. Click here to apply.


Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King 

Experiential Group Facilitator: 

Lakis Georghiou



Jess Rodriguez & Sophia Raja

Experiential group begins at 6.15pm and lasts ninety minutes


7.45pm break


Seminar begins at 8pm and lasts ninety minutes

Term 1 


18 & 25 October 2021

Why Philosophy?

Barbara Latham


1 &8 November

Theory in Psychotherapy — Use and misuse

Lucy King


15 & 22 November
What is Community?

Jake Osborne


29 & 6 December

Ethics, Existentialism, Politics and Psychoanalysis — What in Psychotherapeutic Practice Should Come First?
Del Loewenthal


13 Dec

Title (TBC)

Nick Mercer

Term 2

24 & 31 January 2022

Politics of Therapy 1: R. D. Laing

Politics of Therapy 2: David Cooper

Rob White

7 & 14 February

Buddhism & Psychotherapy

Andreas Constandinos


21 & 28 February

On Nietzsche

Onel Brooks

7 & 14 March

On Language

Maria Iturri and Miles Clapham


21 & 28 March

Darwin to Freud — On the Origin of Treatment

Elie Jesner

Term 3

9 & 16 May

Reading, Resounding and Responding: The Grace, Humility and Intelligence of Ordinary Language Poetry, Philosophy and Psychotherapy
Robbie Lockwood

23 & 30 May

Extraordinary Experiences (William James and Laing)

Emma Stroker

6 & 13 June

Social Class

Paul Gurney

20 & 27 June


Christina Moutsou