Code of ethics

SIP is a member institute of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) , meaning all of our Members are registered with the BPC, and follow the BPC’s Ethical Framework, including the BPC Code of Ethics.


If you think the Code of Ethics has been broken:

  • If you believe that your psychotherapist has not treated you in accordance with the following Code of Ethics, first of all raise this with your therapist to try and resolve matters.
  • If this fails, or if it is not appropriate, you can contact SIP and ask for a copy of SIP’s Grievance Procedure. If you decide to go ahead with this grievance procedure, this will be dealt with by the SIP Ethics Committee.
  • If you are dissatisfied with the grievance procedure, or if you wish to make a formal complaint straight away, you can do so through the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC). You can find details about making a complaint on the BPC website.
  • If you would like to make a comment, but not launch a formal complaint or grievance, you can contact SIP directly. You are also entitled to contact the BPC to make a general comment.