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 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 to proceed

Contact our administrator using the contact form below 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.

If we have vacancies then 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. Meetings will usually be arranged during normal working hours. There is a fee for a consultation meeting which will be explained when you first contact our Administrator.

During periods when we don’t have vacancies you are welcome to try us again in the future but, we don’t maintain a waiting list.

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