Introduction to psychoanalytic theories and concepts

Our longstanding foundational course, in central Bristol, for anyone interested in psychoanalytic theory.

This course is ideal for:

  • anyone with a personal or professional interest in psychoanalytic ideas
  • applicants to our psychotherapy training needing a foundational course in psychoanalytic theory
  • counsellors and psychotherapists, qualified or in training, from other modalities

Course content

On this course you will explore psychoanalysis as an approach to the unconscious and its expression in human development and relationships. The first term focuses on theories of the mind and the second will explore clinical phenomena and concepts which both inform, and have arisen from, these theories.

Indicative content includes the theories of Freud, Jung, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, the British Independent School. Clinical phenomena and concepts such as the Oedipus Complex, narcissism, projective identification and, transference and countertransference. Clinical contexts such as groups and organisations; couples; children and young people; and bereavement.

Course Structure

  • 20 weekly seminars and discussion group in central Bristol
  • Wednesdays 6.30-9.00pm in the autumn and winter terms
  • Reading might sometimes be recommended prior to a seminar but there are no assignments to complete.

Applications and fees

Information on the application process and application forms can be foundĀ here.

Application closing date: 31st August each year

Please contact us if you are considering applying after the closing date.


What next

On completion of this course you could apply to one of our pre-clinical courses as either a stand-alone course or as part of ongoing training to become a psychotherapist.