Please note that SIP is not a crisis or acute mental health service. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact your GP or call NHS 111.

We are accepting requests for initial consultations

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, therapists (including SIP’s Area Representatives) are unable to accommodate face-to-face sessions until further notice.

In the interim, we will continue to offer initial consultations remotely (i.e. via a phone call or video conferencing software) but feel it’s important to note that we may not be able to provide an idea of wait times for referrals to a therapist for ongoing sessions at this time.


SIP has fully qualified and professionally registered psychoanalytic psychotherapists throughout much of South West England and Southern Wales. Many members are based in Bristol and Bath but we also have practitioners in  Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.


SIP’s Consultation and Referral Service

We are a small organisation so cannot guarantee that our members will have vacancies to take on someone new. When there are vacancies we offer a consultation and referral service to individuals to discuss suitability for psychotherapy.  This would most likely start with a brief telephone conversation with an Area Respresentative of SIP, followed by an initial consultation to discuss whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy might be suitable and, if so, at what frequency.  The initial consultation is also an opportunity to discuss the commitment of time and money involved in undertaking psychotherapy, and any other factors which are relevant.

We have a limited number of be reduced-fee vacancies, mostly with trainees following SIP’s clinical trainings in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. For those interested in working with a trainee, we have a Training Patient Scheme requiring 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.


How does the referral process work?

The first step is to submit a referral request form. These details will then be passed on to a therapist (also known as an Area Representative) who will contact you to  schedule an initial consultation at a mutually convenient time. This consultation serves as a way of learning more about your enquiry and establishing whether psychotherapy is the best way forward at this point in time.

The consultation, which will be held remotely, will cost £50, or £30 if you are unwaged or in receipt of benefits and will be payable direct to the therapist.

If psychotherapy is deemed the best way forward, the therapist with whom you have met for the initial consultation will refer you onwards to a psychotherapist who has the appropriate availability and experience.


How much does therapy cost?

The practical and payment arrangements are organised directly between yourself and your therapist. Typically your therapist would wish to meet with you at least once a week, at a cost of approximately £40 – £60 per session with a fully qualified therapist. The decision to refer to a therapist in training, if requested, is considered during the initial consultation. If working with a therapist in training is deemed suitable, you can expect to pay approximately £25 per session.

Further Information:

If you are interested in seeing a psychotherapist you can submit a referral request form or contact our office.