Finding a therapist

All BPC registrants use a psychoanalytic model of the mind. This means that symptoms and everyday life difficulties are looked at in depth as to what in the sufferer is causing the problem. There are different settings, applications and degrees of intensity which have different categories in the register. However practitioners may also have expertise in applications other than the one(s) of their original training(s); all BPC therapists are governed by a code of ethics which requires that they practise within their own levels of competence.

The best way to find whether a therapist might be able to help is to meet with them and see if you feel you would be able to work together.

There are a number of ways of finding a therapist.

1. Talk to your doctor.

In some areas psychoanalytic psychotherapy is available from the NHS but there is often a long wait for this, and where it is available this may only be for a short period. In addition to making a referral to a therapist within the NHS, your doctor may also be able to provide you with details of locally-based private therapists.

The NHS Choices website offers a guide to mental health issues, with information that may help you talk to your doctor.

2. Talk to our clinics.

It can be helpful to take advice when seeking referral for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. All BPC registered psychotherapists are experienced in assessment and diagnostic consultations, and a preliminary consultation can help you decide if psychoanalytic psychotherapy would be suitable for you.

Several of our member organisations have referral services, which can assist in finding a therapist, and some also have clinical services offering therapy or analysis at reduced fees. Read more here.

3. Check the BPC register and contact a therapist direct.

The list of practitioners (Find a Therapist) contains the names of psychoanalytic psychotherapists in clinical practice in the UK who make up the membership of the British Psychoanalytic Council, all of whom have met the BPC requirements for Continuing Professional Development. Practitioners can be searched for by surname or postcode, by region or by languages spoken, including British Sign Language. We also have a national map of psychotherapists which can help finding someone outside the major cities. Registrants' entries state whether their premises are accessible. The formal BPC Register also lists members who have deferred registration.

Please note that some BPC registrants may also be registered with other statutory or voluntary registers. A registrant's entry may indicate, for example, that they are medically qualified (although this does not necessarily mean they are GMC registered), or a practitioner psychologist regulated by the HCPC (CPsychol). We are in the process of identifying these additional registrations and expect to be able to display these in search results soon. A list of these registers can be found here.

Please note we are an administrative office, and do not have psychotherapists on the premises to give psychological help. If you urgently need to talk to someone these helplines may be able to assist:
Mind - 0300 123 3393
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
Sane - 0845 767 8000
Breathing Space Scotland - 0800 838587
CALL Helpline Wales - 0800 132737