Train to be a psychotherapist, London

Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy

Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Analytical Psychology

A part-time, 3-year course.

The training is run over 10 weekends, one each month, from October to July. The course is divided into nine modules which are taken by all trainees.

All trainees must undertake a psychiatric placement: this will require you to apply for DBS clearance.

Each trainee is allocated a personal tutor whom they are expected to see at least six times per year.

It is a requirement of the training that trainees are in twice a week personal psychotherapy with an Apptraining approved psychotherapist (and to undertake a substantial period of more intensive therapy) from the start of the course until qualification.

Trainees also have to work with what are called ‘training patients’: these are patients with whom the trainee works under close supervision of an approved supervisor.

Beeleaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy

Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy

The diploma is made up of several units of training and usually takes 2-3 years to complete.

Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy

After completion of the diploma, a further 1-2 years course.

Contemporary Psychotherapy is a Pluralistic Outcome Oriented approach that organically facilitates recovery, growth and healing. Contemporary Psychotherapy develops and aligns to best serve the most pressing needs of society and individual. A psychotherapy that is flexibly responding “with time” observes that people and their conditions are never static but in constant process.

The Gestalt Centre

MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy (validated by the London Metropolitan University)

A part-time, 5-year, UKCP-accredited course

The easiest way to understand the programme structure is a foundation year (Diploma in Professional Development), followed by a three-year MA (awarded by London Metropolitan University) and finally, a year gaining the practical experience required to achieve UKCP accreditation.

The Guild of Psychotherapists

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

A part-time, 4-year course

Seminars are held on Wednesday evenings, with occasional additional training days

Applicants must have been in twice-weekly therapy for at least a year prior to starting training

London Centre for Psychodrama

Certificate / Foundation Year in Psychodrama

A part-time, 1-year course (10 weekends)

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodrama Group and Individual Psychotherapy

A part-time, 4-year course (including the 1-year foundation)

Psychodrama is an integrative psychotherapy, with psychodynamic, systemic and existentialist foundations. Psychodrama engages participants holistically, paying attention to behaviour, thoughts, emotion and the body. It uses creative action methods with groups and individuals. It is a method with applications beyond the field of psychotherapy, in education, training, community-building and conflict transformation.

Psychodrama was developed by Psychiatrist Jacob L. Moreno, MD in the early twentieth century and was the first recognised form of group psychotherapy. It is now practiced in many countries.

Institute of Family Therapy (IFT)

MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy

A part-time, 2-year course

The Institute of Family Therapy delivers an advanced clinical training in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy with an award of an MSc. Details of the current course are set out below. The course begins in September every two years, runs for two years and is designed to enable participants to pursue their careers concurrently.

The course is inter-disciplinary and is designed for professional practitioners with at least two years post-qualifying experience who wish to develop their skills to the required level for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

The course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and validated by the University of Bedfordshire.

Successful completion of the course enables students to apply for accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to practice as a qualified Family and Systemic Psychotherapist within the UK.

Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) / Kings College London

MSc in Family Therapy

Both part-time and full-time options, UKCP-accredited


Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

A part-time, 4-year course. Leads to registration with the BPC and is also BACP-accredited.

Clinical Qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This course offers a professional qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, working with patients three times a week. This training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

In addition to the seminars this course requires trainees to be in three times weekly therapy throughout the duration of their training. Two training patients must be seen three times weekly, one for two years and one for eighteen months. An infant observation, psychiatric placement and five assessed assessments must also be completed.

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