The Tavistock adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy training (M1)

The UK’s most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training for those in the public sector

This course is the most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the UK for people working in the public sector and is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

It offers a unique combination of intensive analytic teaching and practice, alongside training in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to a variety of patient groups – both in mental health and general medicine.

Please note: you may see the M1 course also referred to as PCTCTP005 in communications from our application system.

About this course

The course consists of theoretical and clinical seminars, clinical supervisions, tutorials and therapeutic work with patients.

The training follows the British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis. You will study the history of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to all the major contributors to psychoanalysis in Britain, including more recent analysts who have influenced current practice and thinking.

A requirement of this course is that you are in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy for a minimum frequency of three times per week.

You will explore the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood, latency and adolescence, personality structure and psychopathology, psychosomatic disorders, and theories of depression and anxiety.

There are a number of specialist workshops that you might also join, for example on trauma, working with couples and groups. All aspects of analytic understanding and technique including transference, countertransference, free association and dreams will also be covered.

You will receive close supervision on all of your clinical work – intensive and non-intensive. You may choose to train in conducting assessments, brief dynamic interventions and groups. You may also wish to gain experience in becoming a clinical supervisor, teaching analytic principles and getting involved in current research and audit projects.

Read the external examiner report for this course, sent to the BPC in January 2022.

Who is this course for?

This course is for clinicians who already have experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and are interested in developing their skills in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Course details

In order to undertake this course we ask that you:

  • have a working knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and technique
  • have a graduate degree
  • have at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst
  • are currently being in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy a minimum of three times a week
  • have a minimum of three years’ clinical experience (including at least 18 months of having worked with a patient in weekly psychotherapy, supervised by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist)


£6,285 per year


£12,570 per year

For more information about financing your studies and your fee status, please see our fees and funding area.

Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.


To achieve professional accreditation, you will be required to submit a 10,000 word written case study for assessment.

Your progress is assessed throughout the course through our bi-annual progression board. These progression board meetings comprise all the key people involved in your training – your tutor, your supervisors and the course lead. They take place in December and July each year.

Formal reports from your supervisors, alongside feedback from your tutor. are discussed at the board and this information informs the board’s decisions regarding whether you are given permission to progress further in the training.

When you have completed all of the clinical and academic requirements, the board decides whether you have reached the level required for qualification.


Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm to 5pm during term time.

However, you will be expected to be present for the whole day on Thursdays as there are other key clinical meetings and supervisions that take place in the morning and lunch time period.

This is a demanding course and whilst it can be done on a part time basis you should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on the key components.

The key components include the academic afternoon on a Thursday, clinical work with patients, personal analytic therapy (a minimum of three sessions per week), supervision and clinical unit meetings. In addition, you will need to allow time for writing up sessions, reading theoretical texts and attending to clinical admin.

Graduates have gone on to work at a senior level in a wide variety of mental health care settings including NHS posts up to consultant level. They have also gone on to work in third sector and independent settings.

Why study with us?

This course will lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and enables you to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). In order to achieve this, the course can be completed by two routes:

Route one: full public sector training

This route will equip you to work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at a consultant level in the NHS. You’ll gain competence in a large range of public sector applications, as well as training in the intensive analytic treatment of patients. The applications include individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, applied work and supervision.

Route two: core training

This route is less demanding, focussing on the ‘core’ intensive analytic work as well as on gaining expertise in once-weekly work. With this route, you may still be able to partake in additional clinical work (in addition to the weekly analytic treatment of patients and three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy sessions) but it is not an expectation that you will become proficient in other areas.

Both routes lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and registration with the BPC. However, the full public sector training will be more suitable if you intend to pursue a senior position in the NHS (at consultant level) and if you intend to apply your analytic skills to a broad range of clinical situations.

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This course has been accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

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