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.

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 telephone conversation with an Area Representative of SIP followed by a meeting to discuss whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy might be suitable and, if so, at what frequency.  The meeting 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 open to 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?

Please note: we do not offer an emergency service so if matters are urgent then please contact your GP.

The first step is to confirm your details using the referral request form. These details will then be passed on to a therapist 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 takes place at the therapist’s consulting room, 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 complete a referral request form, or contact our administrator by telephone on 0117 927 3898.

Please note that the office is staffed Tuesday – Friday; if the Administrator is not available please do leave a message and we will endeavour to call you back as soon as possible.