Welcome to the Institute of Psychoanalysis

Established in 1924, the Institute of Psychoanalysis is the home of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Our activities include: the training of psychoanalysts, the development of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the provision of treatment through The London Clinic of Psychoanalysis, the publication of books and journals, furthering research, and the dissemination of psychoanalytic ideas through public lectures and events.

The Society is a component of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a body with members on all five continents that safeguards professional and ethical practice. The Society is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC); the BPC publishes a register of British psychoanalysts and psychoanalytical psychotherapists. All members of the British Psychoanalytical Society are required to undertake continuing professional development.

Through its work – and the work of its individual members – the British Psychoanalytical Society has made an unrivalled contribution to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.

If you would like to contact one of our psychoanalysts, contact details can be found through the "Find an Analyst" page on our Beyond the Couch website. Searches can be made by name, town or region.

Beyond the Couch website
Beyond the Couch website
Hanna Segal 1918-2011
Still from the short film 'What is Psychoanalysis?'



Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in dialogue

Click here to find out more about Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in dialogue

Through five panels over two days, and a keynote address by Jonathan Lear, psychoanalysts and philosophers will consider issues in the empirical evidence base for: psychoanalysis, religious experience, ethics, the mind, and aesthetics and emotion.


To find out more about the AudioVisual Project and to view their films, please click here.

Read more Institute news and find out about our public events in our two regular newsletters, News and Events (annual) and Beyond the Couch (termly).