SIP has fully qualified and professionally registered psychoanalytic psychotherapists across much of the south-west. Many members are based in Bristol and Bath but we also have practitioners in  Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Referral Service

We offer a consultation and referral service to individuals considering psychotherapy.  This service provides an opportunity to meet with an experienced therapist member (an Area Representative) of SIP.  In this meeting you can discuss what you need and whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy might suit you and, if so, at what frequency.  This meeting is also an opportunity to discuss your situation and the commitment of time and money involved in undertaking psychotherapy, and any other factors which are relevant.

SIP maintains a list of qualified members who have vacancies including a limited number of reduced fee vacancies. In addition, there may be reduced fee vacancies with trainees following SIP’s clinical trainings in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. We will do our best to help place you with a suitable therapist but I’m afraid we can never guarantee this as it depends on the whether members have vacancies.

We offer a Training Patient Scheme for those able to make a commitment to psychoanalytic psychotherapy thrice weekly for a minimum of two years or psychodynamic psychotherapy once or twice weekly, for a minimum of one year. All psychotherapists in training are mature individuals often with several years of prior training and experience. They are rigorously selected, continuously assessed, and regularly supervised by approved training supervisors to ensure the highest standards.

Together, in the consultation, you and the Area Representative will agree the next step.  If you decide to proceed with psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy, the Area Representative will put you in touch with a therapist or therapist-in-training whom you can see for ongoing psychotherapy.

We will do our best to place you with a suitable therapist in training but, as mentioned above, we cannot guarantee this as it depends on whether there is a suitable vacancy.

If you do not wish or are not able to take up ongoing therapy with an SIP member or trainee, the Area Representative may be able to point you towards other services which you may wish to access.

How to proceed

Email us at or phone 0117 927 3898. The office is only staffed most Tuesdays to Thursdays so please be prepared to leave a message on the answer machine if the Administrator is not available to take your call. I’m afraid we do not offer an emergency service so if matters are urgent then please contact your GP.

The Administrator will put you in touch with an experienced therapist, based as near as possible to your home area, who is able to meet and discuss with you whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is right for you at this time and can review with you the range of options outlined above.